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Residence Halls

Health and Safety Protocols and Policies

The following adjustments have been made to living and shared spaces in the residence halls in order to create social distance and maintain health protocols.

Lobbies and Common Areas 

  • Furniture removed and stored so that lobbies can be used as a socially distanced waiting area
  • Contactless drop off area established in the lobby for deliveries
  • Work room furniture to be arranged with workstations 6 feet apart

Cleaning and Maintenance

Residential Life works closely with campus partners for the ongoing cleaning, maintenance and servicing of the residence hall facilities. This includes:

  • Adhering to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintaining logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection
  • Conducting regular cleaning and disinfection of facilities and more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk areas used by many individuals and for frequently touched surfaces
  • Providing and maintaining hand hygiene stations throughout the residence halls
  • Providing disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g. light tables, sewing machines, washing machines) can be wiped down before/after use
  • Coordinate with Residential Life on protocol for performing routine and emergency maintenance on student residences and quarantine spaces

Public Health Education for Students 

Students are routinely educated on aspects of personal protection, hygiene practices, and what to do if they become ill. Residential Life will continue to implement a multifaceted educational campaign in conjunction with FIT Health Services to provide this information to residents.


Additional policies have been designed to be in compliance with current state and local guidelines and are subject to change as conditions may change and guidance may evolve. They are designed to provide the safest living environment possible and are reliant on each member of the residence hall community to uphold them not only for their safety but the safety of others. Campus officials have the right to enforce these policies at any point to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action as well as progressive sanctions as high as suspension or expulsion and/or removal from on-campus housing (and permanent denial of campus residency). Please be advised that Residential Life reserves the right to modify these policies at any time. Updates will be communicated to all on-campus students by email

An outline of these policies includes:

  • Reduced use of communal facilities including bathrooms, lounges, and laundry rooms.
  • Personal hygiene expectations
    • Face coverings are required whenever going outside your apartment/suite/room and walking around the buildings.
    • Students must sanitize their hands whenever entering their residence hall.
  • Group Gatherings
    • Face coverings are required and social distancing must be maintained, regardless of the number of attendees in the gathering.
    • Groups of 10 or less are allowed in common areas only.
    • No more than 3 students may gather at a time in apartments/suites/rooms and face coverings are required.
  • Laundry Rooms
    • Face coverings are required.
    • Students must adhere to posted occupancy regulations.  
    • Students will only use machines and not linger before/after use.
  • Lounges/Work Rooms
    • Face coverings are required in lounge spaces. 
    • Lounges are only open from 8 am to midnight. 
    • Students must adhere to posted occupancy regulations.
    • Residents must properly clean their work area when done using sewing machines and equipment.
  • Visitation
    • No overnight or day guest visitation is allowed. 
    • Residents are unable to visit other residence halls. 
    • Residents who are receiving deliveries will receive contactless deliveries in a designated lobby area.

Quarantine Protocols 

If a student becomes ill/tests positive for COVID 19, they must comply with a transfer to an isolation space on campus if necessary or may be required to relinquish campus housing and return to their primary off-campus residence until such time as it is determined they are no longer infectious.

All students who are identified by contact tracing must comply with a 14-day quarantine in place where required. Services will be coordinated by Residential Life for students in isolation/quarantine and staff will conduct daily monitoring of students in isolation/quarantine.

All students must agree, and be prepared for at all times, for full campus shelter-in-place restrictions when and if it is determined that the prevalence of confirmed cases reach a certain level or it should otherwise be required by New York State or campus authorities.

Students will be responsible for additional costs of meal services during shelter in place or quarantine. Students on a meal plan will have meals deducted from their meal allowance. If the student does not have sufficient remaining meal allowance, they will be billed for the additional cost.