For Students Living in Residence

Updated Jan. 13, 2022

Howe Hall

COVID-19 Notice

While we make every effort to ensure the information on this page is up-to-date, details and restrictions may change quickly as part of our COVID-19 response. Please check back often and consult your Dalhousie email. 

Restrictions to keep you safe

Lounges

Lounges will have a posted maximum occupancy number, depending on the size of the lounge, that must be observed at all times. Masks are mandatory at all times in lounges.

Masks

Masks are mandatory in residence when you are travelling anywhere outside of your own personal room.

Restrictions

The following restrictions will be in place for residence for the Winter 2022 semester. These are designed to protect the health and wellness of all of our students. Please note that these may change from time to time to comply with current public health requirements:

  • Residents are not permitted to have outside guests in residence. Inter-residence guests are permitted (one at a time) during guest hours. Residents and their guests must adhere to the residence sign-in policies.No alcohol or cannabis allowed in residence at any time for any reason. Anyone with a prescription for medical use cannabis should contact us immediately.
  • A maximum of five students in a room, including the resident, at all residences except LeMarchant Place, where the limit is 10 people in 3- or 4-bedroom suites.
  • Masks are mandatory in all residence areas outside of your personal residence room (including entrances, lobbies, hallways, elevators, kitchenettes, laundry rooms, stairwells, lounges, etc.).

You will be notified via your Dal email if these restrictions change.

Residence Community Living Guide

Our residences have an established set of rules and guidelines designed to create a living environment where everyone can feel safe, recognized, and supported as they pursue their academic goals.

Review the Residence Community Living Guide.

You are responsible for reading and understanding all of the rules that apply to living in residence. When you sign your residence agreement you specifically indicate that you are going to abide by the Residence Community Living Guide (which includes our Community Standards, the Residence Code of Conduct, and our Emergency Restrictions). Repeated or serious violations of the residence code of conduct could result in your immediate eviction from residence.

Prior to moving into residence, you will be required to complete a Brightspace module about the Residence Community Living Guide.

Move-in Details

As outlined in the memo distributed on Dec. 23 to the Dalhousie community, the majority of courses will be delivered online for the first two weeks of January. As such, residence will remain closed for the same period, re-opening on Jan. 29 at the earliest, with the first meal available in our dining halls will be supper on Jan. 29.

This re-opening date will continue to be evaluated in consultation with public health, so please ensure you check your Dalhousie email frequently for updates.

All residence students should complete a COVID rapid test prior to departing residence and prior to moving back into their rooms. Tests will be available at building entrances.

 

What About Self-isolation?

Due to the changes in public health restrictions based on vaccination status, self-isolation will not be offered on campus.

Move-in Details for Residents Who Need to Self-isolate

Due to the changes in public health restrictions based on vaccination status, self-isolation will not be offered on campus.

Please ensure you remain informed and follow the province’s self-isolation requirements. These and other rules are subject to change at any time, so please consult the Nova Scotia Coronavirus website regularly.

You will not be permitted to check-in if any self-isolation requirements have not been met.

Residence Life Support & Changes

The goal of our Residence Life team is to enhance your experience and engage you in our Dalhousie campus culture. To do so, we have a number of different people on our team including professionals like Residence Life Managers and Dons, and student leaders like Residence Assistants, providing 24/7 support in our residence community.

Residence Life also organizes activities and events in residence. These often take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

COVID-19 has significantly changed how Dalhousie University operates, including our residence community. We have had to institute some policies and restrictions based on the instruction of Nova Scotia Public Health and it's important you know those details.

Throughout your time in residence, you will always have the support of Residence Life and Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness.

How to contact ResLife

Halifax

reslife@dal.ca or 902-220-9038

Our Residence Life Managers:

  • Kewoba Carter – Shirreff Hall
  • Max Toulch – Risley Hall
  • Sarah Djuric – LMP, Glengary, and Grad House
  • Faiza Nauman – Howe Hall
  • Tanaka Shumba – Howe Hall

Truro

resdalac@dal.ca or 902-956-0750

Our Residence Life team:

  • Paul Coffin - ResLife Manager, all buildings
  • Ashley Coffin - Residence Life Don, Chapman House
  • Jo Castillo - Residence Life Don, Fraser House
  • Vicki Mackintosh - Residence Life Don, Trueman House

Lounges

Lounges will have a posted maximum occupancy number, depending on the size of the lounge, that must be observed at all times. Masks are mandatory at all times in lounges.

Masks

Masks are mandatory in residence when you are travelling anywhere outside of your own personal room.

Restrictions

The following restrictions will be in place for residence for at least the Fall 2021 semester to prioritize the health and wellness of all of our students. While these are the restrictions we currently believe will be in place at that time, they may change due to public health requirements:

  • Effective December 11, 2021, residence students will not be permitted to have guests in residence, this is in accordance with our COVID-19 Emergency Restrictions. Guests are defined as anyone who does not live in the student's own residence building.
  • No alcohol or cannabis allowed in residence at any time for any reason. Anyone with a prescription for medical use cannabis should contact us immediately.
  • A maximum of five students in a room, including the resident, at all residences except LeMarchant Place, where the limit is 10 people in 3- or 4-bedroom suites.
  • Masks are mandatory in all residence areas outside of your personal residence room (including entrances, lobbies, hallways, elevators, kitchenettes, laundry rooms, stairwells, lounges, etc).

When or if this information changes you will be notified via email and on this webpage.

Residence Community Living Guide

As you may already know our residences have an established set of rules and guidelines for community living. This allows us to create a living environment where everyone can feel safe, recognized, and supported as they pursue their academic goals.

Review the Residence Community Living Guide.

You are responsible for reading and understanding all of the rules that apply to living in residence. When you sign your residence agreement you specifically indicate that you are going to abide by the Residence Community Living Guide (which includes our Community Standards, the Residence Code of Conduct, and our Emergency Restrictions).

Repeated violations of the residence code of conduct or serious violations of the residence code of conduct could result in your immediate eviction from residence.

Dining Halls

Halifax Campus:

There are currently three dining halls open on the Halifax campus:

  • Shirreff Hall
  • Howe Hall
  • Risley Hall - For residents of Risley Hall and LeMarchant Place

Our dining halls offer a large selection of delicious and nutritious options for all palettes and dietary needs. The menu changes each day, so be sure to check the daily menus at the Dalhousie Food Services website.

If you're curious about the nutritional content of your meals, you'll find nutritional information provided at the kiosks in all the dining halls. If necessary, you can talk to the dietitian at Food Services about designing a plan to accommodate your needs.

Truro Campus:

Jenkins Hall is open with a continuous dining meal plan - you may come and go as many times each day as you like - just use your DalCard.

Monday – Friday

7:30-9:30 a.m. Hot Breakfast
9:30-11 a.m. Continental Breakfast
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hot Lunch
2-4:30 p.m. Sandwich & Salad Offerings
2-3:30 p.m. Short Order Grille
4:30-7:30 p.m. Hot Supper (Friday until 6:30 p.m. close)
7:30-9 p.m. Sandwich & Salad Offerings
7:30-8:30 p.m. Short Order Grille

Saturday & Sunday

9-11 a.m. Continental Breakfast
11-2 p.m. Hot Lunch
2-4:30 p.m. Sandwich & Salad Offerings
2-3:30 p.m. Short Order Grille
4:30-6:30 p.m. Hot Supper (Sunday until 7 p.m. close)

Check the daily menus online. 

Visitors and Guests

Effective December 11, 2021, residence students will not be permitted to have guests in residence, this is in accordance with our COVID-19 Emergency Restrictions. Guests are defined as anyone who does not live in the student's own residence building.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

We pride ourselves in ensuring that our buildings are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly and regularly.

To ensure the health and safety of the residence community, and the university community as a whole, our Custodial Services team has developed a comprehensive cleaning plan to ensure all spaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The team is using a highly effective non-toxic ozonated water disinfectant to ensure disinfection of surfaces.

Maintenance Requests

If you need something in your room repaired, you will fill out a Maintenance Request Form. For more information on how to fill out these forms, visit the Cleaning, Garbage & Repairs pages for Halifax Campus or Truro Campus.

We ask that all students wear a mask when a maintenance worker comes to their room to do repair work. 

If 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distancing can be maintained, you may stay in your room while the work is being completed. If it cannot, you will be asked to stay outside of your room until the maintenance worker is finished.

If you have a synchronous class at that time, you may ask to set up another time for repair work (with the exception of emergency repairs). Please indicate your class schedule in your request.

Rules for Kitchen Use

Rules for Kitchen Use

For the health and safety of our residents and staff, please follow these rules for using kitchens in residence:

  • Follow posted occupancy limits
  • Wipe down surfaces before and after use.
  • Whenever possible, store food in your room.
  • Limit and label items in the fridge.
  • Clean and remove dishes after every use.
  • Turn off oven and stove after use.

Shared Laundry Guidelines

Shared Laundry Guidelines

The virus that causes COVID-19 can live for hours to days on hard surfaces, so laundry machines, countertops, and furniture need to be sanitized frequently.

Below are some tips to ensure you keep yourself and others safe as you use the shared laundry rooms in residence.

Laundry rooms will have a posted occupancy limit that must be observed at all times, while wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.

DOS:

  • Wash your hands before and after.
  • Wipe down controls and handles before and after use
  • Dry items at the highest temperature possible and dry completely.
  • Wash with HE soap and the warmest water possible. Do not overload the machine.
  • Disinfect your hamper before filling it with clean clothes.
  • Keep a 2m (6 ft) distance from others.

DON’TS

  • Don’t shake dirty laundry before putting it in the machine.
  • Don’t leave soiled clothing or baskets on top of the machines or tables.
  • Don’t leave cleaning residues (like bleach) that could damage other people’s clothing.
  • Don’t leave dryer door open when not in use.
  • Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Elevators

Elevators are limited to a maximum occupancy of four people at any time – with masks required.

What to do if you're feeling unwell

If you are feeling unwell, please isolate yourself from others immediately and contact the health resource listed below for more information and assessment.

Students:

Please contact a member of the ResLife team to inform them that you’re not feeling well.

You should then contact the Student Health & Wellness Centre.

  • Halifax: 2nd Floor LeMarchant Place, 1246 LeMarchant Street  902.494.2171
  • TruroDairy Building, 11 Sipu Awti 902.893.6300

You must contact them BEFORE entering the centre. No walk-ins will be accepted.

For after-hours help, please call 811. For emergencies at any time, call Dal Security at 902.494.4109 (Halifax) and 902.893.4190 (Truro).