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University housing

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Your new family

Concordia University is a community. For those of you who live on campus, Concordia is also your home. Our residence life staff are working hard to ensure your home is ready and waiting for you. We are committed to ensuring your physical, mental, and spiritual health and can’t wait to welcome you home to Concordia.We continue to study best practices for residence life. At this time, we do not anticipate setting occupancy limits. Rather, roommates and suitemates will be considered a “family unit,” while residence hall floors will function as a close network. Smart screening protocols will be implemented to mitigate the risk of spread within residence halls. Cloth facial coverings will be required when in hallways and public spaces within residence halls. We will also implement the following practices:

Residence Life plan

  • Residents
    • Wear facial coverings
    • We discourage residential students from leaving campus except for essential supplies; if you have to leave we recommend the use of masks
    • Reminder: vending machines will remain turned off and empty, except for PPE
    • We highly recommend you connect with family and friends by phone/online and to postpone non-essential plans to visit
  • Suites
    • No outside guests or residents of other suites/halls
    • Beds and desks must be 6 feet apart, no bunking
  • Bathrooms
    • One person in the bathroom at a time, we highly encourage sanitizing the space after use
    • We discourage sharing of toilet paper and other bathroom essentials (i.e., soap, shampoo, conditioner etc.)
  • Common areas
    • Everyone must maintain social distancing
    • No more than 10 people should congregate
    • Facial covering must be properly worn at all times
  • Food preparation areas
    • One person may prepare food at a time
    • Food must not be left on the counter, stove, or other locations in the common area; this means no community food in the common area (i.e., cupcakes, cookies, candy, etc.)
    • Both clean and dirty dishes are not to be left on the counter or other locations in the common area
    • You must use your own dishware, which includes pot, pans etc; and it should be stored in your room, not the common area
  • Laundry
    • Clothes cannot be left in the washer, dryer, or the common area
    • Facial covering required

Arrival and Fall move-in

A staggered move-in process will reduce campus traffic and help us maintain physical distancing during move-in. This protects you and your family members as you settle into your Concordia home. Residential students will receive an email by mid-July with instructions on scheduling a move-in time.

Guests and visitors

No outside visitors will be permitted in residence halls during the semester.

Housekeeping and disinfection

Housekeeping practices in residence halls will be increased. This includes cleaning and disinfecting communal restrooms, kitchens, and lounges. Housekeeping will continue to focus on disinfecting high-touch areas with an EPA-approved product per CDC guidelines. Disinfectant and disposable toweling will be made available so that students can self-disinfect their personal living areas as needed.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19

To protect the health and safety of all, students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be fully supported with special considerations involving academic, food, social connections, and housing (whether that is an isolated room on campus or returning home if feasible).

Lounges, common spaces and restrooms

Common spaces in the residences halls including kitchens, laundry rooms, hall lounges, and study rooms will have capacity limits and follow scheduled closures for cleaning. Cloth facial coverings will be worn by all individuals while in hallways, lounges, bathrooms, and other public spaces within residence halls.

Halls with common bathrooms will use physical barriers, the removal of service of sinks and urinals to accomplish physicals distancing. In addition, restrooms will follow scheduled closures for cleaning.

Moving safely around campus

No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

At check-in, each resident student will receive a kit of basic PPEs and health screening items, along with clear instructions on how to best use them and what steps to follow if you feel ill or have a temperature. A cloth face covering will be provided. Students may also wear their own cloth face coverings. We are requiring face coverings be worn by all students, faculty, and staff in public spaces, such as hallways, classrooms, and auditoriums where minimum social distancing (6 feet) cannot be assured.Students are encouraged to not share personal items that are difficult to clean, which may include electronic devices, books, pens, and other learning aids.