Housing Move-in and Assignments
New Students and Transfer Students: Move in will take place over three days in a staggered format (Wednesday, August 26 - Friday, August 28) for our new and transfer students. This will allow us to reduce the number of guests on campus at any particular time. Families will have the opportunity to select a preferred day and time slot for move-in. By Friday, July 24 at 12 noon, new and transfer students will receive an email from Residence Life informing them that their housing assignment (and roommate) is available in PrideNet (instructions will be included with the email).
Returning Students: Move-in will be staggered over the weekend leading up to the start of classes. Returning students will sign up for a move-in slot from Friday afternoon, August 28 through Sunday, August 30.
Each student may have a maximum of two non-students (e.g., parents, siblings) to assist with the move-in process at any given time (other family members can remain in the vehicle).
Starting Friday, July 24 at 12 noon, all students will be able to reserve via PrideNet a spot for move-in on a specific day and at a specific time. Each time slot has limits in terms of capacity, so families are encouraged to be prepared with several preferred time slots.
Residence Life Living
New students will be housed in double rooms in our traditional first-year residence halls. Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests for singles (other than for confirmed medical or ADA accommodations).
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