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The Housing and Residence Life staff, in collaboration with Capstone Property Management and other members of the institution, have focused primarily on creating safer environments with specific protection measures that will be strictly enforced. At the core of these measures will include physical distancing practices, limited residential gatherings for activities and adjusted policies including new behavioral norms. Students will need to demonstrate agency in social responsibility, and mutual respect for the health & well-being of others within their community/suite/bedroom.
Following public health guidelines, we will only be able to offer single and limited double-occupancy housing units, so our overall housing capacity will be reduced.
The below are adjustments that we are confident will remain in place throughout the fall semester. There are likely to be additional expectations that will be outlined and shared with you prior to your commitment to on-campus housing. Additionally, what is planned for now may change at any given time. Unfortunately we all must ask students to remain flexible and patient as we continue to adjust to new information and guidelines.
Do Your Part
Due to the public health challenges related to COVID-19, students in MassArt residence halls will experience a new way of campus life and engagement. Our goal is to create a safer environment that contributes to decreased exposure and avoiding infection.
- Guests will not be allowed into Residence Hall buildings. To ensure the residential experience remains safe and students are able to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure and help to limit the number of positive COVID cases, no resident (regardless of where they live on campus) will be allowed to visit another student's suite/apartment. In addition to sharing written policies and verbalizing expectations through town hall gatherings, bulletin boards, and ResLife staff education, we will continue to monitor and update when modifications are appropriate.
We know this is inconvenient and makes it difficult to meet your residence hall neighbors. However, there are other ways to gather safely (both inside and outside). Please inquire with your RA or RD. Additionally, the ResLife team will provide more small gathering activities inside.
- Physical distancing policies will be strictly enforced and include the expectation of wearing masks outside of the unit/apartment/suite.
- Hallways/stairways will be considered "one-way" foot traffic.
- Residence Life and Capstone staff members will work together to monitor community spaces. Limited access in workrooms and lounges will be planned for a low-density occupancy. However, if we move to a higher-density occupancy, it is likely that some workrooms/lounges will be off-line. In either case, lounge/workroom space will be off-line after the cleaning staff leave. Once they return, common area spaces will be reopened. If we find that residential students are having difficulty with following physical distancing guidelines, lounges may be taken off-line. As an alternative, a sign-up system may be instituted for common area space usage to ensure that social distancing is being practiced.
- Elevators will be restricted to 2 persons at a time. Stairs are encouraged.
- No personal belongings will be allowed in bathrooms.
- Residence Hall Policy Handbook and Community Standards will add an addendum specifically addressing community health protocols, expectations, and policies.
- Kitchenware should be kept to a minimum. It will be left up to residents in the space to come up with a plan on shared use and cleaning expectations.
- Students will be limited in what they bring on-campus. Please plan for packing only 1 sedan or SUV. If we need to evacuate and separate students, having less belongings to pack and move will benefit the student/family and operation.