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Residence Halls

Are MCPHS residence halls open?

Yes. However, based on the most up-to-date guidance and medical consultation, capacity has been reduced in some living areas.

Students are encouraged to continue practicing 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 are consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, with particular attention paid to shared communal restrooms. Safety measures and protocols have been communicated through signage, training, and coordinated messaging.

Can students with no in-person classes live in the residence halls?

No. Only students who are enrolled in hybrid or in-person courses may elect to live on campus.

Do students with approved exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccination share residential spaces with students who are vaccinated?

Yes. Students with approved exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccination share residential spaces with students who are vaccinated.

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

Masks are optional in residence hall spaces. 

Students are encouraged to continue practicing 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).

For questions about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations and COVID-19, please contact the Office of Student Access and Accommodations (OSAA) at OSAA@mcphs.edu or 617.-879.-5995. You can also visit the OSAA COVID Information Website.

Are there cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place?

Residential common areas have increased frequency of cleaning protocols throughout the day and evening. In addition, students are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their bedrooms and other nonshared spaces in the residence halls.

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

We ask students to limit personal belongings to necessities only, and to limit such belongings to the contents of one standard laundry cart (approximately 42 x 26 x 30 inches) and one suitcase at move-in. In addition, to maintain flexibility in our operation, we ask students to limit belongings in case a public health emergency requires rapid closure of the residence halls. 

Our mailroom cannot accept packages for students before their arrival due to limited space. However, you may order items to arrive at the campus after you have come. The Boston campus encourages the use of our local city Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, right in the Fenway area, both of which allow preorder and pickup.

Can I bring guests to help on move-in day?  

Each new student may bring two guests such as a family member or friend, to help them move in during their two-hour window. Guests 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. 

Can I request to change my room?

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

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

Following CDC guidelines, everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home and isolate from other people for 5 full days regardless of vaccination status. If cleared from isolation on day 6, you must wear a mask (KN95, KF94 or N95) mask at all times while around others until the completion of 10 full days.

Individuals exposed and have not tested positive, that are not vaccinated or up to date with vaccination (received primary series but not the booster and eligible) must quarantine following exposure for 5 full days and test on day 5 after exposure. You must wear a mask (KN95, KF94 or N95) at all times while around others until the completion of 10 full days (days 6-10).

Individuals exposed and up to date on vaccination (primary series plus booster, if eligible) and are not displaying symptoms, do not need to quarantine but must test on day 5 after last exposure and must wear a mask (KN95, KF94 or N95) at all times while around others until the completion of 10 full days. If at any time you display COVID-19 related symptoms, you must test and stay home until results are released.

Residential students will be expected to isolate at home in most cases. Residential students with extenuating circumstances that prevent them from isolating at home will work with Student Affairs to determine if special arrangements can be made for them in designated isolation accommodations. Nonresidential students will be asked to isolate in their off campus housing or at home.

Students who are in isolation or quarantined should contact their faculty regarding their academic coursework.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation separates sick individuals with a contagious disease from individuals who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of individuals 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 the residence halls?

If your plans have changed and you no longer wish to continue living on campus, 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 bill.

Are guests allowed in the residence halls?

Yes. Non-MCPHS visitors must be fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, and be able to provide documentation if asked.

Residential students are:

  • required to sign-in their guests
  • responsible for their guests while on-campus
  • required to escort their guests at all times
  • willing to attest to their guests' vaccination status via the sign-in form

Are social activities allowed?

MCPHS staff has organized both virtual and in-person programming to engage the residential population, support the mental health of our community, and relieve stress to support the residential community. All in-person programming adheres to state public health guidelines.

COVID-19 Team Contact Information

covid19team@mcphs.edu
617.732.2798