Forward Together: Housing & Residence Life

Pearce Hall

Housing and Residence Life/Safety First

While we have all seen the ever-changing information and recommendations for COVID-19, we assure you that we are staying current and constantly educating ourselves about trends, best practices, safe guards and recommendations. If new information comes to light, we may change guidelines for housing on campus. We will notify any changes through Housing and Residence Life staff and Methodist student email.

Housing and Residence Life – Forward Together

In the interest of the health and safety of our Monarch Family, all students, staff, and guests must follow all safety protocols on campus. Even when optional, the N95, KN95, or KN94 masks are strongly recommended and will be distributed as possible on campus. If you are eating in the lobbies, please make sure you are physically distant from others and that you take care to clean your space when you are through and that you dispose of your trash in the dumpsters outside the building. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our areas clean and sanitized before and after use especially in common areas. There are cleaning products available.

Reduced Density

In order to increase physical distancing, Housing & Residence Life has developed arrangements to reduce the population of some residence halls where possible. Please make sure you are following occupancy guidelines in the lobbies and laundry rooms.

We ask you to only bring 2 guests to help you with moving your items in the Residence Halls. Please make sure your guests wear face masks. This will help with reduced density and keeping everyone safe.

Roommate Agreements

Professional staff will build upon the existing practice of roommate agreements and community standards to facilitate mutual roommate understanding. Emphasis will be placed on adherence to guidelines related to visitors, cleaning practices, food sharing and honest communication when concerns arise. All residents will be asked to complete agreements and talk about their roommate rights and shared responsibilities.

Room Changes & Neighborly Behavior

Due to community cohort assigning and living with students you share the same space, we will not allow room changes unless the Residential Coordinator authorizes the move to another similar community of peers. Communication is the key to a successful roommate experience. Please communicate with your roommate and suite mates during the agreement conversation process.

Learning to live with students around you is challenging but it can also be exciting. Being part of a community that is spending more time in their rooms than on campus in classrooms needs to be understood and respected. Be aware that some buildings have thinner walls and floors where noise and every day activities sound amplified at certain times of the day and night. Again, we ask that you be aware that other students around you are studying, in class, or sleeping. Be courteous and aware!

Health & Safety Checks

To promote the health and welfare of our students, health and safety room checks are completed during the first week of every month. Your Resident Assistant will communicate about the dates and times for your area. It is the shared responsibility of residents for adhering to approved guidelines for everyone’s health and safety.

Common Spaces & Lobbies

Common spaces may be altered to reduce density, and residents will be expected to follow approved current guidelines for cleaning, wearing of masks, refraining from large events, etc. Students will be asked to follow all space occupancy guidelines.

Facilities, Cleaning, & Isolation Planning

Facilities, cleaning, and isolation planning has been altered to lower risk of exposure and promote the health and safety of all residents.

Additional Cleaning

Custodial Services will work in partnership with Housing and Residence Life to continue cleaning and disinfecting in residential buildings. Students are asked to keep their personal areas sanitized and clean with disinfecting spray, cleaning wipes, and any other equipment they need to clean showers, sinks, surfaces before and after individual use. We need to be responsible for our own spaces and keep all shared areas clean after use.

Isolation & Quarantine Planning

Methodist University’s Epidemic Response Team has a comprehensive plan to isolate or quarantine residents as needed. The students will be tested by the Student Health Center on campus, asked to quarantine where they live or in an area designated by Housing & Residence Life. Students may be asked to quarantine elsewhere after a specific amount of time due to limited resources, meal delivery limitations and space availability.

The Student Health Center will be monitoring and communicating with the students throughout this process.

Questions?

Contact us at forward@methodist.edu, our dedicated email address for COVID-19 communications.