Residence Halls and Bobcat Village
Information is being provided directly to students who live on-campus from Dept of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL) about modifications and policy changes for on-campus housing. Highlights and some of the key take-aways are included below.
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What steps has the university taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 in residence halls?
NEW CLEANING SCHEDULE
High touch areas in community bathrooms, lobbies, open areas, study rooms, public restrooms, and kitchens will be disinfected twice daily, Monday-Friday, per Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Bathrooms inside student rooms and suites will no longer be cleaned monthly by custodial staff in order to limit staff entry into student living spaces. One deep cleaning of these bathrooms will be completed by staff over winter break.
Tersano Lottus Pro-Aqeous Ozone is the non-toxic disinfectant cleaning system that will be used for these cleanings and it poses no risk to students. It will be used in daily disinfecting, mopping, wiping down high touch areas such as push bars, door handles and knobs, countertops, elevator buttons, etc. For disinfecting and sanitizing bathrooms, Diversey Virex 256 will be used.
What other new policies will be implemented in residence halls and Bobcat village to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
To provide increased care, concern, and safety measures, here are some guidelines we will be following:
- Per CDC guidelines, staff entry into student rooms will be reduced.
- Staff will have recommended face coverings, or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required, when entering student rooms.
- Staff will not enter a student’s room if they are unable to maintain appropriate distancing due to additional students being present.
- Asking residents about their health before entering a student room; being empathetic as well as giving students an opportunity to indicate if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Asking residents if they would prefer to wait outside or down the hall while staff is working. If a resident chooses to remain in room, the resident will need to wear their face covering while we perform service and maintain 6 feet of distance.
- Staff will disinfect their work areas before and after their shift.
- If a student is not present, a “we were here” notice will be left that indicates a disinfection was done as well as any repairs.
- Hand sanitizer stations are provided in every residence hall entry area and will be maintained daily to ensure product is available for student use as they enter and exit the facility.
What restrictions will be put in place in community spaces?
NEW OCCUPANCY SIGNAGE
All public spaces will have occupancy signage available to indicate the maximum number of people who may occupy that space at any given time. Excess furniture has been removed and spaces have been reconfigured to avoid unintentional over-occupancy.
Stoves and ovens in community kitchens will remain in service, but all ice machines, microwaves, and refrigerators will be removed or disconnected. Students will be allowed one small microwave (.7 cu. ft.) and one mini refrigerator (2.5 cu. ft.) in their room. Students are required to bring a surge protection extension cord for these items in order to use them. Click here for more details about this policy.
Equipment typically available for check out at the reception desk in each residence hall (including board games, cooking equipment, brooms, mops, etc.) will not be made available for check out. Students are encouraged to bring their own items.
Spray bottles of the Tersano Lottus Pro-Aqueous Ozone cleaner will be provided in community kitchens and study rooms with instructions encouraging students to actively participate in their own wellbeing by spraying and wiping down surfaces before and after use.
Will I be required to wear a face mask in my room?
FACE COVERINGS ARE NOT REQUIRED IN BEDROOMS OR SUITES UNLESS AN OUTSIDER IS PRESENT
Face Coverings are required in all public spaces—lobbies, lounges, study rooms, seminar rooms, kitchen/kitchenettes, etc. Students are not required to wear a face covering while in their bedroom or suite unless an outsider is present, such as a guest or staff member. Residents will be informed beforehand when an authorized staff member is required to be present in their room, suite, or apartment. If the resident cannot find his or her face covering, Department of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL) staff will provide a temporary one.
What will the visitation policy be in residence halls and Bobcat Village?
Visits Will Be Restricted
We understand that residents want to have their family and friends visit, unfortunately, given the current COVID-19 situation we must restrict our visitation policy for everyone’s safety. Residents will need to abide by the following policies:
No overnight guests will be allowed.
Each resident is limited to only one guest within their assigned room or in the residence hall or apartment complex (except for Move-In week).
Guests within a shared room, suite, or apartment must be agreed upon by all roommates (if applicable).
Guests are only allowed during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.
Guests are required to wear a face covering whenever in any public space.
Residents musts always escort their guest.
Residents and guests must adhere to all policies, procedures, expectations, and guidelines issued by Texas State University.
Individuals who fail to comply with this policy may have their privilege of hosting a guest revoked.
Repeated violation of this policy may result in the individual housing contract being considered for cancellation.