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Changes to housing will include reduced residency density, and closing residence halls after Thanksgiving. Read on to learn more. 

Student Housing Closure

All residence halls and undergraduate apartments close for the fall term at noon on November 23, 2020. Students are not allowed to enter or occupy the residence halls after this time, unless they have request and been approved to remain in their residence hall/apartment by the Office of Residence Life. The terms and conditions of student residency for fall 2020 can be viewed by clicking here to MyChatham 

De-densifying Residence Halls

Residence halls will be de-densified by temporarily converting doubles without semi-private restrooms to singles and triples/quads without semi-private restrooms to doubles.

Residency requirement for all First Year and Second Year and new students will be lifted to help voluntarily reduce the numbers on campus.

Guest Privileges

Guest privileges are suspended until further notice. Resident students are not permitted to host off-campus guests (including family and friends) in their room, apartment, or building. Additionally, resident students can only visit other residents live within the same building or tower. Example: A resident that lives on Fickes 1st Floor cannot have a guest from Dilworth. However, they can host a resident from Fickes 2nd Floor.

Lounges and Community Spaces

Lounges and community spaces in the residence halls and Chatham Apartments may be closed or have occupancy restrictions imposed. Residents must adhere to lounge/community spaces closures and any posted occupancy restrictions at all times. See FAQ below for information on community kitchens. 

Housing Contract Addendum

A housing contract addendum will be created that requires student residents to adhere to Chatham COVID-19 policy updates (social distancing, guest policy, laundry, etc.), rules and protocols, including triggers for self-isolation, and requires students to submit a safety plan in the event of campus closure or need to self-isolate.


FAQ: Reduced Occupancy

In the event the university must close the residence halls and terminate a housing contract or lease before the end of term due to a public health crisis, like COVID-19, students would be expected to vacate housing by a set deadline the Office of Residence Life provides them. Chatham will offer pro-rated room and board credits/reimbursements for impacted students as appropriate and based on available information. This applies to students living in on-campus housing and students placed in leased off-campus apartments at 600 South Highland and 6236 Fifth Avenue. 

Room occupancy is being reduced in any residence hall where there is a large communal bathroom, in order to reduce the number of individuals sharing communal and individual room space. Occupancy is not being reduced in locations (i.e., apartments) that have their own bathrooms. The protocols and frequency of cleaning for residence hall bathrooms and shared spaces are also being enhanced.

Room occupancy has only been reduced in residence halls rooms that utilize a communal bathroom on the floor. Room occupancy remains the same the apartments because they have their own semi-private bathroom. Each apartment houses 2 to 3 students who share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom with each other. Students living in a one-bedroom apartment or in the double bedroom in a 2-bedroom apartment share their bedroom with a roommate.

FAQ: Housing Considerations

No, masks will not be required when you are inside your residence hall room or apartment, but they are required in all public spaces. This includes residence hall and apartment stairwells, hallways, laundry rooms, community kitchens, lounges/community spaces, and communal bathrooms. Masks must be worn outside when 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

The community kitchens in each residence hall are presently scheduled to be open for student use, but will have a reduce occupancy limit of no more than 1 student in the kitchen at a time. While in the kitchen students will be required to wear a mask. Cleaning products will be placed in each kitchen and students will be asked to wipe down counters and other touch points before and after student use.

If a student is returning for the Spring 2021 semester, they may leave their belongings in their residences.