Residential halls/apartment and Dining Services will all be open after Thanksgiving until the end of the semester. Since there will not be in-person classes we are aware that many students will elect to remain at their home residence and not return after Thanksgiving. Since you are allowed to stay in your room and use the Dining Services during that timeframe, there will be no change in the room and board fees.
Students living on campus are required to wear face coverings when in common areas of their residence hall/apartment buildings, including places like hallways, lounges, laundry rooms and bathrooms (when possible). They are not required to wear face coverings or maintain social distancing in their room or apartment with a roommate(s). If a guest is present in the room or apartment, everyone should wear face coverings.
Lounge spaces are being reconfigured to promote social distancing. Hall kitchens will be available but will be limited to use by one student at a time. Students should plan to bring their own cooking items (such as bowls, utensils, cookie sheets, measuring cups, etc.) if they plan to utilize the kitchens. Front desks will not be staffed at this time, but staff will be present and available utilizing the duty phone.
Standard cleaning of the restrooms will remain daily as in previous years. There will also be an enhanced disinfection process that will occur daily in the restrooms, lounges, laundry, entrances and other high traffic areas. Students are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their own individual rooms and apartment units.
Concordia is following Minnesota Department of Health guidance and requests that students with roommates set up their beds to allow at least 6 feet between the heads of their beds.
Students may have guests in their rooms or apartments, but the number of people in a room will be limited by the ability for all those present to maintain social distancing. Face coverings are required when guests are present. No overnight guests are permitted at this time.
When only their roommate is present, students are not required to wear face coverings or practice social distancing (although they may choose to). With regard to the face covering/mask recommendations, roommates will be considered a "household."
It is important for students to have clear communication with their roommate about expectations for behavior. At the beginning of the year, resident assistants will assist students in creating roommate contracts that will include a section on COVID-related behavioral expectations. Resident assistants and hall directors/area coordinators (live-in professional staff) are excellent resources if students need help navigating these important conversations.
Residence Life is committed to providing community-building opportunities. Resident assistants will focus on one-on-one and small group activities to allow for social distancing.
All students in the traditional halls have a resident assistant on their floor and apartment residents have a building manager. The students in these roles are sophomores, juniors, or seniors and they are trained in communication, conflict mediation, crisis response, and are knowledgeable about other campus resources. Additionally, all traditional residence halls have a live-in hall director or area coordinator – a full-time, professional staff member. They are excellent additional resources.