With the first two weeks of fall semester in the rearview mirror, administration has made the decision to eliminate several COVID-19-related housing guidelines and rules.
Dillon Lockwood, Resident Director of on-campus apartments, explained in an email to students that these changes made were “based on hallway traffic, quarantine usage, location of bathrooms and style of living.”
For apartments and suites—Fair Commons, South Campus Apartments and Myers Hall—some rules remain the same. Students still must practice social distancing and wear masks at all times in their building, unless they are in their own suite/apartment with only their roommates present.
Although a few rules are unchanged, Fair, South and Myers can enjoy several restriction changes; students may now invite fellow AU students to their apartments and suites. However, social distancing guidelines and open house hours must be observed and the doors to apartments and suites must remain fully open while guests are present.
The guidelines for the traditional halls of Dunn, Martin, Morrison and Smith have remained mostly the same; AU students, faculty and staff can visit the lobby, non-AU visitors are not permitted inside, students may not visit other floors within their residence hall, masks and distancing are required in public spaces and social distancing is encouraged at all times.
For the traditional halls, the restrictions no longer require masks to be worn on a student’s floor, except for in public spaces.
“We hope to loosen the rules up even further in the future,” said Lockwood. “Until then, keep wearing your masks in public and where they are required on campus, staying 6-feet distanced and washing your hands and rooms frequently.”
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