Sixth Week COVID-19 Update for Students: Winter Term Housing, Spring Term Housing

23 October 2020

Dear Carls,

Last week, we recorded one new case of COVID-19 within our on-campus community. As a result, among the College’s threshold measures, our 14-day infection rate decreased to 0.14%, our surveillance testing positivity rate decreased to 0.3%, and the 14-day average number of close contacts per case decreased to 6.3. In total, we administered 340 tests between Sunday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 17. Detailed data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard. I continue to be impressed by your collective dedication to keeping the Carleton community safe and healthy.

Winter Term Housing

We have adjusted our housing capacity and will be able to accommodate approximately 1,615 students for winter term. Because we again cannot house our full student population on campus this winter, we need to hear from all students about your intentions for winter no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. First-year students, international students, those currently on the Copenhagen study abroad program, and students who have challenging home circumstances will be given priority for on-campus housing. 

If the number of students who wish to live on campus is under the maximum number, Residential Life will begin to notify students that a space on campus has been reserved for them on Friday, Oct. 30. If the number of students exceeds capacity, that date will change. Students who are currently on campus and approved to return for winter term will remain in their current housing assignment. We ask that you refrain from making travel plans until after you have been notified of your housing decision.

Please note that no additional students will be approved for Northfield Option during the 2020-21 academic year.

All students who plan to live on campus or attend in-person classes this winter must agree to the Carleton Community Covenant. If you completed this for fall 2020, you do not have to sign again. If you are currently away from campus and plan to return, and have not yet signed, you will need to do this no later than Wednesday, Oct. 28, in order to be considered for housing during winter term 2021. Please email if you need us to resend the link.

The flu vaccination is required if you intend to be on campus. More information about this requirement is available on the COVID-19 website. Upload proof of your vaccination or a Carleton-approved exemption to the MySHAC student portal no later than Wednesday, October 28.

Students returning to Carleton for winter term should plan to arrive Jan. 2 and 3, 2021. Your first stop on campus will be the Rec Center for COVID-19 testing, and you will be given access to your room afterward. You will also register for your second COVID-19 test at the Rec Center. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 4, with all classes held remotely during the first week as you await the results of your first COVID-19 test.

Spring Term Housing

While we have yet to determine an approximate housing number for spring term, first-year students, seniors, international students, students who have difficult home circumstances, and students who were not on campus during fall or winter terms this academic year will be given priority.

All students who reside in spring term housing must agree to the Community Covenant and upload proof of flu vaccination on the MySHAC student portal. Flu season ends in April. More information on spring term will be forthcoming.

In closing, I want to reiterate how grateful I am for you as a community of students. You have consistently shown care and consideration for others, as well as patience and flexibility for your college. That we have the opportunity to continue our residential experience is thanks—in large part—to you.

Dean Livingston