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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Residential Living

Updated: August 17, 2020

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Residence Life and Housing is taking extra precautions during the 2020–21 academic year to ensure the health and safety of all of our campus residents.

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Resident Terms and Conditions

As a condition to living in on-campus student housing, all residents agree to comply with the following:

Safety

  • Individuals will promptly wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer upon entering any university buildings.
  • Students will wear a face covering while on campus, in university buildings, or attending in-person any university activities or events. Students are not required to wear face coverings in their own residential unit or if they have an approved accommodation from the Office of Disability Services.
  • If a student is feeling ill or believes they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact their primary care provider, or call 9-1-1. Students may call Student Health at Wright State Physicians, 937-560-2223 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of those hours, the nearest hospital is the Soin Medical Center, 937-702-4000.
  • If a student is referred for COVID testing and/or receives positive COVID test results, they must fill out an Incident Report on the Environmental Health and Safety website.
  • Students will clean the bathroom within their unit on a weekly basis. Hamilton Hall residents are welcome to sanitize prior to using facilities; housing staff will clean the community bathrooms and showers in Hamilton Hall at least twice daily.
  • Personal hygiene is of the utmost importance, and students are expected to practice frequent hand washing, wiping down of surfaces, and other hygiene practices as outlined by the CDC.

COVID-19 Exposure

  • Students will cooperate with contact tracing efforts should they receive a positive COVID-19 test.
  • The university is taking active steps to prevent and/or mitigate illnesses. However, the university cannot guarantee that the campus will be completely germ-free, or that community members will not be exposed to COVID-19.

Visitors, Public Spaces, Social Gatherings

  • Under current university protocol, visitors and guests are not permitted in student housing during the pandemic, except for move-in week. This expectation could extend into Spring Semester 2021 and will be based on university and CDC recommendations. Personal care assistants are not considered guests.
  • Casual contact outside the building within housing areas cannot exceed more than ten individuals, and must maintain the physical distance of six feet apart.
  • Physical distancing guidelines will be enforced and students are expected to adhere to those guidelines at all times (six feet apart).
  • Common areas will be closed off to general use of residents. This includes most floor lounges, Honors Community fitness center and recreation room, and Forest Lane and Honors Community kitchens.

Special Requests

  • No room changes will be permitted, unless the request is for the health and safety of a resident.
  • No bed reconfigurations—including bunking, raising, and lowering—will be permitted, unless necessary for medical reasons.

Failure to abide by any of the conditions above may result in a student conduct process hearing. In addition, Residence Life and Housing has the right to terminate any housing contract should a student not abide by any of the aforementioned terms and conditions.


Housing Protocol for Positive Cases of COVID-19

The university has designated separate housing facilities for use by students who are in quarantine or isolation. Residential students who test or are presumed positive will be temporarily re-assigned. While in student housing quarantine or isolation, the university will provide the following additional services:

  • The rooms will provide a private bathroom and supplies to assist the resident, which may include items such as thermometers, cleaning and disinfectant cleaning supplies, soap, etc.
  • The remote daily health assessment may be coordinated with Wright State Physicians or similar providers.
  • For students on the campus meal plan, Hospitality Services will arrange food delivery. Students who are not on a campus dining plan, who need meal assistance, will have an opportunity to purchase meals that will be delivered.
  • RaiderCares and Counseling and Wellness Services will be available remotely to students in isolation or quarantine as needed. RaiderCares is Counseling and Wellness Services’ 24-hour phone line providing emotional support, assistance, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention to current Wright State students. Call RaiderCares at 833-848-1765 (TTY: 314-485-4345).
  • To the degree possible, students should continue academic activities remotely or request medical accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.
  • Wright State will coordinate responses to positive cases with the local Public Health Department, which may direct or affect scope of services.

General Information

We currently plan for all on-campus housing communities to be open for Fall Semester 2020 (with reduced occupancy) for students who want to live in one of Wright State’s residence halls or on-campus apartments.

Housing and dining rates have remained unchanged. Due to the apartment rates remaining unchanged from last year and free upgrades to single rooms in the residence halls (a $700 per semester upgrade), all housing residents will enjoy an excellent value for the same price. The university elected to keep meal plan rates the same as last year, even though there have been price increases for food, as well as added costs incurred to implement safety protocol precautions. As much as possible, the university is committed to absorbing these additional expenses and not passing those onto the students through additional fees.

  • There is space available in each residence hall and apartment community. Residents will be assigned housing according to the date of their application.
  • Each resident will have a single bedroom, to enhance personal safety, in both residence halls and apartments. An effort will be made to assign roommate requests as suitemates or neighbors.
  • Rates for all communities will remain unchanged. (e.g., students requesting a double room, but assigned by themselves, will still be charged a double rate.)
  • Students with medical conditions or who need accommodations should email housing@wright.edu
  • Notice of Fall Semester assignments will be emailed to each resident in mid-July, via residents’ Wright State email accounts.
  • Additional information concerning residents’ responsibilities and expectations for keeping their community clean and safe, especially in common areas, hallways, and shared living areas will be posted on the Residence Life and Housing website.
  • Residents will move back to campus August 20–23, by appointment. Classes begin August 24.

Please contact Residence Life and Housing with questions at 937-775-4172 or housing@wright.edu.

Housing applications are available on the apply for housing webpage.

More information and a virtual tour of campus housing can be found on the Residence Life and Housing website.


Parking

Students will be expected to display a valid Fall Semester 2020 parking permit when they park on campus; parking enforcement will remain unchanged and citations will be issued to those who do not display a valid permit. Parking permits for Fall Semester 2020 will be sold at a reduced rate of $48, instead of the regular rate of $95. This includes both commuter and resident permits. Additionally, students may park in any non-reserved staff, faculty, or student spot on campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will residents be allowed to have roommates?

    We plan to have all residence hall rooms as singles. We will attempt to honor roommate requests by assigning residents as suitemates or neighbors.

  • Do residents have to move out at Thanksgiving break or can they stay the remainder of the semester?

    Unless the Ohio Department of Health directs us to close, we will remain open during and after the Thanksgiving Break, and for the Spring Semester. 

    Residents will be required to complete a Break Housing request so we are aware which students plan to remain on campus and ensure we are able to staff accordingly.  

    Unlike typical break housing, there will not be an additional charge for residents who choose to stay between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Spring Semester.

  • If I am living in a residence hall by myself, how will this be reflected on my bill?

    Residents will be billed at the double rate for the residence hall community in which they reside.

  • Are we being billed through Thanksgiving or for the whole semester? If I move out at Thanksgiving, do I get a credit?

    Students' bills will not be adjusted and students will have access to their space during the Thanksgiving and winter break.

    Students will not be required to move items out of their space over the break periods unless directed to do so by the Ohio Department of Health.

  • What if I have changed my mind about living on campus due to COVID-19 or all my classes moving to virtual learning? What is the latest date on which I can cancel my housing agreement?

    Please contact Residence Life and Housing at housing@wright.edu or 937-775-4172 for details on how to make this request.

    Students must cancel their housing by August 21 or will have to follow the housing appeals process to be released from their housing agreement.

  • How would food work if I stay on campus?

    Please visit www.wright.edu/dining to learn more about the changes to dining plans and hours of operations.

  • Will students be allowed to host guests?

    Students will not be permitted to host guests (day or night) during the fall semester (after move-in weekend). We are asking individuals not to enter our any residential buildings unless they live (or work) in the building. This is for the safety of everyone in our community. A decision about Spring Semester 2021 will be made at a later time. Personal assistants are not considered guests and will be permitted in housing while working.

    If students need items from parents, friends, or guardians, such as medication, food, etc., residents should meet them in the parking areas or off campus to retrieve these items.

  • What precautions is Residence Life and Housing taking to ensure safety?

    In addition to limiting traffic in the residential buildings, staff will be regularly sanitizing and cleaning common points of contact, such as doorknobs, laundry rooms, stairwell handles, computer labs, etc.

    Residence Life and Housing will not allow gatherings in indoor spaces for the 2020 Fall Semester. Most common spaces, including floor lounges and kitchens, will be unavailable and inaccessible. In other common spaces (lobbies/computer labs), the furniture will be arranged to enforce physical distancing practices.

  • Can I change my room assignment?

    There will be no room changes, unless for health and safety reasons.

  • What about study groups/group projects?

    Students should gather virtually online or outside of campus housing to work or study.

  • Can students gather outdoors?

    Groups of four or fewer students are permitted to gather outdoors on campus housing property. No indoor gatherings are permitted. These gatherings are expected to follow physical distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals.

  • Is COVID-19 testing required before arriving to campus?

    We are not requiring testing to be done before students arrive to campus.

  • Are there any medical/shot records required to live in campus housing?

    The university is changing to a new record system and will require students to report their medical history at a later time in Fall Semester 2020. Students will be notified when the system is active and ready to accept information well in advance of the deadline for the information to be submitted.