Residence Halls

Move-In/Move-Out

  • Residence Life will assign students dates and times for move-in and move-out as part of a phased process to prevent large numbers of people gathering in close proximity inside the residence halls. Residence hall staff will use a low-contact check-in and check-out process.
  • First-year students may have two family members enter the halls during move-in, and returning students may have one family member enter the halls. Additional family members may come to campus for move-in days, but we ask that they not enter the residence halls. 

Common Spaces

Study lounges and laundry rooms will remain open, with requirements for face coverings and physical distancing. The furniture in common areas has been reduced and arranged to create more space between occupants. Signs will alert students to the occupancy limits of a common area. 

Residence Hall Visitor/Guest Policy

Residence Life will limit the number of individuals within the residence halls using a four-phase visitor/guest policy, outlined below. At the time of student move-in, the guest policy will be in Phase 1.

Phase 1:

  • No off-campus visitors will be allowed within the residence halls (except during the move-in process).
  • Access to a residence hall is restricted to students assigned a room in that hall. Visiting other residence halls is not permitted.
  • Residents of the same hall may visit each other’s rooms. No more than double the occupancy may be in a given room or unit at the same time, except for Farwell, where no more than 13 individuals may be in a cluster common space at the same time.
  • All guests should practice social distancing. Face coverings are required when guests are present in a residence hall room.
  • No overnight guests are permitted.
  • Orientation and residence hall programs will be restricted to small groups based on floor communities. Any large events in the residence halls will be held using virtual platforms. 

Phase 2:

  • No off-campus visitors within the residence halls.
  • Students have access to other residence halls on campus during regular card-access hours.
  • Students may have visitors in their rooms from other residence halls. No more than double the occupancy may be in a given room or unit at the same time, except for Farwell, where no more than 13 individuals may be in a cluster common space at the same time.
  • All guests should practice social distancing. Face coverings are required when guests are present in a residence hall room.
  • No overnight guests are permitted.
  • Residence hall programs will be restricted to small groups based on floor communities.

Residence Life will move the residence hall visitor/guest policy into Phase 3 and/or Phase 4 when there are no cases of COVID-19 on campus, a low or zero number of COVID-19 cases in Winneshiek County, and other conditions, which are yet to be determined, have been met. 

Phase 3:

  • Students are permitted to have overnight guests. Overnight guests must follow the guest/intervisitation policy and are limited to current Luther students.
  • Students may have visitors in their rooms from off-campus. No more than double the occupancy may be in a given room or unit at the same time, except for Farwell, where no more than 13 individuals may be in a cluster common space at the same time.
  • All guests should practice social distancing. Face coverings are required when guests are present in a residence hall room.

Phase 4:

  • Return to original guest/intervisitation policy.
  • All guests should practice social distancing. Face coverings are required when guests are present in a residence hall room.

Current Visitor/Guest Phase:  1