COVID-19 Information

Safety Measures

Housing and Residence Life has always been attentive to student health and safety.  We know our students and families are curious about what specifically is being done for 2020-21.  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 being installed at all front desks and in hall offices to reduce contact between students and staff while still providing needed service.
  • Gloves are being provided for staff who handle and distribute mail and packages.
  • All buildings will 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 will be 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 seven days a week in the residence halls, Western View Apartments and Spindler Hall.  Goldsworth Valley and 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 seven days a week 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. We are developing cleaning guidelines that will be placed in each bathroom to help students. The guidelines draw from Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

  • Policies

    Masks

    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.

    Guests

    Guest policy revised and more restrictive. Guests, defined as anyone not living in your current residence hall or WMU apartment, are not allowed. Students may have one visitor, meaning someone who lives in your current residence hall or WMU apartment, in their room or apartment. Visitors may not spend the night. Hosts must wear a mask when a visitor is in their room, and should encourage the visitor to wear one too. Roommates and suite mates should consent to a visitor prior to them coming into the room or apartment. Click here to see the full guest policy.

    Public spaces

    New occupancy limits for lounges will be 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(s) for 10 days and, if requested, will receive food delivered to their room. Isolation can also be achieved by relocating to an off-campus address.

    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 community for a period of 14 days. Quarantine may be achieved by relocating to an off-campus address, relocating to the quarantine-designated hall(s) 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.

    If a student's roommate or suite mate has tested 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(s) or an off-campus address. Their roommates or suite mates 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 suite mate has been exposed to COVID-19?

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

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

    If your roommate or suite mate 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 14 days. You can quarantine in your existing room or suite, and food will be delivered to you, if requested.