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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.

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. Within the next week, you will receive your housing assignment. When you receive your housing assignment, you will be asked 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?

Students must limit their personal belongings to the contents of one standard laundry cart (approximately 42x26x30) at move-in. We ask students to limit their belongings to necessities.

We will be sharing more details about what to bring to campus along with housing assignments. We will also provide shipping information for students to ship items to campus if needed.

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 72 hours before move-in, and must be prepared to provide proof of a negative test result. Guests who do not obtain a negative COVID-19 test within the required time frame will not be permitted inside MCPHS facilities. Cloth face coverings or masks must be worn at all times during the move-in process.

I plan on moving into the residence halls this month, what if my parents do not want to get tested?

Since the start of the pandemic, MCPHS has demonstrated a commitment to protect the health and safety of all members of the MCPHS community. MCPHS University is a private institution that may restrict access to its property as it sees fit, and it has limited access to its campuses since March 2020 in order to protect its students, faculty, and staff. As part of the University's ongoing efforts, students residing in University residence halls during the Fall 2020 semester are not permitted to have guests. MCPHS has decided to make an exception to this policy when students move in, by allowing each student 1 person to assist the student during their assigned move-in time, provided that such persons provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the prior 72 hours. Parents and friends of students are free to decline to take or provide the results of a COVID-19 test, but those who exercise this right will not be permitted to enter MCPHS buildings.

I am coming to MCPHS from outside of Massachusetts. Do I need to self-quarantine for 14 days?

Yes, for most states and all countries. However, the governor of Massachusetts has waived the self-quarantine directive for travelers coming from the nearby states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

We suggest that you check this website regularly. Guidance regarding quarantining may change at any time based on recommendations from the state and federal government, and the CDC.

I am not coming from one of the states with a quarantine waiver and need to self-quarantine. What do I do?

Our hope is that students will have the ability to come to Massachusetts two weeks before the start of the semester and quarantine with family, friends, or in a hotel. However, we recognize that this may be a challenge for some and encourage those students to contact the office of Residence Life directly if these are not an option:

We suggest that you check this website regularly. Guidance regarding quarantining may change at any time based on recommendations from the state and federal government, and the CDC.

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 else do I need to do to secure my place in a residence hall?

We will be asking students to sign an updated portion of our Housing Contract prior to finalizing housing assignments and individual move-in details. Please look for future communication regarding that process.

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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