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Residence Halls

Will MCPHS residence halls be open this Fall?

Yes. Based upon the most up to date guidance and medical consultation, all bedrooms will be single occupancy. Some students will share a bathroom with one or two other students. Students will only be charged for the double room rate.

Students must practice physical distancing throughout common areas in residence halls, including designated study spaces, common areas/lounges, laundry rooms, elevators, hallways, and common floor bathrooms (where applicable). Cleaning/disinfecting protocols will be established consistent with CDC guidelines, with special attention paid to shared communal restrooms. Directional and/or circulation patterns may be established to guide the flow of foot traffic in hallways or common areas. Signage, training, and coordinated messaging will communicate protocols and safety measures.

Can students attend fully online classes but still live in the dorms?

Students who have gone through the housing selection process on the Boston or Worcester campus and also chose online options for the fall semester are still permitted to live on campus in extenuating circumstances. If you are going to be fully online, please contact Residence Life on your respective campus for additional guidance (see contact info below).

Will I need to wear a mask in my suite or apartment?

Residence hall rooms in a suite or apartment create a "Unit". Members of each Unit will be encouraged to physically distance as much as possible in their shared space but are not required to wear cloth face coverings or masks within their room, apartment, or suite.

Will I need to wear a mask in common residence hall spaces?

Students must practice physical distancing throughout common areas in residence halls, including designated study spaces, common areas/lounges, laundry rooms, elevators, hallways, and shared floor bathrooms (where applicable).

Cloth face coverings or masks must be worn outside of individual student rooms and suites except for eating and showering or grooming. This includes all common areas of the residence halls.

Some space amenities, such as shared kitchens, gyms, and small common spaces, may be closed or limited in usage as CDC guidance and social distancing best practices dictate.

Are there cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place?

Residential common areas will have increased frequency of cleaning protocols throughout the day and evening. Students will be responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and other non-shared spaces within the residence halls.

How and when do I get my MCPHS ID Photo

In order to gain access to our residence halls, all students MUST complete the process to get their MCPHS ID. Students will not be able to move into the residence halls without having completed the ID badge process. Submit your ID Photo by August 14th, so we can have your ID at check-in. Below you will find the instructions that were previously sent out from Information Services.

Please follow all guidelines to ensure your ID photo is not rejected:

  • Be sure that the filename of your photo is your ID #, i.e. 0456789.jpg
  • Photos should be in color and within the last year.
  • You must be the only person pictured in the photo.
  • Photos must be clear, front view, and be a full headshot.
  • Photos should be taken against a plain, light-colored background with adequate lighting.
  • Please no sunglasses or hats.
  • Photos should be submitted in jpeg/jpg format.
  • Think of this as a passport photo.

When you're ready, submit your ID photo using our online ID Photo Submission form.

When are the Boston campus move-in days?

Move-in will be held on August 25, 26, and 27 in order to maintain physical distancing. You should have already received an email from the Residence Life Office with a link asking you to select your move-in date and time.

Each move-in time slot will be two hours long, and students must adhere to their scheduled time slot and will not be allowed to arrive outside of the designated arrival times. Detailed instructions for move-in will be shared with housing assignments. For more detailed information please see the Boston Accepted Student move-in day page.

When are the Worcester campus Move-In Days?

Move-in will be held over a three-day period on August 26, 27, and 28 in order to maintain physical distancing. You should have already received an email from the Residence Life Office with a link asking you to select your move-in date and time.

Each move-in time slot will be two hours long, and students must adhere to their scheduled time slot and will not be allowed to arrive outside of the designated arrival times. For more detailed information, please see the Worcester Accepted Student page.

Am I limited in what I can bring to the residence hall?

We ask students to limit belongings to necessities and limit their personal belongings to the contents of one standard laundry cart (approximately 42x26x30) and one suitcase at move-in. As our community experienced this past spring, we had to change quickly when faced with a public health crisis. To maintain flexibility in our operation, we ask students to limit belonging in case a public health emergency requires rapid closure of the residence halls.

Visit the Boston MCPHS Move-In Page for information on what each room comes with and what to bring to the residence hall you are assigned. Please Note: No additional furniture is permitted into the residence halls.

Our Mailroom cannot accept packages for students prior to their arrival due to limited space. You may order items to arrive at the campus after you have arrived. We encourage the use of our local City Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, right in the Fenway Area, both of which allow pre-order and pick up.

Can I request to change my room?

Room change requests cannot be honored. Room Assignments are subject to change if the University deems necessary.

Can I bring guests?

Each student may bring one guest, such as a family member or friend, to assist them with move-in during their two-hour window. That guest must also obtain a COVID-19 test not more than seven days before move-in, and must be prepared to provide proof of a negative test result. Cloth face coverings or masks must be worn at all times during the move-in process.

What happens if someone in my residence hall tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has been in contact with a positive case, or has symptoms, they will be asked to quarantine or isolate. If they are unable to travel home, they will be moved to a designated room for isolation. Students residing in a Unit with someone who requires isolation or quarantine may also be asked to quarantine to mitigate any further spread.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

What if I have changed my mind and no longer want to live in residential housing?

If your plans have changed and you are not planning on housing with us, please reach out to the appropriate office below. If you request to no longer live on campus, your housing deposit will be credited to your Fall 2020 bill.

Will guests be allowed in the residence halls?

No. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is necessary to limit contact between people, particularly in the residence halls. Accordingly, guests will not be allowed in any residence hall. Only students who reside in each hall will have access to that hall. Students will not be allowed to visit a residence hall in which they do not reside.

Will there be any social activity allowed?

MCPHS staff will create virtual, limited in-person programming to engage the residential population aimed at building connections, supporting the mental health of our community, and relieving stress to support the residential community.

Flexplan 2020

Flexplan Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall

Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall.

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COVID-19 Team Contact Information

Phone:
617-732-2798

Email:
covid19team@mcphs.edu

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.