COVID-19 Residence Hall Plan


For answers to other questions, please contact Housing and Residence Life at 304-367-4216 or

Communication and Updates

(We will continue to add updates as we have them.)

February 26, 2021
January 7, 2021


Is Housing Open and accepting applications for Fall 2021?

Yes, currently it is expected that campus, including the residence halls, will be open in Fall 2021.  In an effort to maintain health and safety, the following procedures will remain in place: 

  • Requiring that masks be worn at all times when you are not in your assigned residence hall room, even if you are just running to the bathroom. 
  • Temporarily closing locations in the residence halls where students can gather including community kitchens. 
  • Eliminating visitation from people who don’t live in your assigned residence hall. We are also strongly discouraging students from visiting others within their assigned residence halls. 
Are the residence halls at full capacity for Fall 2021?

Not yet but rooms are being reserved. If you are interested in living on campus, you are encouraged to apply via the Housing Application link on myFairmontstate as soon as possible so that you can be placed in your preferred room type.

Will there be assistance when I am moving in my belongings?

Move-In will be an independent process. There will not be carts or buggies available so feel free to bring your own for use.

Can I have more than 1 guest to assist me?

No; You are permitted to bring one person with you to help move in your belongings. If additional people come to campus, they will be required to remain in their cars and will not be permitted to enter the residence halls for any reason, including use of on-campus restrooms.

Any advice on what to bring or not to bring?

If you visit our Guide to Success, you’ll be able to find a list of suggested items to bring and items prohibited in the residence halls. The list can be found in the Residence Hall Guide in the student resources section. We highly encourage students to limit what they bring with them for the fall semester due to the no move-in volunteers and the two-hour move-in timeslots. Please take the time to consider if you need extra furniture. Additionally, items such as winter clothes and such can always be brought later in the semester once you determine when they are needed.

COVID-19 Testing

Am I required to be tested for COVID-19 while I live in Housing?

Housing students are required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to check their e-mail on a regular basis, to determine if they have been selected.

How long does it take to be tested for COVID-19?

The actual COVID-19 test takes less than 3-5 minutes to complete.

How long will it take to get my COVID-19 results?

3-5 business days

Do I need to pay for the COVID-19 test at move-in?

No; we have worked diligently with the state and local officials to ensure that the testing our students receive is free. 

Do you have Quarantine Spaces on campus?

Yes. Fairmont State has set aside Pence Hall for use as quarantine spaces on campus forstudents who are symptomatic or considered as a primary exposure. Housing also has limited spaces on campus for students who test positive and are unable to vacate campus during their quarantine time. 

What happens if I start showing symptoms for COVID-19 while I live on campus?

Students who reside on campus should complete the Illness Reporting Form or contact Student Health to schedule a screening appointment at 304-367-4155.  Students are (also) encouraged to report to their primary care physician or family healthcare provider that they may be experiencing symptoms. Student Health Services will conduct an initial health screen remotely and assist in determining the next steps for the student. Students who are active or showing symptoms should report immediately.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Fairmont, WV?

Marion County Health Department, Mon Valley Associates Health Centers, and Med Express in Bridgeport, WV are doing testing.

What happens if I test positive while I live on campus?

If you have received a positive test result from any source while you live on campus, you are required to report that result immediately to and complete the Illness Reporting Form. Students who live on campus and test positive will be required to quarantine either on campus or at an off-campus (permanent) location.

What happens if my roommate test positive?

Make sure your roommate has reported their test result to and completed the Illness Reporting Form.

Once the roommate has reported his/her test results then a Contact Tracer will be in touch with you and ask you a series of questions.  You will be encouraged to self-isolate for a period of time on or off-campus, minimizing exposure to others.

When can I return to campus and what do I need to do after I’ve tested positive for COVID-19?

After having a positive COVID-19 test, Students will be asked to quarantine based on guidelines set by state and local health officials, and University policy. You will need to provide a signed letter from the Health Department, Primary Care Physician, or Medical Provider clearing you to return to school or work.  Medical documentation should be sent to prior to your re-arrival on campus.  Students are not permitted to return to campus, unless documentation is provided.

What are my options if I test positive for COVID-19 and I’m not comfortable going home?

Students should contact Residence Life at 304-367-4216 or if they need housing accommodations on or off campus. The Office of Residence Life will work with students on accommodations.

Is there a guidebook that addresses COVID-19 in the residence halls?

Yes; please see the attached guide.  Within this guide, we explain the process and expectations for our housing students and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building Operations

Have you reduced occupancy in the residence halls?

The Residence Halls will operate on a traditional configuration in all halls. We know how important it is for you to have a roommate and how many of you are looking forward to that “true college experience.” If you have a specific need, we encourage you to reach out to the Residence Life Office at 304-367-4216 so we can assist you.

Are masks required in the residence halls? 

Yes; All students will be required to wear masks outside of their assigned residence hall rooms.

Is Visitation permitted in the residence halls? 

Visitation will not be permitted by any person not living in your assigned residence hall. We strongly discourage students from visiting other students within their assigned residence hall. This is for health and safety reasons.

Will there be RAs?

Yes; RAs will continue to be assigned to each floor within the residence halls and will continue to support you.

Will there be programming in the residence halls?

Programming will still take place in all halls, and your RAs are excited to see you virtually and otherwise!

What do I do if my roommate is acting in a way that I think might be putting me at risk or is unsafe?

We all have a responsibility to make smart decisions to keep our campus community safe. If you feel your roommate is acting in ways that might be unsafe or putting you at risk, please start by talking with your roommate. Express your concerns and discuss why campus safety measures put in place are important. If, after this conversation, you are still experiencing concerns, please speak with your Resident Assistant or Residence Director. After completing all of these steps, if you are still unable to resolve the situation, please contact the Main Housing Office at 304-367-4216 and a member of our management team will assist you. Students may also e-mail our Student Conduct Office at or call the Student Conduct Office at 304-367-4277.

Will common areas such as kitchens, study lounges, and computer labs be open in my residence hall?

The availability of these areas will vary from building to building. There will be some community space open in each building. Each of these spaces will have posted occupancy limits set by our Emergency Management Team. Students are expected to wear masks when in these areas and comply with the posted occupancy limits.

Community microwaves will remain available in some areas.

Can I still use the laundry room?

Laundry rooms will continue to operate as they have in the past. Each laundry room will have a maximum occupancy limit posted outside of it. Students are expected to wear masks and follow the occupancy limits, which were set forth by the Emergency Management Team, when in laundry rooms. Additionally, students are asked to wipe down the doors and controls on the machines before and after use.

Can I leave campus on the weekends?

As the semester continues, the University is reminding all students that they are strongly discouraged from any non-essential travel. For consistency across campus, any student, faculty, or staff member who travels outside of West Virginia or to a high-risk location anywhere in the US, including West Virginia, may be required to quarantine or produce a negative COVID-19 test upon your return, unless exempted by state policies.

Should you choose to travel to one of these locations, you are required to complete the mandatory Travel Reporting Form. This form will then be reviewed by the COVID Student Liaison and you will be instructed on what is expected of you upon your return. 

Do the air filters have a high MERV rating (can filter bacteria/virus)?

We use standard MERV 8 filters

Will there be additional cleaning in the residence halls?

All halls will have additional cleaning of high touch areas on a daily basis. There will be more cleaning in the restrooms of the traditional style residence halls (Morrow, Pence, and Prichard Halls). If you are assigned to Bryant Place or University Terrace, we continue to encourage you to bring cleaning supplies and work out a cleaning schedule with your roommates.

Where can I find more information about policies, the WiFi, etc?

The Residence Life Guide to Success!

Other Questions

Is there Financial Assistance Available for Housing?

We encourage you to reach out to the Financial Aid Office about your specific financial situation.

Is there still a requirement for students to live on campus for their first four-consecutive semesters?

Yes, the residency requirement has not changed.

Can I eat with my friends in the Dining Hall?

Yes; 25 students will be permitted in the serving area at a time and you must wear a mask until you are seated to eat. Per the Health Department, 4 students may sit at one table. Tables are positioned 6 ft apart.

When is the Falcon Center Open?

Click here for a PNG version of the Falcon Center schedule. 

Click here to view the schedule online. 

When is the Bookstore Open?

Click here for a PDF version of the Bookstore schedule.

Is Counseling Services available and how do I reach them?

Yes. Due to the current pandemic, counseling services are providing their services using telehealth.  In-person appointments will be scheduled as needed. Please contact 304-333-3661 OR  to make an appointment. The hours are Monday and Tuesday 8 am-6 pm, Wednesday-Friday 8 am-4 pm.

How can I make an appointment at Student Health?

For health and safety purposes, students will be seen by appointment only. Please contact Student Health at 304-367-4155 OR to make your appointment.

What are the hours of Student Health for this semester?

Student Health hours can also be found on their webpage.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. A clinic administrator will be available to schedule appointments starting at 8 a.m. daily.

Can I take all online classes?

Fairmont State is a face to face University that will have a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction for Spring 2021. We encourage students to work with their respective Faculty or Advisor on any specific needs or requests they may have.


As with prior Fairmont State publications, these materials are meant to be consistent with guidance published by the federal, state, and local governments and the associated health agencies. This document is reflective of the relevant scientific and medical information available at the time of publication. These materials are not and should not be used as a substitute for medical or legal advice. Rather, they are intended as a resource for use in coordination with applicable government and related institutional policies and guidelines, and they remain subject to further revision as available data and information in this space continue to emerge and evolve.

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