Spring 2022 Housing GUIDELINES
The Housing and Residence Life staff, in collaboration with our property management company and other members of the College, will continue to provide a safe environment with specific protection measures that will be strictly enforced. Physical distancing practices, face coverings, guest restrictions, small gatherings for residential activities, and adjusted policies including new behavioral norms will continue in some form.
These safety measures have been developed with health and safety guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Public Health (DPH), and aligned with the best practices of other colleges and universities. While subject to developments with COVID variants, the safety measures below will be in place for the Spring semester, unless you are notified otherwise. Please remain flexible and patient as we continue to adjust to new information and guidelines.
Returning To Your Residence Hall For spring 2022
Student Booster Requirement
The emergence of the highly-infectious Omicron variant emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters to remain fully protected. Boosters, in most cases, can now be received within five months of an individual’s last vaccination. All students are encouraged to get a booster as soon as they are eligible, and are required to receive it by no later than March 4, 2022.
All Resident Students
- All resident students are encouraged to take a PCR test within 72 hours of move-in if available, AND will be required to take a rapid test upon arrival to campus, followed by a PCR test as soon as possible.
- Resident students who test positive at check-in will not be allowed to move in until they’ve cleared isolation off campus.
Students new to the MassArt residential community will move in on Thursday, January 13th, from 10am-2pm. Check-in will happen at the Artists’ Residence.
Students returning to campus should plan on moving in during the following times. Please check in at the Tree House - do not proceed directly to your residence hall.
- January 14th 11am-4pm Tree House
- January 15th 12pm-5pm Tree House
- January 16th 12pm-8pm Tree House
- January 17th 9am-5pm Testing site at the DMC
Note: If you plan on returning outside of these hours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your return.
Residence Halls will continue to be at full occupancy. With the requirement of vaccinations and boosters, we will continue regular occupancies within rooms. This includes singles, doubles, and triples.
Residential Living Guidelines
- The safety and well-being of all residents is our highest priority.
- Resident students must wear a mask in all common areas in the residence halls.
- Guests during the day (9am-11pm) are limited to those MassArt students currently living on campus.
- The Overnight Guest Policy is on hold until mid-February, at which point it will be re-evaluated according to the community positivity rate and contact tracing (dependent on public health guidelines).
- Continuing with increased in-person, small group, residential activities (both inside and outside).
- Opportunities to engage with other residential students, while building connections and a sense of belonging.
- Congregations in rooms, floor lounges, workrooms and lobby spaces may still have restrictions on the number of individuals in spaces.
- Continued commitment to building an inclusive environment grounded in justice, equity, and diversity.
- Expectations of social responsibility that we will ask you to accept and apply within our community.
- The Residence Life team will center their practice with care and compassion given the experiences, challenges, drive, and passions students bring to MassArt and their living experience.
Our Commitment to You
We are committed to providing support to the many students living in on-campus Housing. We want to provide an experience that helps build a sense of belonging within our community.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS CONTINUE
When socializing outside your suite/unit/apartment or off-campus, you must: wear a mask, stay at least six (6) feet apart, wash your hands often, and gather outside or with a window(s) open if possible. Mask wearing, distance, hygiene, and ventilation are all proven ways to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in all gatherings. All residential students will be under surveillance testing.
RESIDENCE HALL SAFETY CHECK-INS
We will be implementing checkpoints at the Residence Hall entrances to make sure you are “Clear” on your CoVerified app. This is just one of the safety measures we have in place to make sure we are keeping everyone on campus safe and healthy. Please be prepared to show your CoVerified app whenever you enter a residence hall. If you are “Restricted” on CoVerified, you will not be able to access other dorms.
HOUSEHOLD GUESTS DISCUSSION
We know that many students share the same safety measures and have kept their social circle small to reduce exposure within their household (suite/apartment). Now it is imperative that you come together as a household to discuss the level of comfort each member of your household has with inviting guests into your shared space (in and between residence halls). We expect residents to remain respectful about individual levels of comfort. Our ResLife staff can assist in offering creative solutions if you are finding it difficult to navigate through these conversations in a respectful manner. This discussion must take place prior to any visitors entering the suite/apartment.
Residence Hall Policy Handbook and Community Standards will add an addendum specifically addressing community health protocols, expectations, and policies. Violations that are directly associated with public health safety protocols and procedures will likely result in separation of residence halls.