Residential Life plan

The Department of Residential Life strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment, in which students can thrive. The risk mitigation plan has been guided by the science and data behind the pandemic and with the safety of our students, staff, and communities foremost in mind.

COVID-19 Packing List

  • Face coverings (re-usable, washable)
  • Hand sanitizer, alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cleaning supplies (ie, sanitizing wipes)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Thermometer
  • If applicable and possible, an extra month supply of any prescription medication
  • Any resources needed to complete classwork remotely

Enhanced Cleaning

Campus Facilities will implement an enhanced cleaning protocol for residential facilities to best serve students and meet CDC guidelines, including:

  • Cleaning of high touchpoints in common areas will increase.
  • Restrooms in community-style residential halls will be cleaned twice daily during the week and once daily on weekends
  • Private suite-style bathrooms will not be cleaned by the university to prevent unnecessary entry into rooms.
  • Each suite will have a labeled cleaning caddy to be used to clean or wipe down bathrooms and common areas if desired.
  • Students need to take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and take steps to ensure the safety of roommates/apartment-mates, adhering to CDC cleaning guidelines.

Room moves

To limit opportunities for transmission, room moves are currently restricted. These restrictions will be continuously assessed and revised in phases throughout the the 2020–21 academic year. Progression through these phases is based on the status of COVID-19 in our community and the recommendations of health experts.

At this time, we are limiting room moves to those necessary for student health, safety and accountability (including, but not limited to, isolation/quarantine, facility repairs and student conduct sanctions). Students may contact their residence hall coordinators for assistance or questions regarding room moves.

These restrictions will be reassessed and may be revised in early October. Continued social distancing, use of face coverings and monitoring symptoms with #CampusClear may allow us to ease these restrictions.

Space utilization/restrictions

Residential Life will be limiting or closing common space. No reservable space. No classroom usage. Limited elevator occupancy. Limited common area furniture. Posted occupancy limits for common areas.

Student expectations

Residential Life required residents to sign a contract addendum prior to moving in.

Isolation/Quarantine

Students exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19 will be instructed to isolate or quarantine in designated locations. Residential Life has identified space which can be used for quarantine/isolation, if necessary. Students who test positive will be encouraged to isolate at home if it is safe and possible to do so.

A student will be released from isolation/quarantine following receipt of ‘release statement’ from Public Health. The student will be directed to provide Residential Life a copy of their release statement. Upon receipt of the release statement, Residential Life will work with the student on returning to their permanent housing assignment.

Visitation/Hall Access

To limit opportunities for close contact, visitors to Residential Life facilities are currently restricted. These restrictions will be continuously assessed and revised in phases throughout the the 2020–21 academic year. Progression through these phases is based on the status of COVID-19 in our community and the recommendations of health experts.

At this time, off-campus visitors and visitors from other residence halls are not allowed. The following individuals may enter Residential Life facilities and must follow current MU safety guidelines and expectations:

  • A building’s assigned occupants
  • Essential MU employees
  • Approved external service providers (including, but not limited to, delivery services and maintenance contractors)

These restrictions will be reassessed and may be revised in early October. Continued social distancing, use of face coverings and monitoring symptoms with #CampusClear may allow us to ease these restrictions.