Live Where You Learn

New College of Florida and our Board of Trustees value our residential requirement and firmly believes that it is an essential part of our academic experience. It is so highly valued that we require our students to reside on campus. By living on campus, you can be fully engaged in student life while enjoying a strong sense of camaraderie and community. The integration of our academic component and our residential experience strengthen the overall educational and social development of our community members. As you get ready to move onto campus, we just want to take a moment to stress how important and valued this experience is for our student body. There is a great deal of research that reveals that students who live on campus are academically more successful and socially more integrated and have a higher retention rate than nonresidential students.

VACATION BREAK INFORMATION

Thanksgiving Break: Students who elect to leave campus for Thanksgiving break should plan on returning to campus starting on January 3, 2021.

Students may leave their belongings in the halls over the break period at their own risk.

End of the Fall Term Closure Date:
Please note that the residence halls will be closed on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5 PM.

Residents participating in ISP may move back into the halls starting at noon on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Spring Term begins on Monday Feb. 1, 2021.  Students may move into their spring assignments starting at 9 AM.

For safety and security reasons, residents will not be allowed to enter closed halls over the break to retrieve or deposit personal articles. Unless you are permanently moving out of housing (not returning in spring), you do not have to take all of your belongings with you, only what you need for the break. For those buildings with card access, your card will no longer allow you entry once we close.

If you require assistance finding alternative housing options while the dorms are closed please contact Dr. Mark Stier.  He may be reached at: mstier@ncf.edu

Before Winter Closure, You Need To Do the Following:

• Turn off all lamps, etc., and unplug everything. Make sure your mini-refrigerator has been defrosted and cleaned out at least one day prior to leaving campus.
• Set all thermostats to 74 degrees. If you are in PEI please set your AC units to medium. • Conserve energy! Turn off and unplug room lights, computers, alarm clocks, timers, televisions, power strips cords, etc.
• Make sure your room is clean and that all perishable food, and trash, is properly thrown away.
• Return all utensils and plates, etc., to their rightful place. Do not leave anything in the sink.
• Close windows, curtains, and lock your door. If you have a balcony, make sure it is locked before leaving.
• Take any medicine, important documents, valuables, with you, and secure your bicycle.
• Pick up your mail.

• You may be assigned a new roommate/suitemate over the break, prepare by placing all of your items on your side of the room. If you have an empty suite bedroom please make sure it is empty.

Every room/suite will be inspected after closing to ensure compliance with checkout procedures.

A security plug will be installed in each main door to prevent entry by unauthorized personnel.   

COVID-19 FAQ

NCF has decreased density as much as possible in our PEI community by offering voluntary contract releases. Several announcements were sent to on campus residents sharing with them an updated Housing Addendum with temporary changes in our housing policies and procedures. We will communicate and enforce reduced social capacity limits in all lounges, laundry rooms, and kitchen areas. New College of Florida residential hall programming and activities will be virtual. There will be an increase in virtual programming and activities throughout our community.

Students may move in to the residence hall for the ISP term starting on: January 3rd.

Students may move in for SPRING 2021 term starting on Feb. 1st at noon. 

Moving into the dorms is tentatively based on successful submission of an updated negative COVID-19 test.

The move-in process is being carefully reworked to allow for maximum social distance and adherence to other safety guidelines.

Students will have an assigned move-in time and appointments for move-in will be spaced out to allow Housing to limit the risk of crowding in hallways and elevators.

There will also be a drive-through check-in process that will minimize contact and touch points.

Sanitizing stations and enhanced surface area cleaning will also be incorporated into this year’s move-in process.

Students will be permitted to have two (2) helpers assist them.  All helpers will be required to follow social distancing policies and must use face coverings while in the residence hall and when physical distancing is not possible.

All new residential students will receive a wellness package upon move-in that includes a thermometer, a cloth mask, disposable masks,  health information, hand sanitizer, and tips for accessing other campus services.

Due to COVID-19 we encourage you to pack sparingly.  If we are forced to close the campus for some reason you will need to vacate your room completely.  Items left behind will not be placed in storage.

A list of items to bring with you may be found here: https://www.ncf.edu/campus-life/residential-life/packing-list/

Due to Covid-19, only current residential students may be in the residence halls for the fall term. Guests, following appropriate face covering guidelines and social distancing procedures, may socialize in public common areas.  Each public common area will have a designated limit for the number of people who may interact in said location.

Housing & Residential Life defines guests or visitors as individuals who are not assigned a room within the residential community.

There will be no overnight guests, or visitors allowed in suites or bedrooms. Only the registered occupants of the suite/bedrooms are permitted to be in these spaces.

Guests are restricted to open public common spaces, outside of the dorm suites/rooms, and must follow the face cover policy.  Each public common area will have a designated limit for the number of people who may interact in said location.

Students will only have access to their particular building.  Card access for the letter dorms will be deactivated.  Only those students residing in these buildings will have access to their communities.

We cannot guarantee a single bedroom to all students who request it.  Students should pack and bring to campus only those items that they actually need for the term.  In the event we are forced to close, students must completely vacate their assigned dorm space.  Room changes will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

 

Not all amenities/space will be available, and we have adjusted availability of some of the standard services within the halls.  While additional aspects may be adjusted as we plan for the Fall, you can expect the following:

Water fountains with bottle filling stations will remain in service, but the use of all waterspouts on fountains will be restricted.

Ham Center, dorm kitchens and common lounge hours may be adjusted for additional sanitizing and cleaning. Ham Center will not be open 24-hours as it was in the past. Sunday through Thursday 5 AM to Friday & Saturday 5 AM to 2 AM.

Facilities and Maintenance will regularly clean and sanitize public areas such as B Dorm bathrooms, dorm kitchens, lobbies, and elevator areas. We will encourage and require that groups and events follow CDC guidelines.

Assuming the institution’s academic schedule does not change, residents will be able to remain in housing through the entire Fall Term.

We ask if students go home, or off campus, for Thanksgiving that they not return to campus until the beginning of the ISP period on January 3rd. This is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and to safeguard the health and well being of our campus community.

Dining Services will be subject to modification in response to COVID-19.  New College of Florida and Metz Culinary have already established and adopted new health and safety guidelines.  These include: reduced seating capacity in the Ham Center, revised serving hours, limiting the amount of time students may remain within the Ham Center, and other operational adjustments which will address the health and safety concerns of our community.

There are still many details being determined about our quarantine processes, both for students returning to campus and residents who develop symptoms of Covid-19. Please check back here for updates. 

Who is required to quarantine before coming to campus?

At this time, Florida residents do not have quarantine restrictions for travel within Florida.  However, you will need to provide us with a negative test which is dated after July 25, 2020.

At this time, out of state students do not need to quarantine.  However, you will need to provide us with a negative test which is dated after July 25, 2020.

At this time only international students from countries that the State Department has stated “no travel” must quarantine for 14 days when coming to Florida. See Travel Advisories for updated information.  You will also need a negative test, which you could obtain when you get here. If you get the test here, you will need to be quarantined until a result is obtained.  Please email wellness@ncf.edu to discuss your options.

Residential students must submit a COVID-19 test to the Counseling and Wellness Center prior to their arrival on campus.

Are there designated areas to isolate or quarantine students who live on campus?

Yes. Upon notification of a positive case within a residence hall, the COVID-19-positive resident(s) will be moved to dedicated locations for isolation and quarantine. These are located in our Gold, Dort, and PEI communities.  If ill, students will be monitored by Student Health Services via telehealth.

New College of Florida will ensure that students who are quarantined on campus receive individually boxed meals delivered to their quarantine location.

Residents who are temporarily quarantined will have essential belongings relocated to the new space; however, the majority of belongings will remain in the original room until the resident returns. Once quarantined, students will remain isolated until the conclusion of their quarantine period and an official release is given by the Counseling and Wellness Center.

Students with Emotional Support Animals (ESA) or Service Animals may be required to submit an evacuation plan for their animal in the event the student needs to be quarantined.  Students who are unable to evacuate their ESA may be asked to leave campus during the designated quarantined period.

Halls Close: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12th – Hall Reopen: SUNDAY, JANUARY 3rd

Thanksgiving Break: Students who elect to leave campus for Thanksgiving should notify Residential Life at residencelife@ncf.edu. Students who decide to leave campus for this break period may return starting on January 3, 2021.

Winter 2020-21 Closure Dates
Please note that the residence halls will be closed on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5 PM.

Residents should plan to leave campus for winter break. Residents may move back into the halls starting at noon on Sunday, January 3, 2021 for ISP.

Spring Term begins on Monday Feb. 1, 2021.  Students may move into their spring assignments starting at 9 AM.

For safety and security reasons, residents will not be allowed to enter closed halls over the break to retrieve or deposit personal articles. Unless you are permanently moving out of housing (not returning in spring), you do not have to take all of your belongings with you, only what you need for the break. For those buildings with card access, your card will no longer allow you entry once we close.

Students who have questions regarding alternative Winter Break Housing please contact Dr. Mark M. Stier at mstier@ncf.edu to discuss your questions.