Safe Housing Environment
As of July 2, 2020
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These FAQs provide information about our plan for responding to COVID-19 and how we will return to campus. Importantly, we have developed a flexible approach to re-open campus that can be adjusted if conditions improve or worsen.
- Will all residence halls be open for the 2020-2021 school year?
No. We are limiting the number of students living in residential facilities. We’re also reserving specific buildings, such as Mouton Hall, Cove and the Ranch house, for students to quarantine, if necessary. Reducing occupancy on campus reduces housing availability. Approximately 320 residential students will be assigned to rooms that we’ve secured at the Marriott West, the Drury Plaza and the DoubleTree in Chesterfield. Saints Hall, Potter Hall, Hilltop Apartments, the Marriott West, the Drury and DoubleTree will house just over 1,000 students.
660 Maryville Center Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
355 Chesterfield Center
Chesterfield, MO 63017
16625 Swingley Ridge Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
- Many universities are ending the fall semester early. What will Maryville do?
On-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, November 20. Students will finish the semester through remote learning platforms only, including final exams. Residential students must move out of University housing by 5PM Sunday, November 22, and will not be allowed to return until the start of the spring semester.
- When can I move into my room?
Move in for new incoming students is on Friday, August 21. Move in for returning students is on Saturday, August 22. All residents will have move-in appointment times to help minimize close contact between students and families.
- Do I need to move out at Thanksgiving Break?
Yes. Residential students living on campus or at any of the hotels will need to move out by Sunday, November 22, 2020. Students will not be required to remove their belongings but will not be allowed to re-occupy residential housing until Saturday, January 9, 2021.
Division II student athletes with competition after Thanksgiving Break will continue to live in their residential space. Division II student athletes should contact the athletic department for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How will the housing assignments be determined?
Assigning housing is a complicated process and is handled on a case-by-case basis as there are many factors that need to be evaluated. Out-of-town students will have priority for on-campus housing. First-year students will also have priority. We value the sense of community, so we are working hard to try to keep communities together. For instance, we are trying to assign previously assigned roommates to the same facility.
- What are the living and bathroom arrangements for each building?
• Potter Hall: Students share bedroom and bathroom with a roommate
• Saints Hall: Students have a private bedroom and share a bathroom with one suitemate
• Hilltop four-bedroom apartments: Students have a private bedroom and share a bathroom with one roommate and a kitchen with three roommates
• Hilltop two-bedroom apartments: Students have a private bedroom and bathroom and share a kitchen
• Hotels: Students have a private bedroom and bathroom
• Mouton Hall/Cove/Ranch: Used for quarantine space only, if needed
- If I’m reassigned to a residence hall that is more expensive, will my housing cost increase?
No. Housing costs will not increase for students being reassigned. Students being required to move will either pay the original housing price outlined on their housing contract or less depending on their new assignment, but not more. Only students who request to make a change to a higher-priced residence hall will pay more.
For instance, if you were originally assigned to Mouton Hall and are now reassigned to Saints Hall, your housing costs will not increase. You will pay the price you would have paid to live in Mouton. If you were initially assigned to Saints Hall and move to Potter Hall, you will pay the price for living in Potter, which is less than Saints Hall. Likewise, if you were in Saints, Mouton, or Potter Hall and are required to move to the hotel, your costs will not increase and might be less.
- I have decided that I no longer want to live on campus. Can I cancel my housing contract and take classes remotely?
Yes. Please contact email@example.com or 314-529-6737 if you would like to cancel your housing contract. There is no cancellation fee as long as you cancel your contract by July 15, 2020.
- How will I know if I’m reassigned?
Maryville staff are in the process of contacting all residential students to discuss housing assignments. Housing assignment confirmations will be emailed by the end of June, and the University will be issuing new housing agreements to all residential students.
- Will meal plans change?
Meal plans are not changing. Dining services and menu options are being revised to provide flexibility for all residential students while implementing protocols and practices to help lessen the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. Meal plans will end with the Thanksgiving break, but balances can be rolled over to the spring semester.
Students assigned to the St. Louis Marriot West, the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis Chesterfield or the DoubleTree Chesterfield will have the same meal plan options as students living in residence halls. More information about meal plans can be found here.
- Why did meal plans stay the same and not decrease?
Maryville offers a variety of meal plan options to fit the array of student dining needs. For students assigned to hotels, the meal plans offer options and hours, which are not available at the hotels. Additionally, fall meal plan dollars will roll over to spring.
- What if a student who is living in University housing is diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to someone who tested positive or is presumptive positive for COVID-19?
Maryville will consult with public health officials regarding appropriate next steps, which may include required quarantine or self-isolation, contact tracing, and specialized cleaning.
- Can I request to live in a specific facility?
You may request to live in a particular facility, but we cannot guarantee we’ll be able to accommodate your request.
- My room is set up for double occupancy. Can I request the other bed and wardrobe be removed If I am now in a single room?
No. The furniture in all living residential spaces on the date of occupancy must remain in the room “as is.”
- Can I have people visit me in my residential space?
Residential students may have students from other residence halls/apartments visit in their room on-campus or in the hotels. Students must adhere to the University’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, including social distancing and face covering requirements when hosting other students or visiting other students in their residential room.
- Can I have food or groceries delivered to my residence space?
Grocery and food deliveries are allowed on campus. Students will be allowed to arrange curbside delivery and need to meet the delivery drivers in front of the building.
- Most residence halls have common areas. Will those spaces be open to students?
Common spaces will be open, but access to these spaces may be limited based on social distancing guidelines and other guidance from public health officials. Public health guidance may evolve throughout the academic year and as a result access to common spaces may change and spaces could be closed for periods of time as directed by health officials. Maximum capacity for each space will be posted. Common spaces, such as lobbies and lounges in residence halls will be disinfected and sanitized on a regular basis, paying special attention to high touch areas. Signs will be posted in common spaces outlining guidelines for access and use, including social distancing. Information will also be posted on the University’s webpage.
- Some students will be assigned living arrangements with shared bathroom facilities and common areas such as kitchens. Will the University clean and disinfect the bathrooms and shared spaces during the year?
The University will clean and disinfect all rooms and bathrooms prior to students moving into residence halls. While living on campus, however, students are expected to clean and maintain their own living spaces, including bathrooms and shared spaces such as kitchens. Residential students should review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, including such things as regular handwashing and the use of disinfectant wipes or spray on bathroom surfaces before and after use. Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility, and each member of our community must do their part.
- I’ve been assigned to one of the hotels. Will I need to drive to campus every day?
There will be a shuttle assigned to the hotels to transport students to and from campus at scheduled times; however, students may obtain a parking permit and drive their personal vehicle if they prefer. More detailed information about the shuttle schedules will be emailed to those students and available at move-in.
- Will I have access to laundry facilities at the hotel?
Maryville will have laundry machines at the hotels for students to use.
- Will a Resident Assistant be living with students in the hotel?
A Resident Assistant will live at each hotel to assist students with housing needs.
- Will there be enough parking at the hotel?
Yes, there will be enough space for Maryville students to park at the hotels.
- Will hotel staff have access to the student rooms?
Hotel staff will only have access to student rooms for maintenance purposes and students will be alerted if and when a maintenance representative needs access to their room.
- Can we decorate hotel rooms?
Maryville understands the importance of making a residential space feel like home. Students living in the hotels will be able to decorate their rooms. The same guidelines apply as if they were living in an on-campus facility.
- Will the fridge & TV stay in the hotel rooms for Maryville students?
Each hotel provides different amenities. All three hotels have TVs in rooms that will remain for student use. The Marriott West and the Drury Plaza rooms have mini fridges that will remain for students. The Drury Plaza rooms also offer a microwave that will remain for students. Rooms in the DoubleTree do not provide a mini-fridge or microwave.
- Can I eat the hotel breakfast?
Students residing at the Drury Plaza Hotel will be able to eat breakfast at the hotel, without incurring additional costs.
- Are the hotels requiring social distancing?
All students living in the hotels are expected to abide by both the hotel and Maryville’s social distancing and face covering requirements.