In order to maintain lower density in residential spaces, students will only have access to their assigned residential building and the laundry facilities for that building. Residential halls will remain open 24/7, but no guests are permitted at this time to minimize the risk of exposure to our campus community.
Students are encouraged to socialize outdoors or in commons areas, while practicing physical distancing.
Residential students are recommended to limit non-essential travel off-campus and take steps to protect yourself and other members of the campus community when attending gatherings during their time living in the residence halls to limit potential exposure and further transmission of COVID-19 amongst the campus population. Essential travel includes:
Attending off-campus social gatherings, bars, and any type of party is not viewed as essential.
If resident students leave campus, they are encouraged to:
Residential students are encouraged to stay on campus as often as possible and limit weekend visits home. If residential students do travel out of the state of Maryland, they must adhere to the University’s International and Out-of-State Travel Policy which may include notification and quarantine/testing protocols.
Common areas in the residence halls such as study rooms and lounges will be open for Fall 2021. Residential and commuter students are allowed to utilize common area spaces and designated study spaces on campus, subject to space occupancy limits. Indoor gatherings should generally be limited to no more than 10 individuals.
Shared kitchens in the residence halls are in the process of being reviewed for safety. Cleaning supplies will be provided for shared kitchen spaces.
Residents are allowed to have one visitor (residential student ONLY) in the room (maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance between one another). Residential students also must know the names of anyone they visit to aid in contract tracing.
In order to prepare for every possible scenario, NDMU has set aside designated quarantine and isolation spaces for our residential community. Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and whose permanent home address is less than 50 miles away may be required to isolate at their permanent address until cleared to return to campus.
University officials will make quarantine and isolation determinations that may require campus residents to relocate to either designated on-campus quarantine and isolation spaces or off-campus to the care of the student’s family or guardian. University officials, in consultation with healthcare providers, will make evaluations and release campus residents from quarantine or isolation to return to their campus residence hall room when deemed medically appropriate.
If you are asked to isolate by the University or the Department of Health, you will not be able to leave your isolation or quarantine space during isolation/quarantine. To prepare for this, assemble a Go-Kit before you arrive on campus. Someone can easily pick it up and drop it off to you when you are in isolation or quarantine.
In addition to your Go-Kit, you should ensure your academic materials (laptop, books, etc.) should be readily accessible to be brought to you.
Note: This site will be updated frequently with new announcements, additional policies and procedures as needed and as new information becomes available. We recommend that you check the site often and regularly.