COVID-19 Information

Safety Measures

Housing and Residence Life has always been attentive to student health and safety. We will continue active measures to keep our environment healthy while acknowledging the changing nature of the pandemic. Below is a list of additional safety measures we are taking to protect our students.

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located in all residence hall lobbies.
  • Protective clear barriers are at all front desks and in hall offices to reduce contact between students and staff while still providing needed service.
  • All buildings have signs and markings as reminders of social distancing requirements.
  • When inside buildings, please keep right in stairwells and hallways and make every effort to maintain social distancing.
  • Students will be expected to wear masks in residence hall public areas, including the lobby, lounges, elevator and stairwells, and laundry rooms. Masks may be removed in your room or apartment. We recommend wearing them in your room if neighbors are visiting.
  • Housing staff provided personal protective equipment related to their job function.
  • Students can do virtual or in-person meetings with housing staff, depending on the staff member or student’s preference.

Custodial

All residence hall and vacant apartment rooms are cleaned by a professional crew prior to move-in. After a traditional cleaning, they will be disinfected with electrostatic disinfecting equipment.

Custodial staff is onsite in the residence halls, Western View Apartments and Spindler Hall.  Stadium Drive apartments have custodial multiple days a week, and we are attempting to increase it to seven days a week.  Custodial practices were developed utilizing Centers for Disease Control and industry recommendations.

  • All high-frequency touch points are cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day.
  • Bathrooms are deep cleaned and wiped down (disinfected) multiple times a day along with product stock checks and refills.
  • All public spaces are cleaned with electrostatic disinfecting equipment prior to fall move-in. This equipment will continue to be used during the semesters as needed to disinfect large spaces quickly and effectively.
  • Purell hand sanitizer stations in residence hall lobbies are checked and restocked daily.

Custodial employees themselves are wearing personal protective equipment, completing a health screening at the beginning of each shift, and practicing social distancing.

Suite bathrooms are inside student rooms, so custodial staff does not enter the space. Students are expected to clean their own bathroom. Cleaning guidelines are placed in each bathroom to help students. The guidelines draw from Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

  • Policies

    Masks

    Masking is not required in your room or apartment.  Masking is required in public areas unless:

    • You are fully vaccinated and verified by Sindecuse Health Center as indicated on your badge.
    • You have a medical exemption to not wear a mask.

    Guests are required to wear masks inside all residence halls and apartment public areas unless they are fully vaccinated.

    Guests

    Housing's guest policy is returning to its pre-pandemic status. Students may have up to two guests who are at least 18-years-old. Guests are permitted to stay overnight with prior consent of all roommates and suitemates, if applicable. Guests are only permitted to stay for a maximum of two consecutive nights. Hosts are responsible for all guest behavior. Off-campus guests and non-vaccinated WMU students must wear a mask while indoors.

    Badging

    Students must show their health badge when asked by University faculty and staff, including Housing staff. Students should be prepared to show badging if asked by housing staff.  For more about WMU’s health survey and badging, click here

    Public spaces

    Occupancy limits for lounges are posted so physical distancing can be maintained. Furniture in lounges will match the maximum number of occupants. Should health concerns change in Kalamazoo County, lounges will be closed and students notified.

  • Health

    Housing and Residence Life has identified isolation spaces for students unable to leave campus. “Isolation” is defined as having received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, thereby requiring complete isolation from the campus community. Isolation may be achieved through leaving campus to another housing option or relocating to an identified on-campus location, as designated by university health officials. On campus isolation rooms are available on a limited basis.  Students are encouraged to return home for their isolation time if at all possible.

    What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

    “Isolation” is required for a student on campus who has tested “positive” for COVID-19. These students will move to the designated isolation hall and, if requested, will receive food delivered to their room. Isolation can also be achieved by relocating to an off-campus address.  WMU follows CDC guidelines for how long student should isolate.

    A student living on campus will be directed to “quarantine” if they have been exposed to COVID-19, requiring removal from contact with the campus. Quarantine may be achieved by relocating to an off-campus address, relocating to the quarantine-designated hall or quarantining in the student's present living space, depending on how the student was exposed. Food will be delivered to students in quarantine, if requested. WMU follows CDC guidelines for how long student should quarantine.

    If a student's roommate or suitemate tests positive, the student may remain in quarantine in their existing room; the positive student will move to isolation housing or relocate to an off-campus location. 

    If a student was exposed to a positive COVID-19 case outside their room or suite, the student will need to relocate to the quarantine hall  or an off-campus address. Their roommates or suitemates would remain in their room or suite.

    If a quarantined student develops systems, they will have access to a telehealth appointment with Sindecuse Health Center. They will also receive written follow-up instructions from Sindecuse, which are also available in the Sindecuse online health portal.

    What happens if I develop symptoms for COVID-19?

    Get tested immediately at the earliest symptoms. Sindecuse Health Center has rapid-result testing available. Call ahead for a telehealth appointment, and familiarize yourself with their COVID information online.

    What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the recommendations of their health professional. Contact tracing for all positive diagnoses will be conducted by the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department.

    Housing and Residence Life has identified isolation spaces for students unable to leave campus. “Isolation” is defined as having received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, thereby requiring complete isolation from the campus community. Isolation may be achieved through leaving campus to another housing option or relocating to an identified on-campus location, as designated by university health officials.

    What happens if my roommate or suitemate has been exposed to COVID-19?

    If your roommate or suitemate is notified by a contact tracer that they have been exposed to COVID-19 and you have not, they will move to WMU's quarantine housing or to an off-campus address, and you will remain in your existing room or suite. 

    If both you and your roommate or suitemate have been exposed to COVID-19, you may remain in your existing room for quarantine.

    What happens if my roommate or suitemate tests positive for COVID-19?

    If your roommate or suitemate tests positive for COVID-19, they will move to isolation housing or to an off-campus location. Once this happens, you will be required to quarantine and avoid contact with the campus community for a designated number of days. You can quarantine in your existing room or suite, and food will be delivered to you, if requested.