The total capacity of our residence halls has been reduced to 1,200 beds, which allows for each student to have their own bedroom. Safety plans are in place to help students interact and move about the campus as safely as possible, including way finding through the buildings and enforcement of the SSU COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols.
Additionally, Residence Life has structured the following changes to ensure physical distancing and health measures are taken:
All residential students will be tested for COVID-19 as part of the move in process.
Common areas such as lounges and community kitchens will be closed.
Residential students will be restricted from bringing outside guests into the building.
For Fall Move In, residential students will be distributed over a week-long move-in process to ensure maximum social distancing and a reduction of crowds.
Residential students will be asked to monitor symptoms before move-in and in an ongoing way to self-report any potential health risks to Counseling and Health Services.
Information about COVID-19 safety will be incorporated into fall floor meetings with residential students.
Testing of Resident Students
All residential students will be tested for COVID-19 as part of the move in process. During the fall semester we will be testing a percentage of our residential students every other week. Additionally, we will conduct more frequent testing of students who may be at higher risk. If any student has concerns about their personal health or vulnerability, they can volunteer to be tested every two weeks. This is a free service to our residential students.
Residence Life will enact an isolation and quarantine plan – specifically holding a number of spaces at the Bates Complex with private bedrooms and bathrooms for students who are in need of isolation due to COVID-19 and cannot return home.
Salem State will continue to offer on-campus dining for students and staff. SSU is in the process of selecting a new dining service vendor for the upcoming academic year. The vendor selection process is underway, is mindful of the ongoing pandemic, and has set forth expectations including actions designed to comply with SSU’s rigorous health and safety standards. All actions support promoting physical distancing, implementing enhanced levels of food safety and making necessary revisions to all locations to provide safe service to customers from well trained and healthy staff members.
Meals for Students Quarantined
SSU will coordinate with the dining service vendor to identify a process in concert with CHS to provide meals to those who need to comply with quarantine and/or isolation protocols.