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Housing FAQ

Welcome to living on campus here at Lewis & Clark College! We have done our best to answer the questions that come up the most, but of course if you still have questions, please feel free to contact the Campus Living office at living@lclark.edu or (503) 768-7123.

Fall 2020

  • What if my roommate develops symptoms? What can I expect?

    If your roommate tests positive for COVID at any point, there is a good chance you will need to move to a section of a different residence hall (dedicated to students in quarantine) for 14 days, until we can be sure you are not infected. You will need to stay in quarantine for that two-week time period. The college will provide you with meals in your room during your quarantine, and an opportunity to stay engaged academically.

    If your roommate develops symptoms, but has not yet been tested for COVID or is awaiting test results, we encourage you to contact the Health Service (503-768-7165) for guidance about next steps.

  • Do I have to wear a mask in my room, if only my roommate and I are present?

    Your room is considered an indoor private space, so face coverings are not required to be worn if you are alone in your room with your roommate. However, you might still choose to wear your mask.

  • Will I be required to wear a face covering?

    Yes. All L&C students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face coverings in public spaces. There will be reusable masks provided for all L&C members. Students who are unable to wear a face covering for medical or other reasons should contact Student Support Services to request an exemption.

  • What should I do if I feel sick with symptoms of COVID-19?

    Know the symptoms of COVID-19. If you ever experience these symptoms, immediately self-isolate and follow the directions on the Health Service website. Anytime the Health Service is closed, you can reach our NEW nurse consultation service by calling 1-844-915-2069. This is a NEW phone number for the 2020-21 academic year!

  • If COVID-19 flares, will L&C close housing?

    We are working to keep any cases of COVID-19 on campus this year to a minimum, but we do expect to have some cases. We are well prepared to handle a reasonable number of cases. Should there be a significant outbreak, Campus Living will follow any guidelines or orders that come from state and county health officials. We will work to make sure that no students are left without housing if Campus Living is forced to close.

  • What about students who are going abroad, does the housing deferment affect their ability to do so?

    The housing deferment will not affect your ability to study abroad. You will just need to complete your requirement once you are back.

  • If a student leaves the state, what is the process they will have to go through?

    We are asking students, staff, and faculty to avoid non-essential travel.

  • What can I do to help keep the community healthy?

    As a community member, monitoring yourself is vital. Familiarizing yourself with symptoms of COVID-19 is important. Caring for others by maintaining good personal hygiene as instructed by the CDC (washing hands, wearing a face covering in public spaces where you are less than 6 ft away from someone, etc.) is beneficial. Not going to public spaces (class, dining hall, activity center, etc.) if you have any concerning symptoms is crucial for protecting the community. Any student living on-campus will be asked to sign a statement assuming personal responsibility for their health.

  • Can students go into Portland? Is there a limit to distance?

    There are no current travel restrictions for leaving campus, however we do ask that all students, staff, and faculty take the necessary precautions to maintain their health and safety. This includes, but is not limited to, practicing social distancing at all times, wearing masks in all public places, washing your hands regularly, and limiting all non-essential travel. See this CDC webpage for more information about best health practices for using public transit, rideshare, and other transportation options.

  • Will students still have access to shared areas like lobbies and kitchens?

    Students will be allowed access to shared spaces as long as they are being mindful of the capacity limits of those spaces. There will be signage up indicating these limits. If there are ever any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the Campus Living staff members.

  • Will students have to social distance inside of the residence halls?

    Yes, currently the State and Local guidelines require a combination of social distancing, wearing masks, and following other health guidelines. Couches have been removed from residence hall lounges in order to ensure social distancing.

  • The CDC recommends enhanced cleaning/disinfecting of shared bathrooms. What is L&C doing for bathrooms in residence halls?

    Yes, there will be increased cleaning for residence hall bathrooms, common areas, and communal spaces similar to the cleaning in other parts of campus.

  • When will I learn my housing assignment?

    Normally, we would have alerted you of your roommate assignment by this time in the calendar. However, we have delayed confirming roommate assignments and housing placements for several reasons. As we are working to de-densify the residence halls, we are sure that we will need to continue to reassign students in the upcoming weeks. The new housing option mentioned above will give us a clearer picture of who will actually be living in the halls. Most importantly, we are working to ensure that our rooming assignments meet the both State and Local guidelines for health and safety. We hope to provide you information about your roommate and living location no later than August 7th.

  • Will Campus Living still aim to build community within the residence halls with all these restrictions in place?

    All living areas will continue to have Resident Advisors as well as professional staff members. As you can already suspect, programming has been restricted by the Governor of Oregon, so we will be working to build community in new and creative ways. We encourage residents to be a part of this planning as well to ensure you are all maximizing our collective experiences.

  • When will I learn my housing assignment?

    Normally, we would have alerted you of your roommate assignment by this time in the calendar. However, we have delayed confirming roommate assignments and housing placements for several reasons. As we are working to de-densify the residence halls, we are sure that we will need to continue to reassign students in the upcoming weeks. The new housing option mentioned above will give us a clearer picture of who will actually be living in the halls. Most importantly, we are working to ensure that our rooming assignments meet the both State and Local guidelines for health and safety. We hope to provide you information about your roommate and living location no later than August 7.

  • Can students go into Portland? Is there a limit to distance?

    There are no current travel restrictions for leaving campus, however we do ask that all students, staff, and faculty take the necessary precautions to maintain their health and safety. This includes, but limited too, practicing social distancing, wearing masks in all public places, washing your hands regularly, and limiting all non-essential travel.

  • Will Campus Living still aim to build community within the residence halls with all these restrictions in place?

    All living areas will continue to have Resident Advisors as well as professional staff members. As you can already suspect, programming has been restricted by the Governor of Oregon, so we will be working to build community in new and creative ways. We encourage residents to be a part of this planning as well to ensure you are all maximizing our collective experiences.

  • What will living on campus look like?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, socialize and operate day-to-day. Honestly, things will have to change to maintain a safe community for all. We are continuously working to de-densify the campus, meaning most rooms will either be doubles or singles unless living in Apartment style or semi-double style rooms.

  • Can I change my meal plan?

    Yes, please fill out this Meal Plan change form. Meal plan changes must be submitted by Friday, September 4. All students living on campus are required to have a meal plan, so please plan accordingly.

General Questions

  • When will I get the name/s of my roommate/s?

    Once we review the majority of the completed housing contracts in May, we then begin the arduous task of matching students based on the information you give us on the Room Placement Questionnaire. Because this is done by Campus Living staff and not a computer, our success rate is very high. In July you will receive by mail the name/s, address/es, email and telephone number/s of your assigned roommate/s.

  • Do I have to have a meal plan?

    Yes, a meal plan is obligatory when you live on campus. Our food service provider, Bon Appetit, has a twenty eight year history of working cooperatively with students and staff to offer excellent quality, variety and presentation of food service on our campus. They are open to suggestions and eager to meet the needs of Lewis & Clark students. If you have a medically prescribed diet that our food service cannot provide for you, an exception to the meal plan may be in order. Complete procedure guidelines for exception are available online.

  • Is storage available in the residence halls?

    Storage is available in each hall on an extremely limited basis. If you qualify for storage and have applied to return to the residence halls the following September, you may apply to leave a maximum of three boxes (which you can move yourself) in residence hall storage rooms during the summer. However, should you choose to leave your things on campus, you do so at your own risk. For additional details, please read our Storage page.

  • How much “stuff” can I bring to campus?

    Keep in mind the living space of a typical residence hall room is only about 10 x 12 which you’ll share with another student, so you should limit your packing to the most important personal belongings. All furniture and fixtures are provided so you should leave your favorite easy chair at home. You and your roommate/s will be able to decide on the particular décor of your room, (if you’re into that sort of thing) and which one of you should bring the stereo, please include headphones! If you plan to bring a bicycle to campus please purchase a good quality U-lock for increased security. There are bike racks in each residence hall for storage during the academic year only (no summer storage for bikes).

  • What amenities are available in the residence halls?

    Each residence hall has common study space, kitchen and/or kitchenettes, and free laundry facilities. Certain residence halls feature recreational equipment and coin operated snack machines. Each room is equipped with voice mail and all residence halls have direct access to the internet. The residence halls feature a convenience store, coffee shop, recreation/exercise space and a Student Art Center which includes a dark room, ceramics studio, areas for painting/drawing and a sound isolation room for music practice and a dance floor for performance space.

  • Is there a curfew for students?

    There is no curfew for students.