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Housing for Fall


Contact: Housing@massart.edu

The goal of Housing and Residence Life is to develop a residential life program (both physical and virtual) that focuses on practices of community protection, enforces new standards of behavior and social responsibility.  It is essential that individual students comply with the policies and protocols that are put in place to protect the health of everyone in the campus community.  Treating small groups of students who are housed together and share a bathroom as a community unit could enhance compliance responsibility as a social norm and mitigate risk of infection. (Safe on Campus Guideline)

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.


New Guidelines
  • Guests will not be allowed into buildings. The number of students within a building will be restricted to visit suites/units and no resident will be allowed to stay overnight in another resident's suite/apartment or room.
     
  • 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 dense occupancy. However, if we move to a higher dense 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.

FAQs for returning students
    • A.We will do our best to house as many students as we can within guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Governor’s Reopening Advisory Board. We are exploring off-campus housing opportunities in close proximity to the MassArt campus. However, if you can complete your coursework remotely, successfully and within a healthy and safe environment, your eligibility will be prioritized alongside those students whose program is a hybrid and requires access to on-campus facilities.
    • A. Not necessarily. In order to ensure a safe environment, we will be adjusting occupancy in the residence halls for the fall semester. To achieve an occupancy within guidelines, current assignments are going to be reviewed given the academic plan for the fall 2020 semester. Several other criteria will also play a role in determining your eligibility and placement in campus housing. If your program is 100% remote and you would still like to live in campus housing, your assignment will likely be at another COF institution or off-site.
    • A.Yes, it likely will. At this time, we are considering several different scenarios that vary from strict physical distancing (within a bedroom) to maintaining physical distancing outside of the suite/apartment. Housing and Residence Life, along with a team of representatives across campus, are evaluating recommendations, suggestions, and best practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Governor’s Reopening Advisory Board to best achieve a residential living environment within a COVID-19 framework. It is inevitable that assignments will change.
    • A: Not necessarily. However, we will do our best if the adjusted occupancy allows for two students per room and/or multiple students in a suite/apartment.
    • A: All on-campus assignments will be in suites/apartments with a bathroom shared between 2 - 5 students. It is possible that you will be sharing a bedroom with another student. Double occupancy falls under the "small group/community" concept provided by public health agencies and state guidance. However, we do have a list of students who have asked to live with another student. We would intentionally put these students in shared spaces given they have chosen their roommates.
    • A. Not necessarily. We will do our best to house as many students as we can within guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Governor’s Reopening Advisory Board. We are also exploring off-campus housing opportunities in close proximity to the MassArt campus. However, if you can complete your coursework remotely, successfully and within a healthy and safe environment, your eligibility will be prioritized alongside those students whose program is a hybrid and requires access to on-campus facilities.
    • A. No you don’t. You can cancel as soon as you decide not to live in campus housing. Please send housing@massart.edu an email indicating that you would like to cancel housing for the fall semester. You may apply or inquire about the spring semester in November.
    • A. We have adjusted the non-refundable housing deposit policy given the many changes (and likely continued changes) that impact students. If one or more of the following occurs, you can request a refund:

      Within 5 business days of receipt of email indicating that you have been placed on a waitlist. If you have not been assigned housing Within 5 business days of receiving your housing assignment:
      • If your assignment has been changed (and you are not agreeable to the new assignment)

      If you have not received your new assignment by June 29th:
      • If you have decided to commute and cancel by June 29th
      • If you can work remotely (given your discipline) and cancel by June 29th
      • If you have a compromised immune system that puts you at high risk for COVID19 and you cancel by June 29th
    • A. Our goal is to finalize housing assignments by the week of June 29, 2020. If we are unable to meet this deadline, we will inform you. Given all the restrictions we must adhere to, it is likely that your assignment will change.
    • A. After preliminary assignments are sent out, if you have not received housing we will be sending out a waitlist request form for consideration of on-campus housing.
    • A. Yes, you will need to request an accommodation through the Student Accessibility Services office in the Academic Resource Center. Please direct all information and questions related to accommodation requests to this office. After you receive your assignment, we recommend that you discuss with your treatment team risks associated with residential housing.
    • A. A robust plan is currently being finalized to assist staff in supporting students who test positive for COVID19. It is likely that you/your roommate will be moved from the current assignment, if you are unable to go home and temporarily placed elsewhere. The suitemates/roommates will then likely need to quarantine for 14 days.
    • A. The goal is to develop ongoing safety plans, enhanced cleaning protocols & create specific protective measures for shared spaces/common areas.

      The intimacy in contact and extent of time residential students spend in residence hall apartments/suites and common areas increases the likelihood of contracting and spreading Covid-19. In order to mitigate the risk of the spread, an enhancement to the current Facilities plan has been created and aligns with state and federal reopening guidelines. These new policies and procedures surrounding sanitization and physical distancing will support the reduction in the likelihood of the spread of Covid-19 which is caused by transmitting respiratory droplets via air or surface contact. The department and college expect that students also exert social responsibility and mutual respect by being active participants in keeping facilities clean and adhering to all protective measures communicated by the department/college. Additional information will be provided.

Information for Incoming Students

MassArt's Housing & Residence Life is committed to giving you a first-year experience that helps build your sense of belonging within our community. Typical congregations in rooms, floor lounges, workrooms and lobby spaces will be limited to small numbers of students. In some residence halls, no gatherings in community spaces will be permitted. We are faced with difficult times and in creating safer, respectful spaces for individuals there will be expectations of social responsibility that we will ask you to accept and apply within our community.

recorded meeting

View a recorded Zoom meeting where Danielle Licitra, Director of Housing and Residence Life leads a discussion within incoming students about housing. 

Access a Zoom recording 

faqs
    • A.We will do our best to house as many students as we can within guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Governor’s Reopening Advisory Board. We are exploring off-campus housing opportunities in close proximity to the MassArt campus. However, if you can complete your coursework remotely, successfully and within a healthy and safe environment, your eligibility will be prioritized alongside those students whose program is a hybrid and requires access to on-campus facilities.
    • A. We will do our best to match students with their preferred building, but it is likely not everyone will get their first choice . At this time, we are considering several different scenarios that vary from strict physical distancing (within a bedroom) to maintaining physical distancing outside of the suite/apartment. Housing and Residence Life, along with a team of representatives across campus, are evaluating recommendations, suggestions, and best practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Governor’s Reopening Advisory Board to best achieve a residential living environment within a COVID-19 framework.
    • A. We will do our best to assign students together who submitted a roommate request by the deadline. If we are able to meet a roommate request, it could be in a shared bedroom or within a suite/apartment.
    • A. Almost all on-campus assignments will be in suites/apartments with a bathroom shared between 2 - 5 students. It is possible that you will be sharing a bedroom with another student. Double occupancy falls under the "small group/community" concept provided by public health agencies and state guidance. However, we do have a list of students who have asked to live with another student. We would intentionally put these students in shared spaces given they have chosen their roommates.
    • A. No you don’t. You can cancel as soon as you decide not to live in campus housing. Please send housing@massart.edu an email indicating that you would like to cancel housing for the fall semester. You may apply or inquire about the spring semester in November.
    • A. We have adjusted the non-refundable housing deposit policy given the many changes (and likely continued changes) that impact students.

      • If one or more of the following occurs, you can request a refund:

      • If you have not been assigned housing
      • If you have decided to commute and cancel by June 29th
      • If you can work remotely (given your major) and cancel by June 29th
      • If you have a compromised immune system that puts you at high risk for COVID19 and you cancel by June 29th
    • A. Given COVID19 restrictions on occupancy density, our goal is to house as many incoming students as possible while maintaining public health recommendations and requirements. Applications for housing will always be considered regardless of the submission date. We understand the importance of housing students new to MassArt. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee housing to students who deposited late or have not yet deposited housing/tuition. All students who have deposited by the deadline will receive priority.
    • A. Absolutely! We will have housing available in the spring due to cancellation/withdrawal/leaves and students graduating. We won’t know how many students but students will be considered. We hope that public health guidelines allow us to change occupancy to be greater in the spring. At this time, we are unsure of the possibilities.
    • A. Our goal is to finalize housing assignments by the week of June 30, 2020. If we are unable to meet this deadline, we will inform you.
    • A. After preliminary assignments are sent out, if you have not received housing we will be sending out a waitlist request form for consideration of on-campus housing.
    • A. Yes, you will need to request an accommodation through the Student Accessibility Services office in the Academic Resource Center. Please direct all information and questions related to accommodation requests to this office. After you receive your assignment, we recommend that you discuss with your treatment team risks associated with residential housing.
    • A. A robust plan is currently being finalized to assist staff in supporting students who test positive for COVID19. It is likely that you/your roommate will be moved from the current assignment, if you are unable to go home and temporarily placed elsewhere. The suitemates/roommates will then likely need to quarantine for 14 days.
    • A. The goal is to develop ongoing safety plans, enhanced cleaning protocols & create specific protective measures for shared spaces/common areas.

      The intimacy in contact and extent of time residential students spend in residence hall apartments/suites and common areas increases the likelihood of contracting and spreading Covid-19. In order to mitigate the risk of the spread, an enhancement to the current Facilities plan has been created and aligns with state and federal reopening guidelines. These new policies and procedures surrounding sanitization and physical distancing will support the reduction in the likelihood of the spread of Covid-19 which is caused by transmitting respiratory droplets via air or surface contact. The department and college expect that students also exert social responsibility and mutual respect by being active participants in keeping facilities clean and adhering to all protective measures communicated by the department/college. Additional information will be provided.