As we prepare to welcome you back into our residence halls, we recognize that the evolving guidance related to COVID-19 may have raised questions for you regarding living on campus. Notre Dame College (the “College”) wants to do its best to keep everyone safe and healthy, limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19, and continue to deliver a highly personal face-to-face education and residential experience. As we return to campus, everyone will need to do their part to take care of themselves and help take care the community. Now, more than ever, our mission calls on us to exercise our commitment to personal and global responsibility. All residents will have a duty and obligation to follow physical distancing guidelines, limit face-to-face interactions with peers, and uphold our updated policies and procedures. Please know that violations may result in removal from campus housing, pursuant to terms of the Residential Agreement.
GENERAL COLLEGE CONSIDERATIONS
The College is taking extra steps to ensure that our residence halls are as safe as possible. These include the following:
- Cleaning in public/high touch areas will be increased. This includes, but is not limited to, door handles, lounges, public restrooms, etc.
- Common areas, public restrooms, laundry rooms and elevators will have an adjusted maximum capacity posted.
- Employees, including student staff, are required to wear face coverings at all times.
- Residents shall be required to wear face coverings at all times when they are outside of the family unit (see definition below), or when members of another family unit enter their space, except in outdoor situations where the individual can ensure and maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been placed across campus for you to use. We also encourage you to have your own bottle of sanitizer with you at all times.
- NDC shall continue to review and implement all guidance from the CDC for a healthy work and living environment.
LIVING UNIT GUIDELINES
All suites will function as “family units”, with each resident of the unit being part of that “family”. As such, the following guidelines shall be followed at all times:
- Residents are not required to socially distance within a family unit, so long as no one other than the family is in the unit.
- Residents are not required to wear a face covering when interacting with members of their family unit as long as they are inside the family unit.
- If anyone outside a resident’s family unit enters the unit, face coverings must be worn by all.
- All family units will complete a cleaning contract and rooms will be checked regularly for cleanliness.
No more than two (2) guests will be permitted in a room at one time. A guest is defined as a Notre Dame College student who is not assigned to that particular room. (A guest would be a student living off campus or a student living in a different hall or room than the one they are visiting.) If someone is not a Notre Dame College student, they are NOT permitted to be in the residence halls. Overnight guests are not permitted – all guests must leave the residence halls by 11:59 p.m. Eastern and may not return until 8:00 a.m. Eastern the following day.
It is recommended that residents bring appropriate supplies to continually clean their living space and bathroom, including outer doorknobs.
It is recommended that residents not share any items with individuals outside their family unit.
RESIDENCE HALL COMMON AREAS
The following guidelines shall be followed in the residential hall common areas:
- Microwaves in Common Areas in Petersen, Providence & Harks Halls
- No more than one (1) resident shall be at the microwave at one time, to ensure that everyone can stay at least 6 feet away from one another.
- Face covering must be worn at all times in the microwave area.
- It is recommended to wash hands before and after touching microwave buttons, handle, door or other surfaces in the microwave area.
- Laundry Rooms
- No more than two (2) residents shall be in the laundry room at one time, to ensure that everyone can stay at least 6 feet away from one other.
- Face coverings shall be worn at all times in the laundry room
- It is recommended to wash hands before and after touching machine nobs, doors or other surfaces in the laundry room.
- Community Spaces (Lounges)
- Community spaces shall be set up in a manner that allows anyone in the area to be at least 6 feet from one another.
- Activities with large groups or that require close contact, such as playing cards, shall not be permitted in the community rooms.
- Face coverings shall be worms at all times in community rooms.
MOVE-IN DAY PROCEDURES
Residents will have the opportunity to move their belongings into their room the week before the start of the academic year.
- All residents will have an assigned time that will be sent to their NDC email account in early August.
- If your time does not work for you, please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule.
- Due to the number of Residents we need to move in, changes will be made on a limited basis.
- Move in outside of your scheduled time will not be permitted.
- Residents are permitted to bring up to a maximum of three guests with them to help drop off belongings.
- All guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
- In order to reduce the possible spread to our community, guests helping Residents move in are asked to leave campus immediately after dropping Residents and their belongings off.
The Office of Residence Life will not approve any roommate changes for the foreseeable future in an effort to avoid cross-contamination of spaces.
If a student is suspected to have, or is diagnosed with, COVID-19, a plan for isolation has been developed and must be followed. That plan can be found at the Plan For Staying Healthy web page in this site.
A community agreement that outlines all guidelines will be shared with you prior to your arrival to campus. You must review and accept this agreement before moving in.
We look forward to welcoming you to campus in August and are confident you will do your part to help keep our community safe. If you do not believe you can uphold these standards and need to discuss your housing arrangements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
Director of Residence Life
Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator