Safe Housing Environment

To create and maintain a safe housing environment for residential students, Cleary University is implementing the following steps to ensure a smooth residential experience this spring.

  • Face coverings are required in public spaces as well as six-foot physical distancing between residents wherever possible.
  • Face coverings are not required in residents’ private rooms, but six-foot physical distancing between residents is expected.
  • Required student Cleary University COVID-19 Pledge for Spring 2021 completed upon returning to housing or moving in.
  • Health and safety screening at entry doors.

All residential students will receive two reusable masks per person in their Safe Start Kit. This kit will include hand sanitizer, wipes, health and wellness information, and other items to keep us safe this spring. Cleary officials will continue to monitor public health guidance and may adjust face covering requirements as situations evolve.

Entrance Procedures

We are following guidelines from local health officials and the CDC for effective screening methods and procedures. In an effort to keep our community safe, we will maintain safe entry procedures into all residential buildings.

Entrance procedure:

  1. Residents will enter each hall through one main entrance.
    • North building – North door off the parking lot near Chrysler Hall.
    • South building – North door near the recreation area between halls. There are sidewalks leading from this door to parking areas.
  2. All other exterior doors of the lobby will serve as exits only.
  3. Each lobby (including entryways) will have signage reminding residents to wear masks, wash hands, keep a safe physical distance, and follow any additional safety measures.

Activities and Events

  • Students will take part in campus life with social distancing requirements and infection-prevention measures in place.
  • Students can access student support services in person and virtually.
  • Athletic competitions and practices will move forward in accordance with parameters set by the NAIA and the WHAC.
  • Cleary’s advising and career services teams are available in person or virtually to help with academic, personal, and professional needs.

Housing FAQs

Updates for spring 2021:

  • Specific rooms on the third floor of the South Residential Hall are reserved for students to safely quarantine, if needed.
  • Masks are required indoors but not in one’s own room.
  • There will be limited occupancy in gathering spaces.
  • Guest visitations will be suspended for the academic year to limit non-resident traffic in housing facilities. Deviations of this are a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in judicial proceedings per each violation.
  • If allowed by appropriate federal, state, and/or local guidelines, roommates will be considered as a “family unit” and will self-quarantine in place if required following an identified close contact with a known COVID-19-positive individual, to prevent the risk of further transmission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to move-in?

No. The CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff at this time. It is currently unknown if entry testing provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus, therefore, we are enhancing screening protocol and other infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection).

Many universities are ending the semester early. What will Cleary do?

On-campus instruction will conclude on April 25, 2021. Cancelling the scheduled Spring Break moves the end of the semester from May 2, 2021 to April 25, 2021. Students may stay in housing through the previously scheduled end of class date of May 2, 2021. Eight-week online undergraduate and graduate classes will maintain the prior schedule and end on May 2, 2021.

When can I move into my room?

Housing students will be able to schedule a date to return to their residence hall. Available dates are:  

  • January 3, 2021
  • January 4, 2021
  • January 5, 2021

All housing students will have move-in appointment time to minimize close contact between students. Please check your student email to sign up for a date and time.

How will housing assignments be determined?

Returning housing students will be assigned the same rooms they had in the fall. New students will receive their housing assignments in December. If residential students have any questions they should email housing@cleary.edu.

Will meal plans change?

No. Dining services and menu options are being revised to provide flexibility for all residential students while implementing protocols and practices to help lessen the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. More information about meal plans can be found here.

Can I have people visit me in my residential space?

No. Non-Cleary and non-residential guests are not permitted. You may have an external visitor pick you up in a car at the curb of your residence hall, but they are not permitted inside the building. This is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in judicial proceedings per each violation.

Residential students may have students from other residence halls and/or commuter students visit in their room. You must adhere to the University’s health and safety policies and procedures, including social distancing and mask requirements when hosting visitors or visiting students in other buildings.

Can I have food or groceries delivered to my residence space?

Yes. Grocery and food deliveries are allowed on campus. Students will be allowed to arrange curbside delivery and need to meet delivery drivers in front of the building.

In an effort to provide clarity around our plan for responding to COVID-19 and how we will return to campus, we have developed a flexible approach to re-open campus that can be adjusted as conditions evolve. Click on the boxes below for more information.

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