Housing and Residence Life

Kennesaw State University Housing and Residence Life aims to deliver its mission while protecting the health and safety of our students and minimizing the potential spread of disease within our residential communities. Please be aware that COVID-19 will impact your residential experience. By choosing to live in on-campus housing, you are assuming the risk that comes with living on campus during this public health crisis.

To protect the health and safety of our students, Housing and Residence Life is disinfecting the common areas within our residential communities, including doors, elevators, stairwells, etc. It is the responsibility of each residential student to maintain their health and wellness by washing their hands often, wearing a face covering, and disinfecting private rooms, bathrooms and shared common spaces (kitchens, living rooms, etc.) within their unit.

Below are new policies and guidelines applicable to all residential students, which will be enforced in an effort to keep all KSU community members safe. Kennesaw State University cannot guarantee that you will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19 while living in an on-campus housing environment. Further, living on campus could elevate the risk of contracting any contagious illness simply due to the proximity and number of students in the residence halls.

Safety Measures

 

  • Students are required to self-monitor for symptoms before leaving their residence each day. Anyone with a fever or symptom of COVID-19 should call KSU's COVID-19 Health Helpline at 470-578-6644, and then choose option 1 for directions about what to do next and NOT leave their bedroom within their unit. Do not go to the Student Health Clinic without calling first. If you are experiencing a medical emergency (e.g., difficulty breathing) contact Public Safety at 470-578-6666.

  • Residential students must comply with Health and Safety Guidelines adopted by KSU and Housing and Residence Life related to COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Residents are not allowed to have guests inside their unit that do not have a 2020-21 License Agreement
    • Social distancing in spaces outside of their unit
    • Limitations on gatherings – Residents must follow the General Occupancy standards found in the KSU Codes of Conduct. General occupancy is defined as two persons per bedroom (i.e., a four-bedroom apartment equals a total occupancy limit of eight people). Total occupancy within a unit cannot exceed these limits at any time.
    • Wear a face covering outside of their unit or suite
    • Self-monitor for fever and symptoms
    • Proper hand washing
    • Disinfection protocols
    • Quarantine/isolation requirements

    Housing and Residence Life has implemented additional safety protocols within our residence halls that include:

    • Increasing cleaning in common areas, including doors, elevators, stairwells, etc.
    • Designating stairwells as one-direction when possible
    • Limiting elevator use to two (2) people per elevator
    • Installing plexiglass partitions at reception areas and service locations
    • Limiting the capacity in community spaces, and closing select spaces that don't allow for social distancing
    • Posting visual social distancing reminders throughout each community
    • Installing additional hand sanitizing stations throughout each community
    • Establishing a professionally trained response team to decontaminate areas impacted by COVID-19
    • Providing a digital thermometer, reusable face covering and small hand sanitizer for each resident at Move-In
    • Developing isolation and quarantine procedures
  • Housing and Residence Life is following the disinfecting protocols set forth by the CDC and state of Georgia guidelines for the common public areas within the residence halls.

    • Housing and Residence Life is frequently disinfecting the common areas within our residential communities, including doors, elevators, stairwells, etc.
    • Housing and Residence Life is providing ongoing education to residential students about appropriate COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting practices
    • Students continue to be required to clean and disinfect the personal and shared spaces within their units
    • Residents must supply their own cleaning products for their assigned space

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Additional Health and Safety Guidelines have been put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our residential communities. These guidelines include a number of protocols including but not limited to reducing access to common spaces, enhanced cleaning and adjusted guest policy, and face-covering requirements.

  • The move-in process has been carefully revised to help keep our students and staff safe. Visit our Move-In page for a full list of safety protocols being implemented for Move-In.

  • It is the responsibility of each residential student to maintain their health and wellness by adhering to social distancing guidelines, washing their hands often, wearing a face covering and disinfecting bedrooms, bathrooms and shared common spaces (kitchens, living rooms, etc.) within their unit. Housing and Residence Life encourages residents to create a plan with their roommates for disinfecting their units, and set expectations for washing hands and wearing face coverings in common spaces. Residents complete a Roommate Agreement with their RA at the start of the school year that addresses these matters.

    Residential students must comply with Health and Safety Guidelines adopted by KSU and Housing and Residence Life related to COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Social distancing in spaces outside of their unit
    • Limitations on gatherings
    • Wearing a face covering outside of your unit or suite
    • Self-monitoring for fever and symptoms
    • Proper hand washing
    • Disinfection protocols
    • Quarantine/ isolation requirements
  • All residential students will receive a wellness kit at Move-In that includes a personal digital thermometer, a reusable cloth mask and a small hand sanitizer.
  • If a student is not feeling well or thinks that they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, they should stay in their bedroom or return to their room with as little contact with others as possible, and call the KSU COVID-19 Health Helpline at 470-578-6644, and then choose option 1 for direction about what to do next. If it is a medical emergency (e.g., difficulty breathing), contact Public Safety at 470-578-6666. From there, Student Health Services will conduct an evaluation and determine if the student needs to come in for testing. Please do not go to the Student Health Clinic without calling first.
  • Anyone with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has a confirmed case, should call the KSU COVID-19 Health Helpline at 470-578-6644, and then choose option 1 for direction about what to do next. The student should NOT leave their bedroom within their unit if they are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.

    If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to temporarily relocate from their assigned room and self-isolate off campus. If the resident is unable to find off-campus accommodations, Housing and Residence Life will attempt to find a temporary room on or near campus for the resident. If a student remains on campus, they must follow all communicated instructions to ensure their safety and that of other residents. Residents need to bring limited, essential items with them, but a majority of their personal belongings will remain in their unit. The length of stay and necessary accommodations will be coordinated directly with the student and Housing and Residence Life will arrange for the unit to be disinfected.

    Isolation Packing List

    Relocation does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract. However, the resident may be refunded a portion of their Housing Fees during the License Agreement period on a case-by-case basis.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

    • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
    • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. You can learn more about quarantine and isolation on the CDC website.
  • According to the CDC, residents should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. The CDC website has more information available about cleaning and disinfecting, including information about cleaning solutions, hand hygiene and laundering cleaning supplies.
  • For the safety of our residential communities and to limit the spread of COVID-19, residents are not allowed to have guests without a 2020-21 License Agreement.
  • A student may cancel their License Agreement at any time leading up to Fall 2020 Move-In, but they may be subject to paying the associated cancellation fees outlined in the 2020-21 License Agreement. Visit this website for more information about canceling a License Agreement.
  • A student who has not yet applied for on-campus housing does not have to apply to live on campus, as all communities are currently at capacity. A student who already has a confirmed room assignment may cancel their License Agreement at any time leading up to Fall 2020 Move-In, but may be subject to paying the associated cancellation fees outlined in the 2020-21 License Agreement.
  • No, students cannot hold their rooms until Spring 2021. If a student does not plan to move into their room on campus, they must cancel their License Agreement so that this space can be offered to another student on the waitlist. Students who are not living on campus for Fall 2020 but are interested in living on campus in Spring 2021 will need to complete the Spring Housing Application process in November 2020.
  • Residents can remain in housing through the end of the year and into the Spring 2021 semester.
     
    New students moving in before the start of the spring semester will receive additional communication about the timeline for their Move-In process.
  • Since residents have the option to remain in on-campus housing throughout the fall semester, fall housing fees are not being prorated.
  • Students who aren’t living on campus for the spring semester will move out no later than noon on December 15, which is the day after the last final exam.
  • At this time, Move-In for the Spring 2021 semester is scheduled for January 8. 

Updated September 1, 2020

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