Edward Waters University will work closely with our campus partners to deliver optimal service and aligned standards of health and safety protocols. The College is doing everything possible 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.
EWU on-campus housing has been reduced by 50% through the conversion of all double room occupancy to single room occupancy in the residence halls for the 2020-2021 academic year. In order to ensure the health and safety of on-campus residents, no double occupancy will be available due to physical distancing guidelines. Occupancy protocols are as follows:
- The Office of Housing and Residence Life will work with Sodexo to include space indicators (tape) on the floors and throughout the residential communities.
- The Office of Housing and Residence Life will work with the Office of Communications and Marketing on appropriate signage throughout on-campus residential facilities to include best practices, hygienic protocols, capacity limitations, and “Do Not Enter” signs for students to use if the maximum number of people inside has reached capacity inside of a single space, including bathrooms.
- Students will be required to wear face coverings in the common areas of the buildings, but not in the privacy of their rooms.
- Students will use QR Codes to submit maintenance work orders to the Area Coordinators. Staff will coordinate with the student on a date/time to physically inspect the Work Order requested. The Area Coordinators will follow up with the students via EWU email and submit the work order into the Sodexo maintenance system.
It is understood that many students with expressed interest in EWU student housing may be placed on a waitlist given the adaptive housing protocols of single occupancy. Though the institution is working to acquire additional student housing in an off-campus setting, note the University will not have sufficient on-campus spaces to meet the demand of all students who are waitlisted. Students need to know the following:
- It is unlikely that waitlisted students will receive a housing assignment.
- Consider visiting Apartments.com to explore the rental communities near EWU and in the surrounding community.
To increase the likelihood of obtaining a space in on-campus housing, students must timely financially clear and register for fall courses.
Residence Hall Student Engagement will initially consist of small groups of digital and virtual meeting platforms, moving to 10 or less students with the potential to increase capacity as continual review of COVID-19 throughout the phased approach. Staff is currently engaging students and their families through virtual experiences this summer. A new hierarchy of needs for virtual learning model (staff training and residential education) has been created to ensure all residential staff are aware of the COVID-19 safety guidelines and contributing to positive student experiences. Housing will continue to leverage technology (EWU email, EWU website, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to communicate with current and potential students about the required COVID-19 Education Module to be completed prior to staff and student’s arrival on campus, but no later than August 17, 2020. Information sharing will occur in all residential facilities with posted information in common areas and entry points concerning COVID-19 prevention.
Students will be restricted to their assigned residence halls. Students cannot visit or move from hall to hall, nor can they receive on- or off-campus visitors. Enhanced cleaning protocols continue to be implemented for common areas and restrooms. Sodexo, as monitored by Division of Finance, Administration, and Business Innovation, will execute the same deep cleaning strategies and more frequent disinfectant of high touch areas as provided in campus facilities (i.e. bathrooms, common areas).
Edward Waters University’s hospitality partner is committed to providing a safe means for dining services to our students. Food will be available in a “grab-and-go,” take out method, with students having access to the cafeteria to pick-up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Students will not be allowed to sit in the cafeteria, Student Union Building or congregate in surrounding common areas outside of the building. Pre-order and pick-up options will also be available for Tiger Stripe Café. If on-campus housing residents have been relocated to quarantine housing, temporary meals will be provided to these students by delivery for the duration of their isolation/quarantine. Hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday
|Saturday & Sunday|
|7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Regarding employee and/or student transportation, only essential transit of College constituents will be approved per the President’s authority (i.e. athletics). Such transport will require all to wear face coverings and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, riders are asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizers as part of the University-wide prevention regimen.