Information on Departing the Residence Halls - March 20 | Benedictine College

Information on Departing the Residence Halls

Sent to Benedictine College students, student parents, faculty and staff on March 20, 2020.

Dear Ravens,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this quickly-evolving situation to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. We recognize this is a stressful situation for you and your family. Student Life is trying to do all we can to support you while also keeping the community safe and healthy.

Because Benedictine College is committed to providing distance-education through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, our residence halls will be closed, except for student hardship cases who need individual accommodations. Please see the information below on move-out procedures. We encourage you to discuss this information with your parents, guardians and loved ones.

  • All residence halls will close for the semester on Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. and will not reopen for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Students currently living on campus: should completely check out of their rooms before 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
    • Students will need to complete the Express Checkout Form, complete the cleaning tasks listed on the form, and return their room key. The Express Checkout Form will be posted on the doors of all rooms in the residence halls.
    • Students must return their room key to the RA office at the time of their checkout. If a student has already removed all of their belongings but forgot to return their key, they should mail their key to:

      Attn: Student Life Office
      Benedictine College
      1020 N. 2nd St.
      Atchison, KS 66002

  • Students who are not on campus: will have until May 16, 2020, to officially check out of their rooms. Students should complete the Request to Checkout Form to indicate their checkout date. Students are required to provide 24-hour notice prior to their arrival and need to wait to return until they hear from the Student Life Office.
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment Notice: Students who live in certain states or who meet other travel criteria of the mandated 14-day self-quarantine issued by KDHE, will not be permitted to come to campus for any reason. This criteria can be found at the following link: KDHE Self-Quarantine Criteria. Please monitor this link for updates. You are welcome to complete the Request to Checkout Form, once you do not meet the self-quarantine criteria.
    • Students who are unable to return to campus due to the KDHE self-quarantine are encouraged to contact their RD, who will work with them to mail essential items.
  • International students or students with extraordinary hardship may request to remain in the residence halls after Sunday, March 22, 2020. Students who are currently in campus housing who fall into one of these categories should fill out the Hardship Request Form no later than Sunday, March 22 @ 8:00 pm. You will be allowed to stay on campus until you receive a final decision from the Student Life Office on whether or not your request has been approved. These requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The travel of students who are approved to remain may be restricted within the Atchison city limits and they may be relocated to another room on campus.
  • International students can contact Avery Miller (amiller@benedictine.edu) to set up a phone appointment to discuss the possibility of returning home prior to filling out this form.
  • Families can assist students with moving out of the residence halls even during times that would normally be prohibited by visitation hours.
  • Please refer to the following link for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the checkout process: Checkout FAQ. Please direct any additional questions to the Student Life Office by emailing: studentlife@benedictine.edu. Due to the volume of requests we will do our best to respond to your email within 48 hours.
  • As a gentle reminder, when completing your checkout from the residence halls, students must follow CDC guidance to practice social distancing in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to monitor updates on the Benedictine College’s coronavirus response information page.

In the days and weeks ahead, please reach out to friends, family, and the many on-campus offices that exist to serve you. We want to connect with you, we are here to talk if you need it, and we are open to ideas for how we can best support you from a distance.

Again, we are truly sorry for the ways this pandemic is impacting you. Thank you for continuing to build community with one another, good luck with your online classes, rest assured of our eagerness to support you, and – most of all – know of our prayers for you here on campus.

Once a Raven, Always a Raven!

Linda Henry, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Life

Joseph Wurtz, Ed.D.
Dean of Students

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