Residence Life Living

Please note: we are currently operating in a shelter in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Shelter-in-place means that:

  • Students will remain in their residence halls and on their floor, abiding by social distancing and masking guidelines. Movement about campus is permitted for:

    • Picking up grab and go meals from Cheney.

    • Testing at the Health Center.

    • Attendance at labs that have been pre-approved by Academic Affairs to be held in person.

    • Studying in the Learning Commons and in the Campus Union. The first and second floors of the Learning Commons will be available as 24-hour study spaces. In each location, students must be masked and maintain safe social distance.

    • Outdoor recreation (with no more than 2 people exercising together). The track will remain accessible to the campus community.

If you choose to return home:

  • You will not be allowed to return to campus for any reason until the spring semester begins in January 2021.

  • You must notify Residence Life of your intention no later than Sunday, November 1 at 6 PM, with your departure from campus no later than Monday, November 2. Please complete this Return Home/Shelter in Place Form with your intentions. 

  • Move out procedures will be established by Residence Life to minimize the flow of traffic and people to and from campus. An email will be sent shortly with important information about that process.

  • If you remove all of your belongings from your residence hall room (even if you have returned home already for quarantine or isolation), the College will provide a pro-rated refund (three weeks) for paid room and board charges. Adjustments will also be made to non-merit based financial aid to account for the reduced time on campus. We will guarantee you housing for the spring, as near as possible to your current space. The pro-rated refund is offered only to students who move their belongings out as we may consolidate students who remain on campus and will use the vacated rooms. No refunds will be given if you leave belongings in your room or if you do not notify Residence Life of your intention before 6 PM on November 1 and move out by the end of the day on November 2. 

Some students will not be able to return home, including international students and those who are student teaching or completing internships or clinical rotations. The plan for remaining on campus until the end of the semester remains, however, you may be consolidated into another living space to allow for additional quarantine and isolation, along with thorough cleaning and sanitizing. 

Policies in the Buildings

Our goal is to create as safe an environment as possible in our residence halls. Some of the policies that will be in place to promote safety are:

  • Each residence hall will have a designated entrance and designated exits and directional signs throughout the building.
  • Plexiglass barriers at all reception desks.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are being installed at all entrances.
  • Elevator capacity will be restricted with signage provided the maximum number of persons allowed.
  • No guests from outside the College (including family) will be allowed in the residence halls at any time.
  • Students may have one Springfield College visitor (a fellow enrolled student) at a time in the residence hall.
  • Bathrooms will have enhanced cleaning
  • Lounges will have reduced capacity based on the square footage of each space.
  • Traditional water fountain usage will not be in service.
  • Residence hall kitchens will be closed. (and no cooking or food preparation will be allowed in hall kitchens)
  • Communal games (e.g., ping-pong, billiards) will be removed.
  • Laundry facilities use will be scheduled and laundry room capacity will be limited, as indicated on the signage in each facility.

Despite these necessary safety changes, residence hall staff will continue to build community through virtual and in-person programming (mostly outdoors while the weather is nice).

Additional Preparation Steps

Some of our ventilation actions include:

  • Cleaning all ducts and ensuring all extant ventilation is working properly;
  • Encouraging students to bring window fans for their rooms (Currently working with Facilities to gather window sizes by Res Hall and provide this information to our students);
  • Hall staff will inspect all room windows and work with Facilities to replace any missing or broken screens;
  • At move-in hall staff will ensure all hallway windows and outside doors are open to create a cross breeze (secure door stoppers supply); and
  • Service Gulick Hall ACs to ensure effective functioning.

Bathroom work includes the following:

  • Facilities will be surface cleaning early morning (begin approximately 5:00am) - wipe down sinks, toilet handles, etc.
  • Facilities will complete enhanced cleaning mid morning, after morning high traffic hours (approximately after 9:00am) - sanitize showers, mop floors, etc
  • Facilities will complete surface cleaning mid-afternoon prior to end of shift (by 2:00pm) - wipe down sinks, toilet handles, etc.
  • Each building will have a bathroom cleaning schedule posted and shared with residents
  • Bathrooms will be closed for student use during enhanced cleaning process
  • Display proper hygiene posters in all bathrooms (Hand washing, using trash cans, etc)
  • Encourage residents to minimize the time spent in all shared bathrooms to 15 minutes or less
  • No cell phone use is permitted in shared bathrooms to minimize the spread of germs
  • Signage posted: Maximum capacity in each bathroom at one given time based on number of fixtures per bathroom (Toilets, Showers, Sinks, etc)
  • In traditional halls, morning shift schedules will be created to help provide predictable shower access given lower occupancy limits 
  • Signage posted: Limited bathroom activities - No hair cutting, bathroom trash only, no personal storage, etc