Spring Semester Closing All residence halls close for the fall semester on Saturday, May 14th at 12noon. All students, including those who are in a 9-month housing contract must make arrangements to leave campus for the summer. Students need to follow the procedures sent via email and posted in the residence halls regarding break closing. Any student with questions can reach out to the Residence Life staff in their hall or contact the Office of Residence Life at 973-720-2714. 2021 - 2022 Frequently Asked Questions What will the residential experience be like on campus? It is our responsibility to continue to monitor the impact that COVID-19 is having in our local and regional community and make decisions and adjustments as needed. The Office of Residence Life will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines of the State of New Jersey, the Center for Disease Control and other guiding organizations. Information about health and safety protocols and expectations will be provided to students via email, as well as posted throughout the residence halls. All members of our residential communities will be expected to follow the established policies and procedures to ensure that we do all we can to keep everyone safe and healthy. Will students have to wear face masks in the residence halls? Effective Monday, April 4th, the masking policy in the residence halls will follow the same guidelines and expectations as all other administrative building on campus. Students should refer to the COVID webpage for the most up to date information regarding the current masking requirements. What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 who lives in the residence halls? The quarantine and isolation procedures for this academic year have been updated and can be found in the Housing Addendum available to students via their ResCenter portal. Will students be allowed to have guests for the fall semester? Starting on Sunday, April 10, 2022 - Resident students will be permitted to have either one resident from another residence hall or one current WP commuter student signed in at a time. All residential and commuter guests must be signed in and leave their WP ID card at the front desk while visiting. Only current/valid WP ID cards will be accepted as the identification required to sign in. Individuals who are not current WP enrolled students are still not permitted to be signed in to the residence halls. Will students have roommates? Students will be assigned to mostly double spaces for the fall semester. Any triple occupancy requests for first year students will be considered, but not guaranteed. Students will also be assigned to single rooms based upon approved accommodation requests from the Accessibility Resource Center. Elective singles are limited and will be offered to students who have expressed interest being placed in an elective single based upon the order of the waiting list. When will students be notified of their housing assignment? Student housing assignment information is available in ResCenter. Please continue to check your ResCenter portal for updates. Will students be allowed to go home/leave campus? Students will be permitted to go home/leave campus. We understand that many students have academic related courses that have practicum, clinical or internship components. In addition, we understand that many of our students have employment that will require them to leave campus. Outside of academic and work commitments, we are asking student to minimize leaving campus for non-essential purposes. Will the common areas/shared kitchens be open for students to use? Most common areas in the residence halls will be open this fall for student use, although some may have limited capacities. The Office of Residence Life will take into consideration the guidance of the State of New Jersey, the Center for Disease Control and other guiding higher education authorities regarding usage of common area spaces in the residence halls. Information will be posted throughout the residence halls informing students regarding the usage of specific spaces in each residence hall.