The majority of Howard University housing is privatized and is managed by third-party vendors: Corvias and Campus Apartments. The University will work closely with our partners to deliver optimal service and aligned standards of health and safety protocols University-wide.
We are doing everything we possibly can to accommodate as many students as possible, but we must do so in a manner that puts the health and safety of our students first.
If you have not done so already, students are strongly advised to register for classes immediately. This will help the University to plan for the fall semester. A student with a fully online schedule may opt to attend the University remotely.
- Students will be assigned to a combination of single and double rooms. Smaller rooms that we typically use as doubles will serve as singles. No triples or quads will be available.
- Students will sign up for a move-in registration time, with options spread out over several days to keep the population density low.
- Start-up Howard University health care packages to promote health awareness and social distancing, and, appropriate PPE will be provided to students when they arrive to campus.
- Further details concerning move-in will be provided to students by the Division of Student Affairs.
- Students who have all of their classes online will be a lower priority to stay on campus.
- Students who have a laboratory, clinical or performance-based requirement will be prioritized for on-campus housing but cannot be guaranteed on- campus housing due to bed availability.
- Howard University prioritizes on-campus housing for freshmen and sophomores and has a limited number of beds for juniors and seniors. The vast majority of our juniors and seniors seek and secure off-campus housing.
- The anticipated capacity of our residential housing is projected at 80%. We are providing flexibility to Freshmen and Sophomores to be entirely online, and anticipate that this will also result in an even lower percentage of students on campus. We are prepared to house approximately 4,200 students in dormitories and will have 150-200 rooms reserved for quarantine of confirmed positive students.
We will increase the frequency of health and wellness inspections and assess cleaning protocols. Common areas will remain closed.
Ample signage will be posted in prominent locations regarding social distancing and effective hygiene practices. We will use placement stickers to demonstrate six feet of spacing in strategic locations. We will put a reservation schedule in place to maintain appropriate social distancing occupancy levels in shared spaces such as laundry rooms, study rooms, lounges, and computer labs.
For the health and safety of our residents, visitors will not be permitted in residents’ living units during social distancing.
Staff and vendors will always be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and engage in proper handwashing. Added sanitation stations will be placed throughout all buildings to include lobbies, restrooms, entrances/exits of stairwells, elevators, trash rooms, and study areas. On-going staff training will be conducted. Other essential equipment may include thermometers, cameras, plexiglass shields, etc.
At move-in, appropriate hygiene and cleaning protocol/ recommendations will be provided.
Public restrooms and community bathrooms in residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized at least twice a day based on CDC cleaning guidelines. Bathroom attendants are also being considered.
Residential spaces in Howard University residence halls will either have:
- Enough square footage per person (at least 113 square feet) to allow for a radius of 6 feet per person.
- Bed placement that will allow for at least 10 feet head-to-head, when measured 1 foot from the headboard.
Planning and Implementation - Move-In Day
During move-in, social distancing guidelines will be implemented, consistent with current CDC and Department of Health guidelines. The student and one other person will be allowed in the room during move-in. We will institute visitor regulations. PPE requirements, such as masks, gloves, hygiene reminders, etc., will be followed. Traffic flow and amenities operations procedures will be in place to reduce risks.
It is critical that families follow the instructions that will be provided to them ahead of time.
Our residential partners and the Office of Residence Life have an isolation plan in place should any student contract COVID-19. The measures being taken are in line with those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Self-isolation involves protecting others and slowing down the spread of COVID-19. It is very important that anyone who has the virus, or might have been exposed to it, limits the number of people they come into contact with, for at least 14 days. This is the most effective way of preventing COVID-19 from spreading.
In the event that there is a need to provide isolation space for students, isolation spaces have been identified. Depending on the volume of students requiring isolation, Howard University Hospital may be used to also implement isolation.
- Plan A - A wing in a dormitory has been identified to quarantine and isolate students as needed.
- Plan B - Should the number of students who need to isolate increase; the isolation area will be expanded if there is an exceptional isolation need, a wing at Howard University Hospital will be used for this purpose.
Residents Who Test Positive - COVID-19
Residents with compromised immune systems are encouraged to choose to remain off-campus and choose remote instruction. Students who test positive for COVID-19 and exhibit mild symptoms are able to receive care via tele-health services provided by Howard University. Students who exhibit moderate to extreme symptoms and require medical attention will receive care from Howard University Hospital.
Providing Meals to Residents in Isolation
Residence Life, Public Safety, and Sodexo will coordinate meal delivery to students in the isolation areas.
Wellness Checks for Residents in Isolation
Isolated students are able to consult remotely with a healthcare provider via tele-health services. Students will be required to take their temperatures daily and monitor for shortness of breath. Should they develop high fevers and shortness of breath or a cough, they should wear a mask and report to the Emergency Room.