SJCNY Fall 2020 - EHS Housing

SJCNY Fall 2020 - EHS Housing

Ready. Set. Reopen

Updated: 7/30/2020

We can't wait to welcome you back to campus this fall. See below for information about residential life for the fall semester and the measures being taken to keep you and your peers safe as you continue your education at SJC Brooklyn.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check back in the coming weeks.

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Will the residence hall be open?

The Residence Hall at the St. George Towers (55 Clark Street in Brooklyn) will be open for occupancy in Fall 2020. All students wishing to reside in the residence hall should complete a housing application. It is important to note that roommates will be considered a “family unit” and expected to behave in ways that protect each other’s health.

When is my move-in date? 

In order to provide ample time for students to adjust to living within the residence halls and to allow for proper social distancing during check in, please see the appropriate check-in information below: 

  • Check-in times will be between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. More information about scheduling a check-in time will be available in the near future. 
  • Please be advised that there will be a limit to two people to assist with moving in. Each individual will have to complete our visitor health questionnaire

For students who currently reside on states listed on New York State’s Travel Advisory quarantine list or outside of the U.S., your move-in date is as follows:

  • New Students attending Orientation: August 19 
  • Students not attending Orientation: August 26 

Students arriving from these states will be required to self-quarantine within the residence hall upon their arrival. 

If you are a student who does not reside in a state on the New York State Travel Advisory list, your move-in date is as follows:

  • New Students attending Orientation: August 29 
  • Students not attending Orientation: September 5

Should you have an extenuating circumstance regarding your check-in date, please contact [email protected].

Have additional cleaning protocols been established for residence halls?

  • EHS has been continuously cleaning all common areas and areas with hot spots or touchpoints (elevators, doors, lobby area, security desks, etc)
  • Kitchen area is being cleaned 3 times per day
  • Students will receive guidance (education at orientation,laminated flyer for room) for regular cleaning of private bathrooms and common spaces in rooms.

Will I need to quarantine?

Students returning from states with high rates of infection and all international students will need to quarantine for 14 days as per New York state regulations. Even if a test shows no infection, the 14-day requirement is still in place.

Can I have visitors?

There will be no visitation in the residence halls. Students who wish to have parents visit should contact the Office of Residence Life to schedule.

Have protocols been established to maintain social distancing in hallways and common spaces?

  • Residents should bring their own face masks/coverings and wear them when outside of their rooms to stay in compliance with New York State guidelines.  This includes hallways, elevators, entrances and all common areas within the residence.
  • Common space furniture has been reconfigured to allow for social distancing.  
  • No more than 2-3 people share an elevator at time; Use of stairs encouraged. 
  • Shared kitchen space has reduced hours (8 - 11 a.m., noon - 3 p.m., 5 -8 p.m.) to ensure appropriate cleaning; 3 person max allowed in the kitchen area and at 6 feet apart.

Has the College established protocols for students coming to the Residence Hall from other locations?

  • There will be a phased move-in process beginning with students entering from other countries/states to allow for SARS-CoV-2 testing in addition to a 14 day quarantine period. All resident students, whether reporting early or not, should expect to undergo SARS-CoV-2 testing and a health screening.
  • Information regarding reporting dates and testing procedures will be sent to all residence students.

Will students living in the residence hall be tested for COVID-19?

SJC students who intend to live in EHS housing are strongly encouraged to obtain a SARS-CoV-2 test at home no more than 7-10 days prior to arriving for their move-in date to assess their own health and exposure to COVID-19. In most states, there is no cost for the test and it is currently being covered by all health insurance carriers. To find testing sites near you, visit the NYC COVID-19 Testing Portal, and enter your zip code. 

All international students will be subject to testing upon arrival to EHS housing. Students who arrive and have not received a test or who do not provide proof of testing within the allotted time period, will be subject to testing on their date of arrival and will also be required to quarantine until test results are obtained.

What happens if my test results are positive?

Students who test positive before departing for campus must stay home until their personal physician certifies their readiness to join the St. Joseph’s College community. Students who test positive upon arrival will be required to quarantine in the allotted space within EHS for 14 days and submit to re-testing after this time has elapsed. Personal belongings not needed for the quarantine period will be placed in the student’s assigned room for the semester.

Does the Residence Hall have separate facilities identified for isolation of students testing positive for COVID19?

Yes, the College has set aside 25% of our maximum bedspace for isolation and emergency purposes. Local students who become ill will be sent home if it is safe to do so. 

Have arrangements been made for food delivery to quarantined students? What about medications, toiletries, laundry (clothes & linens)?

The Residence Hall Director along with the Resident Assistants will all be trained to assist students in isolation. 

What are the protocols for students completing an isolation period and moving back into main housing?

Proof of negative SARS-CoV-2 testing will be required before a student can move back in with a roommate.

What about daily health screenings?

Students should become familiar with performing daily health screenings that include a temperature check in advance of their arrival as the College will conduct its own screening, including a temperature check, of every student during move-in day, and students will be required to participate in daily symptom monitoring on campus as well.

What if I get sick? 

We take the health and well-being of our residents very seriously and have formed a partnership with MedRite Urgent Care. If you become ill during normal business hours, you will be directed to visit the clinic. If you become ill overnight or require emergency medical attention, you will be taken to Methodist Hospital.

  • MedRite Urgent Care: 504 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn NY 11205
  • Methodist Hospital: 506 6th St., Brooklyn NY 11215

As part of our commitment to your health, we require that all students living in housing have medical insurance that is accepted in New York state. If you do not have insurance already, you may apply through New York State Insurance Marketplace at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

What happens if my roommate becomes sick?

Students who have close proximate contact or exposure to someone with COVID-19 are required to inform the Residence Hall Director, who will arrange for isolation and a test to be done at MedRite Urgent Care Center. The student would need to remain in isolation until the results are received. In most situations, per New York state guidelines, a student would be placed on medical leave and required to go home for recovery if tested positive. In cases where a student cannot leave campus (e.g., international students), the student would remain in the quarantine room.