Student Life & Housing
Beyond the approximately 80 beds that the university is setting aside to serve sick or exposed students, we expect our residence halls to be open at normal capacity. Most on-campus residents will have a roommate, and roommates will be treated as family units for the purposes of testing and isolation protocols. Physical distancing and cleaning protocols will be applied in all residence halls, and group activities will be conducted with public health guidelines in place. Residents may also be asked to clean common spaces, like bathrooms, kitchens and common rooms, after use.
Students and families can learn more and plan for their arrival this fall by reading residence life & housing's Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Response.
Undergraduate and graduate students living off campus are expected to adhere to current public health practices with respect to physical distancing, masking, and testing when ill. Generally, off-campus students will be expected to quarantine and isolate themselves in their places of residence. Space may be available at Whitworth for isolation and quarantine, but that cannot be guaranteed as capacity is limited and priority will be given to on-campus residents.
Whitworth plans to conduct many of the same activities on campus that students enjoy, including intramurals, clubs and organizations, social activities, and athletic events. Some event attendance may be limited due to capacity constraints, and physical distancing and masking will be required indoors and in outdoor situations when physical distancing is more difficult.
Campus ministry is planning an array of opportunities for students to connect and grow spiritually on campus. A modified campus chapel program is in the works, as well as numerous other opportunities across campus for students to grow in their Christian faith.
We are working with Sodexo on plans to ensure that students can eat safely on campus. Physical distancing, like that seen in many restaurants today, will be practiced, and capacity in our dining hall will be limited. Although plans are still coming together, we may use multiple dining periods for which students are either assigned or sign up to use. Sodexo is also working on software that will allow students to see capacities and availability online. Additionally, more grab-and-go options will be made available to reduce demand on the facility.