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Residence Halls

Will MCPHS residence halls be open this fall?

Yes. However, based on the most up-to-date guidance and medical consultation, capacity may be 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 will be established consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, with particular 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.

When will the halls open for residents to move in?

Boston halls will open for fall residential students to move into campus on August 31. Classes begin on September 2, 2021. 

Worcester move-in is scheduled for Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31. Detailed instructions regarding move-in will be sent to new residential students in early August.

All students who are moving into the residence halls for the first time will need to provide a negative pre-arrival test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival. Instructions regarding ongoing COVID-19 testing protocols will be shared with all residential students.

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 for fall 2021.

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 are encouraged to physically distance as much as possible in their shared space but are not required to wear masks within their room, apartment, or suite.

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

University policies regarding masks/facial coverings will apply to the residence halls. While mask requirements remain in place, masks must be worn outside of individual student rooms and suites except for eating and showering or grooming. Masks are required in all common areas of the residence halls. Changes to the mask policy will be shared as necessary.

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).

Some space amenities, such as shared kitchens, gyms, and small common spaces, may be closed or their use may be limited in accordance with CDC guidance and physical distancing best practices.

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 will have increased frequency of cleaning protocols throughout the day and evening. In addition, students will be responsible for cleaning their bedrooms and other nonshared spaces in the residence halls.

All students moving into the residence halls for the first time will need to provide a negative pre-arrival test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival and test again immediately upon arrival to campus.

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 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 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 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.

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, they will be asked to isolate. Students who have been in contact with a positive case will be instructed to monitor for symptoms and may be required to quarantine. A student who cannot travel home 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 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 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 bill.

Will guests be allowed in the residence halls?

MCPHS students will be permitted as guests in the residence halls provided they are in compliance with University COVID-19 testing protocols. 

A decision regarding non-MCPHS guests will be made later in the summer in consultation with the COVID-19 Team and communicated to residential students.

Will social activities be allowed?

MCPHS staff will organize 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. In-person programming will adhere to all state public health guidelines.

COVID-19 Team Contact Information

covid19team@mcphs.edu
617.732.2798