Housing and COVID-19

August 18, 2020

Residential Housing Peregrine Hall

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, housing has made significant changes to policies and procedures this year that will affect many aspects of your living experience. If you look in the housing move-in welcome guide, you will see changes to how you will move-in to what you will need to bring.

Here are some specific changes we have made to keep our residents safer.

Updates and Changes to Campus Housing

Building Changes

  • All filters in housing have been replaced with higher-rated filters.
  • Acrylic sneeze guards have been placed at both desks and at the Griffin package distribution area.
  • Since February, housing has increased disinfection of high touch areas across the community. New disinfectant and equipment has been purchased to assist with this task.
  • The Griffin Computer Lab will be spread out to encompass all second floor common areas. The Peregrine computer lab will be moved to Peregrine 300 East.
  • The package checkout system has become no touch for the foreseeable future.
  • We have set aside more space to accommodate grocery deliveries in both buildings.
  • Common rooms, other than computer labs, are not available for student use.
  • Water fountain drink spouts have been covered and only the bottle-filling stations remain.
  • Signs have been placed around the community to remind people to social distance, walk right in hallways, wear face coverings and other important COVID-19 information.

Policy Updates

  • Laundry room occupancy has been reduced to one person at a time.
  • Elevator occupancy has been reduced to two people at a time with designated standing areas and areas to wait for the elevator.
    • An emphasis has been placed on people using stairs this year as opposed to elevators. Each stairwell has signs instructing students to social distance and how to appropriately pass each other.
  • Move-in (normally two days of high traffic) has been spread out over ten days in order to make social-distancing easier.
  • Face coverings are required for all people who enter University Village.
  • Housing will do in-person, outdoor programming and virtual programs this year.
  • Guests are not currently allowed at University Village and we will continue to review this policy throughout the pandemic.

What You Can Do

  • The flu vaccine will be required for all campus residents this year.
  • Housing residents will be required to fill out PNW Daily Self-Screen tool by 11 a.m. every day.
  • If students will be out of the community for more than two consecutive nights, they will need to fill out the Notification of PNW Housing Absence Form.

Prior to arriving on campus, every member of the campus community will be asked to fill out the PNW Daily Self-Screen found on the PNW app or directly at this link.

Since housing residents are already on campus, this self-screen must be done each morning before 11 a.m.

If you are going to be away from campus housing for more than two consecutive nights, you are exempt from the daily pre-screening while you are gone, but you must fill out the self-screen on the day you return, prior to returning to campus housing.

For tracking purposes, please notify housing of your absence from the community by filling out the Notification of PNW Housing Absence Form.

Residents who fail to complete this daily self-screen will be reminded by email to complete it. Residents who consistently fail to complete this self-screen may be asked to leave campus housing.

Once residents have symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19, they are first encouraged to call their healthcare provider. After contacting their healthcare provider, residents are requested to contact housing at 219-989-2996 and Colin Fewer, the Dean of Students, at fewer@pnw.edu.

Housing has designated 20 isolation and quarantine apartments for students in the event a housing resident would need to be removed from their current space in order to deter community spread of COVID-19. If a student is determined to need to be isolated or quarantined, the following will occur:

  1. Housing senior staff on duty will contact the resident.
    1. If the student is off campus, senior staff will suggest the resident remain off campus for the duration of their isolation/quarantine. If this is not possible, the student will be allowed to come back.
    2. If the student is on campus, housing staff will instruct the student to remain in their bedroom, pack a bag for two weeks and await a call back.
  2. Senior staff will verify the room to be used and then call the student back and give them exact instructions as to how to get to their isolation/quarantine room.
  3. The resident will head to the isolation/quarantine room. The door to the apartment will be propped open.
    1. Each room will have food, linen, pillow, towels and toiletries in a bin or box along with instructions for their stay.
    2. Residents will have access to one bedroom.
  4. Once in this isolation/quarantine room, students may not leave until the required isolation or quarantine period is over, unless they need to leave to see a healthcare provider.
  5. Students will call senior staff on duty at 219-989-2996 with any needs they may have while they are in this room.
  6. If students want food beyond what is already in the room, students will need to order groceries and food to be delivered to their hall and call senior staff on duty to have their items delivered. Items delivered to the room will be set outside for the resident to retrieve.
  7. Once the quarantine/isolation period is finished, residents should call senior staff on duty who will confirm their ability to leave the space.

Need More Information?

For more information on housing’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Resident Handbook, where you will find all the updated policies and procedures for this year.

For more information on the university’s response to COVID-19, go to the PNW and Coronavirus webpage.