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I have all online courses, am I still able to live on campus for the fall semester?

The College will make every attempt to house any student who would like to live in campus housing. If the demand for housing exceeds the spaces available on campus, the College is looking into the option of housing students in local hotels for the semester. Students who have in-person classes (schedule code: McDaniel Westminster Campus) and hybrid classes (schedule code: McDaniel Campus/Online) will be given priority when new housing assignments are made.

I participated in housing selection in June and selected a room, what do I need to do to live on campus?

Students will receive an email instructing them to complete the Fall 2020 Student Planning Survey (Housing and Classes). Returning students who recently participated in the housing selection process and selected rooms will most likely be required to participate in a new room selection process. Students will receive an email with information about the process once they complete the Fall 2020 Student Planning Survey (Housing and Classes).

Can I have guests in my room and/or building this year?

With consideration of CDC congregate housing guidelines, guests are not permitted within the residence halls, apartments and houses. Please review the Fall 2020 Housing Policies and Restrictions related to COVID-19 for further details and other important policies.

What if I want to commute next year?

If a student is choosing to commute for the 2020-2021 academic year, they should indicate that on the fall 2020 Student Planning Survey (Housing and Classes). Students who do not wish to live in campus housing do not need to participate in a new room selection process.

I am commuting and would still like a meal plan, what should I do?

A commuter student who would like to sign up for a meal plan should contact the Bursar’s Office to arrange for the plan of their choice.

When will move-in happen in August?

Information about residence hall move in was emailed to all students on August 4, 2020, by Residence Life. Students will follow the directions as outlined to reserve a residence hall move in time between August 14 through 19 through the McDaniel online mobile app. Please note that the move in process is happening over 6 days in order to minimize the number of individuals coming into contact with one another during the move in process. Incoming and transfer students should plan to arrive and move in by August 18. Returning students should arrive and move in by August 19.

Please be aware that McDaniel will be conducting voluntary surveillance testing for COVID-19 during move in, as well as weekly throughout the semester. See McDaniel’s Student Prevention, Testing and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19 for further information about our quarantine procedures and testing protocols.

Do I need to move all my belongings out of the halls at Thanksgiving?

Yes, students will need to completely move out of their room prior to Thanksgiving break closing - Wednesday, November 25th at 10am. Housing assignments will most likely change between fall and spring.

If I decide not to live on campus for the fall semester will I get my $200 housing deposit refunded?

For returning students who submitted the $200 housing deposit and are now commuting from home or completing the semester online, the deposit will be credited toward your fall billing statement even if room and/or board are no longer on your bill. Please note that not being charged room and board could impact a student's need-based financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about this.

If I decide not to live on campus for the fall semester will I get my housing grant applied to my bill?

Yes, if a student who lived on campus in the spring and qualified for a fall housing grant, the total grant amount will be applied to the student billing statement for the fall.

How is the College going to enforce the new campus and housing guidelines?

As described in the First Principles, “… Respecting others and sharing the responsibility for the common good” is our new reality in this time of COVID-19 and is fundamental to maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment for everyone.

  • Each faculty, staff and student member of the McDaniel Community is responsible for their individual actions that impact those around them.
  • It is only by everyone agreeing with this shared responsibility and displaying daily actions that reflect the guidelines that we will create a healthy, safe environment conducive to the McDaniel experience.

What if an individual does not follow the safety guidelines despite prompting by community members?

If an individual does not follow the safety guidelines despite prompting by community members, it will then be necessary for the College to be informed in order to address the unwanted and potentially harmful behavior. Ultimately, a student jeopardizes their ability to continue living on campus if they choose to ignore the enhanced safety measures in place pointed out to them by other community members and College officials.

Could a student possibly lose the ability to live on campus for not following the campus guidelines about social distancing, face coverings, etc?

Yes, students who do not adhere to the College’s guidelines related to COVID-19 will be referred to the Student Conduct Process and potentially removed from campus housing for the fall semester.

Where will people have to wear face coverings on campus?

Everyone must wear a face covering while on the McDaniel College campus. This includes but is not limited to:

  • When in class or all classrooms
  • When in the library
  • When walking throughout residential spaces
  • In a department or campus office
  • When walking around in the Student Center or any communal spaces
  • When in communal gatherings or meetings, (whether formal or informal) where two or more people are present
  • In communal restrooms, except when showering or brushing teeth.

All McDaniel College students, faculty, and staff reserve the right to kindly ask that students and other community members wear a face covering if they are not wearing one in a required setting. It is recommended that all students carry an extra face covering while on campus.

Are there any exceptions to wearing a face covering?

The following are exceptions to when/where one is not required to wear a face covering (unless it is requested by another individual)

  • Residential student in your bedroom with just your roommate/roommates
  • Residential students when showering or washing their face in the floor/communal bathrooms
  • A space where you are physically eating your meal