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On-Campus Housing COVID-19 Policies & Procedures for Safe Return: Fall 2020

In alignment with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance, the following measures are being put in place to maintain a safe and healthy on-campus housing experience.

Occupancy: Total occupancy for on-campus residence halls will be limited as approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

In residence halls with shared bathrooms (Citrus and Oaks), as many students as feasible will be given single room occupancy assignments. In rare occasions. No more than two students may be placed in a room. Students will be given bathroom shower and stall assignments and asked to abide by those assignments.

In suite style housing with private bathrooms (Vista), as many students as feasible will be given single room occupancy assignments. No more than two students may be placed in a room or share a bathroom.

In rooms with double occupancy, furniture will be reconfigured and vinyl barriers/curtains will be put in place to maximize social distancing and safety.

 

Preventative Guidance: In accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following guidance is provided to students.

 

  • As much as possible, students are asked to stay in their rooms while in the residence halls.
  • Students are expected to wear face coverings in any settings where others are present, including classrooms, offices and buildings. Students need not wear a cloth face covering when alone in a private space, residence hall room, while eating in the dining hall, while engaging in personal grooming in bathrooms (i.e. showering, brushing teeth), or while outside and engaging in social distancing.
  • Students will be asked to maintain six feet social distancing from others when on-campus. Students may momentarily come closer when passing in hallways, stairwells, elevators, in restrooms, or as otherwise necessary.
  • Students are asked to not congregate in any area, especially common area lounges/game rooms, kitchens, or areas of high traffic such as bathrooms, hallways, and stairwells.
  • Students may not relocate or move furniture from set locations in lounges and other common areas.
  • Mini-fridges and personal use coffee makers are permitted in resident rooms, but should not be shared with others. Appliances with outside heating elements, microwaves, toasters, and toaster ovens are not permitted in resident rooms.
  • Visitors/guests will not be permitted in residence halls. This includes residents from other halls or floors. Exceptions to this are parents, guardians, or support persons (i.e. authorized visitor) assisting student in conducting university-related business or personal care. Authorized visitors/guests will need to check-in at the Campus Safety Office and comply with all university policies and guidance, including COVID-19 policy and visitor guidance (See Appendix F). Authorized visitors/guests, as much as feasible, will be asked to wait outside of residence halls. Student-hosts are responsible for their authorized visitors’ behavior.
  • Students will be encouraged to use totes in shared bathroom facilities and encouraged not to place personal items directly on counter surfaces in bathrooms.

 

Illness, Prevention, and Symptom Check Guidance:

 

  • All students will be required to conduct symptom checks, including temperature checks, daily and prior to going to class, dining halls, or other scheduled campus activities where they may come in contact with other students or employees.
  • Students living on campus who have a fever of 99.9 F or higher or are experiencing one or more of the other CDC articulated symptoms, or are otherwise ill, may not attend class or activities on campus, the dining hall, or public areas, and should immediately notify the Student Health Center and should stay in their room.
  • Students in residence halls will be expected to participate in targeted surveillance testing in regular intervals conducted in accordance with guidance from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and university processes.
  • In alignment with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and university Self-Screening, Testing, Tracking, and Quarantine policy, students may be temporarily relocated to a self-isolation/quarantine location or asked to isolate or quarantine in place for 14 days or as long identified.

 

Environmental Health and Safety:

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: Common areas (i.e. bathrooms and lounges) and frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, elevator switches and buttons, grab bars) will be disinfected three times a day by Custodial Services. Hand-sanitizer will be placed at entrances of each building and in common areas. Only EPA approved disinfectants will be used.
  • Air Conditioning and Heating: HVAC systems will be evaluated to identify options to enhance filtration and ventilation through a variety of means. To the maximum extent possible, ventilation will be increased in all buildings, and open windows and doors as well as other modifications will increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in offices and other spaces (See Appendix J).
  • Elevator capacity will be posted and is limited to the number of people that can be accommodated while maintaining a 6- foot physical distance. When traversing the campus or navigating the hallways, individuals should remain observant of their path of travel, pausing when necessary to allow traffic to pass to support social distancing.

 

Common Area Use and Access:

  • Access and use of kitchens/kitchenettes, game rooms, community lounges, etc. will be restricted or modified to limit use and congregating.
  • Gaming (i.e. pool, ping pong) equipment will not be available for use.
  • Kitchen, kitchen equipment (i.e. pans, pots, utensils) and shared kitchen appliances (i.e. refrigerator, stoves, toaster, toaster ovens, and coffee makers) will not be available for use. Community microwaves will continue to be available. Residents will be asked to wipe down (disinfect) microwaves before and after use.

 

Move-In: Move-In process for Housing and Residential Life will be modified to maximize safety precautions and social distancing. Specific modifications will include:

  • Residents will be pre-assigned a 2-hour move-in window the week of August. 24.
  • Residents with roommates or suites will be asked to not be-present in room or suite during suitemate move-in window.
  • Residents may have up to two helpers assisting them to move-in. Helpers will be expected to abide by university COVID-19 guidance and policy, including engaging in social distancing, wearing of face covering, and staying home if ill or symptomatic. Residents are asked not to bring children or non-helper friends or relatives.
  • Helpers and residents will be asked to complete a symptom check during move-in check.
  • Residents will receive a PPE packet upon move-in. Packet will include face covering and door opener.
  • Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available in specific areas

 

Any student not complying with any provision of COVID-19 policy or guidance will be asked to leave campus. Any violation of this policy risks the health and safety of the university community and will be grounds for corrective or disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.

Additional information is available at laverne.edu/housing. For questions, please contact housing@laverne.edu.

To read more information, please visit the University’s Safe to Return Plan for Fall 2020.