Residence Hall Protocols
Following the State of Connecticut's guidelines for reopening university campuses this fall, CCSU will open seven residence halls. Significant modifications in occupancy rates will be implemented, in addition to numerous health and safety precautions, equipment, and resources. These include:
- Face masks must be worn in public areas of residence halls including hallways, stairways, bathrooms, and common areas. They are not required in a student's own room. Students in the residence halls will be expected to wear masks anytime they answer their door or are outside of their respective room/suite.
- Social distancing in public spaces (lounges, meeting rooms, hall bathrooms) is required (though many of the public spaces, including shared kitchens, will be closed). Students will not have access to lounges, computer labs, kitchens, or other common areas, so that the potential for cross contamination can be reduced.
- To maintain 6-foot spacing from others, elevator capacity in the residence halls will be limited to one person per elevator at a time. Additionally, the stairwells in some residence halls will be designated as either “up” or “down” stairwells.
- The maximum size of any suite will be capped at four students to promote effective social distancing.
No outside guests are allowed inside residence halls, including students from other residence halls. Students may visit with residents of their assigned hall or make arrangements to meet others in safe spaces elsewhere. Visits will be limited to one guest per room and two per suite. During visits with fellow residents, everyone in the room must wear a mask.
- Virtual floor communities will be established. Through regular meetings and activities, Resident Assistants will build virtual relationships among residents. In the event of a full campus shutdown, RAs and residents already will be able to stay in touch for the duration of the semester.
- Students residing in the traditional halls with common-area bathrooms will have limits regarding how many people can be in the bathroom at a given time; 6-foot social distancing should be maintained in the bathrooms. Students who reside in suites or apartments with private bathrooms will not be permitted to leave personal belongings in the bathroom areas. All personal items need to be kept in individual bedrooms.
- New cleaning protocols have been developed for high-touch areas. Cleaning and disinfecting products will be provided throughout the building, and the frequency of cleaning public areas and bathrooms will be increased.
- Residence Life and student staff members are receiving additional training in health and safety regulations.