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 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:
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 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 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.
Residential students will need to maintain a minimum of a 6-foot distance between one another.
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 100 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.