For residents who have decided to remain on campus, Residential Life is happy to continue to support you and make the residence halls a safe place for you to live. As always it takes a community to make a residence hall a safe place to live and so by continuing to live on campus during this pandemic you declare that you accept and will adhere to the following community standards until further notice:

In your residence and around campus:

  • You will follow all current CDC recommendations for slowing and stopping the spread of Covid-19, including, but not limited to:
    • Wear a face mask if you are leaving your room, especially if you are in a closed air space (residence hall, University Center, etc.).
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water, drying hands completely afterwards and cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue.
    • Maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others at all times.
  • Only you and those assigned to your room/apartment are allowed into your space. 
    • You will not bring guests or visitors onto campus or into your residence hall or residence hall room.
    • Residence hall access is limited to only current residents of that building and residence hall room access is limited to only current residents of that room. 
  • Respect common areas, area closures, and direction of hall staff. 
    • You will honor the fact that some residence hall common spaces are closed in support of the Governor’s ban on gatherings of any size. 
    • While using open common spaces — lobbies, kitchens, and bathrooms — you will clean and disinfect surfaces before and after use.
    • You understand that Residence Hall and Campus Safety staff will address any concerns that come to their attention, and violation of these directives will result in loss of on-campus housing.

Do not leave campus:

    • You will not leave campus except for essential reasons (e.g., for groceries, pharmacy needs, or urgent healthcare appointments outside of the Health Center). 
      • If you leave campus for any other reason than the above, you must receive approval from the Health Center prior to returning to campus. If approved, you will be required to self-isolate in your room for 14 days. 
    • If you have an essential job off-campus you will be expected to only move between your job and your residence hall room and to secure food, maintaining physical distancing and proactively using face coverings. Because your exposure to external contacts increases risk for all who come in contact with you, common spaces that may be open to other students (e.g., lobbies, kitchens) will not be available to you.

Personal health responsibility:

  • If you develop symptoms that are consistent with Covid-19: (dry cough, fever, shortness of breath); test positive for Covid-19, or believe you have come into contact with someone who has Covid-19
  • You need to contact the Health Center immediately (, 253.535.7337) and follow all directives given to you by the staff there.
  • If you are ill you are expected to self-isolate:
    • You should not leave your room for any reason except to use the bathroom, if your room does not have a private bathroom. 
    • A friend can pick up meals from the AUC and drop them off at your door. Contact your RA or CD for assistance if necessary. 
    • When using a public bathroom during self isolation you are expected to wear a face mask and sanitize any surfaces you touch. 
    • Residential Life can provide masks and disinfecting wipes if you do not have any.

All on-campus residents were given this update and asked to sign a copy of the above commitments to signify their promise to care for community by practicing compassion and by exhibiting responsible behavior and a clear understanding of the importance of these community standards. Even if the above commitments were unsigned, this list consists of commitments for which all on-campus residents will be held accountable.