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Colleges plan for on-campus housing this fall

Oregon and Oregon State have implemented a health and safety plan for students to return to campus safety.

Posted: Aug 10, 2020 6:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Both Oregon and Oregon State are making adjustments to on-campus housing for students this fall.

For one, they are not planning to have students live in triple or quad rooms to reduce the number of people on campus. 

"Even students who are in a room that was previously a triple, they will pay that lower rate to support them financially even though they'll never have a third roomate in their room," said Brian Stroup, the director of operations and facilities with Oregon State Housing and Dining Services.

Stroup said common areas like lounges and study spaces will be modified for appropriate social distancing. Bathrooms will also be cleaned daily. 

The University of Oregon is taking similar measures. 

OSU has also set aside rooms on campus for students to move into should they need to self-isolate following a positive test. 

"It's spaces within our inventory because of its restroom-style that can be accommodating as well as be sectioned off away from the rest of the building," Stroup said.

Despite the extra precuations being taken, some students said having any students on campus will be risky.

"Everyone lives in such close proximity," Oregon junior David Sullivan said. "Everyone shares the same bathroom. Most people get paired with a random person they don't know where they're from or how much they've been considering social distancing and wearing masks."

Many new COVID-19 cases earlier this summer were due to parties and social gatherings of young college-aged adults. Stroup said a lot of the the responsiblity will fall on the student to stay healthy and safe. 

"If there is one thing it seems that this whole thing has taught us is we need to have a whole shared responsibility to get through this," Stroup said. "That's definitely true within the college environment."

For more information on each school's on-campus housing health and safety plan, visit the Oregon and Oregon State websites. 

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