COVID-19 Updates and Guidance for On-Campus Living During the COVID Pandemic

Updated 7/28/2020

The extraordinary circumstances caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic impacts on-campus living. The health and well-being of the Truman community is our top priority, which means the following guidelines are in place. It is up to all of us at Truman to strive to align ourselves with these guidelines.

COVID-19 Daily Wellness Check

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms; ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

To help promote a healthy campus environment, please complete the daily wellness check by asking yourself:

  1. Have you been around anyone sick or diagnosed with COVID-19?
  2. Do you have a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
  3. Do you have a fever or chills?
  4. Are you fatigued?
  5. Do you have muscle aches, body aches, or a headache?
  6. Do you have a sore throat?
  7. Do you have recent loss of taste or smell?
  8. Do you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?
  9. Do you have congestion or a runny nose?
  10. Have you traveled internationally or on a cruise ship in the past 2 weeks? (We are following the CDC recommendation that you quarantine for 14 days)

If your answer any of these questions is ‘yes’, you must consult with a medical professional.  It is important, for your own wellbeing that you follow their instructions should you be advised to self-quarantine or self-isolate.

A MEDICAL EVALUATION FOR LIVING IN COLLEGIATE RESIDENTIAL SETTING FORM is needed should you be advised to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a medical professional.

Taking a Gap-Semester or a Gap-Year Due to COVID-19?

Relevant Housing Contract Language
The 2020-2021 Housing Contract states:

Cancellation by Student prior to first date of contract period for students returning to the University;

Exceptions:

The student may be granted a release of contract without forfeiture of the housing deposit or additional fees for reasons of non-enrollment (Non-enrollment refers only to students who have never enrolled in Truman), student teaching, credit earning internship, graduation, credit earning study abroad program, or marriage. New students requesting a release from contract for any of these reasons must submit a written request by August 1 for the Fall Semester and November 15 for the Spring Semester to the Office of Residence Life.

NOTE I: Due to COVID 19, returning students who choose not take courses during FALL 2020 (or SPRING 2021) and are currently under contract for an on-campus room or apartment, and otherwise meet the stipulations above, will be eligible to cancel their housing contract “without forfeiture of the housing deposit or additional fees.”

Refund of Deposit.

The refundable portion of the deposit will be refunded to a student who has not previously attended the University if the student notifies the University in writing prior to May 1 for fall Semester and October 1 for Spring Semester enrollment that they will not be attending.

Note II: This portion of the Housing Contract has been amended and extended to August 1st for the FALL 2020 semester due to COVID-19.

NOTE III: The refundable portions of the housing deposit is $125 of the $150 housing deposit

We Are All In This Together: How to Protect Yourself and Others

The information below and more can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus

Know How It Spreads

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly form person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another.
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Clean your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at elast 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Stay in your residence if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Cloth Face Cover Around Others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be used by anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • The close face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them:  Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection, then, use a household disinfectant.

Social Distancing Guidelines

  • Wearing a mask; especially when you can’t maintain 6ft of distance with people you don’t live with, is essential in contributing to the health and wellness of yourself and others in our Truman Community.
  • Keep your distance from those you don’t live with (such as your roommate and suitemate) to limit your social contact with others you don’t have daily contact with.
  • Don’t congregate with more than 10 people, especially when you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance among others.

Truman ID Card Access

You are required to have your Truman ID Card with you at all times so that you can access the Residence Halls when they are locked.

Guest Policy and Bringing Visitors to Campus

Guests in the residence hall common spaces should be limited to Truman students except on move-in day, where each student is allowed to have 2 family members or friends assist them with move in.  It is the responsibility of Truman residents to ensure that they and their guest(s) maintain proper social distancing guidelines and obey public space occupancy maximums while in the Residence Halls.  Signs will be posted throughout public spaces in the residence halls that list the maximum occupancy of that space.  Truman students are expected to abide by these occupancy guidelines and residents are responsible for monitoring their guests while in these public spaces.

Inviting guests into your room increased the risk of infection to you, your roommate, and your suitemates.  For that reason, guests should be limited to public/common student spaces and lounges where social distancing and room capacity guidelines can be maintained.  It is not recommended that residents invite guests to their residence hall room or on-campus apartment.

Public Space Etiquette

Examples of public spaces in the Residence Halls and on-campus Apartments are:

  • Community Bathrooms in Missouri, Dobson, and (some) in Ryle
  • Community Kitchens
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Elevators
  • Lounges and Study Bubbles
  • Residence Life and Hall Offices
  • Hall Front Desk

When using these spaces, please consider the health and wellness of not only yourself, but of your fellow community members, by taking such action as:

  • Wearing a mask when near others.
  • Bringing disinfectant sprays and wipes to wipe down frequently touched items before and after you use them (example: the stove in the community kitchen and the handle on the laundry machines).
  • Follow the posted occupancy limits for these spaces.  Signs will be posted in public spaces that outline occupancy limits in those spaces.  Do not enter until there is room for you to practice social distancing while in these spaces.

What If I become Ill While I Live on Campus 

  • Consult with the Student Health Center or a local health care provider to evaluate the need for testing for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing can be done at the Student Health Center or the drive-through testing clinic at the Urgent Care/Complete Family Medicine
  • Call before presenting at a medical facility.
  • Inform your roommate and suitemate so they can make choices to protect their health and wellness.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 inform Residence Life staff or the Student Health Center staff to assist you in making arrangements for isolating yourself.

Isolation Procedures

  • Ill students will be provided an on-campus single living space with a private bathroom and kitchen facilities as space allows.
  • Arrangements will be made with campus Dining Services to assist in you receiving to-go meals at your living unit.

Quarantine Procedures

  • It will be important that anyone in quarantine not leave the room until confirmation from a health care provider that they are not infectious.
  • Arrangements will be made with campus Dining Services to ensure that you receive to-go meals at your living unit.

Being in Contact with Someone Who Is COVID-19 Positive

  • If you know or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Residence Life staff or the Health Center staff.
  • Arrangements will be made for you to quarantine to protect others from infection spread until confirmation that you are not infectious.

Departing Campus for the Weekend? Pack LIGHT and BE MOBILE!

Please consider taking your computer and other essential items needed to study if you go home or travel elsewhere.  In the event you cannot return to campus as you had expected, you will have what you need to successfully continue your academic plan.

Honor Code

  •  We are all in this together.
  •  What I do impacts you.
  •  What you do impacts me.
  •  What we do impacts all of us.

 Even if you are confident that you are healthy and would likely not experience significant distress with a COVID-19 infection, please consider that some of those around you could have pre-existing conditions or be immunocompromised.

If you are infected you could inadvertently infect someone else even before you are symptomatic.

Following social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines contributes to the health and wellness of our entire university community.