Residential Life

Safety Phase Orange - Fall Reopening

The Office of Residential Life is working to provide a housing environment that still has a strong sense of community while also following COVID safety expectations.

Face Covering

  • A face covering is expected to be worn any time a student is outside their room.
  • Face coverings are to be worn in residence hall rooms by any non-roomates in the room.

Gus sleeping on a bed

Rooms

  • Rooms are considered a student’s home space and roommates are considered a “family” unit inside their room.
  • Inside their room, roommates do not need to wear a face covering or physical distance.
  • Beds should be at least six (6) feet apart.
  • Beds should not be stacked as bunk beds.

Computer Labs

  • Computer labs will be open and will be arranged to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Computers keyboards will be regularly sanitized.

Kitchens

  • Public kitchens will be open with physical distancing expected.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own cookware and clean and remove it from the area after each use.

Gus lounging on a couch

Lounges/Hallways

  • Furniture will be arranged to allow six (6) feet distance.
  • Checkout of community items will be limited if sanitation cannot be ensured.

Bathrooms

  • Students should maintain six (6) feet distancing in the bathroom, such as using every other sink, wait until there is availability, or use another bathroom.
  • Students should not congregate in the bathroom to wait their turn for a sink or shower.
  • Students should use caddies/bags for to carry personal hygiene items to limit surface touching.
  • Students should do as much personal care/hygiene in room as possible (makeup, hair)
  • Public bathrooms will be cleaned daily by Building Services based on guidance from the MN Department of Health.
  • Cleaning supplies will be available in each bathroom for additional sanitization by students before use if they choose.

Laundry Facilities

  • Six (6) feet distancing must be maintained in the laundry room.
  • Students are expected to wear a face covering in the laundry room.
  • Set a timer to return to get laundry to avoid staying in the laundry room to wait.
  • Minimize time spent in space by folding clothes in their room.
  • Students should not touch the belonings of others.

Cleaning and Sanitation

  • Building Services will sanitize public areas daily, based on CDC guidance.
  • Sanitation products will be in the bathrooms of each building so students can do additional cleaning if they choose.

Residence Hall Access

Residence Hall Access by Phase
Gustavus Phase Visitation Policy
Red Residence Halls closed except by permission to stay.
Orange Student visitation allowed with host (no off-campus visitors). Face covering must remain on in the building and keep six (6) feet physical distance. Hosts are expected to escort guests to common areas and restrooms. Roommates will discuss room policy in their roommate agreement.
Yellow Student visitation allowed with host (no off-campus visitors). Face covering must remain on in the building and keep six (6) feet physical distance. Hosts are expected to escort guests to common areas and restrooms. Roommates will discuss room policy in their roommate agreement.
Blue Student visitation allowed with host (no off-campus visitors). Face covering must remain on in the building and keep six (6) feet physical distance. Hosts are expected to escort guests to common areas and restrooms. Roommates will discuss room policy in their roommate agreement.
Green Regular campus visitation policy - visitation allowed for on-campus students in any residence hall (8 a.m.-11 p.m.), off-campus visitors allowed according to Gustie Guide campus visitation policy.

Roommate Agreement/Roommate Changes

  • Roommates will discuss COVID-19 as a part of completing a roommate agreement at the beginning of the year.
  • Roommates are expected to follow the COVID safety expectations and may choose to be more strict than the Gustavus safety expectations.
  • There will be an expedited room change process for those with health concerns, including an updated mediation policy for those practicing different levels of social distancing.

Building Community in the Residence Halls

  • CFs will be re-imagining ways to build community in the residence halls and follow COVID safety expectations that will include more virtual and small group gatherings.

Room Maintenance Requests

  • Students should still submit a repair request via the online request form.
  • Non-essential repairs will occur during a break when students are not present.
  • Workers entering for repairs that need to occur during the semester will wear gloves and a face covering.

Accommodations Recommendations

  • Students requiring COVID medical accommodations for spaces in the residence halls should complete this request form.
  • Students with emotional support animals (ESA) will be contacted in advance of their arrival on campus to work out plans for their ESAs should they need to go into quarantine or isolation.

Students Living Off Campus

  • Students living off campus should follow the Gustavus COVID safety expectations to help keep all students and employees safe.
    • To not host gatherings of people who cannot keep six (6) feet distance.
    • Do the daily COVID self-screening before coming to campus.
    • If needed, to go into isolation or quarantine in their off-campus house/apartment.
    • To be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing their own living environment.

Quarantine / Isolation Relocation

  • Residential students are required to comply with requests from the Residential Life Office to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, and be in isolation or quarantine until they are approved to return to their assigned space.
  • Students may choose to go home for quarantine/isolation.
  • Students staying on campus may need to move to special quarantine/isolation housing in the Guest House, Church Retreat Center, Southwest Hall hostel, or a hotel. Visit the quarantine/isolation page to learn more.
  • If a student is in isolation/quarantine they are not allowed back into their room for any reason.
  • Students can work with their roommate or the COVID Case Manager to arrange to get any items needed from their room.
  • Students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements for quarantine/isolation.
  • Removal from your residence hall space to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract.
  • At any time, the Residential Life Office may request or require a resident to leave campus housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members.