Housing & Residence Life FAQ

We have suspended the on-campus residency requirement for the 2020-21 academic year (both fall and spring semesters). We recognize that on-campus housing is an appropriate option for some students, including those who need technology support, who have documented disabilities, who would otherwise be in unsafe or insecure housing situations, and international students. Others who would prefer to study remotely are encouraged to do so. Students should check with the Student Financial Aid office to see if remote study impacts their loans or grants. Call 509-313-6582.

 

Under ordinary circumstances, first and second-year students have been required to live in an on-campus residence facility. This year we suspended the on-campus residency requirements for this academic year, and you can therefore continue to make the decision about what kind of living situation is best for you and your family. For students choosing to live on campus, most have been assigned roommates and will live in a double room.

If students have a health concern heightened by COVID-19 where management of the concern would be best accomplished in a single room or by living off campus, please contact the Housing & Residence Life Office at housing@gonzaga.edu or (509) 313-4103. Upon a student’s request, the Housing Office will coordinate with campus partners in Health and Counseling Services and Disability Access for evaluation of the request.

In consultation with the Spokane Regional Health District, Gonzaga will continue to ensure appropriate public health measures are in place in all residence halls and student health and wellness education will be provided to guide student behavior.

 

Yes. For students who have ESA animals that do not need to exit the room (e.g. cats, rabbits, potbelly pig) they can take their animals with them. For students with dogs, which need to be taken outside of the room/building, the student needs to assign a proxy who can care for the animal in the event that the student is required to isolate or quarantine.

 

Following CDC guidelines and utilizing industry recommended standards, Gonzaga University staff provides the following:

  • Cleans all residence halls rooms prior to student move-in
  • Provides daily cleaning and disinfecting to common area such as lounges, bathrooms and community kitchens
  • Regularly disinfects frequently touched surfaces in all residence halls.

Please note: Students will continue to remain responsible for cleaning bathrooms and common spaces in suites and apartment-style units as well as all surfaces in student rooms.

 

Three University housing facilities are available for use in the event of the need for student isolation and quarantine. Protocols were developed in consultation with the Spokane Regional Health District and in compliance with CDC recommendations.

Isolation is what you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Isolation means you stay in a designated isolation space or your place of residence (depending on or off campus status) and keep safely away from others for the recommended period of time to avoid spreading illness. All on campus students with symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to move to an isolation space on campus. The CART assists with support during this time. All off campus students with symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 need to isolate in their place of residence and keep safely away from others in the residence (ex. private bedroom and bathroom and no shared spaces). If this is not possible, SRHD assists in identifying appropriate options for isolation and provides support during this time.

Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Quarantine means you stay in a designated quarantine space or your place of residence and keep safely away from others for the recommended period of time in case you are infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop COVID-19 symptoms. All on campus students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are a “close contact” (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) must move to a quarantine space on campus or quarantine in their own space only if they can keep safely away from others (ex. private bedroom and bathroom and no shared spaces). The CART assists with support during this time. All off campus students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are a “close contact” (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) must quarantine in their own space and keep safely away from others (ex. private bedroom and bathroom and no shared spaces) in the residence.