Housing FAQ

Housing

Will JBU students be allowed in the public spaces of residence halls they don’t live in?
Mayfield Hall, Hutcheson Hall and J. Alvin Brown Hall will each have their lobbies will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to midnight. Masks must be worn, of course, and physical distancing maintained. The Sheridan Townhouses and Northslope Apartments are restricted to residents only. (Hours will be announced at a later date.)

Updated August 10, 2020 

Will we have open dorm visitation?
We will not have in-room open dorm visitation this semester. We encourage students to gather in the residence hall lobbies or elsewhere on campus, including the additional outdoor areas we have created. 

Updated July 31, 2020  

Are there any restrictions on students coming to campus from certain areas of the country or abroad?
No. The Arkansas Department of Health has no travel restrictions currently.

Updated July 27, 2020 

Will housing be open in the fall?
Yes. All our residential housing will be open, and students have received their housing assignments.

Updated July 27, 2020  

When can students move in?
New student move-in is Aug. 11-12, and returning student move-in is Aug. 13-16. All on-campus students are required to schedule their move-in time and are allotted a 30-minute slot to unload their vehicles. (Schedule here.) Students and their helpers may then finish setting up their room after moving their vehicle.

Updated July 27, 2020  

Can parents and friends help with move-in?
Each student is allowed two people to help them move into their room. Everyone must wear a mask during this process. New student parents will receive more detailed information via email.

Updated July 27, 2020  

Will students be screened at move-in?
We are asking all students and move-in helpers to self-screen before their arrival, including taking their temperature. Upon arrival, you will be asked if you are free of COVID-19 symptoms and, to the best of your knowledge, have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

Updated July 27, 2020  

What should I bring or not bring to campus?
Each student needs to bring a thermometer, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and three to five close-fitting cloth masks in addition to the one that will be provided by JBU. (Bandanas, neck gaiters and snoods are less effective, so please come with close-fitting cloth masks). For other helpful information about what to bring and housing, please see our ResLife FAQ.

Updated July 27, 2020  

What if I need special housing accommodations in the fall due to health concerns around COVID-19?
Please contact Residence Life at residence@jbu.edu as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Updated July 27, 2020  

 

Can I go hang out in the room of my hallmate?
One same-hall/suite visitor is allowed in a room at a time, but all students must be wearing masks and maintain six feet distance.

Updated July 27, 2020  

What if several of us in the hall want to hang out? Or we have a hall meeting?
Larger groups of residents are welcome to congregate in the public areas and open lobbies of their residence hall if they wear masks and observe physical distancing.

Updated July 27, 2020  

Can students living in the townhouses and apartments have other students inside their residential space?
Like the residence halls, we are limiting access to only those residing in each building.

Updated July 27, 2020  

What if my roommate does not return for the fall semester?
As in any other year, if your roommate does not return, we will work with you to either secure another roommate, move you to another space or allow you to remain in your room. 

Updated July 27, 2020  

Do we have the option to have a single room? 
We do not have any single rooms available.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Do I need to send extra cleaning supplies for my student to sanitize their space? 
Students have always been responsible for the cleaning of their residence hall room; we would encourage you to send your student with the necessary cleaning supplies, including alcohol-based sanitizing wipes or spray for high touch surfaces.

Updated July 27, 2020  

Will there be any barrier or shield between beds in residence hall rooms? 
No, but depending on how the roommates arrange the room, it is possible to get six feet of distance between each person while sleeping.

Updated July 27, 2020  

If my roommate tests positive, do I have to quarantine?
Yes, if your roommate tests positive, he or she will need to isolate and you will need to quarantine.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Inside my residence hall, where do I need to wear a mask?
Anytime you are outside your room or interacting in your room with someone other than your roommate, you will need to wear a mask except for while showering or in front of the sink in communal bathrooms.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Will the residence hall kitchens be open?
Yes, residence hall kitchens will be open, but they can only be used by the number of people who can safely physically distance. Masks must be worn except while eating.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Will dining services and access to meals be adjusted to care for our community?
Several adjustments have been made to our dining services. First, Kresge Dining Hall has been rearranged to physically distance the tables and limit seating to six feet apart. We will be using Simmons Great Hall B for an additional dining area. We also purchased 20 picnic tables that will be set up outside Kresge, and students are welcome to eat in the outdoor tent on the quad with appropriate physical distancing.  Creative Dining has also instituted a carryout or order-to-go option that will allow you to order your food ahead of time, pick it up and eat it at another location. 

Updated July 27, 2020   

How will Creative Dining accommodate for students with for allergies if they have to be quarantined/in isolation?
The student should be sure to notify health services and residence life about their food allergies if they are placed in isolation or quarantine and we will be sure that they are accommodated.

Updated July 28, 2020

Can I choose to have no meal plan?
Meal plans are still required. For students with 90 or more credit hours, a declining balance only plan is available. For more detail on meal plans, click here. You can adjust your meal plan once during the first two weeks of the fall and/or spring semesters. To make a change to your meal plan, log onto Eaglenet to submit your meal plan change form.

Updated July 27, 2020   

How will students’ housing be affected if they test positive or come in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19?
JBU expects and is encouraging infected/positive students to go home for isolation, if feasible. Others will be placed in isolation housing provided by JBU. The same is true of students needing to quarantine due to exposure to someone with a positive test. For more details, see the Health & Safety section of the FAQ. (link)

Updated July 27, 2020  

How will isolated and quarantined students eat?
JBU will provide food service to the students in isolation or quarantine. If students need more meals than they have purchased in their meal plan, there may be additional charges.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Can I remain in campus housing after Thanksgiving?
Campus housing will close during the break. We do realize that it would be impossible or unwise for many international students to travel home during the break. We will assist in finding housing for those students. If that housing is on campus, a reasonable housing fee may be charged to cover the cost of living on campus.

Updated July 27, 2020  

Can people visit me from off campus?
Non-JBU people will not be allowed in the residence halls (except for two helpers during move-in). Off-campus guests are also prohibited from entering other campus buildings unless they have express permission from a JBU employee and only if they observe all mask and physical distancing requirements (i.e. delivery personnel). If students have non-JBU friends in town that they wish to visit with, they may only do so outside on JBU’s campus or in an off-campus location. (NOTE: Students are still required to follow the mask and physical distancing guidelines while off campus, per the COVID-19 Covenant.)

Updated July 27, 2020  

Am I required to live on campus?
JBU has not changed our housing policies due to COVID-19. If you have extenuating circumstances you would like to discuss, please email Residence Life at residence@jbu.edu. 

Updated July 27, 2020  

What is JBU doing for the spring semester?
Right now, our plan is to continue face-to-face classes in the spring. We have not yet determined when the spring semester will begin.

Updated July 27, 2020  

If I live off campus in a JBU rental and I get sick, can I isolate on JBU’s campus?
Because off-campus students are not paying for room and board, we are unable to provide isolation and quarantine services, including meal delivery. There are grocery stores and restaurants in town that provide delivery services.

Updated August 13, 2020