Student Life on Campus
- Spring Hill has taken steps to maximize residential space on campus by significantly increasing the number of single rooms that we are able to offer students. For the Fall semester, the following buildings will be at 50 percent capacity through the offering of single rooms:
- Viragh Hall
- Toolen Hall
- New Hall
- Walsh Hall
- Skip’s Place
- The following buildings have been kept at regular occupancy due to lower density and bathroom ratio:
- O’Leary Hall
- Fairways Apartments
- Portier Place
- Mobile Hall
- Move-in for first-year students will occur on August 17 beginning at 8 a.m. Central. Residence Life will be communicating with new students and their families with suggested times to arrive on campus to help us give you the safest and most convenient experience in getting you moved into the residence halls. Move-in crews will be available to assist families with their personal belongings to help make the process as seamless as possible. We ask that families limit the number of family members who are assisting their student with moving into the hall as we limit the number of people in the building at any given time. We also ask that all family members wear masks during the move-in process.
- Returning students may move-in to the residence halls on Tuesday, August 18 beginning at 8 a.m. Central. Residence Life will communicate with returning residential students suggested times for move-in. We ask that students limit the number of people providing assistance to move-in to two people. We ask that all family or friends who are on campus wear masks.
- To assist with a seamless move-in process, we are asking students to pack lightly as they come to campus this academic year. Residence Life is able to provide a suggested list of necessities if needed.
- Students will need to check out of the residence halls by 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving break. Students will be permitted to leave belongings in their room during this time, but will not be permitted to be back on campus until the start of the Spring semester.
- Students who are not able to return home between Thanksgiving break and the beginning of the Spring semester may apply for an exception to live on campus during this time. Exceptions will be restrictive to limit the number of students will be allowed to remain on campus.
Residence Hall Living
- Face coverings will not be required when a student is in their bedroom or in a common area where six feet distance can be maintained. Students should use a mask in any residence hall common or bathroom space where six feet distance may not be able to be maintained.
- Students who share bathrooms with more than one student will be assigned stalls and bathroom areas to help reduce exposure. Residence Life staff will communicate this information with students when they arrive on campus for the academic year.
- Laundry facilities will still be available for student use. Laundry guidance and etiquette will be posted in each laundry room to assist students.
- Spring Hill College housekeeping will clean all community bathroom areas twice per day per CDC recommendations for shared bathroom spaces. We are taking extra precautions and have purchased additional equipment to help us sanitize common spaces on campus. Despite these precautions, we are encouraging students to take responsibility for their own space and hygiene in their rooms and in the common spaces of the residence halls. We encourage students to wipe down any high-touch spaces in their living spaces including sinks, door handles, light switches, appliances, etc. to reduce the risk of surface contamination.
- It is necessary for Spring Hill College to take all necessary precautions to limit the exposure of campus community and residential students. As a result, no guests, with the exception of approved vendors, from outside of Spring Hill College will be allowed in the residence halls. In addition, students will not be permitted to access any other residence hall building other than the building to which they have been assigned. Room occupancy limits will be enforced this coming Fall semester.
- Dining hall capacity will be adjusted to accommodate Alabama Public Health Department guidelines. Tables will be placed six feet apart and no more than eight people will be allowed at any one table.
- Einstein’s Bros. Bagels and McKinney’s On the Hill will also comply with state health regulations and may result in reduced seating capacity for these locations.
- Masks are required in the dining hall except when a student is actively eating. Masks must be worn in all food lines.
- ALL self-service stations in the dining hall will be eliminated for the Fall semester. Aramark employees will serve all food and keep plates, utensils and cups behind the food lines to reduce contamination.
- The beverage stations in the dining hall will also not be self-service for students.
- Aramark will be providing increased to-go options in the dining hall to assist with the limited capacity because of reduced seating.
- Student organizations will not be permitted to use the tables in the back of the dining hall for sign-ups, publicity or any other purposes at the beginning of the Fall semester.
- Programs and gatherings in indoor and outdoor spaces will be limited in size in accordance with local and state guidelines both on and off campus. Students, faculty and staff will be expected to adhere to the adjusted capacity for each room on campus. These figures were calculated to take into account the proper social distancing guidelines. The State of Alabama has currently prohibited any non-work related gatherings of more than 10 people where six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
- A large number of campus events and programs for the Fall semester will be altered, cancelled or postponed because of the difficulty of complying with the state health order and the realities of contact tracing.
- Students, faculty and staff will not be allowed to host guests or visitors on campus for the Fall semester.
- Student organization meetings with more than 10 people are encouraged to host their meetings in a virtual environment. If the student organization needs to meet in person, please contact the Center for Student Involvement for recommended spaces on campus to accommodate your group’s size.
- Intramural sports have been postponed for the beginning portion of the Fall semester. Student Affairs will work to re-introduce intramural sports into campus life as soon as it is safe to do so.
- The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has suspended Fall Sports and is currently working on creating a model to move all sports to the Spring Semester. The Gulf South Conference has delayed Fall Sports and will evaluate the Fall Sports season at a later date. Spring Hill College is currently creating a plan on how to conduct Sports within the NCAA guidelines that have been recommended. There will be more information to come as we move closer to the opening date of class.
Outlaw Recreation Center
- We anticipate the Outlaw Recreation Center being open in the Fall with limited hours and capacity. SHC will follow current CDC, ADPH, and MPHD guidelines for fitness and recreation centers. The Rec Center will have the guidelines publicly posted.
Medical Concerns and Accommodations
- Students with underlying medical conditions that increase a person’s risks of severe COVID-19 illness are encouraged to contact Rebecca Venter-Lombardo (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss necessary accommodations for the upcoming academic year.
- Faculty and staff with underlying medical conditions that increase a person’s risks of severe COVID-19 illness are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 251-380-3063 or speak with your supervisor.
- The CDC has identified the following specific conditions that can negatively impact the severity of COVID-19 illness (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0625-update-expands-covid-19.html):
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes