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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.

Are guests allowed in campus residential facilities?  (updated 8/16/21)

Guests are allowed in residence halls and must follow campus mitigation measures, which include wearing a face covering indoors when 6 feet of distance from others cannot be maintained.

What actions have been taken in residence halls to help prevent transmission of COVID-19?  (updated 8/16/21)

In addition to campus mitigation measures:

  • Desk supplies remain available but must be cleaned by users after each use. Cleaning supplies are provided.
  • Students who have medical conditions that leave them vulnerable and require special accommodations, such as a private room, may contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations for assistance.
  • Additional cleaning and hand sanitizers are provided in common areas.
  • Roommates and suitemates should establish their own mitigation rules for their room, suite or apartment.

What building is used for individuals who need to isolate or be quarantined?  (updated 7/13/21)

Dieterich Hall 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.

What if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19?  (updated 7/1/21)

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 7/1/21)

You do not need to quarantine unless the roommate has symptoms. However, the roommate needs to quarantine, 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.