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Housing and Dining Services Operations Plan and COVID Response

We at Housing and Dining Services pledge to carry out our mission to provide enriching, quality campus accommodations while doing our best to protect the health and safety of our students.

These are the policies and procedures our department has developed in consultation with campus partners and public health officials to discourage the spread of COVID-19 in our residence halls, dining centers and apartment community. For a comprehensive list of policies and procedures to be observed by those living in our communities and the complete 2021-2022 academic year calendar, we ask that residents refer to the Residence Hall Handbook and Jardine Apartments Handbook

These policies may change to reflect updates to public health guidelines. 

Fall 2021 Semester Updates

The department will send email updates to residents throughout the fall semester.

July 30 Update: K-State Announces Mask Mandate on All Campuses


COVID-19 and Public Health-Related FAQs  

Housing Policies and Procedures

Will stringent cleaning procedures be in place?

Housing and Dining Services is implementing cleaning protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the university is investing $1.1 million in Synexis filtration systems, which will be installed in all residence hall rooms with students living together, as well as other common spaces. The cutting-edge filtration system kills viruses, bacteria and mold. 

Are single-occupancy rooms available?
COVID Medical Single Room Accommodation Request Process

Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Once your request has been reviewed, you will be contacted about your status. You are strongly encouraged to make your housing request prior to July 15 in order for staff to ensure there is space for granted accommodations. 

Priority will be given to requests for a single room as a reasonable accommodation for a disability or a medical condition, including a medical condition that may put you at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Those requests will be reviewed by the Student Access Center and the process can be initiated by clicking on the link below.

Please note the university does not have capacity to grant single rooms at standard double rates based on medical concerns for a person other than the resident. Single rooms may be available at the double-as-single rate for students who are not granted a single room accommodation at a standard double rate. All requests are subject to availability of rooms.

Request reasonable accommodation for a disability or medical condition. 

Request reasonable accommodation for a circumstance unrelated to disability or medical condition

Will students be allowed in lobbies and study rooms?

Currently, community spaces such as lobbies, lounges, laundry rooms, kitchens, study rooms, music rooms and workout rooms are open for student use. Housing and Dining Services may limit the number of residents allowed in community spaces when necessary and services may also be limited, including but not limited to the use of front desk equipment and carts or dollies. 

Will I be allowed to have guests in my living space?

Currently, students are allowed to have guests and should reference the guests and visitors policy in the Residence Hall Handbook or Jardine Apartments Handbook to learn about the expectations regarding guests.

Are masks required in HDS facilities?

Currently, students and guests are required to wear a face mask or covering over the nose and mouth unless in their assigned room. Students and guests are expected to look for and adhere to any signs noting a space where masks must be worn. Read the university's face covering policy for additional information regarding masks on campus.

What happens if a resident gets sick?

Social distancing is expected in residence halls and dining centers, as well as any community space at Jardine Apartments, and is defined as maintaining at least 6 feet from other people. Rooms will be set up before move-in to maintain 6 feet of social distance between roommate sleeping areas Housing and Dining Services' de-densifying plan reduces the number of residents that will share community spaces such as bathrooms to help you successfully distance from others.

What happens if in-person classes are suspended after the semester begins?

To protect the health and safety of other residents, employees and/or the campus community, including but not limited to in response to risks and considerations related to COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, the university may modify the opening, closing and break dates for the residence halls. If the university makes any such change, residents will be notified as soon as practicable under the circumstances. Any reduction in total number of available occupancy days for a resident, based on a university decision as outlined above, will result in a corresponding pro rata return to the resident of rent paid to Housing and Dining Services. The rent is calculated by the amount paid by the resident, less standard move-out costs incurred by the university, which is generally around $215.

Do these changes apply to Jardine Apartments?

Jardine Apartments will be occupied as normal with some minor operational adjustments.

Dining Policies and Procedures

Dining Services is dedicated to not only keep our residents fed, but safe! What you can expect:

  • Staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not work.
  • Masks on everyone entering and working in the dining center.
  • Clean, gloved hands whenever serving food.
  • Increased sanitation frequency of high-touch surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizer in multiple locations, including entries and exits and near high-touch areas.
  • Frequent handwashing.
  • Contactless entry (students will swipe their own ID card). 
These are changes that we — along with campus housing and dining officials across the country — have had to make in response to challenges presented by the pandemic. We're proud that we're able to continue serving the made-from-scratch meals we're known for in the university dining industry.


Reasonable Accommodations Requests

We expect members of our communities — residents, staff and visitors — to act in a manner demonstrating respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residents, staff and visitors must adhere to these policies. If you are concerned that you are unable to adhere to a policy because of a medical condition, please contact the Student Access Center (students) or the ADA Coordinator (employees and visitors). For additional information about reasonable accommodations in housing, please refer to the Residence Hall or Jardine Apartments handbook.

Questions For Housing and Dining Services?

Please contact 785-532-6453 or housing@k-state.edu with additional questions. 

K-State COVID-19 Summary of Updates

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