Fall 2020 COVID Related Information

Move-In Procedures

DURING MOVE-IN

  • Move-in will take place over three days (August 14-16)
    • Each resident will be assigned an appointment (day/time) to move in
    • No more than 1/3 of the capacity of each building will be moving on any given day, and will be spread out among floors and wings for density mitigation
    • Face coverings will be required for all persons entering the building during move-in and beyond
  • Residents will only be allowed two (2) family members or friends to assist with move-in
  • There will be no University organizations or groups assisting with move-in
  • Only four (4) persons will be allowed in an elevator at one time
  • Furniture will be marked appropriately to indicate where students may safely sit 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Social Distancing – We will expect all faculty, staff and students to maintain appropriate measures of social distancing when inside any office, residence hall or apartment.
  • Face Coverings – 
    • In accordance with the University directives, all faculty, staff and students must wear masks or other face coverings except in their private office or residence or where impractical. For an on-campus resident, this means that face coverings must be worn anywhere within the residence halls with the exception of your assigned room; this includes elevators, stairwells, hallways, study rooms, lounges and the laundry room. 
    • Residents will be required to wear a face covering when an authorized staff member (including custodial, pest control, or maintenance staff) needs to enter the resident’s room in order to complete university business. The staff member will also wear a face covering during this interaction.  If the resident is unable to find their mask, the staff member will provide them with a disposable mask.

SIGNAGE

  • Signage in the form of infographics will be placed on the back of every resident room entrance door indicating COVID-19 symptoms, social distancing measures and face covering standards
  • Signs will be posted both inside and outside each elevator, limiting elevator occupancy to four (4)
  • Stickers, consisting of a green check or a red X, will be placed on all public area furniture, indicating where residents may safely sit to appropriately social distance.
  • Pawprint stickers will be utilized on floors in high-traffic areas to indicate distancing for lines

Fall 2020 COVID-19 Related FAQs

Do I have to wear a mask?

In accordance with the University directives, all faculty, staff and students must wear masks or other face coverings except in their private office or residence or where impractical. For an on-campus resident, this means that face coverings must be worn anywhere within the residence halls with the exception of your assigned room; this includes elevators, stairwells, hallways, study rooms, lounges and the laundry room. 

Will I still have roommates?

Yes, the on-campus residence halls with a traditional floor plan will house two students per room and a total of four students to a restroom. Just as in your own household, these groups of students will be considered as family units.

Will the room/bathroom be cleaned?

Our custodial contractor will thoroughly clean and sanitize each room and bathroom on campus prior to the beginning of each academic term. Daily cleanliness and healthy hygiene habits will be the responsibility of each individual resident.

What about the laundry room and public areas?

Custodial contractors will continue to clean all residence hall public areas more frequently, including study rooms, lounges and the laundry room.  All public area furniture will be marked to promote physical distancing.  All elevators will move to a 4 person maximum occupancy.

Will there still be floor meetings?

Floor meetings will be conducted virtually so that residents can still receive the necessary information from the comfort and security of their own room.

What if I or my roommate gets sick?

Should any student feel symptomatic they are required to go to the Student Health Center for testing. We have an isolation procedure in place that proved effective during the beginning stages of the pandemic.  The infographics from the Student Health Center will outline all the steps that should be taken and will be happy to answer any questions a resident may have regarding symptoms.

What measures are in place for students diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19?

Residents who are determined by the Student Health Center to need testing must return to their permanent home (if within a 3-hour driving distance) to isolate immediately after testing until they are released from isolation and given permission to move back to their campus assignment. Those who cannot safely return home for isolation will be housed temporarily in one of 20 rooms at Spirit or Gibbs Houses. Other members of the affected resident's "family unit" will quarantine in place in their assigned room unless they become symptomatic. All meals will be delivered to residents who are in isolation or quarantine.

Will I have to sign anything regarding COVID-19?

Yes, all SHSU students living in residence halls must complete a housing COVID 19 agreement prior to receiving their key, and it will be kept on file. This is to ensure residents understand and comply with new guidelines and procedures.