Ravens Return

Residential Living

Residential Living

Residential living is an integral part of the undergraduate experience at Rindge, and the University is committed to maintaining the close connections among students, faculty, and staff that preceded the pandemic. That said, some new behaviors and commitments will be required to ensure the health and safety of all.

Face Masks & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Face coverings which cover the nose and mouth must be worn when students are outside of their assigned housing space. This includes, but is not limited to, walking in hallways in residence halls, using the laundry rooms, community lounges or study rooms, and using the bathrooms.

Reduced Density
Students will be assigned to rooms in the residence halls with a maximum of two occupants per space, in order to allow 6’ separation between residents. Where possible, designed triple rooms will be used as doubles, and depending on occupancy rates, some traditional double rooms might be converted to singles.

Hallways and common areas will be set up to facilitate one-way travel where possible.

Lounges and study rooms within the residence halls will be arranged to allow for a 6' radius between furnishings. The maximum number of individuals using these spaces at once will be posted.

Space in a designated residence hall will be set aside for students with symptoms that call for isolation, or who test positive for COVID-19 and await transfer home.

Health Checks
Residents who begin showing any symptom(s) of COVID-19, must report them to Student Health Services for an evaluation. Diagnostic testing, both for antibodies (when available) and active COVID-19 infection will be offered.

Cleaning & Disinfection
Residence halls will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to students’ return to campus. Once the semester is underway, students are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting inside their own rooms. Disinfectant sprays will be provided by EVS staff.

With the exception of Mountainview, Northwoods, Lakeview, and Sawmill, EVS and Residential Life staff will collaborate to disinfect high-touch areas such as door knobs/handles, handrails, surfaces within common areas/lounges, laundry rooms, etc.

The University will provide cleaning products to students in Mountainview, Northwoods, Lakeview, and Sawmill, to assist them in keeping their shared spaces clean/disinfected.

Isolation & Quarantine Planning
Franklin Pierce is developing a comprehensive plan to isolate or quarantine residents who become ill with or exposed to COVID-19 during the semester. 

Social Gatherings and Guests
In the interest of the health of our Franklin Pierce University community, individuals who are not affiliated with the University are not allowed to visit the residence halls for any amount of time.

Student ability to host a social gathering in designated “wet” residence halls will be will be suspended until further notice. 

Non-Essential Travel
Students are asked to avoid non-essential travel or trips off campus after their arrival to campus.

Education
Residential Life will partner with Health Services to educate residential students about the shared effort needed to maintain a safe and healthy community. All community members are expected to model appropriate behaviors and encourage others to do the same.