Will students be able to choose their rooms or will they be assigned?
New and transfer students will be assigned their rooms. New student housing assignments are expected to be confirmed the first week of August. Returning students will participate in a room draw process in later July.
Will all rooms now be singles or can I still have a roommate?
Students will live in singles or in multiple occupancy rooms where sleeping spaces are divided by a wall or door. So, while many students will be in singles, there will still be students in multiple occupancy rooms.
Will there be a Room Draw process this year for returning students? If so, when and how will it work?
Yes, we still plan to have a room draw process. More information will be forthcoming, but the anticipated timeline for the process is July 13-August 7 with the draws.
Room draw will be similar as in the past, but there will be some differences. Room draw will consist of hall groups of various sizes in every dorm (2 person to 10 person). This will allow students to live near a friend or with a group of friends. We know that sense of social support will be especially important for students this fall. In addition, having students living near friends will also assist with contact tracing efforts. The draws will still be determined by class year and priority number. So, seniors will still get to have top choice of dorms. Because we will be doing hall group draws, there will not be class quotas for the dorms. Students should be able to choose their hall groups without worrying about class years of their friends. Groups will be prioritized according to the highest class year and best priority number of group members.
I have a housing accommodation through Access Services. Will I still receive my accommodation?
Yes, Residential Life will assign new students their housing taking into consideration their housing accommodation. Residential Life will be in touch with returning students who have housing accommodations within the next week to share how the process will work for them.
Since dorms will have decreased capacity, will there be enough beds for everyone?
The truth is that we do not yet know. Enrollment projections and models are challenging in a pandemic so we are all going through this process together. We hope to have more information available to guide us based upon the enrollment response forms that are due July 9.
Is it possible that students may be asked to live off campus or in apartments or hotels for their housing?
New students will be guaranteed campus housing. The college cannot rule out any possibilities for housing for returning students until we have a better idea of how many students want to return for in-person instruction. We are exploring all possible options in case we need them. Our hope is that we will be able to provide students beds on campus who want them, but recognize that interest may exceed our capacity.
I plan to study remotely for the fall, but would like the option to return and live on campus for the spring. Is that possible?
It is too early to know what dorm capacity will look like for the spring semester, so we can’t give an accurate answer at this time. There will be several factors that will influence our bed space for the spring —including whether or not study away programs will resume in the spring, how many students want the option to return, etc. Of course our hope would be to offer housing to as many students as possible for the spring semester. We just don’t know what will be possible at this time.
When we will be moving into the dorms for the fall?
The exact dates for move-in are still being determined, as move in will need to be coordinated with any college plans for testing upon arrival. It is possible that students will move in according to scheduled appointment times/blocks during the week before classes begin. More specific information and dates will be forthcoming soon, as we understand that students and families need to make plans.
Last year there was air conditioning provided in the dorms and rooms where that was possible. Will that be the case again this year?
Yes, the plan is to have air conditioning available in the dorms and rooms where that is possible. Unfortunately, air conditioning isn’t possible in all dorms or in all rooms, but the college will provide a/c in the spaces where it can do so.
What if I need to stay on campus over winter break-how will that work?
At this time we believe that we will still provide campus housing for eligible students over winter break. Students will apply for this housing later in the fall semester. The cost to stay on campus for winter break housing will be available when applications are finalized.
What will life be like in the dorms? Will we have assigned bathrooms, showers, and shower times?
While there will be health and safety guidelines that students will need to follow, our hope is not to over-regulate if it is not necessary. Students typically norm into habits and a rhythm of using the bathrooms and other common area spaces in ways that we believe will still work effectively. Our goal will be to give parameters to students (such as minimizing time and number of people in the bathroom as much as possible) and give students some responsibility and agency for how the guidelines will be established and upheld.
Will I be able to have guests?
Students will only have card access to their own dorms. Students may still visit friends in other dorms, but will be a guest of the resident they are visiting. So, the person you are visiting will need to let you into the dorm, and you are expected to only visit in that person’s room. Students may not have guests in the dorm who are not members of the Bi-Co.
Will there still be hall hangouts?
Yes, the DLT will still be planning opportunities for students to interact. The hangouts will be a combination of virtual and smaller in-person events in the common areas.