2020-21 Resident Experience

Social distancing requirements, online classes, and very limited in-person events around campus made getting to know residents more difficult for live-in staff members. As outlined in other sections, residence life sought creative ways to continue to connect with residential students. The following report outlines residential students’ experience and perspectives of their interactions with resident advisor and live-in professional staff during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Residence Life staff sought to determine if the Covid-19 pandemic was having an effect on how often residents were coming and going from the residence halls. We evaluated access data to see if there were any noticeable changes in access patterns.

A full report is linked below, but a few keys takeaways were:

  1. During the first two weeks of the semester, individual resident access swipes over a comparable two-week period were virtually unchanged (2019 – 40.39. 2020 – 40.09). This was slightly unexpected. With the reduction of in-person classes, athletic events, and limitations of all in-person gatherings, one would have expected for this to impact how often residents are leaving the halls.
  2. Anecdotal evidence suggested that access patterns changed as the semester progressed. A second comparison was made between the 10th and 11th weeks of school in the Fall of 2019 and Fall 2020. This comparison showed a considerable difference in how often residents were accessing the hall later in the semester compared to a similar time period in 2019 (43.93 in 2019 v. 36.85 in 2020).