COVID Guidelines - Residence Halls

As we welcome back our students to our CavNation residence hall neighborhoods, we recognize that the guidance provided by federal, state and local health officials continues to evolve daily. In order to best help our residential community remain safe and healthy, limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19, and continue to deliver an engaging academic and student life experience, we are providing detailed guidelines for residential living at Walsh University. 

It is required that all students adhere to all our residential policies as well as any new University policies specific to COVID-19. Doing so is important not only for your own wellbeing, but for the safety and wellbeing of those around you—other students, faculty, staff, and our community neighbors, especially those who are elderly, immune-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable to COVID-19. Failure to comply with these policies may result in a referral to the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office. Walsh University reserves the right to take interim measures—including immediate removal from university housing—to protect the campus and surrounding community members. 

In addition to these COVID-19 policies, the Walsh University Student Handbook is a guide for student conduct and behavior. The handbook contains standards, guidelines, regulations, and procedures pertaining to academic integrity and non-academic behavior, and policies for all undergraduate and graduate students. In the event of any inconsistency between the Walsh University Student Handbook and expressed COVID-19 policies, the COVID-19 policies govern. 

General Residence Hall Guidelines

We are taking the necessary precautions to reduce risk for spread and ensure the residence hall environment is as safe as possible. These include the following:

  • Residence Hall Guest Restrictions
    ♦ Guests (non-residents and campus visitors) will not be permitted.
    ♦ Residents may only enter the residential building to which they are assigned, with the exception of Lemmon Hall/Commons classrooms and the Olivieri Towers Connector.
  • Residents will be required to wear face coverings at all times when they are outside of their family group (see “University Family Group Guidelines” below).
  • Room Capacity by Type (setting maximum for number of students by room type to ensure physical distancing).
  • Computer Labs (setting maximum capacity, possible secondary location for computeruse, and online time slot sign-up)
  • Laundry Facilities (setting maximum capacity and online laundry time slot sign-up)
  • Study Lounges (setting maximum capacity and online time slot space sign-up)
  • Social/Common Lounges (closed or setting maximum capacity/repurposed)
  • Designated Campus Routes (Reducing crowded sidewalks by having students enter through one means and exit through another, etc.)
  • On Campus Delivery Protocols (provide standards for no contact delivery, meeting the deliverer outside, no in-hall entry permitted from off-campus deliverers for food, supplies etc.)
  • Cavs Closet/Cavs Cave (Closure or Development of Standards for use; virtual browse and bag for pick up from those interested/in need of use)
  • Providing Sanitation & Protective Items (placed in rooms for students in need and/or checkout process at desk for cleaning products).
  • In-Hall Laptop Rental (one to two per hall for students in need) 

Family Group Guidelines

  • We consider our collective residence halls to be a “neighborhood” for our residential community and all individual housing assignments (singles, doubles, suites, quads, and apartments) have been designated as “University Housing Family Groups”. Accordingly, the following guidelines will be followed:
  • While with your housing family group, residents are not required to physical distance while in your living space. University Housing Family Groups should still adhere to best practices regarding reducing risk of spread.
  • If anyone outside a resident’s housing assignment family group enters the room/suite, face coverings must be worn.
  • All University Housing Family Groups will complete a cleaning contract as part of their Roommate Agreement. 

Residence Hall Room Furniture

Furniture inside dorm rooms will be configured for health and safety. Students may bring outside furniture – but it must be approved by the Residence Life office. Bunking will not be permitted, and all furniture will be set at six feet distance from the second set of furniture in the space. Special housing accommodations will be allowed where possible for those with pre-existing conditions. 

Stay On Campus Order

As students arrive in the residence halls, the University strongly recommends students remain on campus for the first two weeks to minimize chance of spread of the virus and risk to the community. Throughout the semester, students will receive regular campus updates to alert them to health advisories and reinforce best practices to minimize risk. 

Isolation Residences

The term “isolation,” as defined by the CDC, is used in reference to the separation of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Thus, in the case of COVID-19, isolation will be required for those who have tested positive for the illness. Several residential apartments have been designated to serve as isolation locations in the event a student presents symptoms and cannot return home. Student Affairs and Academic Support Services staff will work to ensure meals are delivered to those students and support continued learning.

2020 Resident Move-In