Students & Campus Life
If we are to convene on campus in academic and residential environments while the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak is still active, the ways in which we live, teach, study, research, and work will be different from what we have previously known.
Every member of our community will need to commit to a collective effort to protect the overall safety of our campus, and we should all be fully aware and prepared to contribute to the health, safety, and well-being of our Saint Joe’s community.
To this end, we are implementing the following Monk Strong Community Pledge. As a student enrolled in classes at Saint Joseph’s College this year, you agree to read and implement the following concepts:
- Expectations for Conduct. For us to successfully reopen our residence halls, and keep them open, we expect every student to make changes in their daily lives, so that we can all remain a safe learning destination. This also means confronting and reporting behaviors that might put our College at risk. This cannot be solely the task of faculty and staff – it’s up to every person on campus, and in particular and most importantly, our students. If we care about Saint Joe’s, care about one another, and care about our education, we will all agree to follow these guidelines.
- Monk Strong means “Together”: Reopening, and staying open, means that all members of our SJC community agree to:
- wear facial coverings in public when unable to socially distance, including in classrooms;
- practice physical distancing of at least six feet in public, and when possible in labs, libraries, and common spaces;
- avoid large gatherings of 50 or more people where social distancing is not possible, including co-curricular and extracurricular activities;
- regularly monitor your health, and when necessary, get tested for COVID-19 (and, if you’ve tested positive, agree to self-isolate and quarantine);
- self-report any COVID-19 symptoms; and,
- when appropriate, agree to teach, learn, work, and engage remotely.
- The Importance of Consistent Self-Monitoring. In an environment in which the prevalence of COVID-19 is low enough to allow some or all students to return to campus, it is important to have the capability to detect new cases, based upon the best scientific recommendations in the coming months. We need students who are not feeling well to schedule an appointment immediately with the Health Center, so that we can keep you, and our community safe.
- Understand the changes to our Residential Living program. While our on-campus housing is a traditional and vibrant aspect of student life at SJC, it thrives on students living and learning together in close quarters with programs that encourage interaction. Remaining on campus with the residence halls relies on every student complying with these new campus protocols. As is the policy on-campus, we ask that all students in residence hall common areas, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms wear a mask.
- Adapt to alternate Dining and Food Service Options. New approaches to dining include a reservation system, which would limit the number of diners at any given time for purposes of physical distancing, or a take-out system of timed pickups locally or via delivery.
- Fitness and Recreation. Highly utilized spaces such as the Alfond Fitness Center will be operated with strict adherence to public health practices. Students should expect that we may need to close or restrict access for deep cleaning, operate under restricted hours, or limit the number of those exercising at one time.
- Student Life Programs and Events. A vast array of extracurricular and co-curricular activities on our campus entail very close personal contact among many individuals. This is what makes our campus such a vibrant place to live and learn! As our public health situation evolves, know that each of these programs and events will be evaluated to ascertain if some could be safely offered in smaller group settings, others possibly taking place online. Students should also expect that we may not be able to offer some programs at this time because of safety concerns.
In all of our activities, the College will continue to be guided by our Mercy values, and expert medical and public health advice. Actions such as those outlined above may seem onerous and even limiting, but they are proven practices for preventing, or reducing, the spread of the virus.
Thank you for taking the Monk Strong Community Pledge, and ensuring our campus continues to be a safe and healthy one.
As of Monday, October 5, 2020 the following policies are in place for the residence halls on campus:
- Resident students are now permitted to visit with other students in residence halls other than their own.
- Face masks MUST be worn whenever a resident student is in a building including in lobbies, hallways, restrooms, common areas, suites, pods and residence hall rooms. The only time masks may be removed in residence halls is when a resident is in their own residence hall room accompanied by others who also live in said room.
- Common rooms and kitchenette areas will remain open for resident students wearing masks.
- Commuter students may visit on-campus students in residence halls as invited guests.
- Residents may not have overnight guests stay over in their room. With masks being required in another residence hall room it would be unrealistic to assume guests would wear their masks while sleeping.
- Off-Campus guests are still not permitted to enter any residence halls.
- Guests, including commuters and students from other residence halls are permitted during guest visitation hours which correspond to the campus quiet hours. Before 11pm Sunday-Thursday and before 1am Friday-Saturday.
- Room, pod and suite capacities remain at a reduced number to accommodate social distancing. A suite or pod may not have more than 15 individuals in their living area. Any single residence hall room may not have more than 4 individuals inside at one time.
- Failure to comply with any of these policies may result in handling through the college’s conduct process.
Room, pod and suite capacities remain at a reduced number to accommodate social distancing. A suite or pod may not have more than 15 individuals in their living area. Any single residence hall room may not have more than 4 individuals inside at one time.