The conditions of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) have made it necessary to implement policies that will maintain the health and safety of our community. Living in the residence halls requires close proximity amongst roommates and neighbors; therefore, it is essential that our community make every effort to limit close contact with one another and ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread. Please see below for the residential guest policies that will be in place indefinitely for the 2020-2021 academic year, or until it is determined safe to adjust such measures.
Residence Hall Access
After the initial move-in day, visitors who are not Endicott College residential students will not be permitted inside the residence halls at any time. As we frame guest policies, it may be helpful to think of treating those in your living space as family or immediate circle units as has been recommended for everyday life during the pandemic. Endicott residential students may visit residence halls that are not their own, and will be referenced as “guest” for the remainder of this document.
Everyone must adhere to the following guidelines.
- Cloth masks or face coverings, covering both the mouth and nose, must always be worn when entering any residence hall and in any common space (e.g. shared hallway, lounge, laundry room, etc.).
- When you are in any living space that is not your own, you must wear a cloth face covering both your nose and mouth.
- All residents of the room and/or suite must set guest expectations—within the parameters of College policies—for their living space. All occupants must be comfortable abiding by the agreed guest expectations. See Living Expectations & Mutual Respect below.
- Hall-to-hall visitation will end at 9 p.m. every night. Endicott students will not be permitted as guests in any residence halls other than their own after 9 p.m. In-hall, room-to-room visitation is permitted in traditional style halls within the capacity regulations below. Overnight guests are not permitted.
- Maximum capacity for each living space is determined by your individual residence hall and room/suite occupancy. See Occupancy & Guest Restrictions below.
- Guidelines and capacity restrictions will be posted in each residence hall common space and updated, as necessary.
- All unsanctioned gatherings greater than the capacity limits in a living space are prohibited. As a student, you are agreeing that if you host or are found present at an unsanctioned gathering, you will be removed from campus.
- As a student, you are agreeing that if at any point if you find you are unable to comply with the rules set forth in the stated guest policy, you will remove yourself from campus and commute to and from the College. You agree and understand that if you do not comply voluntarily, you will be removed from residence by the College.
Understanding Your Living Space
“Living space” is defined as an area in which one or more students reside, including shared spaces accessible to all residents of a room/suite/apartment (e.g., bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, etc.). A suite or apartment with multiple bedrooms is classified as one living space. Standalone bedrooms within traditional halls are also considered one living space. Regardless of where guests are present within the living space (e.g., bedroom, living room, kitchen), the maximum occupancy must never exceed the guidelines for each residential location.
Below you will find capacity limits for all styles of living on campus. As a reminder, all students must wear a cloth mask or face covering, over both the mouth and nose, to enter any residence hall and must not remove it unless entering their own living space.
Each student residing in a traditional hall is permitted to bring one Endicott student guest to their residential space/bedroom at a time. The total number of guests within traditional hall rooms must not exceed two at any given time. The following residence halls are classified as traditional halls:
- Peter Frates
- Wylie Inn
Students within apartments or suites are permitted one Endicott student guest per (present) resident, with a limit of 10 total persons in the living space at any given time. The following buildings must abide by these guidelines:
- Myrt Harper Rose
Other Residential Areas
Students residing within Birchmont, Essex House, and Hawthorne Hall are permitted one Endicott student guest per (present) resident with a limit of two guests per bedroom at a time. The number of individuals in common spaces (e.g., living rooms, kitchens) must never exceed a total of 10 persons at any given time.
All residents in a living space must have a discussion to determine the expectations that will be adhered to for their living space. In this conversation, residents are expected to openly discuss their level of comfort and willingness to have visitors in their living space. If all residents within a living space do not feel comfortable with having guests visit, then guests will not be allowed in the living space at any time, even in their absence.
Each time a resident wants to invite a guest into the living space, notification must be given to all residents of the room, suite, and/or house. Residents must all be in agreement each time a guest is invited over even if they are not present at the time. Residents of a shared space are responsible for having open and honest communication regarding visitation and must respect the expectations set forth by one another. Expectations agreed upon by residents must not violate the guidelines and policies set forth by the Office of Residence Life.