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COVID-19

COVID-19 Amendment to Housing Agreement

Montclair State University aims to deliver its mission as a public research institution while protecting the health and safety of our students and minimizing the potential spread of disease within our community. As a resident of Montclair State’s residence halls, the novel coronavirus or anything that evolves from it (COVID-19) will impact the student housing experience in response to public health-informed decisions. The below policies and guidelines are incorporated by reference into the Montclair State Residence License and Dining Services Agreement (“Housing Agreement”) and Residence Life Standard Policies and Procedures, and are applicable to all residential students, and commuter students or employees who purchase a meal plan. As always, we will endeavor to update you with timely information about specific health and safety guidance.

  1. Health and Safety. We expect that all members of Montclair State—residents, staff, visitors and guests—act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residential students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within University housing and Montclair State may request or require a resident to leave housing if their continued presence in housing poses a health or safety risk to others. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by Montclair State University as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19.
  2. Quarantine / Isolation / Separation. Any student travelling by air, bus, train, cruise ship, outside the United States, or from any State within the United States designated by the CDC or New Jersey as a hotspot must self-isolate off campus or within their assigned residential unit for 14 days upon arrival in New Jersey. At any time, the University may request or require a resident to leave housing when that resident’s continued presence poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students are required to comply with requests from Montclair State to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency and failure to do so is a violation of the Housing Agreement and Residence Life Handbook, and may subject a student to emergency removal from their assigned space and discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. Not all residential rooms or halls are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation, for example, and in those situations where a student is recommended to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed and if available. Removal from housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of the Housing Agreement by Montclair State.
  3. Density Reduction. Residential students are required to comply with any efforts needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency to reduce residential density, including, but not limited to, the relocation of all or some persons to alternative housing. Relocation does not constitute a termination of the Housing Agreement by the University. In the event Montclair State must relocate students as part of a density reduction strategy due to public health concerns for an extended period of time and alternative housing is not available, it shall not constitute termination of the Housing Agreement by the University.
  4. Dining Services. Dining service, including where and how it will be offered, is subject to the discretion of the University and may be modified to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance adopted by Montclair State University, Dining Services may eliminate or reduce the occupancy of dining halls, prohibit or limit the amount of time students spend in dining halls, or make other operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns. Any modifications of dining services by the University shall not entitle a meal plan purchaser to a refund, credit or other adjustment from the University.
  5. Cleaning. Montclair State will continue to implement and modify cleaning protocols by University Facilities in the interest of minimizing the spread of disease. Students must comply with appropriate cleaning protocols communicated by Montclair State within their assigned residential spaces to prevent COVID-19 within residence halls. Students living in University apartments and suites will be required to clean their unit’s common areas, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens themselves. The University will not clean the interior of any unit, and students will be responsible for purchasing cleaning supplies and maintaining clean units.
  6. Testing. Students residing in residence halls may be required to submit to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and cooperate with contact tracing.  The results of any testing shall be kept confidential but may be shared with public health authorities in accordance with applicable laws.
  7. Guests/Visitors/Common Areas. Visitors and guests are prohibited in Residence Halls except as otherwise permitted and determined appropriate by the University in accordance with its safety protocols, and in the interest of the public health.  Common areas in Residence Halls may also be restricted or prohibited for use at any time by the University when appropriate for the protection of the public health.
  8. Room Changes. Roommate assignments will remain unchanged during the entire academic year for consistency and the safety of all residents. Exceptions may be granted under exceptional circumstances.
  9. Termination. Upon reasonable notice to a student, Montclair State reserves the right to terminate the Housing Agreement due to public health emergency needs, including COVID-19. In the event a Housing Agreement is terminated by Montclair State due to public health concerns, the student will be provided a prorated refund or credit based on then current policies.

AMENDMENT TO RESIDENCE LICENSE AND DINING SERVICES AGREEMENT 2020-2021

  1. New COVID-19 Terms

The novel coronavirus or anything that evolves from it (COVID-19) is a contagious life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic for which there is no current vaccine. COVID-19’s contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection.  I understand it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 virus even if I follow all of the safety precautions required by the University and recommended by the Center for Disease Control, and federal, State and local public health professionals. I understand that although Montclair State is following recommended guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections.

Taking steps to minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19 is a responsibility I share with every member of the Montclair State community, and I agree to do my part.  I acknowledge that the University has put in place new safety protocols in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which rules and precautions may be updated at any time. These protocols include but are not limited to:  1) increased cleaning; 2) restrictions on guests; 3) modifying programming to adhere to public health guidelines; 4) requiring  the use of face coverings, physical distancing, frequent hand washing or sanitizing, and personal hygiene practices.  I agree to comply with any other health and safety rules and directives issued by the University regarding COVID-19 which apply to all other aspects of residential life, including but not limited to, cleaning bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, study rooms, and other shared common spaces. I acknowledge that these health and safety protocols may or may not be effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, but I agree to comply with them.  I understand that failing to comply with these and any other rules and directives issued by the University regarding COVID-19 is a violation of the Residence Life Standard Policies and Procedures and Student Code of Conduct that failing to comply could subject me to discipline and sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University.

To prevent infection to others, I specifically agree to self-screen myself daily for symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control, which currently include, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  I also agree to report to the University Health Center my exposure to COVID-19 which currently include:  1) myself or a close family member is waiting for the results of a  COVID-19 test; 2) myself or a close family member tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days; 3) myself or a close family member manifested symptoms of COVID-19; 4) myself or a close family member was recently exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. was standing less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without protective personal equipment from a person 2 days before the onset of, or while symptomatic with, COVID-19); 5) myself or a close family member travelling outside of the United States or the State of New Jersey within the past 14 days.

I also agree to use any technology offered by the University to assist me with this self-screening, submit to COVID-19 testing if requested by the University in the interest of public health, and to cooperate with contact tracing to protect the public health of others.

If I have been exposed to or am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or I otherwise determine based on my own judgment or that of a medical professional to self-quarantine, I will notify the University Health Center and agree to either be removed off-campus for medical treatment or remain isolated in my assigned room.  I agree that I will remain off campus or under quarantine in my room assignment until the University Health Center or my treating physician has provided medical documentation that I do not present a public health threat to the University which may include but  not be limited to:  1) remaining fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 72 hours, 2) showing improvement in respiratory symptoms for 72 hours (e.g., no coughing or shortness of breath), 3) displaying no symptoms for 10 days from the first onset of symptoms, and 4) being tested for COVID-19 and the results are negative or a medical professional has certified that I have recovered from COVID-19.

I agree to self-isolate within my assigned housing for 14 consecutive days from the date I have reached New Jersey if I have you travelled by train, bus, plane, car or other method of transportation either outside of the United States, or within the United States to any State that has a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average (which, as of July 7, 2020, include the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah).  I further agree to the University reassigning me to alternative housing, or removing me from housing, in the event I am required to self-isolate due to my exposure to or the presence of symptoms of COVID-19. I also agree that my COVID-19 test results may be shared with public authorities for contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the entire community.

I agree that housing and meal plan charges will not be reduced, refunded or credited to me on a full or pro-rated basis if I am reassigned housing in connection with my or another’s obligation to self-quarantine due to COVID-19, if I voluntarily leave housing due to COVID-19.   If I am required to vacate housing in response to a governmental order imposed upon the University, the University will provide me a pro-rated refund or credit based on then current University policy.  I also agree that statements made by Montclair State to the contrary in marketing materials or on its website do not create an enforceable promise or contract against Montclair State.

I agree to comply with any additional safety protocols implemented by the University in response to COVID-19 that are not set forth in this Amendment to Residence Life and Dining Services Agreement.  I also agree that the safety protocols set forth in this Amendment may be modified by the University on notice to me and without my consent in response to circumstances that arise due to COVID-19 and in the interest of my public health, and the health of others, and I agree to comply with any such changes.

  1. Mitigation and Acceptance of Risk

The University appreciates the important role all residents share in contributing to the safety and well-being of the Montclair State community.  Despite all the measures you and the University may take to reduce the risk of COVID-19, the risk of contracting COVID-19 cannot be eliminated, and may be increased when living in close contact with other persons and accepting assignment of a housing unit that requires shared use of bathrooms, furniture, food utensils, common areas, equipment, and household items.   By agreeing to this First Amendment, the undersigned acknowledges and agrees to voluntarily assume the risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19, that such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, distress, permanent disability and death, and that Montclair State University is immune from liability to the extent permitted by the NJ Tort Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:1-1, et. seq.

  1. Other

All other portions of the Residence Life and Dining Services Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and must be adhered to.  In the event of a conflict between this Amendment and the Agreement, the terms of this Amendment shall control.

The following digital signature certifies that I have read and understand the above and intend to be legally bound by its terms, that I am at least 18 years of age and, if I am under 18 years of age, that my parent or guardian has provided their digital signature.

Last Modified: Monday, March 15, 2021 9:36 am