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2020-2021 Academic Year Housing and Dining

Saint Louis University, in consultation with local health departments, as well as SLU’s own public health and infectious disease experts, developed plans to safely house residential students for the 2020-2021 academic year.  

  • Rooms in residence halls that would typically house three or four students (i.e., triples and quads) have been limited to two students each (doubles).
  • Some apartments have been reserved for isolation and quarantine space.
  • Strict public health safeguards have been adopted for all on-campus housing.
  • Common areas in residence halls have been reconfigured for reduced seating and occupancy. In some cases, common areas are closed. Cleaning and sanitizing of public and community spaces, including community bathrooms, have been increased.
  • No off-campus guests or visitors are allowed in residential spaces during the academic year. This includes non-SLU guests and SLU students who live off campus. Students who live on campus will be able to visit one another in residential buildings.
  • Face masks are required in all common areas, including hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, etc.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at residence reception desks and hand sanitizer stations have been installed at all residential building entrances. Residents also have access to sanitizing wipes for common areas and high-traffic surfaces.
  • Training on public health measures, COVID-19 symptoms, and appropriate response has been provided for all staff who live in residential buildings, including student staff.

Dining On Campus

The meal plan for the spring semester will begin January 22.  For hours and the latest information, visit DineSLU.

Guest Policy 

Here is a reminder of the current expectations for guests:

  • Inter- and intra- building visitation can happen with residents as long as all roommates are in agreement
  • Students may only have up to double the occupancy of the assignment in the space at any given time, including those assigned to the space. For example:

    • A single occupancy room may have up to two residents.

    • A double occupancy room may have up to four residents.

    • A double occupancy suite may have up to four residents in an individual suite room.

    • A four-person apartment may have up to eight residents.

  • All guests and residents must wear masks while inside the room/apartment while visitors are present, for the duration of the visit. If food/beverage is being consumed, students should maintain social distance and replace masks as soon as possible (or move masks aside briefly to take a drink).

  • Overnight guest visitation is suspended until further notice. 

  • Non-residential SLU visitors will not be allowed in the residential buildings. 

This practice will remain in effect until further notice. Modifications to the guest policy may be implemented if the need for additional restrictions are warranted to slow the spread of the virus. 

Common Spaces Use

 In each building, SLU's Housing and Residence Life staff has provided guidance about appropriate and safe use of lounges. Please pay close attention to the occupancy limitations and remember to adhere to the 6-foot social distancing and mask use expectations. As with any other area of campus, if students are found responsible for violating these requirements, they will be referred to the Office of Student Responsibilities and Community Standards for judicial action. It is advised that neither eating nor drinking occur in lounge spaces with others present.  

Have Questions?

Find answers to frequently asked questions about SLU's housing response to COVID-19.

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