Campus Life and Housing
Details surrounding whether those switching to in-person classes will have access to on-campus housing and details of the housing assignment process for the spring semester will be shared on this FAQ and in the Return to Campus Update as those decisions are finalized.
Housing guidelines will remain the same for the spring semester.
- In order to maintain lower density in residential spaces, students will only have access to their assigned residential building and floor. Students will have access to laundry facilities in their building or a nearby building.
- Students are prohibited from hosting “small, informal meet-ups” of any size and having guests (unaffiliated visitors or Vanderbilt students) in their assigned residential units, including in individual rooms and common spaces within suites, apartments, and lodges.
- Students are encouraged to socialize outdoors or in commons areas, while practicing physical distancing, with friends who live in other residence halls.
- Our residential buildings are open 24/7 and there is no curfew in place for students. Students are encouraged to check the website for the hours of other non-residential buildings on campus.
- Common area spaces in the residence halls like study spaces and lounges are open. We have rearranged furniture in those spaces so that it is set in accordance with physical distancing guidelines.
- Students are expected to abide by physical distancing protocols when in commons spaces. To assist students with distancing, we have reduced and rearranged furniture in commons spaces. Students should follow posted guidelines that will help identify ways to yield to others and outline maximum capacity in various space. The success of our Return to Campus Plan will hinge on all of us working together to follow posted guidelines and practice healthy behaviors like wearing a mask in public spaces.
- Due to challenges with appropriately sanitizing these spaces, shared kitchen spaces in residence halls will be closed.
- In residential bathrooms, students should practice physical distancing and follow any additional posted guidelines for use.
The university has implemented several practices to support the health and wellness of residential students. These practices include enhanced cleaning and sanitization and physical distancing guidelines for commons spaces:
- High touch areas like door handles and elevator buttons will be cleaned throughout the day. We are installing foot pulls or arm pulls on many doors within the residential building. Hand sanitizer stations will be posted at all building entrances, exits, and near elevators.
- Common area bathrooms will be cleaned twice a day. Bathrooms will have a standard cleaning in the morning and a deeper cleaning and sanitization in the evenings.
- Common area spaces in the residence halls like study spaces and lounges will be open; to encourage physical distancing, we have rearranged furniture in those spaces. Students should follow posted guidelines that will help identify ways to yield to others and outline maximum capacity in various space.
- Students will be expected to wear face masks in public spaces like hallways and common areas. In residential bathrooms, students should practice physical distancing and follow any additional posted guidelines for use.
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