Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing Requests

(updated 7/15/2020)

The pandemic has required us to reframe academic and administrative decisions within a public health context. Decisions about off-campus housing are an important extension of the work we are doing to create the safest possible learning environment for students who will be in Grinnell this year. Those who have been granted a release from the college’s requirement to live on campus have already been notified through a formal process last spring. No additional off-campus releases will be granted through the Department of Residence Life. Students who have not been granted permission to live off campus will be doing so outside of college public health standards and supervision. Any student seeking a release from the residency requirement on the basis of disability as a part of a reasonable accommodation should contact Disability Resources directly.

Adhering to Public Health Standards and Requirements

The College reserves the right to enact conduct proceedings up to and including suspension for students whose willful actions present a health risk to fellow students, faculty and staff, and the community of Grinnell. 

On-Campus Access for Students Living Off-campus

Grinnell’s plan to open with a low-density population is grounded in public health principles that will help prevent transmission of COVID-19. Consistent with these principles, large group activities and gatherings will be suspended for the fall so as not to minimize occasions for transmission of the virus. Students with approval to live off campus will be included in the College’s testing protocols. At least during Fall Term 1, off-campus students will not have access to common areas, residence halls, the Bear, Bucksbaum, HSSC and Noyce. Approved off-campus students may request on campus housing for purposes of quarantine or isolation. 

Students Not Approved to Live Off Campus

Unapproved living in Grinnell places a strain on the public health plan of the College and public health system of the community and is strongly discouraged. To enforce the public health standards we are trying to achieve, any student not approved to live off campus but who nonetheless moves to Grinnell will not have access to campus services or facilities (including but not limited to the Bear, Burling, Bucksbaum, HSSC, and Noyce) and will forfeit their opportunity to be on campus for the term(s) in which they would have otherwise been invited. Students who live off campus without permission will only have access to campus facilities for special exceptions through the Dean’s office, which will observe the highest public health standards when considering exceptions. All students living off campus in the town of Grinnell, whether approved or not, will be required to register their local Grinnell address with the College for purposes of contact tracing with the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Dining Services

Dining at a safer distance for students on campus will be carefully choreographed to reduce transmission by scheduling small groups during each meal. It will be a challenge to accommodate even the lower density group on campus in a reasonable time period while adhering to physical distancing. Unfortunately, these constraints will not allow us to extend meal plans to students living off campus. Should an approved off-campus student seek on-campus housing for quarantine or isolation, a meal plan will be made available.

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