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COVID-19: Residential Life

This web page addresses frequently asked questions related to on-campus living and COVID-19. For more information, contact the Office of Residential Life at or 660.562.1214.

What happens if Northwest reaches its bed capacity for on-campus isolation and quarantine housing?  (updated 8/21/20)

In an effort to prevent further spread of the virus at Northwest and to keep isolation and quarantine housing available, a student who tests positive will first be encouraged to go home to isolate or quarantine.

The University is evaluating additional options in the event that on-campus housing designated for isolation or quarantine reaches capacity.

What floors or halls are used for individuals who need to isolate or be quarantined?  (updated 8/21/20)

North Complex is used as isolation and quarantine housing for students who, as determined by a health provider, are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms and cannot return home. Residential Life will make arrangements with those students for food delivery and other accommodations while they need to isolate or quarantine.

Are guests allowed in campus residential facilities?  (updated 7/10/20)

Northwest is prohibiting guests in residential facilities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and guest rooms will not be available for reservations this fall.

What actions will be taken in the residence halls for safety?  (updated 7/10/20)

Residents and guests will be required to wear face coverings in all common space, including hallways, elevators, stairwells, lounges, restrooms and laundry rooms. All residence hall staff will wear face coverings in common areas or an enclosed spaces with a student, such as an office.

Desk supplies will remain available but must be cleaned by users after each use. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

Furniture will be spaced in lounges to allow for socially distanced seating.

Non-Northwest guests are not allowed to visit residence halls. Students should meet their guests outside or in another space.

Elevators will be limited to three people at a time, except during move-in days when one family unit will be allowed at a time in the elevator.

Programming will be provided with mitigation measures in place.

Students who have medical conditions that make them vulnerable and need special accommodations, such as a private room, may contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations.

Additional cleaning and hand sanitizers will be provided in common areas.

Roommates and suitemates should establish their own mitigation rules for their room, suite or apartment.

What if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19?  (updated 7/10/20)

If you become aware your roommate was tested for COVID-19, one of you will need to move out of the living space until the test results return. If one of you cannot move out, avoid sharing a bedroom and bathroom. 

If the test results return positive for your roommate, you will be contacted by Wellness Services and/or the public health department for contact tracing. If you are determined to be a contact, you will be given guidance from Wellness Services on what to do next.

If you are not contacted, additional precautions are not necessary.

Do I need to quarantine if my roommate was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19?  (updated 6/23/20)

You do not need to quarantine unless the roommate has symptoms. However, the roommate needs to isolate, and that means they should not have contact with anyone, including all roommates.  

If your roommate develops symptoms, you should quarantine. A public health official or Wellness Services will contact you to provide guidance. If you are not contacted, there is no need to take additional precautions.

Will Northwest remove the requirement for first-year students to live on campus to allow for social distancing?  (updated 6/19/20)

Northwest is implementing mitigation guidelines to help keep students safe and will continue its requirement that first-year students live on campus.

Students who have medical concerns and may need accommodations for housing should work through the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations

Will students be charged room and board for a full semester?  (updated 6/19/20)

Students living in residence halls will be charged the semester price because the halls will remain open for the duration of the semester, which ends Dec. 11.