COVID-19 Housing Information
Like other colleges and universities, Pine Manor College is actively observing impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and carefully adjusting to significant changes resulting from the health crisis. The campus is following health and safety guidelines while working toward making critical decisions for the coming academic year, including what impacts this crisis will have on housing at PMC.
As you know from previous campus messages, most fall semester classes will be offered online with a limited number of in-person classes. We know you are considering a number of factors as you prepare for the upcoming year, including the extent that you may be able to complete your fall courses remotely from off-campus or your need to be on campus at Pine Manor College.
Students who are interested in housing on campus will need to fill out the following housing application:
The deadline to complete the housing application will be Monday, August 17.
We encourage students to apply for housing if they do not have access to alternate housing, come from a housing insecure household, or if they lack reliable access to the infrastructure needed to support remote learning.
Once an application is received, a selection committee will review and evaluate your application. Once the evaluation is completed, students will hear back individually on a final decision for housing. The application itself is not a guarantee of on-campus housing.
We are working to balance our commitment to the residential experience while prioritizing the health and well-being of all students. This means that we will house fewer students within our buildings and not assign all of our spaces to ensure lower student ratios to assist with better physical/social distancing and COVID-19 safety measures. As a result, all student rooms will be assigned as singles.
The Office of Residence Life will directly place students in housing assignments and not follow the traditional housing selection process where students can pick their own rooms. There will be an option on the housing application to provide the names of a few students you would like to be placed next to in the residence hall. Although we cannot guarantee all the requests can be accommodated, we will do our best in trying to place students together in housing.
If students are looking to have a roommate, the request must be mutual and required each student to fill out and complete the Roommate Acknowledgment and Waiver Agreement before they can enter the residence hall room.
Monday, September 14
Move-in will be a staggered and scheduled process between Thursday, September 17 and Saturday, September 19.
We are only allowing a specific number of students to move in during each of these days. This move in process is being done to decrease the volume of students arriving on campus at one time.
More detailed information on the move-in process for new and returning students will be sent out in the upcoming weeks.
Living on Campus: Keeping Yourself and Others Well
All members of the PMC community are expected to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, and act with respect and consideration for those around them. Our intention is to provide a positive on-campus experience while abiding by public health practices and protocols. Students living in campus housing will be asked to do their part to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, including but not limited to the following (which are evolving and subject to change):
- Living in lower-density in on-campus housing, including double or single occupancy rooms
- Adhering to public health recommendations including wearing a face covering, using hand sanitizer, washing your hands, physical distancing, and proper cough/sneeze etiquette
- COVID-19 testing
- Daily self-symptom monitoring and reporting
- Wearing personal face coverings outside of the resident’s room, including hallways, restrooms, etc., and throughout the campus
- Understanding that non-resident guests (including family) are not be allowed into the residence halls
- Respecting limits on how many residents can use community spaces including bathrooms, common spaces and study areas, and restrictions on events and social activities, per public health guidance
- Accepting limited face-to-face interactions with members of the Residence Life staff, following public health guidance
- Required isolation/quarantine for residents who are exposed to or test positive to COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic). Pine Manor College will provide rooms for isolation/quarantine if necessary
We all must acknowledge that there are inherent risks in coming together in any space. As of this communication, there is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19, therefore we need to be vigilant about prevention. Your well-being and student success remain our highest priority. We all have a responsibility to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 for ourselves and for each other.