Creighton students that live on campus are allowed to visit other on-campus students in all residence halls, the Department of Residential Life announced on Oct. 11.
“While conditions do not allow for commencement of Phase Two as described in the Caring for Our Creighton Community guide to reopening, the residential community has been approved for limited inter-hall visitation,” stated the Department of Residential Life.
Summarized in the guide, the university is still in “Screening: Phase One,” requiring all students, faculty and staff to do their daily Campus Clear app COVID-19 screenings and temperature checks.
For the inter-hall visitation, only students that live on campus are allowed to be in other residence halls, with the documented checking in of one guest per resident.
As a continuing policy, the maximum occupancy of a residence hall unit is no more than double the amount of residents that are assigned.
Checking in a guest requires permission from the on-duty desk receptionist of that hall. The receptionist makes sure the guest is an on campus resident and enforces a general reminder of the allotted visitor time slot according to the day of the week.
Guests are only permitted from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
As of Saturday, the Creighton COVID-19 Dashboard reported a spike in the Douglas County positive test rate to 16.7%.
Residential Life, partnered with the Student Health Education and Compliance, is continuously and carefully monitoring the state of the campus and the county.
“Please note that in the event of an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus, it may be necessary to resume the ‘no visitor’ policy until the number of cases decreases,” said J. Anthony Calcagno, resident director of Davis Square and Opus Hall.
Kelly Nguyen, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, commented on Creighton’s proactive and optimistic, yet cautious students.
“I think students are still skeptical about the transition because there is still some uncertainty. However, I think Creighton is doing a great job at cleaning and putting their students first.”
Students are urged to stay in compliance with the university’s COVID-19 Community Standards and the campus guide by wearing face coverings at all times, maintaining social distance and practicing hand hygiene.
Hosts and guests will be responsible for their actions at all times when checked into residence halls.
Any level of violation of the policies can result in the host and guest being reported to the Office of Community Standards and Well-Being and having their privileges revoked.
The Department of Residential Life reminds and encourages all residents, “Through coordinated adherence to the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards, our hope is to maintain inter-hall visitation and progress to the next stage of campus reopening.”