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Residential life FAQs

Will room and board rates be prorated?

Housing and meal plan rates have been adjusted to reflect the new Spring Semester in-person class offering end date of March 27. View the full rate list.

When does move-in start?

Residential halls open for move-in at noon on Friday, January 8. Students are only allowed to bring two helpers with them to move in and no one under the age of 16 is allowed in the residence halls. Students will check in at a centralized location on campus and will be required to complete the symptom tracker in CougarTrack and have their temperatures taken.

When do the residence halls close for the semester?

Residential halls will close on March 27 at 5 p.m. Students will be asked to completely move out of the residence hall, taking all their belongings and returning their key(s).

Are mask required in the halls?

Mask will be required in all campus buildings, including residence halls common areas. Students will not be required to wear masks while in their room in the presence of their roommate and suitemates, except when guests are present.

Are there any changes to the residential policies for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Columbia College is implementing the following addendums to our residential policies for the Spring Semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These policies are subject to change at any time:

Guest Visitation: Non-residential guests are not permitted in the residence halls. Students may only have one guest with them at any time including in their rooms and in common areas. Guests can only be other Columbia College students who live on campus.

Room Occupancy: Students are allowed to host one guest (guest defined as another Columbia College residential student) in their room at a time. Therefore a pair of roommates can have a maximum two guests at one time, but masks should be worn in the room while guests are present.

Hall Equipment:
  • Residential hall recreational equipment such as ping pong, foosball and pool equipment will not be available for checkout.
  • Students wishing to bring cookware and utensils for use in our kitchens will need to store that equipment in their rooms. Laundry facilities, microwaves, stoves, and ovens will continue to be available for use in each of the residence halls.
  • Students are encouraged to practice proper handwashing before and after use.
  • Vacuums will still be available for checkout.
Bathroom cleaning:
  • In an effort to reduce the number of people entering student rooms, students in suite-style rooms will be responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. Basic cleaning supplies will be made available.
  • Communal spaces such as lounges, study rooms and community-style bathrooms will continue to be cleaned daily by our facilities staff.

What if the campus closes abruptly due to COVID-19?

If campus has to close abruptly due to COVID-19, students will be asked to move out of the residence halls within 48 hours of the closing announcement. Room and board charges will be prorated from the date campus closes.

What if a residential student test positive for COVID-19?

The CDC defines:
  • Isolation as separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine as separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Isolation housing: A residential student who tests positive or is symptomatic will be asked to isolate in a designated location on campus or at home if desired.

Quarantine housing: A student identified as someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 will be quarantined at an alternate location which may be on-campus, off-campus or at home.

In both scenarios students will need to attend classes virtually and those on campus will receive meal delivery multiple times daily (weekdays and weekends). College staff will communicate regularly with students in quarantine or isolation housing.


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