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I have all online courses, am I still able to live on campus?

The College will make every attempt to house any student who would like to live in campus housing. 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.

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 Covid-19 COVID-19 Housing Policies and Restrictions for further details and other important policies.

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 January?

Information about residence hall move in will be emailed to all students by Residence Life. Students will follow the directions as outlined to reserve a residence hall move in time between January 29 - 31, through the McDaniel online mobile app. Incoming and transfer students should plan to arrive and move in the morning of January 29. Returning students should arrive and move in by January 31.

Please be aware that McDaniel will be conducting 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.

How is the College going to enforce the new campus safety 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, they will be asked their name and then referred to the Student Conduct Process of the College to discuss the situation. 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.

All students should take a few moments to review the COVID-19 Sanction Chart.  It is very important for students to understand the repercussions of their actions especially those that may prevent them from completing their academic courses, continuing to live on campus or staying enrolled as a McDaniel student.

 

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

What are the consequences for violating the safety guidelines including hosting a social gathering? 

Compliance with all the College's safety guidelines and restrictions is non-negotiable. It is important to note that the College’s Code of Student Conduct applies to behavior that occurs on and off campusView the COVID-19 Sanctions Chart.

Examples of behaviors that will result in swift disciplinary action include: 

  • Hosting or attending a party on or off campus 
  • Hosting an off-campus guest on the campus 
  • Failing to comply with instructions related to isolation or quarantine

Social Gathering Definitions

For On-Campus Residents

Three or more students socializing in a living space (room, apartment, suite or house) where one or more members of the group are found to be violating a College policy (COVID-19-Related or otherwise). (Please note that this does not alter any existing guest restriction guidelines.) 

Social gatherings may include but are not limited to the following: evidence of alcohol or other illegal substances, loud voices, music or other noise, or drinking games. 

A social host is any individual who provides a location for a social gathering to occur. In the current pandemic, social hosts who provide a location for other students to violate the COVID-19 Related Housing Policies and Restrictions assume a greater level of responsibility for these incidents and will most likely be suspended from the College.

Students who host a social gathering on campus (with or without alcohol or other illegal substances) are subject to immediate removal and restriction from campus and potentially lose the ability to complete their courses. There is no financial refund for a student under these circumstances.  

For Off-Campus Students

For students living off-campus, no matter the occupancy of the residence, a social gathering is defined as the presence of 4 or more guests inside a residence or outdoor yard area at one time.

Social gatherings may include but are not limited to the following: evidence of alcohol or other illegal substances, loud voices, music or other noise, or drinking games. 

Incidents that occur at off-campus addresses that are brought to the College’s attention through the Westminster Police Department and/or private residents that do not meet the above definition of a social gathering may still be referred to the Student Conduct Process of the College under the Code of Student Conduct.

Social events hosted at off campus locations will be considered the joint responsibility of each student living at that address. As with residential students, students who host a social gathering off campus (with or without alcohol) are subject to immediate restriction from campus and potentially lose the ability to complete their courses. There is no financial refund for a student under these circumstances. If a student living off campus does not wish to share that responsibility, the student should contact the Office of Residence Life to inquire about on campus housing.

Are students residing off campus required to abide by the same safety guidelines, including hosting social gatherings?

Social events hosted at off campus locations will be considered the joint responsibility of each student living at that address. As with residential students, students who host a social gathering off campus (with or without alcohol) are subject to immediate restriction from campus and potentially lose the ability to complete their courses. There is no financial refund for a student under these circumstances. If a student living off campus does not wish to share that responsibility, the student should contact the Office of Residence Life to inquire about on campus housing. 

View the COVID-19 Sanctions Chart