January 14, 2022

We are excited to welcome you back to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work together to minimize the impact of COVID and the omicron variant on our campus community. We look forward to seeing you and continuing to support your learning, growth and development.

If you have any questions, please email Residence Life at reslife@stmarytx.edu or call us at 210-431-4312. If you have an Instagram account, we encourage you to follow us @StMUResLife for updates and information.

How will students be housed together this Spring 2022?

To qualify as fully vaccinated you must have: Received booster or Received Pfizer or Moderna within five months or Johnson & Johnson within the last two months. All students are strongly encouraged to obtain vaccination against COVID-19 to optimize the safety and well-being of the campus community. Students who have received their COVID vaccine are encouraged to log in to the Rattler Patient Portal and upload a copy of their vaccination card to add to their Student Health Center medical record. Students are not required to report vaccination status to live in University housing.

Will I be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine and show proof in order to live on campus?

Residence halls will be available for students starting Sunday, Jan. 9, although students are welcome to wait closer to the start of classes to move in, particularly local residents. Below are the dates and times available for you to return to campus, check-in and move into your room:

  • Sunday, Jan. 9, through Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Thursday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
When can I check-in/move-in for the Spring 2022 semester?

To help us better prepare for your arrival, please share when you plan to return to campus by clicking here. This is not intended to be a reservation, but it will help us with scheduling so that we are available at your assigned residence hall for check in, which includes giving you your room key.

  • Note that students assigned to Adele, Bordeaux, Cremer, John Donohoo or Leies halls, should check in and pick up room keys at Périgueux Hall.
Do I need to sign-up to move-in?

All resident students are required to meet one of the following COVID testing requirements to move into campus housing for the start of the Spring 2022 semester:

  • Resident students must present a negative PCR test taken no more than three (3) days prior to their return to their room. Students are required to submit results to the Student Health Center via the Rattler Patient Portal.
  • Resident students must present evidence they took a PCR test no more than three (3) days prior but are awaiting test results. Students are required to submit results to the Student Health Center via the Rattler Patient Portal. The student is required to comply with the following until they receive a negative PCR test:
    • The student is required to wear a mask at all times and everywhere on campus, except their assigned residence hall room. $50 fine for failure to comply.
    • The student is not permitted to eat in common areas or campus dining venues (grab-and-go meals only).
    • The student is not permitted to attend gatherings, practices, events, etc. in person.
  • Any resident who had COVID-19 within 90 days of their move-in must present the original COVID-19 positive test result to be exempt from this requirement. Proof of a prior COVID illness must be submitted to the Student Health Center via the Rattler Patient Portal.
  • If a resident student does not have evidence of taking a test, the student is required to comply with the following until they receive a negative PCR test:
    • The student is required to wear a mask at all times and everywhere on campus, except their assigned residence hall room. $50 fine for failure to comply.
    • The student is not permitted to eat in common areas or campus dining venues (grab-and-go meals only).
    • The student is not permitted to attend gatherings, practices, events, etc. in person.
    • The student is required to participate in Community Labs surveillance testing at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 (or 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, for those who move in after Jan. 12).
      • Failure to participate for any reason will result in a $500 fine and extension of campus restrictions and possible removal from campus housing until the student demonstrates a negative PCR test.
      • Students who take a PCR test after they move in and provide results to the Student Health Center before Community Labs surveillance testing on Wednesday, Jan. 19, will be exempt from testing on Jan. 19.
What requirements do I need to complete in order to check-in to the residence halls?
  • Resident students who are not fully COVID-19 vaccinated, including a booster, are required to wear masks on campus, both indoors and outdoors, and test weekly for COVID-19  using a PCR (not antigen) test. These individuals are required to participate in periodic surveillance testing authorized by the University.
  • Resident students who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated including a booster but have not submitted proof of vaccination are required to wear masks on campus, both indoors and outdoors, and test weekly for COVID-19 using a PCR (not antigen) test. These individuals are required to participate in periodic surveillance testing authorized by the University.
  • Resident students who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated including a booster and have submitted proof of vaccination do not have to wear masks outdoors but they are required to wear masks indoors except when at their personal living spaces. These individuals are not required to test weekly for COVID-19 but must participate in periodic COVID-19 surveillance testing authorized by the University.
  • Note: The mask-wearing requirements apply when attending University-sponsored events and activities off-campus.
Will Face Masks or Coverings be required in Residence Halls?

Guests in the residence halls will be limited to resident students and/or parent/legal guardians only through Feb. 6, 2022. Other non-residents (i.e., commuter students) are not permitted in residence halls during this time.

  • No overnight guests are permitted in the residence halls through Feb. 6, 2022.
  • All residents are allowed no more than two guests at one time with no more than five people allowed in each room or suite at one time. 
Are guests allowed in the residence halls?

All resident students, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to participate in the University’s surveillance testing program beginning the week of Jan. 24. More information will be shared at a later date to your St. Mary’s University email account.

Will surveillance testing still be required?

Protocols for close-contact exposure to COVID and for students who have tested positive can be found on the University’s website on the coronavirus webpage.

What happens if a resident student thinks they were exposed to someone with Covid-19?

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 should complete the COVID Self Reporting Form and are expected to isolate and recover at home if they live within 300 miles of San Antonio. Those who cannot return home will temporarily move into an isolation space in Anthony Frederick until they are fully recovered. Anthony Frederick will be set up to accommodate one person per room and include a microwave and refrigerator. Meals will be delivered to students living in isolation spaces. The Student Health Center staff will also check on students regularly by phone or video chat.

What happens if a resident student is confirmed to have COVID-19?

Yes, study rooms, lounges, and other common areas will be open and available at their normal occupancy without limitations on numbers. Face masks are required when in common spaces.

Will study rooms, lounges and other common areas be available for use?

Yes, access to amenities will be open and available at their normal occupancy without limitations on numbers.

Will amenities, such as the pool, hammock garden, grills and volleyball court, be available for use?

The University expects students to follow the policies outlined in both the Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Life Community Living Standards.

Will there be any new policies or procedures in place this Spring?

Campus dining venues and hours may be adjusted during January and February. However, students with meal plans will have swipe access to the Diamondback Café beginning Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. For the most updated hours please visit the Campus Dish website.

  • Diamondback Café will be open for students with meal plans beginning Saturday, Jan. 8.
  • Chick-fil-A will open on Monday, Jan. 10, with modified hours.
  • Starbucks will open on Monday, Jan. 10.
What are the hours for campus dining venues on campus?

Yes, Masses will be offered. Please see the Spiritual Life page on Gateway for the Sunday Mass and daily Mass schedule.

Will masses be held on campus?

For updated hours of different campus facilities, please visit Campus Facilities Hours on the University’s coronavirus webpage.

What are the hours and policies for different campus facilities, such as the gym?
  • Typically, campus programs, events, and meetings — whether on campus or off campus — will no longer have COVID-related restrictions.
  • NCAA competition team activities and contests will follow guidance from the NCAA and Lone Star Conference. 
  • Additional modifications to campus events and meeting guidelines may be necessary based on local or state government directives.
Will there be restrictions on campus events and student organization meetings?

Yes, there is a two year live on policy for incoming students that live outside of Bexar County. Please review the On-Campus Residency Requirement here.

Is there a requirement to live on campus at St. Mary’s University?

We accept applications all year. Since we assign on a first-come, first-served basis, students are assigned from among the available beds at that time. If all beds are full, we hold the application for room assignment as beds become available.

Is there still space to live on campus?

We will take your building preferences, as submitted on your housing application, and what you are eligible for, into consideration when making final room assignments.

Will I be assigned the building/room I selected during the room selection process?

A request to cancel your residence hall reservation for Spring 2022 must be received in writing to reslifecancel@stmarytx.edu. New, Spring Only applicants can cancel up to the first day of classes without penalties. Current residents that cancel will be assessed penalty fees, per the Residence Life Agreement.

  • Please include your name, student ID, and reason for cancellation. 
  • When you cancel, you forfeit the $100 non-refundable housing application fee. 
  • Please review Section 4 of the Residence Hall Agreement for detailed information about cancellation policies.
Can I cancel my housing reservation for the Spring 2022 semester?
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