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Fall 2020 Residence Life & Housing Information

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Does My Face Covering Matter?

Yes. 100%. Yes.


Correctly wearing proper face coverings is a key part of our efforts to take care of our community.

Wearing cloth face coverings is required in all spaces on campus and is especially important when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible or when you are in a shared or closed space (e.g., conference rooms, common areas, lobbies, kitchenettes, hallways, stairwells, elevators, restrooms). You are not required to wear a cloth face covering if you are sitting alone in your own bedroom.

Students are advised to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth when putting on and removing their face coverings. You should also wash your hands immediately before and after removing your face coverings. Face coverings should be changed daily and stored in a clean paper bag when not in use. Disposable face coverings should be discarded daily.

Make sure your face covering:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the sides of your face and covers your nose, mouth, and chin
  • Fastens securely with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered without damage or change to shape, if they are reusable.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need to maintain physical distancing and observing other safety protocols in shared spaces.

It is important that during this time, we continue to maintain our community standards around COVID as the health and safety of our community remains our top priority. We ask that you continue to practice social distancing, washing your hands and maintaining your hygiene, wearing your masks, and completing your mandatory weekly testing in Wasylean Hall, Seven Hills lounge.

COVID Testing UPDATES

Please note the NEW COVID testing center hours are as follows:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm

Friday - 8:30am - 11:30am

You are encouraged to join the weekly campus wide COVID briefings sponsored by the President’s office on Fridays at 9:30am - You can join us by clicking on this link to join the Zoom meeting https://worcester.zoom.us/j/99992614073?pwd=d3E0NDlQUFJVdGZHL2Vtak5lUnJRUT09


Any questions about COVID testing and/or the Co-Verified App, please contact:

Paul Vernucci, Director/COVID-19 Response Manager

pvernucci@worcester.edu

(508) 929-8908


We will continue testing all residential students on a weekly basis, through the Broad Institute. Residents will use the Co-Verified App to schedule their weekly test and no more than 7 days should pass between tests.


Testing is a mandatory requirement, on a weekly basis and every resident should have already been tested at Check In to the residence halls.


Symptom Tracking is also a mandatory requirement on a daily basis. Each resident should report any new symptoms. Residents should not report symptoms that are considered "their normal" - for example, seasonal allergies, migraine, etc. Doing so may result in a false restriction to campus. If you have no new symptoms, please choose "no new symptoms".


Contact Tracing will only have to be used if you are exhibiting symptoms. At that time, you will be asked to use the Contact function on the CoVerified app.


If you are unsure what to attribute a symptom to, then you should report it. Instructions for using the app, and accessing the web browser version (https://web.coverified.us/login) are available below.

Need something fixed?

If something in your space is broken and needs to be fixed, let us know.


Here is the simple process you will take to let us know:


1. Submit a work order in MYHousing under MORE TASKS


2. Complete the form, as requested. Be sure to include all information so that we can accurately reflect your request on the work order to facilities.

* If your outlet doesn't work - which outlet? Left or right side? Behind bed or under desk? More detail the better.

* If its a lightbulb in the hallway - which light? Does it flicker or it's just out?


3. Once you complete the Work Order Request, Residence Life will communicate with facilities regarding your concern.


4. Facilities will let Residence Life know when (60 minute window, date and time) they will come to fix the problem.


5. Residence Life will invite all residents of the affected space through your google calendar.


It is imperative ALL residents of that space have vacated the space during this time, as Facilities staff cannot enter your room while you are present. Please plan to be gone before they arrive.


Please note: If you or any of your roommates fail to leave for this time period, Facilities will not enter and your work order will be put hold and not completed.

GOT MAIL?

All personal mail will be sorted and sent to Residence Life. Residents will receive an email if they have mail to pick up. Residence Life is open during the following hours:


Our office hours are:

Monday 9:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday 9:00am-7:00pm

Wednesday 9:00am-7:00pm

Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm

Friday 9:00am-5:00pm


Please use the following address format to receive mail:


Worcester State University

Your First and Last Name - Residence Life
Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602


All packages will still be sent to Central Receiving and an email will be sent for package pick up.

No Visitors In Residence Halls

A “no-visitor” policy is in place on upper campus. This policy will be reviewed frequently and restrictions may be eased or revised as the semester progresses.


This includes fellow students and other members of the WSU community not housed in the residence halls as well as external visitors who are not members of the campus community. Students may meet in public spaces on campus, including the Student Center and any outside spaces.

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ASK US ANYTHING!

Our Zoom Help Desk will be monitored Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm. Please feel free to log on at any time and someone will answer your questions.


Join Zoom Meeting https://worcester.zoom.us/j/93356540318


This service is for brief questions you may have. A Residence Life staff member may ask you to make a longer appointment or need to follow up with you after your zoom meeting. You will be added to a Zoom waiting room and a staff member will meet with you as soon as they are available. Please be patient as they may be meeting with other students. Feel free to leave the waiting room and check back in at a later time.