Addenda Section 1.1. Important Notice: An inherent risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the disease it can trigger, COVID-19, exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By entering and residing in a University residence hall, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19. Housing will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols as mandated by federal or state directives and as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the interest of minimizing spread of the disease. To the extent it is reasonably practicable, Residence Life will educate and inform residents on appropriate cleaning protocols within their assigned spaces to reduce the spread of disease within residence halls.
Addenda Section 1.2. Hold Harmless: You agree to release the University, its agents, and employees from any and all damages, liability, claims, expenses, or loss (collectively, “Claims”) resulting from or arising out of your use of space within a University residence hall, including those related to the potential exposure to contagious viruses like the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to indemnify and hold harmless the University, its agents, and employees from any Claims resulting from or arising out of your breach of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. You understand that by residing in a University residence hall, you are assuming the risks associated with communal living and, as in any shared living environment, those risks include potential exposure to communicable diseases, including but not limited to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Addenda Section 2.1. Special COVID-19 and Public Health-Informed Policies: The University aims to deliver its mission while protecting the health and safety of our students and minimizing the potential spread of disease within our community. As a resident within a University residence hall, COVID-19 will impact your housing experience as the University continues to make public health-informed decisions. The following policies and guidelines are incorporated into this Agreement and are applicable to all residents. As always, to the extent it is reasonably practicable, we will endeavor to update you with timely information about specific health and safety guidance important for our residents.
Addenda Section 2.2. Interim No Guests Policy: Guests are defined as anyone not residing within your specific residence hall. Residents permitted to live on campus may not allow or invite guests into their residence hall. Only currently authorized residents of your specific residence hall may enter your residence hall. The suspension of the traditional guest policy will be reviewed as the year progresses; when the interim policy is lifted and returned to the existing it will be communicated to residents and revised on the Residence Life website.
Addenda Section 2.3. Health and Safety: All members of the Rutgers community — students, staff, and visitors — are required to 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 residents are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within residence halls and the University may request or require a resident to leave on-campus housing on a temporary or permanent basis if the University reasonably concludes that their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residents are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University as it relates to public health crises. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on public gatherings, wearing a face covering, diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations and/or restrictions on guests in the residence halls, and quarantine / isolation / separation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus). Adherence to any health and safety requirements that the University reasonably deems appropriate applies to all residents, staff, guests and visitors and extends to all aspects of residential living, including bedrooms, bathrooms apartment kitchens, living rooms, community kitchens, lounges, computer rooms, courtyards and other common spaces.
Addenda Section 2.4. Quarantine / Isolation / Separation: At any time, the University may request or require a resident to leave their assigned space when the University reasonably concludes that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses an actual or potential health or safety risk for community members. Residents are required to comply with requests from Residence Life to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency and failure to do so is a violation of this Agreement and may subject a resident to emergency removal from their assigned space. When at all possible, the resident should return to their home. A resident recommended to self-quarantine or self-isolate may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements to the extent available. Removal from one’s existing assignment to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of this Agreement.
Addenda Section 2.5. De-Densifying Efforts: Residents are required to comply with any de-densifying efforts needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency, including, but not limited to, the relocation of all or some residents to alternative housing. Relocation does not constitute a termination of a resident’s housing contract. In the event Residence Life must relocate residents as part of a de-densifying strategy due to public health concerns for an extended period of time and alternative housing is not available, the University may offer impacted residents fair and reasonable reimbursement as appropriate and based on information available at that time and provided that the resident has removed their belongings and returned their key to the applicable Campus Residence Life Service Office.
Addenda Section 2.6. Termination: Upon reasonable notice, the University reserves the right to terminate the Agreement due to public health emergency needs, including COVID-19. In the event the University terminates the Agreement due to public health concerns, the University may offer fair and reasonable reimbursements for impacted students as appropriate and based on information available at that time and provided that the resident has removed their belongings and returned their key to the applicable Campus Residence Life Service Office.