As students are making the decision whether to live on campus, Southeast Community College wants to assure students and parents that the College is taking necessary precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible while living in SCC residence halls. The College recognizes that living on campus is necessary for many students to enroll in college classes, and student/staff safety is of the highest importance. SCC will adhere to all Directive Health Measures in place at the time for our respective Public Health Districts, and SCC reserves the right to set additional restrictions as needed to mitigate the risk of spread on campus. The College is asking students to take an active role to ensure their own safety and that of their fellow students by adhering to limitations, protocols and procedures put in place by the College.
What is SCC doing to reduce person-to-person spread in the residence halls?From check-in day to check-out day, social distancing measures will be put in place, including staggered check-in/check-out days and times, as well as limiting capacity in all common spaces from lounges to laundry facilities to kitchen spaces. You will be required to wear masks when in common spaces. Furniture and beds will be placed apart at an appropriate distance, and you will not be allowed to move them. Guests will be limited within student apartments/suites/rooms, and non-student guests will be required to register at the Residence Life Office upon arrival.
What training will be available to students?All Residence Life staff, from the professional staff to the Resident Assistants, will receive training regarding processes and procedures prior to your arrival on campus. This training will include how to proactively manage safety. Incoming students will be provided training and information in the form of hall/floor meetings and informational flyers placed in each room concerning how to self-monitor, the symptoms of COVID-19, quarantine and isolation procedures, and contact numbers for local health facilities, testing facilities and Residence Life staff.
What cleaning protocols are being put in place?High touch-points in the residence halls, including door handles and hand rails, furniture, computers, etc. in common spaces will be sanitized daily by SCC staff. Public and common bathrooms shared by a floor will be cleaned at least twice a day by SCC staff. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in common areas, and sanitizing wipes/products will be provided for your use in common areas such as the laundry facilities, game rooms and kitchen spaces for you to clean after each use.
What supplies should I bring to help reduce the risk?You are encouraged to bring a shower tote to take with you to and from shower facilities. Even if you live in an apartment or suite, you should take your toiletries with you to the shower versus leaving them in the shared spaces. Personal toiletry items should remain in individual shower totes, and things such as toothpaste and toothbrushes should not be placed on bathroom sink counters. Shower shoes are highly recommended. Each student should have their own hand towel and bath towel that is kept in their personal space and not a shared space.
You are encouraged to bring your own thermometer to self-check temperatures if not feeling well or if self-quarantine or isolation is required. Cloth masks should be washed after each daily use, so having multiple re-usable masks on hand is recommended as they are required in common spaces within the residence halls and may be required in some classroom settings.
You are responsible for cleaning your own apartment/suite/room, so please bring adequate cleaning supplies to meet minimum cleaning standards. Do not count on being able to purchase these materials locally on check-in day as the large number of students moving in at one time can very quickly consume local supplies.
What changes are being made to dining facilities?Buffet-style dining is currently prohibited by local Directive Health Measures, so Great Western Dining staff will be serving all meals. Great Western is committed to providing a variety of quality meal options to you in the all-you-care-to-eat format, but self-service of food items will not be available.
Tables and chairs will be removed to ensure capacity limitations in effect by any DHM at the time. Tables and chairs are not to be moved by students. Great Western is considering expanding hours to accommodate limited capacity at any one time in the dining facility. Tables and chairs will be sanitized by Great Western staff after each use (please give them time to do so). You are encouraged to sit with your “family unit” when possible or find a group of students that you can eat with routinely to help with contact tracing if necessary.
What if I am considered “high-risk” for contracting COVID-19?If someone is in a high-risk category and wishes to self-disclose this information to Residence Life staff for the purpose of being placed with other “high-risk” students who are likely to be more cautious with social/physical distancing, these requests will be honored, provided there are other students who self-disclose this information with a similar request. If your medical professional feels that you require a private bathroom or a private room based on your risk category, you will be encouraged to contact the campus Accommodation Resource Office to inquire about the steps to take for an accommodations request. See https://www.southeast.edu/accommodationsresourceoffice/ for more information.
All accommodations requests should be made as soon as possible and at least 30 days in advance of the start of the term to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be made. Within 30 days of the start of the term, the request may not be able to be honored based on room availability.
What if I am an international student arriving to campus?Based on current Directive Health Measures put in place by the Governor of Nebraska, anyone flying internationally will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving to the state. International students will be allowed to check-in 14 days ahead of all other students for this purpose. You will be assigned a temporary room with a private bathroom for this quarantine period. SCC staff will arrange meals and check on you during quarantine. You will be asked to check your temperature twice a day and report any symptoms to Residence Life Staff. If symptom-free at the end of the 14 days, you will be transferred to your assigned room.
What if I contract COVID-19 while I’m living on campus?If you test positive for COVID-19, SCC staff will be in contact with local health professionals, as well as the local Public Health Department, for guidance. The Dean of Students will notify your identified emergency contact. If you are 18 or younger, your parent/guardian will be contacted, in addition to the emergency contact, if they are not the same person.
You will be placed in designated isolation rooms on campus that are in a separate hall/wing/floor from other students. These rooms will provide you with your own private bathroom/shower. Students in isolation are not to leave their designated suite/apartment/room for any reason other than contacting emergency services. You will continue to monitor your temperature (twice daily) and your symptoms. Meals will be delivered. Staff will check on your health/well-being during meal delivery. If it is determined that you need to be hospitalized, 911 will be called for emergency personnel to transport you.
Contact tracing will occur, and student confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
What if I have more questions?For additional questions, please reach out to Residence Life Staff by emailing ResLife@southeast.edu or calling the campus phone number shown. You may also contact the campus Dean of Students for further information. The Beatrice Assistant Campus Director/Dean of Students is Toni Landenberger, firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-228-8286. The Milford Assistant Campus Director/Dean of Students is Stacy Riley, email@example.com or 402-761-8270.
These measures may be subject to change based on updates from the Department of Health and Directed Health Measures.
Please read this important message:
Dear Residence Hall Students:
We hope you are doing well during this difficult and anxious time. At this time, Southeast Community College has made the decision to close the residence halls by Sunday, March 29. We are asking those students who are on campus right now to make immediate arrangements to check out and return to their permanent home or an alternate location.
Those who are off campus will be asked to schedule a time to return for their belongings and check out prior to March 29. Any students who have travel difficulties with this date will need to communicate with Toni Landenberger, Dean of Students, Beatrice Campus, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-228-8286, or Stacy Riley, Dean of Students, Milford Campus, at email@example.com or 402-761-8270.
Students who move out of their residence hall for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester and complete checkout paperwork prior to Sunday, March 29, 2020, will receive a 50% prorated credit of room and board costs based on their housing facility and dining plan. The credit will be applied to any outstanding balance on the student’s account, and the remaining credit will be refunded to the student.
Students who have not already done so, please sign up for direct deposit to receive this refund at https://secure.ubt.com/sccrefund/. To ensure social/physical distancing and to reduce the number of students on campus at any one time, we will be scheduling checkout times during the week of March 23-29. We also will be requiring students to disclose any out-of-state travel since March 12 (outside of Nebraska). Safety and Security will be contacting those students to discuss whether they will be allowed to come back to campus at this time. If you are not allowed to come back to campus, arrangements will be made for a later checkout date, and refunds will still be honored as of the March 29 due date.
Please complete the form provided via the correct link below for your campus location AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to schedule your check-out time. This is due no later than March 25 at 5 P.M. CST.
Students will be limited to have ONE guest accompany them back to campus to remove their belongings. If more than one person travels with you, only one will be allowed to enter the residence hall.
In order to expedite the checkout process, students will NOT be required to do any cleaning and will NOT be charged a cleaning fee (charges will only be for any damages). You will need to remove all belongings (including all food), take your trash to the dumpster, return your key(s) to Residence Life staff, complete the checkout form with Residence Life staff, and then immediately leave campus.
If you already have all of your belongings removed from campus, DO NOT come back to campus. Contact Residence Life staff on your campus for remote checkout instructions. If you have any questions about the checkout process or need to contact Residence Life, you may email ResLife@southeast.edu, call the Beatrice Residence Life Office at 402-228-8291 or the Milford Residence Life Office at 402-761-7398.
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This and all other communication regarding SCC’s response to this COVID-19 pandemic can be found online at https://www.southeast.edu/covid-19/.
SCC Residence Life Staff