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The University has developed a consolidated housing plan for students who were granted exemptions to live on campus for the remainder of the term. The plan was developed with input from students and public health experts. 

In general, students who currently live in a residence hall will continue to live in a residence hall, and students who live in apartments will continue to live in apartments. But many students will move to new locations. Housing and Residence Life will contact students to let them know about their assignments. Students may choose to live in housing with “standard" or "advanced" precautions. 

Consolidated Housing FAQs

When am I going to be contacted about my new housing assignment? I haven’t heard from anyone yet.

If you don’t receive your assignment right away, we ask for your patience. We want to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in these moves, and that requires us to take time and care. Assignments and moving schedules will be made on a rolling basis. This is because the process depends upon vacant spaces being cleaned and disinfected, which can only happen after spaces have been vacant for a number of days to protect the health of our Custodial Services team. Custodial Services is working as quickly as possible to clean and disinfect all needed spaces to support consolidation efforts.

Will there be a price change based on the move to a new housing assignment?

Maybe. If your new housing assignment is less expensive than your previous housing assignment, you will be charged the lower rate for the remaining months of the semester. If your new housing assignment is more expensive than your previous assignment, you will continue to pay your original rate. So, no student will be charged more than their initial rate; some may be charged less.

What if I don’t like my new housing assignment? Can I still move out?

If you decide you no longer wish to remain on campus, we understand that and will respect your decision. If you do change your mind, please email reslife@slu.edu as soon as possible.

How am I safer in a building where many students live?

In developing this plan, we worked closely with public health experts and they have approved our approach. In working with public health experts, we made sure to go above the minimum recommendations, reaching for the ideal, not just the acceptable. A critical goal of this plan is to reduce the risk of infection among students who remain on campus — and to do everything we can to ensure they leave SLU healthy after finals.

Specifically, this plan:

  • Allows us to space out residents to maximize social distancing practices and mitigate risks.  
  • Meets the needs of our students who are particularly concerned about the health risks posed by COVID-19. 
  • Creates dedicated spaces for those students who could – in the days and weeks to come – contract COVID-19 while living on campus. 

We’ve worked hard to ensure that buildings aren’t packed with students. Buildings that continue to house current students will be under 50% full. Some buildings may be as low as 30% full. Additionally, by limiting building-to-building visitation, we’re also ensuring that many students from outside a building are not in the spaces there. Finally, our Custodial Services team has been educated about enhanced cleaning/sanitation needs and has implemented enhanced cleaning for all common areas, elevators, laundry facilities, etc. in residence halls and apartment buildings.

What does "standard precautions" housing mean?

This housing is basically aligned with St. Louis’ “stay-at home” Order and other University expectations about social distancing and other public health behaviors. SLU facilities crews have implemented enhanced cleaning for common spaces, elevators, hallways and other areas, informed by public health experts. 

Note: At any time, the spread of the virus may require us to increase restrictions for both housing groups in consultation with or at the order of public health authorities. 

What does "advanced precautions" housing mean?

To meet the needs of our students who are particularly concerned about the health risks posed by COVID-19, this housing will include coordinated efforts to minimize face-to-face interactions during essential activities such as obtaining food and doing laundry beyond what is required by the city’s “stay-at home” order. Housing and Residence Life will reach out to students who chose “advanced precautions” by phone to be sure we understand any specific needs and to make any adjustments necessary. 

Note: At any time, the spread of the virus may require us to increase restrictions for both housing groups in consultation with or at the order of public health authorities.

Why can’t I continue living with my roommate/apartment mate?

To go beyond the minimum standards for health precautions established with public health experts, we are ensuring that every single student living on campus will have total control over what happens in their immediate living quarters. While we understand the bonds that develop between roommates, we do not believe being separated into individual spaces for the remaining weeks of the term can undermine those bonds. For most students in this situation, roommates may be able to be placed next door to or just down the hall from their original living spaces, which will continue to provide opportunities to socialize with roommates, with adherence to public safety recommendations.

Why can’t I stay in the Village/Grand Forest?

While SLU does not currently have students on campus who are suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19, we do not believe we will get through the coming weeks without cases. That means we needed ideal isolation facilities for students who fall ill, which the Village apartments provide. Any student who may have COVID-19 will be temporarily relocated to a clean, sanitized Village apartment, where they will be able to remain until medical experts determine it is safe for them to return to their own space. There are numerous benefits to using the Village for this purpose, one important one being that we would not have students who contract COVID-19 living in buildings where they would share common spaces and surfaces with healthy students.

Are there any restrictions in terms of visitors, etc.?

Yes. No non-SLU visitors are allowed in on-campus student housing. No building-to-building visitors are allowed, except in the Grand Hall dining space where 10 or fewer students can congregate if social distancing requirements are met. Room-to-room visitation within a building is not restricted but should be done in accordance with social distancing expectations.

Why can’t I have guests from other buildings or outside the university in my room/apartment?

In an effort to uphold the city and state’s “Stay at Home” guidelines, we are restricting guest/visitation access to all non-residents. This is being done in an effort to keep all on-campus residents living in our community safe. Additionally, our goal to fill buildings to 30-50% of their capacity was to help meet the goal of reducing the number of individuals within a building (reducing traffic in hallways, elevators, etc.) to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Allowing visitors from outside the building would undermine this goal.

Will the restrictions on building-to-building visits remain for the whole spring term?

We believe this is likely, given the trajectory COVID-19 is on. However, should the spread of the virus slow and public health experts determine restrictions on physical distancing can be eased, we certainly will consider whether those factors warrant a change in visitation restrictions.

How can I socialize with other students who remain on campus?

We know that being connected is a key aspect of mental health and well-being. We also know the current limits on building-to-building visitation will be challenging for students who continue to live on campus. We are recommending that pairs or small groups of students find large common spaces in which to socialize, such as classrooms and large spaces in the Busch Student Center and the Grand Dining Hall (when meals are not being served). Additionally, Spring Hall has several classrooms and practice rooms, a chapel, a conference room, and a large living room on the ground level, all of which may be used in adherence to physical distancing and University guidelines for public health precautions. Note: the kitchen in Spring Hall may only be used by residents of Spring Hall. Finally, we encourage you to take advantage of its being spring in St. Louis and sit outdoors (with ample space between you) with those with whom you’d like to study or socialize.

A Message on Maintaining Community and Health from the Interim VP for Student Development 

What happens if I violate a housing/conduct policy?

All residents are expected to abide by all Housing and Residence Life policies, as well as all University policies, and state, local, and federal laws. In addition, residents are expected to uphold the Community Standards in their new living spaces just as they were before. These Community Standards were communicated in the Consent Form you signed upon checking in to your new consolidation assignment. Your commitment to abiding by the Community Standards does not end with these changes. If anything, that commitment should be even stronger, given the public health implications of potential disruptions and violations of Community Standards during this period.

Will there be any expectations about how many people are in the elevator at one time?

We ask students to use their best judgment and the norms around social distancing as they take elevators within their building. Much depends on the size of the elevator and the number of people in it. In general, we’re asking that students not be together in spaces that wouldn’t accommodate 3 times the number of people in the space. So, for example, an elevator that holds 6 people comfortably should only be taken by 2 at a time. Of course, we ask students to use their best judgment: When in doubt, wait for another elevator or opt for the stairs (if able to do so).

What will happen if I get sick? Will I be allowed to remain in my current assignment?

If you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, you should first contact the Student Health Center by phone at 314-977-2323. If it is after hours, ask to be transferred to the nurse on-call. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus, you also should gather necessary items in your Go-Box. (These are items you would need in order to be away from your apartment/room for a couple of weeks if necessary.) HRL will then reassign you to a new space where you can closely monitor your symptoms, continue with academic coursework, and prevent others from becoming ill. The Student Health Center staff and providers will work closely with you while you are ill, and our physician will determine when the ideal time to return to your housing assignment once you have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours and it is at least 7 days since your first symptom onset.

Campus-Related FAQs

Now that SLU has moved to remote learning and working, has access to buildings on campus changed?

Yes. All buildings on the University’s north campus have moved to card-access only, making them accessible by card-swipe by those with active SLU IDs.  On the south campus,  the following buildings are card-access only: Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing building,  Education Union, Allied Health building, Dreiling Marshall Hall.

Will food options still be  available  for students remaining on campus?

Yes. On-campus food operations will continue to provide “grab & go” meals. Please visit Dine SLU for updated information and schedules.

Can I still get food delivered to my residence hall or apartment?
Yes. Food can be delivered to your on-campus residence. If you order food or groceries delivered to your building, please meet the delivery driver outside, if possible, and maintain proper social distancing.
Why is the library currently closed?

The City of St. Louis issued a “stay at home” order that went into effect March 23 and continues through April 22. During this period, Pius XII Memorial Library will be closed.  Digital resources remain available through the University Libraries website. Students should not return any checked-out library materials at this time. Due dates will be adjusted accordingly.

Are there other ways I can access printers or computers while the library is closed?

Students who continue to live on campus can access Billiken Printers in the locations listed below. Students who need access to a computer should email pandemic@slu.edu.

  • DeMattias Hall, Lobby
  • Grand Hall, Lobby
  • Griesedieck Complex, Lobby
  • Marguerite Hall, Lobby
  • Reinert Hall, Lobby
  • Spring Hall, Lobby
  • Busch Student Center, First floor next to St. Louis Bread Co.

Other Housing FAQs

Will there be refunds for students who do not continue to live on campus?

Yes. Students who would typically live on campus, but who have since moved out, will receive a 50% refund for both their housing and dining charges for the spring term. The goal is to process refunds by April 8. Note: Housing scholarship awards will be reduced by 50%.

Will I get a refund if I had a dining card?

Yes. Students who have commuted to SLU and relied on campus dining will receive a refund of any remaining balance left on their dining cards. 

Will there be parking refunds  for students who do not continue  to live  on campus?

Yes.  Students with current parking permits who are no longer living on campus will receive a refund for 50% of the semester parking expense. For any questions, contact the parking office at parking@slu.edu or 314-977-2957. 

What if I need to store my belongings?
Any student whose belongings are still in their spring 2020 housing unit needs to make moving arrangements as soon as possible unless previously discussed with Housing and Residence Life (HRL). Hazzard Moving & Storage in St. Louis is an option for those who cannot come to campus. Any belongings remaining on campus after March 30 will be considered abandoned unless you have been granted a waiver from HRL. If you have concerns about this, please contact HRL at 314-977-2811 or reslife@slu.edu.
What if I don't want my belongings and choose not to return to campus?
Please make every effort to return to campus to pick up your belongings. Remember, you can designate a proxy on the form to pick up your belongings for you if you are unable to make it back to campus. We are handling exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis for those who cannot retrieve their belongings.
What about items that I rented for my room?
Anything you rented from Bed Loft can remain in the room. Futons from Bed Loft are purchased, not rented, so they should be taken home.
What happens to my mail?
As with any other time in the year, if you would like someone else to pick up a package on your behalf, please email slumailroom@slu.edu with the name of the person you are allowing, and then that person will need to bring their own photo ID when they pick it up. In addition, unless you are living off-campus with a mailbox here and/or have no other options, do not have any further mail sent to the mailroom.