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.
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:
- Mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing of everyone living within MBL housing facilities and registered in an MBL program. Testing will be conducted regardless of vaccination status.
- Internal Contact Tracing Program to immediately investigate any suspected or identified close contacts for reported cases of COVID-19 on the campus.
- Reserved isolation/quarantine housing for program participants who contract COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact and must follow State of Massachusetts quarantine procedures. Participants living off-campus who contract COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact are required to remain in isolation/quarantine at their residence until that period is complete, or once they have received a negative PCR test.
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:
- Completed COVID-19 Safety Training and Attestation. Note: Campus card access will not be activated until the training and attestation are completed.
- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times while in MBL buildings, including campus residence halls (outside of personal rooms), MBL shuttles, and on the campus grounds.
- Maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other residents around your room, as well as in common spaces such as the laundry room. When walking in corridors and entries where you must pass someone closer than 6 feet away, it is suggested that you move with purpose.
- People are restricted from congregating in any areas of the residence halls and should adhere to posted signage regarding occupancy capacities in bedrooms, laundry rooms, and elevators. Community kitchens have been temporarily closed.
- No unregistered visitors are allowed in MBL campus buildings or housing units.
- Place trash/recycling in communal collection locations on each floor (trash bags are provided in rooms).
- Bag/seal dirty linens/towels/etc. in provided bags for removal/replacement by the MBL EVS staff.
- Comply with Massachusetts travel restrictions throughout the duration of your stay
- Report all maintenance problems to the Housing Office at 508-289-7668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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 housing maintenance problems should be reported to the Housing Office at 508-289-7668 or email@example.com. 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.