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

 

  • All active and enrolled, degree-seeking students are eligible to receive the vaccine on campus. The vaccines are a critical tool to helping to "Protect the Nest" and we encourage everyone to consider this opportunity to advance the health and safety of our campus community.
  • Students are required to self-monitor for symptoms before leaving their residence each day. 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 or Summer 2021 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 if they are not vaccinated
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Installing additional hand sanitizing stations throughout each community
    • Establishing a professionally trained response team to decontaminate areas impacted by COVID-19
    • 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 for residents who are not vaccinated.

  • 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 if you are not vaccinated
    • Self-monitoring for fever and symptoms
    • Proper hand washing
    • Disinfection protocols
    • Quarantine/ isolation requirements
  • 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. 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 get tested and 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 or Summer 2021 License Agreement.
  • A student may cancel their License Agreement at any time leading up to Fall 2021 Move-In, but they may be subject to paying the associated cancellation fees outlined in the 2021-22 License Agreement. Visit this website for more information about canceling a License Agreement.

Updated June 3, 2021

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