Sterling Together - Student and Residence Life
Residence Hall Occupancy and Protocols
Sterling College has made every effort possible to lower the density per room and per bathroom (where possible). The type and frequency of cleaning for bathrooms has increased and signs are posted listing maximum occupancy for community bathrooms.
As required in the Face Masks and Coverings Policy, personal face coverings must be worn in common areas such as dorm lobbies and the Student Union in addition to other common areas if social distancing isn’t possible.
Students will be provided frequent reminders of proper hand hygiene via posters, with hand sanitizer widely available in common areas and rooms.
There will be enhanced cleaning in all common areas and high-touch surfaces, consistent with enhanced cleaning practices of other non-residential areas such as academic buildings.
Training on public health measures and signs/symptoms of COVID-19 has been provided for all student life staff, resident education directors (RED), residence assistants (RA), and others in similar roles.
The college will place restrictions on events and social activities according to local physical distancing and mass gathering requirements. Seating in common areas has been reconfigured to ensure proper physical distancing.
As described above, building access by non-residents, including outside guests, non-residential staff, and others is restricted. These restrictions may not apply to some people, such as personal care attendants for students with disabilities. Signage is posted outside all residence halls.
Please note, there will be “No Visitation” until local and county health officials determine if and when visitation can safely start again. There will be Lobby Hours but must follow the Campus "Mask Policy."
Orientation and move-in details for new students
Updated July 23 - Move in will take place on August 14th and 22nd. Students are asked to arrive during their designated block of time, as determined by last name. Students may bring up to two guests to assist registration and move in. All visitors and students will be screened upon arrival to campus. Masks will be required throughout the check in and move in process. Once move in activities are complete, guests will be asked to depart and orientation activities will begin. Students who are arriving from a state or country listed on the KDHE travel list must arrive two weeks early to quarantine before participating in campus events (Instructions have been sent to these students). New students will begin their check in at Cooper Hall.
Move-in details for returning students
Updated July 23 - Move in will take place on August 14th and 22nd. Students are asked to arrive during their designated block of time, as determined by last name. Students may bring up to two guests to assist in registration and move in. All visitors and students will be screened upon arrival to campus. Masks will be required throughout the check in and move in process. Once the move in is complete, guests are asked to depart. Students who are arriving from a state or country listed on the KDHE travel list must return to campus two weeks early to quarantine before participating in campus events. See section titled “Quarantine Related to Travel Restrictions” for details. Returning Students will begin their check in at Mabee Library.
As per the KDHE travel list, international students residing in countries on the list must arrive two weeks early to quarantine before participating in campus events.
Updated July 21 - Student Life and many student organizations are working to develop programming and outlets through which students—whether first-year, transfer or returning students—can meet and build a community with fellow students. This information will be communicated directly to students during the fall semester.
Identical chapel services will be held in Culbertson Auditorium on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m. To accommodate for physical distancing, students will be assigned to attend on either Wednesday or Friday, and will also be assigned specific seating with their roommates. In addition, masks will be required for all attendees. The attendance scanning process will be refined to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Given that students will have less opportunities to achieve Spiritual Formation attendance credits, the amount required will be lessened, a number still to be determined. Information regarding other Spiritual Life opportunities (Bible and book studies, service and mission opportunities, etc.) will be available early in the semester.
As of July 22, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is intending on moving forward with fall sports as planned. The KCAC member school presidents and athletic directors will continue to work closely with the NAIA on providing a safe and healthy plan for the student-athlete competition for the upcoming 2020-21 year. If the NAIA or KCAC would make a change all student-athletes will be informed immediately. Fall student-athletes will still come to campus early for preseason practices as determined by their sport’s head coach. Winter and Spring student-athletes will still have their traditional seasons as usual. Sterling College Athletics is committed to continue to provide student-athletes with a safe and exceptional collegiate athletic experience. The Sterling College Athletics COVID-19 plan will can be found here http://www.scwarriors.com/sterling-college-athletics-covid19-plan
Fall/Thanksgiving Break/Christmas Break
Students who wish to remain on campus after Thanksgiving break need to complete the
break housing application no later than November 15th. This application is available from the Student Life Office.
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