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Residence Halls policies changed

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Donovan Wilson – Reporter

Residential life on campus is already different due to problems posed by COVID-19, but the situation may change again as numbers surge around the country.

As opposed to previous years, campus residence halls have some new rules and alterations. Each person is only allowed one guest signed in at a time and they must be a residential student. Also, as per every other building on campus, masks must be always worn inside the building unless students are within their room.

“Realistically, it has been pretty good compared to other schools in terms of keeping numbers in that sense they’ve done a good job,” said Matthew Kolashuk, an RA at North Campus residence hall.

The residence halls on campus have been progressively changing throughout the semester in terms of guidelines.

One of the major changes seen this semester is the introduction of an earlier curfew for guests inside of buildings. A guest must be signed in by 10 p.m., Kolashuk said. As numbers continue to rise, students can expect to see more changes along these lines put in place.

“It’s possible that more policies will start to pop up if numbers get crazy within the last couple weeks,” said Kolashuk.

Kolashuk said he is also confident that the university will be able to maintain low levels of infection amongst the residential population as they have a better track record than other major schools. Residence hallspolicies change

“We do want to use this time to do everything we can to actually get some works done in the residence halls,” DeMezzo said.

Nursing major Tracy Nham, a sophomore, lives in North Campus Mid-rise, said she thinks the university is doing a good job trying to stop the spread of COVID-19-but the university can always do better.

She also said commuters should get tested next semester since some are on campus every day or at least a few days out of the week. Even if they are not on campus they are still spending time with residential students.

“I’m hoping that things get better next semester, COVID-19 and social distancing and events,” Nham said. “But based off college students’ behavior and the rise in cases, I do not know how well it is going to go.”

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