Healthy Together with Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is committed to the safety of students, staff, and visitors in the residence halls across campus. While we are still committed to our Pillars of Success, we are adjusting the means by which we achieve them. View Miami's Healthy Together site for University-wide information.

Housing Assignments

The Campus Services Center assigned fewer students to triples and quad rooms across campus and has offered more single rooms than in previous years. Space has also been set aside for temporary housing for students who are not feeling well.

Physical Distancing and Face Covering in the Residence Halls

Every effort will be made to create a culture of physical distancing and wearing face coverings in the residence halls. Staff will model the way. Students are required to wear their face covering when they are outside of their room. Signage throughout the residence halls will remind students of these safety measures.

One-on-one Meetings

Resident Directors and Resident Assistants (RD & RA) will conduct one-on-one meetings with residents in each community. The purposes of these meetings are to get to know residents better, refer students to resources and activities on campus, and give general support to students. These meetings will be conducted either virtually or in-person while wearing face coverings and being physically distanced from each other, at the discretion of the student and RA/RD.

Crisis and Conduct Intervention

Occasionally a staff member needs to interact with students who are in crisis or when confronting conduct that may negatively impact students or the community. ORL staff will use a face shield when having these interactions to protect both students and staff.

Overnight Guests

Overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls or on-campus apartments.  All other guest regulations continue to be in effect.  

Public Space Use in the Residence Halls

Students will continue to use public spaces in the residence halls (lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, recreation spaces, vending machines, bicycle storage areas, etc.) while maintaining physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Some furniture may be labeled “not for use” to promote physical distancing.

Sanitizing

In addition to regular cleaning, the staff in the Physical Facilities Department will provide daily (if not more) wipe-downs of frequently touched surfaces (elevator buttons, door handles, public kitchenettes, etc.). PFD will also provide spray cleaner and paper towels so residents can also wipe down areas before and after use. Hand sanitizer will be available at the front entrance of every residence hall.

Programming, Community Leadership Teams, and Living Learning Communities

Social, educational and recreational programs and initiatives will continue to be implemented in the residence halls. Some will be virtual. Some will be in person when physical distancing is possible. All participants of in-person gatherings will wear face coverings.

Roommate Conversations

Living with a roommate during a global pandemic is definitely a new experience. Typical conversations with between roommates about being good roommates who respect each other and communicate well are outlined in our Roommate Success Guide.  Having conversations on these additional topics early can reduce issues later. 

  • Shared goals. What are our goals for staying healthy and looking out for one another? How well do our individual goals align?
  • Going out. How often do we plan to visit bars / restaurants / social gatherings? What can we agree is safest for these outings?
  • Hygiene. How committed are we to practicing good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?
  • What ifs. What will we do if someone feels sick? If off campus and someone tests positive, what is our plan for isolation? If Miami has to go remote earlier in the semester, what are our plans? 
  • Distancing. How diligent are we at practicing physical distance with others? What about with each other?
  • Guests/visitors. What is our guest policy? Will guests be allowed? Who and for how long? Will there be any restrictions? Reminder: no overnight guests are allowed in the residence halls
  • Cleaning. What is our plan for routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (ie: tables, knobs, handles, light switches, etc.)? Who will be responsible for what?
  • Masks. What is our plan for face coverings / mask wearing. What is our level of commitment to wearing them regularly and correctly? Reminder: face coverings are always required on campus, except for in residence hall rooms.

Visitation In Residence Hall Rooms and Apartments

  • Community members are responsible for ensuring their visitors maintain an atmosphere that (1) respects the privacy and comfort of any roommates, (2) is conducive to academic endeavors, and (3) contributes to the safety and well-being of the community.
  • Roommates, via their roommate agreements, are expected to mutually establish visitor regulations, which could restrict when visitors would be permitted in residence hall rooms and/or apartments.
  • Community members must wear masks whenever they have visitors in their residence hall rooms or apartments.
  • Community members must wear masks whenever they are not in their own residence hall room or apartment, unless they are actively eating or drinking.
  • Community members must follow physical distancing guidelines (at least six-feet apart), while hosting visitors.
  • Community members are permitted to be in their own room, with the door open, unmasked as long as there are no guests in the room or doorway.
  • As a general guideline, community members are expected to limit their number of visitors to their residence hall room or apartment to one per occupant. If there are two occupants, then two guests are permitted, three occupants, three guests, etc. If the number of visitors exceeds one per occupant, community members are welcomed to host their visitors in a common area where physical distancing is possible.
  • Community members are strongly discouraged from having visitors from outside the Miami University community in their residence hall rooms or apartments.
  • Effective August 2020, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Visitors must wear masks and follow social distancing (at least six-feet apart) guidelines.
  • Via the community agreements process undertaken in each community in the fall, residents can choose to limit when or where visitors can be hosted in public spaces.
  • We recognize that the above guidelines are not conducive for visitors who are in romantic relationships with the community member they are visiting. In those instances, it is best for roommates to discuss how to navigate those relationships.