Safe Housing Environment
As of January 4, 2021
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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.
- Are residence halls open for the 2020-2021 school year?
We are limiting the number of students living in on-campus residential facilities. We’re also reserving specific buildings, such as Mouton Hall, Cove and the Ranch house, for students to quarantine, if necessary. Saints Hall, Potter Hall, and Hilltop Apartments will continue to be available for on-campus residential living, but some spaces will have modified capacity. Although on-campus residential living is limited, additional space has been secured at area hotels including the Marriott West and the Drury Plaza Chesterfield to accommodate residential students.
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- When does University housing open for the spring 2021 semester? NEW
Residential students may return to University housing starting January 13, 2021. This date applies to all residence halls, apartments, and hotels. Undergraduate on-campus courses resume on Tuesday, January 19, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Further details will be provided to residential student directly from the Office of Residential Life.
- Will students be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus in January? NEW
As we did in the fall, all residential students and student athletes are required to be tested at Maryville for COVID-19 between Wednesday, January 13 and Saturday, January 16. Maryville has arranged for free rapid testing on campus during these days, and students will sign up for appointments. The tests will be administered by staff in the Office of Health and Wellness.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, Maryville will work with public health officials to determine whether alternate housing should be provided for any residential students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are diagnosed with COVID-19. Residential students may be able to isolate in their current living space, may be required to relocate to alternative housing for the isolation period or may be asked to return home. Residential Life and the Health and Wellness Office have developed protocols so that isolated residential students will continue to have access to services such as meals, package delivery and trash removal.
Additional information about this testing process, including how to schedule an appointment, will be communicated to students prior to their return in January 2021.
- What happens if I am positive for COVID-19 when tested on campus?
Our team from the Health and Wellness Office will consult with you about your options so that you can attend to your health needs while also continuing with the start of the academic year. Students will be provided with the choice to return home until they are clear of the virus and then move into University housing at a later date or move into a designated residential building for isolation until they are clear of the virus.
- I have housing questions. Who should I contact?
You can the Residential Life team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-529-9552.
- 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?
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?
Please contact email@example.com or 314-529-6737 if you would like to cancel your housing contract.
- 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 or the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis 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. Individuals may be required to quarantine if a roommate or suitemate is diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to someone who tested positive or is presumptive positive for COVID-19.
- 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?
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 only have students from within their residential building visit in their room on-campus or in hotels. Residents living in the apartments may only have other apartment residents visit their apartment. A maximum of two (2) guests are allowed in any room or apartment at the same time. This maximum number is subject to change based on community health guidelines. No overnight guests allowed. You 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. 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 and face coverings. 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, free of charge.
- 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?
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.
- 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 face coverings and 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.