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FAQs: Residence Life & Housing COVID-19 Response

Residence life & housing aims to help keep students safe during the year. With this in mind, we wanted to pass along some information that will help students and families as they plan for the semester.

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Do I need to wear a mask on campus? Are there places I don't have to wear my mask?

Students need to wear masks when interacting with other people who are within 6 feet from them. Students do not need to wear a mask in their own room if their roommate is the only other person present.

Do I need to bring my own mask to campus or will Whitworth provide me with one?

Each student is responsible for bringing a mask or masks to campus. They are available for purchase at the campus bookstore.

Do I need to bring my own room cleaning supplies for my room?

Yes. You should bring your own cleaning supplies for the cleaning of your room.

Do I need to bring cleaning supplies for the bathroom on my floor or in my pod?

If you live in Duvall or Boppell, students are asked to clean the bathrooms connected to their specific pods. Cleaning supplies will be provided in this case.

If you live in another residence hall, custodial services will clean your community bathrooms. Extra sanitization sprays/wipes may be provided for students to disinfect surfaces they come in contact with.

Is there a possibility that we may need to move out of the residence halls in the middle of the semester?

Yes. Whitworth follows all health and safety recommendations from federal and state levels. Because of this, we may need to close the halls early in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In that case, all students would be required to leave the residence halls.

Will storage be available in the residence halls if I need to leave early or if the school shuts down?

We tell students to plan on Whitworth as a second or third option for storage. We recommend using a storage unit here in town. Many can be found less than five minutes from campus.

What if I don't have a place to go if the residence halls were to close due to COVID-19? Would I still need to leave?

Only international students unable to return home or housing-insecure students who are classified as homeless are able to stay on campus. We encourage all students to have a contingency plan in place in case they need to leave campus quickly.