The residence halls will be open for the 2021-2022 academic year and will continue in a reduced, single occupant per room, capacity with strict adherence to health and safety guidelines. The residence halls will be available to all students, but capacity may be limited.

What You Need to Know

  • All residents will be assigned a single room for the 2021-2022 academic year, but will be billed at the lower, double rate for Doyle or Meletia Hall.
  • Students with grants or scholarships that have a residential component (i.e. Bonner, Presidential, etc.) are expected to live on campus. Please contact the Financial Aid Director immediately if you intend to commute as it may impact your aid.

Move-In Information

Access & Guests

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.

Off-Campus Travel & Gatherings (Updated: January 14, 2020)

Residential students are strongly recommended to limit all non-essential travel off-campus and avoid large group gatherings (10+ persons) 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:

  • visiting a doctor
  • picking up a prescription
  • grocery shopping
  • academic reason (e.g., clinical, internship)
  • going to work
  • picking up food

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:

  • make one trip if possible, to minimize the risk; and
  • travel with others from their same residential space (floor or building residents).

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 includes notification and quarantine/testing protocols.

In accordance with the Baltimore City Mayor’s December 11, 2020 Executive Order and the Maryland Department of Health’s December 17, 2020 Public Health Advisory, indoor gatherings of a social or festive nature in one location are limited to 10 persons. Outdoor gatherings of a social or festive nature are limited to no more than 25 persons.​

Common Areas (Updated: August 26, 2020)

Common areas in the residence halls such as study rooms and lounges will remain open. Residential students are allowed to utilize common area spaces (obeying the capacity number) and designated study spaces on campus. A mask must be worn, and all students need to be socially distanced. Aligning with the university social distancing guidelines (maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance between one another) is mandatory in the residence halls. In common area spaces in the residence halls, students will only be able to gather in groups of up to 6 people or abiding by the capacity number designated in the space)

Due to challenges with appropriately sanitizing these spaces, shared kitchens (except for refrigerators and microwaves) in the residence halls will be closed. Cleaning supplies will be provided for shared kitchen spaces.

Bathrooms & Laundry Rooms

Residential students will need to maintain a minimum of a 6-foot distance between one another.

Common Area Health & Safety

  • Furniture will be arranged in accordance with physical distance guidelines.
  • Signage will be posted in each space with maximum capacity allowed.
  • Shared bathrooms will be cleaned 3 times per day.

Residential Student Rooms (Updated: August 26, 2020)

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.

Quarantine & Isolation (Revised July 29, 2020)

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 100 miles away may be required to isolate at their permanent address until cleared to return to campus.

CDC Definitions

  • Quarantine - separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick
  • Isolation - separating infected people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick

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.

Assemble a Go-Kit

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.

Supplies for Your Go-Kit
  • Cleaning Supplies: Pack EPA-approved disinfecting wipes to use in your living spaces before, during, and after any possible isolation or quarantine. You will need to use these in any common areas of your residence while you are in isolation, quarantine, or anytime you are not feeling well.
  • Self-Care Medications: Pack fever/pain reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). You may want lozenges for sore throats or cough medications.
  • Prescription Medications: Pack several days’ worth of any prescription medications you need. Speak with your provider about how you would access medications if you are in isolation/quarantine.
  • Thermometer: Pack a thermometer that works under your tongue, is easy to use, and is not expensive to purchase.
  • Face Coverings: Pack multiple face coverings so you can wear a fresh one each day.
  • Comfort Food: Pack your favorite comfort snacks and drinks, along with a reusable water bottle. Although the college will ensure meals are delivered to those isolating or quarantining on campus, your favorite snacks can sometimes provide comfort. Off-campus students should maintain a supply of food at home and be knowledgeable about ordering food delivery from their local grocery store.
  • Comfortable Clothes: Pack a few days’ worth of comfortable clothes, including two weeks’ worth of undergarments.
  • Hygiene Supplies: Pack shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine products, etc.
  • Towels
  • Spare Set of Sheets: You can use your pillow and blanket from your current bed.
  • Phone Charger
  • Self-Care Items to Support Your Overall Well-Being: art supplies, puzzles, crafts, playing cards, books, etc.

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.