MBL Housing

The MBL is committed to establishing a campus environment that enables the resumption of our mission-critical research and education activities. Following State of Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines, and working with the University of Chicago, the MBL has implemented modified housing and dining operations to meet state guidelines and requirements.

Community living and dining are important elements to the overall experience on the MBL campus. To welcome students, faculty, and researchers back to the MBL campus, we have reduced density capacities and implemented a variety of required health and sanitation protocols within MBL buildings including resident halls and dining commons. Living and dining on the MBL campus will be different this year than in the past; however, we will optimize the experience to the extent possible within public health guidelines to best meet the needs of our students and other members of the campus community.

Housing assignments are made based on a tiered priority system determined by the MBL Leadership in combination with program participant needs.

All registered program participants staying in MBL Housing must complete a Housing Agreement.

Housing Protocols

The MBL worked closely with the University of Chicago to implement a variety of mandatory health protocols to help mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on campus. Housing related protocols include:

Housing Capacities and Assignments

Room assignments, including those in all dormitories, cottages, apartments, and houses, are designated as single occupancy with a bathroom designation.

The table below outlines the various housing arrangements available this year.

Traditional Single and Double Suite Apartment
Bed Configuration Single Occupancy Single Occupancy Single Occupancy within bedrooms
Meal Plan Required Required Not Required
Ability to Prepare Food No No Yes
Bathroom Configuration Shared (3:1 fixture count) Private Private
Bathroom Plan for Use Small number of participants utilize shared bathrooms. Participants sharing bathroom collaboratively; will develop schedule for usage Participants sharing bathroom collaboratively; will develop schedule for usage
Cleaning/Sanitation MBL Environmental Services (EVS) staff cleans at increased intervals EVS cleans at assigned intervals Participants will be responsible for their own cleaning.
Common Areas Swope Common Areas and Ebert Hall main floor common areas will be open ¬†Swope Common Areas and Ebert Hall main floor common areas will be open  
Guest Guidelines Access to the residence halls is limited to the building residents only. No visitors are permitted. Access to the residence halls is limited to the building residents only. No visitors permitted. Access to the residence halls is limited to the building residents only. No visitors permitted.

 

Services and Expectations

The MBL Provides:

  • No Contact/Limited Contact Check-In
  • In room service will be done weekly when the guest is not present and includes vacuuming/washing floors, linen exchange (pick-up and drop-off bagged/sealed linens), bathroom and room cleaning with disinfectant (including all high touch areas such as light switches, chair arms, phones, doorknobs), and refilling soap dispensers. Note: All staff associated with the cleaning or repair processes are required to wear masks and gloves while cleaning and maintain social distancing guidelines.
  • Trash/Recycle waste will be removed daily from the communal collection locations
  • Laundry rooms

MBL Housing Guest Expectations:

Unregistered Visitors

Residence halls unregistered rules have been revised this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to rooms and living spaces in all residence halls is limited to building residents only at all times. Overnight unregistered guests, including family members, are not permitted.

Accommodations for Isolation Housing

Quarantine housing is used when a person has potentially been exposed to an illness and needs to separate from other people in order to see if they develop symptoms and become sick. Isolation housing is used when someone has symptoms or is confirmed to have an illness.

If a participant needs to go into quarantine or isolation, and they reside in on-campus housing, Housing & Conferences will work with the participant to ensure they are able to safely quarantine and have meals delivered to them. Participants may need to relocate as needed to safeguard their health and that of their community.

Relocation for Temporary Accommodations

The Housing and Conferences staff will inform the participant if they are required to move to a different housing location and they will provide instructions for steps they must take to prepare for their temporary accommodations, as well as contact information for assistance throughout the period.

Meal Delivery

The MBL Housing and Conferences staff will work with the participant to arrange meal deliveries; provide additional towels and linens if needed; and they will periodically check-in with the participants for any additional needs.

Cleaning Service

Cleaning service will be suspended in quarantine and isolation rooms; however, staff can provide individuals with cleaning and other room supplies as well as trash/recycling removal. Individuals must place bagged trash/recycling outside of the door by 2:00 p.m. daily (including weekends) for removal.

Quarantine and isolation rooms will be cleaned and disinfected once the individual departs the space.

Quarantine and Isolation Rooms Include:

  • Full access to wireless internet so that people can attend classes remotely and participate in virtual activities.
  • Prepared meals for reheating, fresh fruit, produce, and dairy products will be regularly delivered to them by the MBL Dining staff. The Housing & Conferences or Dining staff will contact participants at the start of their stay in quarantine or isolation to inquire about food allergies and/or special diet requirements.
  • Access to a mini refrigerator or a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. The Housing & Conferences or Dining staff will contact participants at the start of their stay in quarantine or isolation to inquire about food allergies and/or special diet requirements.

All participants in quarantine or isolation can receive access to medical and/or mental health services.

All housing maintenance problems should be reported to the Housing Office at 508-289-7668 or housing@mbl.edu. The Plant and Operations Maintenance (POM) staff will only enter a housing unit when residents are not present. Note: All staff associated with the cleaning or repair processes are required to wear masks and gloves while cleaning and maintain social distancing guidelines.

All other standard housing policies and information can be found here.