Spring 2021 Student Life FAQ

Student Affairs staff continue to update these FAQs regarding the spring semester. Students and their families should visit this resource when they have questions. Any questions related to student life that have not been answered should be directed to deanofstudents@cua.edu.   Please find answers to some common questions under the following subject headings:

Updated March 18, 2021

COVID Testing

  • UPDATED: What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Whether you live on or off campus, you will need to isolate for a period of at least 10 days.  If you live on campus, you will be moved to an isolation room in Millennium South.  You should pack enough clothes for 10 days, your books, laptop and chargers.  A Community Director will contact you to arrange for your relocation.  Food will be delivered to you in your isolation space.  You will not leave your isolation space unless you need medical attention.  You should continue to self-monitor using the daily health checker and contact the RA on Call if your symptoms worsen or need any assistance.  Staff will check in with you on a regular basis.

    If you live off-campus, you will isolate where you currently live. If you have a roommate, wipe down common areas and the bathroom after each use. 

    Isolation Timelines for Positive COVID Cases:

    If the results are positive and you have symptoms, you will remain in isolation for:

    • 10 days since your symptoms first started and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

    *Some symptoms may last for weeks to months after recovery but should not extend your isolation (if you are getting better)

    If the results are positive and you have no symptoms, you will remain in isolation for:

    • 10 days after the date of your positive test

    If a Student Health Services provider determines that a student with COVID-19 requires more advanced care or is unable to care for themselves, it will ensure that the patient is safely transferred to a local health care facility.

  • NEW: If I test positive for COVID, will someone from the University contact me to conduct contact tracing?

    Yes.  Once the University is made aware that you have tested positive, you will receive a Google form asking you information about your recent close contacts (individuals who have been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes during a 24 hour period) with others at Catholic University.  University staff will contact you via phone with any follow up questions regarding your responses.  Additionally, since your positive result is also communicated to the Department of Health, you should expect to receive more detailed communication from a contact tracer.
  • UPDATED: Will additional testing of the student population occur in the Spring semester?

    Yes.  For Spring 2021, all students living on campus were required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in January.  Off-campus students were able to arrange for return to DC testing as well.  During the semester, in addition to testing symptomatic students, we will randomly screen any students participating in in-person classes during the Spring semester.  Students will be required to participate in the screening testing program to remain eligible to attend in-person classes.
  • NEW: What is "screening" testing?

    Screening testing is the intentional testing of non-symptomatic students.  Students undergoing screening testing normally do not have symptoms, so they are not assumed to be sick; accordingly, they are not asked to isolate while waiting for their test results. Only students who are symptomatic or who were tested because of possible exposure are required to isolate while waiting for results.

  • If I’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, why can’t I be tested right away?

    It is recommended that students wait to be tested after they’ve been in direct contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes during a 24 hour period) with someone who tests positive. Testing too soon after contact can result in a false negative. Catholic University’s testing center is following guidance suggesting that it is optimal to wait 5-7 days after exposure before administering a test to ensure there is enough genetic material from the virus to be detected. 

  • Will my professors be notified of my positive test results?

    The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) conducts follow up with and providing support to all known COVID-positive student cases.  DOS does not disclose that if a student has tested positive for COVID.  For students attending in person classes, DOS informs faculty that a student will not be able to attend in person classes due to medical reasons.  This notification occurs for positive cases and longer term quarantine.  

    We encourage students, if they so choose, to let instructors know of their status.  For students attending classes virtually, DOS will email instructors upon student request.

  • Do I need to disclose to my classmates or professors if I’ve tested positive?

    Faculty have been instructed to maintain students’ privacy throughout this process. If a student contacts an instructor about test results, it is improper to share that information with the class. The student, however, may share that information and may have done so with friends in the class. Instructors should not discuss students’ positive test results as part of class instruction.

    Students who test positive should tell their close contacts (individuals who have been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes during a 24 hour period), so that those individuals can quarantine and schedule follow up testing through Student Health Services.

  • Will classes move online if a student in an in-person class tests positive?

    As all in-person classes are maintaining physical distance using the revised classroom layouts, acrylic shields, and consistently wearing face coverings, it is not likely that classmates or instructors would be considered to be a direct or close contact of a student who has tested positive.

    Therefore, if a student in an in-person class tests positive, the class should continue to meet unless advised otherwise by the Dean of Students or Office of the Provost.

    DOS analyzes test result data and data on students in isolation/quarantine in a timely manner to see if there are any classes where there are a number of cases and additional measures are necessary. Determinations regarding additional measures will be made in consultation with the Office of the Provost. They will inform instructors if there are any special considerations for the class.

  • Who can use the campus testing center? 

    All students — undergraduate or graduate, residential or living off campus — can use the on campus testing facility and Student Health Services. Students should call Student Health Services at 202-319-5744 and talk to a healthcare professional who will discuss their symptoms or exposure and determine if the student needs to be scheduled for an appointment and make the necessary arrangements.  
  • Does the on-campus center offer walk-in testing?

    No.  To ensure the highest levels of safety for our students using the testing center and the staff who work there, on campus health facilities do not offer walk in hours. Students should call Student Health Services at 202-319-744 and talk to a healthcare professional who will discuss their symptoms or exposure and determine if the student needs to be scheduled for an appointment and make the necessary arrangements. When arriving for a scheduled appointment, students will need to call the office when they arrive.
  • If I can get quicker results elsewhere, why should I use Student Health Services?

    Some local clinics offer a “rapid test” that provides results sooner than the tests completed with Student Health Services.

    University staff examined the efficacy of a number of test types when opening the testing center. In choosing a test type, they weighed speed versus efficacy. The tests Student Health Services is currently using provide results in approximately 48 hours.

    The rate of “false negatives” with the rapid tests can lead to students needing to retest if they become (or remain) symptomatic. Student Health Services determined it would be a faster and more efficient process to start with the more accurate 48 hour test.

    University leadership continues to evaluate the efficacy of testing methods in case new technologies are released that may be better suited for our population.
  • Where can I find information about off campus testing sites?

    The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia all maintain listing of testing locations.  Please click on each jurisdiction for additional information:

  • If I use a non-campus testing center and test positive, should I tell someone at Catholic?

    Yes.  Students who receive a positive COVID test result from an off-campus testing center should inform the Dean of Students of so that we can provide support and guidance.  Students should also contact Student Health Services if their condition is worsening or not improving or for additional medical guidance.  It is also important that you notify your close contacts (individuals who have been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes during a 24 hour period), so that they can monitor their symptoms, quarantine, and be tested if necessary.  You should also follow the advice of medical professions related to isolation.
  • What happens if a student tests positive?

    Students who test positive are required to isolate until cleared to resume normal activities by medical staff.  Their housemates or suitemates and other direct contacts will need to quarantine for at least a 14 day period.  Student Health Services provides detailed information to students who need to isolate or quarantine.

    Residential students who test positive or are presumed positive based on symptoms will be required to relocate to a self-isolation room on-campus and their close contacts will be required to quarantine.

    University staff will conduct an initial trace of possible direct contacts with the student in question.  We are required to report positive or presumed positive cases to the D.C. Department of Health (DCDOH) will take the lead in more systematic contact tracing. 

    Health Services staff also will communicate to other University offices so that support and follow up can be provided to each student as needed.  

  • If a students tests positive for COVID, instead of isolating in DC, will they permitted to go home?

    Yes; any student who tests positive and requires isolation or is quarantined due to direct contact with a COVID positive can may return home if they could do so safely, such as by having their parents pick them up from campus. 

Quarantine and Isolation

  • UPDATED: Are there restrictions related to traveling outside of the DMV?

    Yes.  Students traveling to any location other than D.C., Maryland or Virginia area are required to complete the following upon their return to D.C.:

    • Quarantine for 10 days OR
    • Quarantine and have a COVID test completed 3-5 days after upon return to DC.  If the results are negative, you are released from quarantine but should self-monitor for symptoms for a full 14 days.

    Exceptions exist for inviduals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (received their last dose more than two weeks but not more than 90 days prior) or who have recovered from COVID-19 recently (tested positive no more than 90 days ago).  Individuals in these categories do not need to quarantine as long as they they do NOT develop ANY symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

    Students are encouraged to review the lastest D.C. Travel Guidance and the March 19 University Guidance for more information.  Note, students who are currently residing in D.C. are considered D.C. residents in relation to the travel guidance.

  • What is the a general timeframe for isolation?

    Yes.  Students should consult with Student Health Services or their treating doctor, but in general if the results are positive and you have symptoms, you will remain in isolation for:
    • 10 days since your symptoms first started and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

    *Some symptoms may last for weeks to months after recovery but should not extend your isolation (if you are getting better)

    If the results are positive and you have no symptoms, you will remain in isolation for:

    • 10 days after the date of your positive test
  • UPDATED: What is the a general timeframe for quarantine?

    Close contacts of symptomatic students who are being tested for COVID should quarantine until the test results are known.  Students who come in close contact with a COVID-positive individual are required to quarantine for a period of time after your LAST exposure with the COVID-positive individual. 

    Effective March 2, close contacts of a COVID-positive individual will be allowed to follow a minimum 10 full days of quarantine after receiving a negative PCR test result rather than 14.  Note that the test must be conducted at least 6 days after the last contact with the COVID-positive individual. Close contacts who experience symptoms at any point during the 14 days after contact should self-isolate and consult with their healthcare provider.     

    Students should contact the Dean of Students with any questions about quarantine guidelines or restrictions.  The Dean of Students will connect students in quarantine with available testing resources in Student Health Services.  Students living on campus or in the local area should contact Student Health Services directly with any health-related questions or concerns.

    If you live on campus, you will stay in your current space. A Community Director will contact you to provide additional information and instructions for your meals.  If you live off-campus, you will quarantine where you currently live. Please note, you should not spend time in the common space of your residence until the conclusion of the quarantine. If you have a roommate, wipe down common areas and the bathroom after each use.  You should continue to self-monitor using the daily health checker and contact  University staff if you start to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or need any assistance. 

    An individual is a “close contact” if the individual was within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.  Additionally, an individual is a close contact regardless of the length of time exposed to a person with COVID-19 if the individual:  

    • Had physical contact (such as hugging or kissing), 
    • Shared eating or drinking utensils, 
    • Were sneezed or coughed on by an infected person, or 
    • Provided care to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • Who counts as a "close contact"?

    Broadly defined, a close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

    This includes:

    • Persons who had direct physical contact with the an infected person including hugging or kissing.  
    • Persons who shared eating or drinking utensils with an infected person.
    • Persons who were directly exposed to respiratory droplets of an infected person such as being sneezed on or coughed on
    • Persons who provided care at home to an infected person
  • UPDATED: What do I do if I am a close contact with a confirmed COVID positive individual?

    Effective March 2, close contacts of a COVID-positive individual will be allowed to follow a minimum 10 full days of quarantine after receiving a negative PCR test result rather than 14.  Note that the test must be conducted at least 6 days after the last contact with the COVID-positive individual. Close contacts who experience symptoms at any point during the 14 days after contact should self-isolate and consult with their healthcare provider.     

    Students should contact the Dean of Students with any questions about quarantine guidelines or restrictions.  The Dean of Students will connect students in quarantine with available testing resources in Student Health Services.  Students living on campus or in the local area should contact Student Health Services directly with any health-related questions or concerns.

    Whether you live on or off campus, you will need to quarantine for a period of at least 10 days of your LAST exposure to the COVID positive individual.  If you live on campus, you will stay in your current space.  You should contact the RA on Call at the numbers found in your residence hall.  A Community Director will contact you to provide additional information and instructions for your meals.

    On-campus residents are permitted to leave your individual room only for essential activities such as seeking medical attention, to get food or for individual exercise. Whenever you leave your room, you will need to ensure that you are properly wearing your face covering and maintain social distancing with others at all times. You should continue to self-monitor using the daily health checker and contact the RA on Call if you start to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or need any assistance.

    Please note, you should not spend time in the common space of your suite until the conclusion of the quarantine. You should also take extra care to disinfect any common surfaces in your suite, including sinks, toilets and showers.

    If you live off-campus, you will quarantine where you currently live. If you have a roommate, wipe down common areas and the bathroom after each use

    Whether you are on or off campus, students under quarantine should contact Student Health Services to discuss and schedule PCR testing. The testing should be performed at least 6 days after you were exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID 19. Monitor yourself for symptoms which include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.  Check your temperature twice daily (fever is considered >100.4) If you experience any of these symptoms please contact Student Health Services. 

    Should you develop symptoms during the period of quarantine, you will move into the isolation protocol noted above.

     

  • What does it mean to isolate or quarantine?

    Isolation is used to separate people who are infected with COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), from people who are not infected.  Ideally, individuals who are in isolation should stay in a separate specified room and use a separate bathroom until safe to be around others.  Campus residents under isolation may not leave their suite except to seek medical attention.

    Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from health professionals.  Campus residents under quarantine are only permitted to leave their suite for essential activities such as seeking medical attention or for individual exercise and picking up meals daily from distribution centers.

  • How is the University managing isolation and quarantine on campus?

    The University has designated specific residential facilities to serve as isolation spaces for residential students who may become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19. Student Health Services staff will monitor patients isolated with COVID-19 on a regular basis and will be available for consultation and advice for students.  Additionally, our Residence Life and Dean of Students staff outreach to students in isolation to provide support.

    Once it is determined that a student should be tested, they are moved to an isolation space until the results are known.  Students who test positive will remain in an isolation space until cleared to resume normal activities by medical staff.  Their suitemates and other direct contacts will need to quarantine for at least a 10 day period.*  Student Health Services provides detailed information to students who need to isolate or quarantine.

    If a Student Health Services provider determines that a student with COVID-19 requires more advanced care or is unable to care for themselves, it will ensure that the patient is safely transferred to a local health care facility.

    *Effective March 2, close contacts will be allowed to follow a minimum 10 full days of quarantine after receiving a negative PCR test result rather than 14.  Note that the test must be conducted at least 6 days after the last contact with the COVID-positive individual. Close contacts who experience symptoms at any point during the 14 days after contact should self-isolate and consult with their healthcare provider.

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, instead of isolating in DC, will they be permitted to go home?

    Yes; any student who tests positive and requires isolation or is quarantined due to direct contact with a COVID positive can may return home if they could do so safely, such as by having their parents pick them up from campus.
  • UPDATED: How will isolated or quarantined students get food?

    University staff will deliver food to on-campus residential students who are in isolation.  Students in quarantine will pick up food from a centralized location.  In most cases, an initial care package of items will be delivered at the start of the isolation/quarantine period and will be followed with regular food deliveries.  Students in these situations will received detailed instructions regarding food delivery and pick-up from Residence Life.  

Health and Safety

  • What is the Cardinals Care Pledge?

    Cardinals Care Pledge

    As members of the Catholic University community, our relationships are governed by the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  I pledge to do my part to take responsibility for my own health and the protection of others, and to help keep our community safe from the spread of COVID-19.  I take this responsibility with the utmost seriousness and will follow the instructions and expectations provided by the University.

    As a student at Catholic University, I agree to the following:

    1. I will perform a daily health screening and seek advice from Student Health Services if I have responded “yes” to any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have come into close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes within a 24-hour period) with a confirmed positive COVID-19 person:
      • Fever (100.4°F or higher) or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue, muscle aches or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    1. I will follow the directions of Student Health Services and stay in my residence when I am experiencing symptoms, except to seek medical care.
    2. I will, whenever possible, maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
    3. I will regularly wash my hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
    4. I will always wear a face covering in all campus buildings when other people are present and outdoors. Exceptions include when eating or drinking or within my assigned residence hall room. 
    5. I will regularly clean and disinfect my room, shared common spaces, personal belongings, and clothes.
    6. I will help support safety measures on campus and will be respectful when reminding others to do the same.
    7. I will use doors marked as entrance and exit appropriately and follow any building flow arrows in the proper direction, even if this means having to exit the building and re-enter.
    8. I will follow all COVID-19 signage instructions.
    9. As a resident of the greater Washington, D.C. community, I will practice responsible citizenship, abide by D.C. pandemic regulations, including those regarding face coverings, and not engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior on or off campus. I will not host or participate in in-person social gatherings* with greater than 10 individuals in total.

    o I acknowledge that I have read and understand the Cardinals Care Pledge.

    *The limitation of 10 individuals for in-person social gatherings applies to what the District has called "non-academic" gatherings. The main purpose of the 10-person limit is to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus via superspreading events and settings where social distancing cannot be easily accomplished.  Academic gatherings include any University sponsored or supported programs and events, not just classroom instruction.  Therefore, the District is allowing the University to host activities such as receipt of the Sacraments, sporting events, and other activities in accordance with the in-person limits and social distancing requirements established in the “Re-Open DC” plan. 

     

  • What measures are in place to clean and sanitize campus facilities?

    Over the course of the pandemic, we have implemented various health and safety precautions, including adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols for classrooms, offices, bathrooms, and common spaces to mitigate the risk of spread of COVID-19 within our community.  Additionally, the University enacted a number of measures to increase space between individuals in campus facilities which include social distancing signage, closing or restricting the use of common areas, reconfiguring work areas to maintain appropriate distances, and re-routing foot traffic in University buildings to implement one-way routes as practicable. Details of measures being taken to ensure students, faculty, and staff have a healthy and safe campus experience can be found on the Facilities site.  

  • Are students required to wear face coverings?

    Consistent with the University-wide Face Coverings policy, all members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) are required to wear face coverings in all campus buildings when other people are present and while on campus grounds when social distancing cannot be achieved.  Violation of this requirement may result in disciplinary action including removal from campus. Exceptions include when eating or drinking or within your assigned residence hall room.  Please review the policy for more specific requirements.

  • What are the social distancing requirements?

    Consistent with the University-wide Social Distancing Policy and local and federal guidelines and requirements, all members of the University community should practice social distancing.  Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Social distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and others.  To practice social distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other others.  Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing cloth face coverings, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer.

    Tips for Social Distancing

    Consider the following tips for practicing social distancing when you decide to go out.

    • Choose safe social activities. It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings with a small group of friends), stay at least 6 feet from others.
    • Keep your distance at events and gatherings. It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others. If you are in a crowded space, always try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others and wear your face covering.  Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.
    • Before going out, know and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.
    • Consider social distancing options to travel safely when running errands or commuting to and from campus, whether walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling, or using public transit, rideshares, or taxis. When using public transit, try to keep at least 6 feet from other passengers or transit operators – for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a bus or train. When using rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides where multiple passengers are picked up, and sit in the back seat in larger vehicles so you can remain at least 6 feet away from the driver and wear your face covering.
    • Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to and stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges
  • Are students expected to complete a daily health checker?

    Yes. One of the most important things that we should all be doing each day is paying attention to and monitoring our health, including conducting symptom checks and taking our temperature before coming to campus.  You will receive an email and/or text message prompting you to complete the daily symptom checker each day, including on weekends and holidays.

    Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include the following:

    • Fever (100.4° or higher) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue, muscle aches or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

    All students should bring their own thermometers upon return to D.C. to help conduct self-checks. Additionally, students should ensure that they have awareness of the symptoms of COVID-19.  A good point of reference is the CDC Coronavirus site.

    During the academic year, Student Health Services (SHS) is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Students returning for Spring 2021 should contact SHS upon feeling ill so that testing, contact tracing and potential isolation or quarantine can be implemented.  For the health and safety of all patients and staff, students must call SHS at 202-319-5744 to speak with a staff member if you have a health-related concern.  SHS will determine if you need to be scheduled for an appointment and will make the necessary arrangements.  Students should call the office upon arrival and will only be permitted entry if wearing a face covering. 

  • What other precautions should students take to help stay healthy?

    Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.  Always avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  Follow these steps to ensure that you have effectively washed your hands:

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.   
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.  
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. 
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Student Accounts, Enrollment and Academic Leave

  • Do I need to let Catholic know if I plan to study virtually for Spring 2021?

    Yes.  If you are requesting to study remotely for all of your courses for the Spring 2021 semester, please fill out the Request Form.  This will help us with planning as we need to know who will not be studying in-person for the semester.  Staff from the Office of the Dean of Students will follow up with you once your form is received.  It is critical that you touch base with the professors of courses on your schedule with a modality of "in-person" to ensure that you will be able to take that course remotely

  • Will there be a tuition adjustment for the Spring 2021 semester?

    No.  Because we are inviting all of our students back to campus, we will not offer a tuition discount this spring.
  • If I choose to take a semester leave of absence, will I lose my merit scholarship?

    No. Merit scholarships are guaranteed for eight semesters of full-time study. Therefore, a student on leave will retain the value of the remaining semesters of scholarship eligibility.

Housing

  • UPDATED: How will room occupancy be adjusted?

    To limit the potential spread of infection, the University has reduced the capacity of most room configurations in its residence halls. Students will reside in single rooms rather than double or larger rooms. Students living in suites or apartment units with private unit bathrooms will be considered a “family unit,” so that if one resident has been exposed to the virus all will self-quarantine until medical clearance is provided. 

  • Are there any visitation changes due to the pandemic?

    Yes.  The University will not permit external (non-student) visitors in the residence halls during the Spring 2021 semester.  During the initial two-week quarantine period, visitation of any kind (including between rooms on the same floor) will not be permitted.  We will phase in visitation privileges starting later in February.  Additionally, once visitation is permitted, it will be restricted to one Catholic University student guest per resident.

  • What protocols are in place for cleaning in the residence halls?

    Students will continue to be responsible for cleaning all aspects of their living spaces.  To that end, students should bring cleaning items to campus upon move-in.  Common areas outside of student living spaces (i.e. community bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, etc.) will continue to be cleaned by University personnel utilizing enhanced cleaning protocols per CDC guidance and using EPA-approved substances. 

    Common areas such as kitchens, lounges, and laundry facilities will be appropriately set for social distancing, with capacity limited through measures such as rearrangement or removal of certain furniture. Current enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will continue for such spaces.

  • Can I make a change to my housing application preferences?

    At this time it would be very difficult to make changes.  If you would like to request a room change, email Housing Services. 
  • UPDATED: Will residence hall lounges and kitchens be available for student use?

    Yes, the residence hall lounges and kitchens are available for limited use.  Students are encouraged to gather in building lobbies where guidelines around social distancing can adequately be followed. Students are welcome to gather appropriately outside as well.  Residence Hall Offices will have blankets available for check-out as well as "hot hands" for student use.
  • If I have been approved for a housing accommodation through the Office of Disability Support Services, will I still receive this accommodation?

    Students should contact DSS and Housing Services to discuss their specific situation.

Dining

  • UPDATED: I have Dining Dollars left over from the Fall semester.  Can I use them?

    Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall to the spring semester. 
  • Can I purchase a meal plan if I do not already have one?

    Yes.  Meal plans may be purchased at any time.  Options can be found on Dining Services.  Meal plans are purchased through Cardinal Students under the navigation "MyHousing & Dining."
  • How will the dining services handle covid regulations and risks?

    Thorough cleaning will be performed in all dining areas between meals according to protocols prescribed by Facilities, consistent with best practices and federal guidance. In addition, all individuals involved in preparation or delivery of food or the sanitation of the premises will undergo daily temperature checks and symptom checks. The Dining Services Website sets forth the enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols using chemicals designed for food service environments, hand hygiene, and food and product safety measures.

  • What about allergies and dietary restrictions?

    Allergies and dietary restrictions will continue to be addressed and accommodated by dining services staff, including the executive chef and registered dietitian.  Dining Services will continue to work with students with restrictions. Contact cua-diningservices@cua.edu with questions. Students may also contact the registered dietitian, Sarah Goff, at goff@cua.edu.

  • UPDATED: With respect to dining, where are the students expected to eat? Is there any communal dining in shifts or groups?

    Starting February 8, limited seating will be offered in both the Pryzbyla Food Court and The Eatery.  Space in the Pryzbyla Great Room will also be reserved for this purpose. We do not expect to assign shifts to students, though that is an option that could be employed if needed.  
  • UPDATED: If students are confined to their rooms for extended periods of time, is there a plan for them to eat? Will they be allowed to get food?

    Yes.  Students who are in isolation will have food delivered on a regular basis.  Students who are in quarantine as a precaution due to close contact will be permitted to leave their residence to pick up food at a location still to be determined during times that will be communicated to those impacted.
  • If the Great Rooms will be used for eating, does that mean student orgs cannot hold events in those spaces?

    Though we plan to utilize the Great Room for dining seating, this does not preclude it also being used for student events.

Student Organizations, Campus Activities, Athletics, and Socializing

  • NEW: Will the Fitness Center be open for students in Spring 2021?

    The Kane fitness center is open with limited hours and health and safety restrictions.  Students should visit the Fitness Center website for additional information.  Our plans may change based upon any changes to District of Columbia restrictions related to fitness facilities.
  • What opportunities exist for students to engage in extracurricular activities?

    A Community Engagement Task Force is developing opportunities for students to continue to engage in extracurricular activities. In the meantime stay connected with cards connected at https://student-affairs.catholic.edu/cards-connected/index.html. We want students to be engaged both from afar and as appropriate when they are here. We will continue to update this website with opportunities for virtual and in person engagement as permitted.

  • Will there be online/virtual opportunities for students to connect through the social groups that were on campus so those that are not on campus can still enjoy college?

    The Office of Campus Activities is supporting our student organizations just as they always do and continue to provide resources and training opportunities to help student organizations provide virtual events that continue to build the great community that Catholic University is known for. Please check out the Nest for a list of virtual, hybrid and in person events happening at Catholic.
  • Can student organizations meet?

    Yes, student organizations are able to meet both on campus and virtually. Please check out the Campus Activities Covid website for information pertaining to student organizations and here for information related to event planning.
  • Will we still have student organizations?

    All of our recognized student organizations are permitted to operate, recruit, and coordinate events. There will be some limitations on the scope and details of events and meetings, but we are not limiting the number of organizations we have.
  • How will student organizations run this semester? Will student organizations be able to reserve spaces and hold in person events?

    Student organizations are able to reserve space on campus. All in person events need consultation and approval from OCA. Please check out the Campus Activities Covid website for information pertaining to student organizations and here for information related to event planning.
  • How do I make a request for funding for a student organization?

    Treasury Board meets on a weekly basis on Wednesday nights starting at 8:15pm. You can sign up for a presentation slot here or on the Funding Request page, and links to log in to the meetings will be sent at a later date. As always, you must sign up and submit documents by five days before your presentation.
  • Will student organizations still be able to gather in the Pryz and in other campus locations??

    The Office of Campus Activities works with student organizations on how to host appropriately sized programs and meetings virtually, in order to maintain student engagement, connection and out of classroom growth.  Please check out the Campus Activities Covid website for information pertaining to student organizations and here for information related to event planning.  

Student Employment

  • Will there still be campus jobs available for students?

    University departments will continue to employ students to fill campus jobs.  However, there may be limitations to the number of available positions as we move through our phases of reopening. 

    As we firm up staffing plans for the Spring, students will view and apply for open positions using Handshake, CatholicU's on and off-campus job and internship posting site.  

    Job descriptions will indicate if the position is a remote opportunity or if it will require a student to be physically present in the office. This decision will be made by each supervisor, based on the operating structure of the office as it complies with university health and social distancing guidelines.

    Click here for more information on how to access on-campus jobs in Handshake as well learn more about identifying local/part-time opportunities near campus.

  • Are Federal Work Study jobs available?

    The Federal Work Study program is a need-based federal aid program.  Students awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) can work on-campus or remotely if they currently reside in DC, MD or VA (DMV).  
    FWS awarded students currently residing outside the DMV can only work remotely if they are applying to DC Reads or Jump Start.  
    Any FWS awarded students currently residing outside the DMV and who do not wish to work for DC Reads or Jump Start should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance Students (202-319-5307/cua-finaid@cua.edu) to identify alternative financial support options.

     

Transportation

  • Will students still be allowed to use the Metro and go into downtown D.C./travel since some areas could be high risk?

    Yes, our community will still be able to use Metro and travel throughout DC.  It is important that our community maintains up to date awareness of changing conditions and requirements.  See the WMATA Website for information. For instance, in mid-May, Metro announced that face coverings are required for all riders.  In late May, the Mayor announced that DC is moving into Phase One of reopening, which loosened some restrictions on various activities.  Over the course of the summer, we anticipate that there will be further loosening restrictions as we move into Phase Two and Three of reopening.
  • What are some options for students who live far from Catholic U to safely return and travel between their homes and Catholic U and can students (even underclassmen) bring cars onto campus?

    Under the terms of our Campus Master Plan with the District of Columbia and our commitment to reduce the number of cars on campus, first and second year residential students are not permitted to park on campus.  Any commuter student will be able to purchase a campus parking permit.  Residential freshmen or sophomores who wish to request an exception to this University policy may submit a Vehicle Exception Request. Request will be reviewed as soon as possible and students will be contacted directly with the outcome of their request.  More information regarding parking on campus can be found here. If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Transportation and Parking Services at cua-transportation@cua.edu or call (202) 552-PARK (7275).

    In terms of travel via other means (i.e. trains, planes, etc.) it will be important for students to check with the airline, etc. and maintain up to date awareness of changing conditions and requirements.  For instance, as of late May, the State of Virginia requires face coverings at Reagan National and Dulles International airports while Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Maryland has both recommendations and requirements for face coverings.  Similarly, Amtrak requires face coverings for all customers.

Vaccines

  • This section is currently under development so check back soon for updates.

    Coming soon.