Housing and Residential Life
Fall 2020 Housing Information
We know students have a lot of questions about living on campus. Below you will find answers to common questions about Fall 2020 housing decisions, safety procedures, and accommodations.
We will keep this webpage updated as decisions are made. If you have additional questions, you are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I know if I need to self-quarantine when I move in?
Students will be required to self-quarantine if
- they are moving from outside the United states or
- coming from areas listed as Medium-High or High Risk (Orange or Red), using the Harvard Global Health Institute COVID Risk Levels dashboard
Students living on campus who are required to self-quarantine will be able to do so in their assigned residence hall room.
What do classes moving completely online for fall mean for the First-year Live In Requirement (FLIR)?
For the fall 2020 semester, WSU has expanded the FLIR definition of University Approved Housing to include your permanent residence. If you would like to live anywhere other than your permanent address or do not meet the demonstrated institutional need criteria below, you must have a FLIR exemption approval on file. You will be not allowed to live in fraternity or sorority house in fall 2020 as a first-year student. Decisions have not yet been made regarding the spring 2021 semester.
I read about the demonstrated institutional need criteria to live in a university-owned residence hall. How do I know if I am eligible?
We know some students call WSU their home. The University has substantially decreased the number of students who can live in our residence halls for fall 2020. We will do our best to provide housing for those students who meet one or more of the following criteria; however, eligibility under the criteria does not guarantee on-campus housing, and changing circumstances may require additional restrictions:
- A student with a financial situation that requires living on campus (e.g., private scholarship with requirements to live on campus, eligible for need-based grants, receiving federal or state need-based aid)
- A first-generation college student that needs transition assistance
- A student who is participating in an institutional, state, or federal program emphasizing or requiring on-campus resources and support.
- A student who has a housing situation that is not secure, in jeopardy, or unsafe
- A student who has in-person, on-campus employment that requires them to be at WSU Pullman
- A student who is a former foster youth
- A student who is a veteran or a ROTC cadet
- A student who has an ADA accommodation through the WSU Access Center
- A student whose permanent address does not have adequate infrastructure to learn online (e.g., does not have access to reliable home internet)
- A student who is international or requires extensive travel to return home safely
- A student who is enrolled in a course that requires face-to-face interaction. You will be notified of course delivery decisions by August 1
- A student who has an extraordinary circumstance that requires them to be physically present at WSU Pullman. Students in this category will be asked to describe the specific circumstances.
If you meet one or more of the above demonstrated institutional needs criteria to live in a university-owned residence hall, log on to http://livingat.wsu.edu/reshall. Once you confirm you meet the demonstrated institutional need criteria, you will receive information about your fall 2020 housing assignment and you will be given information about signing up for a move-in time. Please note, University dining options will be limited at the start of the semester.
If you are approved to live in university-owned residence halls, you must comply with public health measures such as wearing a face mask, observing physical distancing requirements, completing a daily self-attestation, and adhering to common space use limitations.
What about my university-owned apartment?
University-owned single student apartments will open as planned on August 1. University-owned family and graduate student apartments will open as planned per your individual license. All residents must comply with public health measures such as wearing a face mask, observing physical distancing requirements, completing a daily self-attestation, and adhering to common space use limitations.
What about my off-campus apartment contract or contract with a Fraternity or Sorority House?
WSU does not have authority to make decisions for private landlords, including fraternity and sorority housing corporations.
If you have signed a lease with an off-campus landlord or property management company, please contact them directly to explore your options.
If you have signed up to live in your fraternity or sorority chapter facility, please work directly with your chapter’s housing corporation to explore your options.
When will housing assignments be available?Only students who have demonstrated institutional need and have been approved, will be able to view their residence hall assignment. Please log in to your housing contract: http://livingat.wsu.edu/reshall
What will the costs be for living in a residence hall in Fall 2020?
What if I don’t want to live on campus?For the fall 2020 semester, WSU has expanded the FLIR definition of University Approved Housing to include your permanent residence. If you are a first year student and would like to live anywhere other than your permanent address or do not meet the demonstrated institutional need criteria to live in the halls, you must have a FLIR exemption approval on file.
What about spring semester?Decisions about the Spring 2021 semester have not been made. If you met the August 14 deadline to defer your WSU residence hall room until spring, your security deposit and any initial payments were retained and applied towards spring 2021. You will were not charged for the fall 2020 semester. If we are unable to repopulate our residence halls for the spring 2021 semester, your security deposit and any initial payments will be refunded.
If the halls close, can I get a refund?
If a public health order requires the University to vacate residence halls due to COVID-19, the University will implement a refund or credit policy commensurate with the order(s). We have revised the 2020-2021 Housing Addendum to reflect this change.
Can I have a friend who lives in the hall visit me in my room?
At this time, only residents who live in the hall are permitted entry to the hall. Residents are allowed to have one other resident of the hall visit their room. When someone else is present, masks are required to be worn correctly at all times.
How do I cancel if I am not coming to Pullman?
How are lounges/community study spaces being utilized?
Lounges and shared study spaces are re-servable for use by residence hall students only beginning September 30, 2020. Scheduled use is allowed, and masks are required to be worn correctly at all times. Lounge sizes vary, the number of residents allowed in a space will be posted at each space, and residents are expected to observe appropriate physical distancing of 6ft or more.
What will dining be like?
Our dining centers, espresso locations, and food services across campus will be open with reduced capacities, wellness checks, physical distancing, no-touch payment options, and increased cleaning protocols. Our goal is that you have access to a delicious and healthy menu, so we plan to provide a mix of hot and cold options and a robust grab-and-go selection. Students are encouraged to download the GETFood app or order online to utilize food pick-up.
Cougs Feeding Cougs and food pantries will still be available for those needing assistance.
What is WSU doing if a student in the residence halls tests positive for COVID-19 or is a known close contact of someone who has COVID-19?
Students who have been identified as testing positive for COVID-19 or identified through contact tracing as a known close contact of someone who has COVID-19 are relocated into sequester housing. If their regular room has a private bathroom, they may be able to sequester in place, however this is not guaranteed. Students are added to a special sequester meal plan at no additional cost and can order food delivery to their room three times daily. Health officials remotely check on each sequestered student daily, and each student must remain in sequester until they are individually cleared by health officials to exit sequester housing. Common spaces and touch-points at the outgoing location are sanitized by professional custodial staff.
Support information for students in sequester can be found on the quarantine resources page.
Will residents be notified if a student in their hall tests positive for COVID-19?
WSU works closely with Whitman County Health Department to ensure that students who test positive for COVID-19 in the residence halls are moved to sequester quickly. Health Officials perform contact tracing, and will notify anyone who is considered a primary close contact and let them know of possible exposure/provide further instructions. Students can find additional information on contact tracing here.
How are kitchens being utilized?
Kitchens are currently closed in the residence halls. When it can be done safely, we will phase in the use of kitchens.
What if I do not want to wear a mask/face covering?
If you cannot adhere to the rules for living on the Pullman campus outlined below, there are non-residential options at WSU you can explore, such as enrolling at WSU Everett, WSU Global Campus, WSU Tri-Cities, or WSU Vancouver. Students enrolled in health sciences programs may also explore options at WSU Spokane.
All of our physical campuses will be taking similar health and safety measures. We are all Cougs and we need to take care of each other. All students who attend WSU must abide by health and safety directives issued by WSU, the government, and health officials.
If you will not follow the rules and do what is required of you, you should consider other arrangements for your education in the fall.
University Recreation, Compton Union (CUB), and Cultural and Student Centers
Our recreation facilities and programming, as well as other student spaces, will be open with reduced capacities, wellness checks, physical distancing, and increased cleaning protocols. Some activities may have a reservation system to ensure occupancy limits.
We will continue to provide remote programming as well as some in-person options to enhance your Coug Experience.
Can friends/family come visit residents in their residence hall room?
Once assignments are made, how do I find out what my room for the fall is?
To find your room assignment, please log back onto your housing application by clicking “my account” in the top right hand at www.housing.wsu.edu. Once you are logged in, you can view your housing assignment.
What does it mean to be designated as having a COVID-19 outbreak?
How can you ensure social distancing in the residence halls?
WSU has been using CDC, as well as local and state health department recommendations, to inform campus response to COVID-19. In the residence halls this includes evaluating physical spaces and determining furniture configuration, signage and education, programming plans, staff training, and more to encourage all students to practice social distancing.
What is custodial doing to clean in the residence halls?
WSU Housing and Dining Custodial are using guidance offered by the CDC on proper cleaning procedures and chemicals to combat the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes increased cleaning/disinfecting of high-touch areas and limiting access to gathering spaces.
I have a medical need to have a specific type of room, what should I do?
If you have medical needs for which you need a housing accommodation, please contact the Access Center to complete an accommodation application. Once we have your approved accommodation documentation from them, we can work to re-assign you to a space that will meet your needs. Access Center: 509-335-3417
APARTMENTS: What will it look like to live in the campus apartments?Mainly the same as before, with a few small updates:
- Residents will be required to masks/cloth face coverings when not in your private apartment.
- Residents will be expected to follow physical distancing guidelines.
- Residents will be expected to adhere to community space use limitations.
- Residents will be expected to complete a daily self-attestation when leaving their apartment.