Intersession 2021 HousingA limited number of students, including those enrolled in face-to-face courses, participating in approved research, or working on campus, will have access to campus during the Intersession term. For those students, it is important to review the following:
- Royals Safe Together: Please note that the guidelines in place during the Fall 2020 semester will continue during Intersession. Please review the rest of the Royals Safe Together website for additional information.
- COVID-19 Test: Students who are returning to campus after spending time elsewhere (i.e., spent at least one overnight off campus) are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result via their Student Health Portal by noon on Saturday, January 2. Students who tested positive in the previous 90 days are not required to submit a negative test, but must upload their positive test result into the Student Health Portal if they have not done so already. If you tested positive on campus during the Fall semester, you do not need to upload a test result. Students cannot access campus until this result is received. All COVID-19 tests must be PCR tests, and be dated on or after December 30. Students should self-quarantine while awaiting test results.
- Housing: Housing will be limited to students taking campus-based courses, or otherwise approved to be on campus. Housing for approved students will open at noon on Sunday, January 3.
- Dining: During Intersession, Dining Services operations will be limited to the DeNaples Center. Hours of operations are available on the Dining Services website.
- Campus Operations: The University remains closed to visitors. Students who do not have approval to be on campus for Intersession courses or other activities cannot visit campus during Intersession.
General Housing Information
Face Coverings in Residence Halls
- Face coverings are not required when students are in their assigned residence (room,suite, or apartment) and the only other person(s) present is their assigned roommate(s). Residents in apartments are permitted to remove face coverings within other areas of their apartment so long as only residents who share the apartment are present.
- Given that students may not know if they can maintain social distancing, face coverings are required any time students leave their residence, including going to building common spaces or bathrooms.
Residence Hall Bathrooms
- In buildings with multiple community bathrooms on a floor, students will be assigned a specific bathroom for their use, and limited occupancy in the bathroom spaces will be implemented.
- Increased cleaning procedures will be in place for all community bathrooms, which may mean the bathroom is closed during certain parts of the day.
- In-room custodial services (trash removal and vacuuming) in first year and sophomore residences will be paused this semester. Students will be given instructions on trash disposal at the beginning of the semester by their Resident Assistants.
Residence Hall Guests
In order to limit community spread, it is necessary to limit contact between people in close quarters. Accordingly, no non-University guests and no overnight guests will be allowed in residence halls during the spring semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the precautions regarding international students and those from CDC designated states?
- Students from international locations or from designated states must complete a 14-day quarantine in Pennsylvania prior to their arrival on campus or must quarantine in their residence hall room or private residence.
- Students are encouraged to complete their quarantine with family or friends. In the event that they are unable to do so, students are asked to contact the Office of Residence Life to confirm a quarantine plan.
- The Office of Residence Life will contact impacted students to determine their plans.