At this point, students should no longer be returning to campus. No further approvals to come to campus will be issued. If you have books or prescriptions, we can ship those to you. Minimizing the risk of transmission is the most important goal for our campus and the country right now and we appreciate your cooperation!
Room Selection for Fall 2020-Spring 2021
Returning student housing applications are available! Log into your housing portal.
Dates: (Updated Schedule)
April 6, 2020 8:30am : Returning student housing applications need to be completed if the student wishes to participate selecting their own room. Applications are accepted after April 6 8:30am but will be assigned by staff AFTER everyone else has picked a room in room selection.
March 31-April 3: Room assignment process for Greek Houses, West (STEM), and medical accommodations that can’t be met during regular room draw.
April 9: Room selection lottery numbers and start times are generated. Don’t forget- groups are averaged! Start times are available in the housing portal.
April 13-16: Current Juniors, and Seniors pick rooms online. Seniors go first, then Juniors.
April 20- 23: Current Sophomores pick rooms online.
April 27 - 30: Current First Years pick rooms online. This allows first years to view what’s available and re-group/plan over the weekend.
You will see posters up in all the residence halls:
Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Residence Hall Rates
All rates have been updated and include the laundry fee.
Traditional Room – Reid, Minta Martin, East, Middle and West
Traditional Double: $6,365/year
Traditional Single: $7,426/year
Renovated Traditional or Semi-Suite Room- Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne, Cullen, Cecil, Dorchester, Talbot
Renovated Traditional Semi-Suite Double: $7,002/year
Renovated Traditional Semi-Suite Single: $8,064/year
Suite Style- Chester, Corsica, Sassafras, Harford, Western Shore
Suite Style Double: $7,638/year
Suite Style Single: $8,700/year
“Double buyouts”- these are single upgrades that can occur if a resident in a double does not have a roommate and requests a double buyout or accepts the offer of one. Buyouts are offered by Residential Life after all students have been assigned (incoming and returning), pending space availability, and are always voluntary. $1,000 is added to the double rate for that hall for the semester. Ex. Student is in a Minta double and wants to “buyout”- the student is charged the double rate for Minta plus $1,000 for the semester. The charge is pro-rated once a semester starts.
February 6, 2020: The work order system is working again! Having a maintenance related-issue? Generate a work-order with Buildings and Grounds.
February 2020: New Book Pantry is open and has been busy! Located on the first floor of Corsica Hall (near the Harford side entrance), the Book Pantry is a place for donated textbooks to find new homes with students who need them. It acts just like a food pantry- students can take what they need. Any textbooks or literature/other books that are often used in classes are welcome. Faculty, staff, parents, and students have all been donating- a big thank you to them! Please contact email@example.com to arrange a donation drop off or on campus pick up. Students can access that lobby area of Corsica using their student id.
Have other books or cookbooks? Board games? Those are welcome too and find a home in either the other lounges in the residence halls or, in the case of cookbooks, the common kitchens.
Fall 2019/Spring 2020: The Sassafras area Meditation/Prayer room is available to students. Located in the first floor, id accessible area by the baseball field exit door.
August 16, 2019: Mold Information
Since mold exists everywhere, particularly in areas like ours that have warm, humid summers, colleges are accustomed to responding to mold and utilizing a range of strategies to address remediation and long-term prevention. We take this seriously at Washington College because the presence of mold in residence halls can impact student health in some instances. The Center for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency provide information on mold and its impact.
In indoor environments, mold growth is natural. People typically assume any mold is “black mold,” Stachybotrys chartarum. However, there are hundreds of varieties, many found indoors and most of which are not “black mold.” The CDC does not recommend routine sampling of molds and advises that it is not generally necessary to identify the species of mold.
We try very hard to keep mold from growing in all of our facilities. However, when rooms are left vacant and closed up, as residence hall rooms often are just before move-in, the air can stagnate, and condensation can form. Mold needs moisture in order to grow, and these conditions can allow mold spores, which are present in outside air that is brought inside as part of the building’s air conditioning, to grow.
Every year, we receive a handful reports from students and Resident Assistants (RAs) about mold in residence halls. RAs are instructed to report any signs or reports of mold promptly. The Area Coordinators then inspect the rooms personally and alert Buildings and Grounds. Students are alerted and updated via email to expect staff entering rooms and inspecting the buildings in addition to instructions to help with humidity control. Last year, the student newspaper, The Elm, even assisted by running a helpful article that included information on the situation, tips for addressing mold in regular room cleanings, as well as reporting options for students.
When mold is reported in a student room, Buildings and Grounds staff respond to, inspect, and assess the level of response needed. A thorough cleaning of bleach and water can remove most mold. It is good to be aware, however, that even after cleaning, some stains may remain after the mold is killed by the bleach. It does not mean that there is still mold there.
Washington College’s response includes not only cleaning the mold itself but also assessing for a possible source of additional moisture such as a pipe leaking or sweating excessively or if an AC unit is not being used or is not performing properly. Any rooms exhibiting more than a small amount are assessed by a remediation company to ascertain if the mold is beyond the surface and for any moisture sources. Based upon the results of their inspections, the room may be further remediated by addressing the source of the moisture.
After a room has been addressed, the College has the air quality tested by an outside contractor. If a hall exhibits a pattern of mold, the College then utilizes a contractor to assess the residence hall’s systems, layout, and humidity control challenges. At the present time, to address the situation in Minta quickly, we were advised to turn the heat on while still having the AC units in the windows. The heating system dries out the indoor air with the AC units providing cooling and, when set properly, also dehumidifies. This strategy has quickly and effectively lowered the humidity levels in Minta with minimal disruption to the residents.
We ask that students with concerns notify their RA or the Area Coordinator immediately so we can assess and address any instances of possible mold as quickly as possible.