On/Off Campus Life
Residential life is an important part of the college experience. Living on campus allows students to engage in a living and learning environment that enhances academic progress, expands involvement opportunities, fosters personal growth, and cultivates healthy interpersonal relationships and lifelong friendships. Because of this, inviting students back into our residence halls this fall has been a priority for the University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
The University’s housing model is designed to minimize exposure to and spread of COVID-19 within the residential community. Developed using public health best practices and medical guidance, we have reduced rooms to doubles or singles to allow for physical distancing. In residence halls where students use a shared bathroom, students will be assigned to showers, stalls, and sinks where additional dividers and other protective barriers will be added where needed. Cleaning and sanitation of all bathrooms within the residence halls will be increased and occur regularly. Students living in the residence halls will also have access to laundry facilities, mailrooms, lounges, and common spaces. These spaces are being reviewed to ensure they comply with health requirements around physical distancing and will be scheduled for regular cleaning and sanitation.
Wentworth will implement an extended move-in schedule over 9 days leading into the start of the Fall 2020 semester. This plan will allow for physical distancing by staggering move-in assignments by floors and buildings. Students will be asked to limit the number of family or friends to help them move in to limit potential exposure. The Office of Housing and Residential Life will be sharing more information about the move-in process at the end of July.
We are currently identifying additional lounge and study space to promote commuter student success while on campus. Programs and services for commuter students, including but not limited to lockers and MBTA passes, will continue while taking de-densification at events into account. Parking information to follow.
Living Learning Communities
This fall, new students will be assigned into a Living Learning Community (LLC). The Living Learning Communities for first year students will be based predominantly upon their major. Transfer students’ LLC will be an interdisciplinary community designed to encourage innovation across majors. Living Learning Communities are a great opportunity for students to engage with fellow students who hold similar interests, as well as academic and career aspirations. The Residential Life staff will provide quality programming that aligns with each LLC to expand students’ knowledge, explore interests, and create opportunities for social connection.