Elms College has worked hard to devise a secure and robust plan for reopening the College for the fall semester. Our top priority is our community’s health and safety, so we have made changes to our traditional housing operations.
We are planning to house residents for fall 2020; however, spaces will be limited. Students interested in housing for fall 2020 must complete a Fall 2020 Housing Request Application for us to determine who will be living on campus. The College plans to consider each student’s situation to give priority to students that need to live on campus.
Dates & Deadlines:
July 1 – Application Due
July 15 – Students not receiving housing notified (placed on the waitlist)
July 15 – Housing Assignments will be given
Your safety as our student is critical. Outlined below are some of the changes we’ve made:
- All residents will live alone, without a roommate. All students will be charged the semi-private rate of $7,005 for the fall semester, which is the same charge you would have with a roommate.
- We are working on putting in safety precautions to limit contact where social distancing may be a challenge, such as in the bathroom.
- Guests will be strictly limited to Elms students only, and non-residents will not be permitted in student rooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can parents/family still visit students on campus?
Yes, but you will not be permitted in the Residence Halls. You can visit with them in any outdoor area on campus.
- What will happen for Spring 2020?
The college will be continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation. If there is a safe opportunity to allow additional students to live on campus, Elms will notify students and work with them to make appropriate housing assignments for the Spring semester.
- Are students locked into the Room & Board contract?
Any student that requests fall housing through the new form and is assigned a room will be held to the Room & Board contract and its terms. Those that do not receive a housing assignment due to capacity limitations will be released from the housing contract. Students who originally selected a fall room (during April housing selection), but who no longer wish to live on campus, will be released from the contract without a cancellation fee as long as they do not request fall housing.
- Will there still be full dining hall options?
The dining hall will have new health and safety protocols, including increased to-go options. They are striving to offer a varied menu with quality options for students.
- Will students be allowed to travel?
Students should only travel within New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) during the semester. Students should contact the Director of Residence Life before traveling if there is an extenuating circumstance requiring travel outside of New England.
- What will the lounges look like?
Some furniture will be removed from the Residence Hall lounges to ensure social distancing.