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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.

When can new residents move into their residence hall for spring 2022?

On the Boston campus, new residential students must move into their hall between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9. Students cannot move into their hall outside of these time frames, as they will need to check in with the MCPHS COVID-19 Team upon their arrival. Students will be able to choose their arrival time when they receive their housing assignment. Classes begin on January 10. 

Worcester move-in day for new residential students will be Thursday, January 6. Detailed instructions regarding move-in will be sent to new residential students in early December.

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.

When can returning residents return to their residence hall for spring 2022?

On the Boston campus, returning residential students are welcome back starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 9. Classes begin on January 10.

Worcester residence halls will remain open for current residential students during the break.

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 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.

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, however, as with all students, those with exemptions are required to wear masks at all times in common areas. The only time students are permitted to remove masks is in their own room or suite. Additionally, students with vaccination exemptions are required to test twice per week, thereby allowing for close monitoring with rapid isolation and contact tracing in the event of a positive test result.

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

University policies regarding face masks 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. Any 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, have been limited in use or capacity 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 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. 

Masks must be worn at all times during the move-in process.

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?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate. 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 reside with or have been in contact with a positive case must contact the COVID-19 Team for quarantine guidance based on their immunization status and symptoms.

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?

MCPHS students are permitted to have other MCPHS students as guests in the residence halls provided that they are in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 testing protocols. Instructions regarding ongoing testing frequency can be found on the COVID-19 Testing Schedule webpage.

Non-MCPHS guests are not allowed.

Is testing a requirement for MCPHS students visiting another MCPHS residence hall?

Any MCPHS student who visits another MCPHS student’s residence hall will need to be in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 testing protocols. Off-campus MCPHS students must provide a negative pre-arrival test administered within 72 hours prior to their arrival. Instructions regarding ongoing COVID-19 testing protocols can be found on the COVID-19 Testing Schedule webpage.

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