We are planning for students to return to our on campus residences. Our residences are nestled on 100-acres in the heart of beautiful prairie land with a tree-lined river that runs along the property. It is the perfect spot for outdoor activity and quiet times of study.
Students will have single rooms for the 2020-2021 school year. There is no extra charge for a single room for 2020-2021. Residences will run at 50% capacity.
Most residents will have to share their bathroom with one other person. Residents in Muriel Taylor Hall will be required to share multi-stalled bathrooms with all other students on their floor.
Touchless move-ins will be staggered throughout several days.
There will be no open lounge/residence hours or overnight guests allowed. The communal area (The Hub) in Muriel Taylor Hall will remain open for students.
We’re committed to increased cleaning and sanitization efforts in shared bathrooms and common spaces.
Students who require self-isolation can stay on campus in designated residences, permitting there is available space to do so.
Providence will provide students with a supply of face masks.
We’re working with our meal provider, Sodexo, to provide a clean and safe eat-in environment. There will be a limit on the number of people in the dining room at one time, and buffet/salad bar options will no longer be available.
Watch for more details as they become available over the summer.
Do I have to pay the single room fee if it is mandatory to be in a single room?
No, there will be no additional $250/per semester for a single room.
Can I choose to have a roommate if I want one?
No, in order to reduce the number of students who may need to be self-isolating at any given time, and to reduce our overall capacity in residence buildings, students will not be able to request a roommate.
Since residences will operate at 50% capacity, what will happen if there are not enough rooms for everybody?
First year students outside of commuting range will take priority for a room placement. All students must apply and put a deposit of $150 on a room in residence before July 31, 2020. Those who apply after that date will not be guaranteed a room. All students will know if they have been given a room in residence by August 4, 2020.
To reserve your spot to live in residence, fill out a form HERE or, if you are a new student, contact your Enrollment Officer. If you have any questions, email the Residence Life Director.
What about bathroom sharing in residences?
Most residents will have to share a bathroom with one other person. Residents in Muriel Taylor Hall will be required to share multi-stall bathrooms with others on their floor. These bathrooms will be cleaned regularly. Sanitization supplies will be available in bathrooms for residents’ use.
Will there be open lounge or open residence hours?
There will be no open residence hours or open lounge hours. The communal area (The Hub) in Muriel Taylor Hall will remain open for students.
What will seating look like in communal areas in residence? Can students still hang out in The Hub?
Furniture in all residence and common spaces will be rearranged for 6 feet physical distancing. Yes, students may still hang out in The Hub.
Can I have guests over?
Overnight guests will not be permitted, and The Hub will be open for members of the Providence community only.
Student leaders will move-in August 27th. Athletes on our men's & women's soccer teams (both new and returning) will move-in August 27th. New aviation students will move-in August 30th. All other new residents (incl. athletes on our basketball & volleyball teams) will move-in September 4th. Returning residents (incl. athletes on our basketball & volleyball teams) will move-in September 6th.
Will move-in/move-out processes change?
All room checks will be completed prior to students arriving on campus and signed electronically (remotely). All keys/cards will be left in rooms for students.
What will meal time in the cafeteria look like? Will students be able to sit together around a table?
Sodexo, our meal provider, will provide a clean and safe eat-in environment. There will be a limit on the number of people in the dining room at one time, and buffet/salad bar options will no longer be available. Students will be required to practice physical distancing, with a maximum of four people per table. Bagged lunch will be available for resident students who are self-isolating.
Will these changes be in place for the whole year, or will they change in the winter semester?
Single rooms, at no additional fee, will continue throughout the winter semester. We plan to keep residents in their same building and floors. As Manitoba Public Health lifts restrictions, we may implement changes accordingly.
Will students have to self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive and move into residence?
We will follow public health guidelines regarding the 14-day self-isolation period. Residence students who are required to self-isolate by Public Health upon arrival in Manitoba will be able to do so on-campus. Our Student Development staff will be in contact with students to arrange arrival dates. Students will be required to pay for their food during this time. If you are a resident student who requires self-isolation upon arrival to campus, please contact the Residence Life Director a minimum of two weeks before arrival.
Where will resident students self-isolate?
Resident students will be moved to furnished accommodation with an unshared bathroom. Bedding can be provided upon request. Take-out meals from the cafeteria will be delivered up to three times a day. If Providence exceeds the capacity to self-isolate on campus, students will be asked to self-isolate at home, if possible, or in a hotel room provided by Providence.
What happens if there’s a resurgence of COVID-19 cases? Will residence students be sent home again?
If there is a resurgence of COVID-19 in Manitoba, we’re prepared to house students in designated residences with a private bathroom in each unit. We will not send residents away unless it’s required by Public Health. However, residence students may leave to self-isolate at home if needed. Arrangements for a pro-rated refund can be discussed with the Residence Life Director at that time.
What happens if a residence student tests positive for COVID-19?
There are single units set aside for residents who have confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Guidelines from Public Health will be followed regarding contact-tracing and self-isolation of students exposed to the Virus.
What do I do if I feel sick? How do residence students report symptoms of COVID-19 to Providence?
If anyone in our Providence community is experiencing flu-like symptoms, he/she must isolate at home until he/she recovers and tests negative for COVID-19.
If you are a residence student, you must notify the Residence Life Director so proper accommodations can be made for you. Instructions will be given the first week of school to ensure all students know what to do if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Remember, if you miss classes, you can always watch recorded lectures and access coursework online so you don’t fall behind in your studies.
Residence Life staff equipped with proper PPE will provide a COVID-19 kit and information package to prepare the student to move out of their room. Once the student has been moved out of residence.
How do I know if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Manitoba Shared Health has a screening tool, located here. Please fill out the survey and notify the Residence Life Director if you believe you have COVID-19.