COVID-19 Requirements for Living On Campus — Spring 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following requirements and guidance from federal, state, and local agencies. In an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at Puget Sound, we have developed the following requirements for students living on campus. All students living on campus will be required to acknowledge that they have read and agree to uphold these requirements by signing this document when a student moves on to campus. Please carefully consider if you can fulfill these requirements as you decide whether to return to campus for spring semester.  


On-campus residents must abide by these requirements. All alleged violations of the requirement will be referred to Rights & Responsibilities for a fair process through our conduct procedure. Abiding by these requirements is paramount to the safety and well-being of our community. As such, if you are found responsible for violating any of these requirements three times, you could be removed from campus.


Face Coverings 

Students must wear face coverings in all campus residences outside their bedroom. Students must wear them:

  • In lounges, common spaces, and hallways; 
  • If you have a suitemate, flatmate, or housemate in your bedroom; and
  • In bathrooms. Your face covering may be removed only while doing personal grooming that is not possible with a mask on (e.g., showering, brushing teeth, washing face, etc.).

You may remove your face covering ONLY when:

  • In your personal bedroom with your roommate;
  • In the bathroom when grooming; and
  • When eating.

Students are expected to launder and care for their own cloth masks and are responsible for any costs associated with cleaning their cloth masks. Information on recommended face coverings and instructions on the use of and care for face coverings is available from the CDC. Vented masks and bandanas are prohibited. Puget Sound will provide two cloth masks, but encourage students to bring a week’s worth of cloth masks in order to reduce the possibility of transmission. 


Guests 

Residence halls and houses will ONLY be accessible to Puget Sound Community Members. A Puget Sound Community member is an enrolled student, a staff member, and a faculty member. See below for more specific information on our guest requirements. 

Common Areas:

  • Puget Sound students visiting on-campus residences are allowed to meet in the residence’s common spaces (i.e. lounges, living rooms) while wearing face coverings and remaining 6 feet apart.
  • No more than the posted occupancy, or 5 maximum students, is/are allowed to gather in any space at one time. 

Bedrooms:

  • Only students living in the same residence hall or house are allowed to access the bedrooms of students living in the same hall or house.
    (For example, if you live in Schiff Hall, you may only have residents of Schiff Hall in your bedroom. 
    Both students must wear face coverings and remain 6 feet apart.)
  • Only 1 guest may be in a bedroom at any time.

Non-Puget Sound Community Members:

  • Non-Puget Sound Community Members are not allowed in on-campus residential spaces. 
  • Prohibited individuals would include, but not be limited to, family, friends from other colleges or universities, significant others who are not currently enrolled, etc.
  • During move-in and move-out processes, follow instructions from Residence Life.

Bathroom use for guests - Guests may use the bathroom assigned to their host. The guest will be required to disinfect it after use. Disinfecting supplies are provided and will be found in the bathroom.

On-Campus residents are responsible for ensuring that their guests abide by all university policies.

COVID-19 Testing and Daily Screening

All residential students are required to complete a daily screening and weekly testing. Students can access the daily screening on their myPugetSound. Information about testing will be sent in January and all campus residents will be expected to comply with those requirements. 


Common Areas in Residence Halls:

Common areas have been adjusted to a maximum capacity to ensure social distancing. 

  • Lounges: Students must follow posted capacity signs, wear face coverings, and remain 6 feet apart. 
  • Community Kitchens: Community Kitchens will be open for the spring. Only one person can use the kitchen at a time. Students must clean and sanitize everything before and after using the kitchen. This includes the countertop, oven knobs, fridge handles, sink handles, and light switches. Supplies will be provided.
  • Community Laundry: All residence halls have community laundry room(s) available for residents to use. Students will be required to follow the posted occupancy signs, remain six feet apart at all times, and wear a cloth face covering while using the space. Cleaning supplies will be available for students to disinfect before and after use.