July 8, 2021

We are excited to welcome you to campus for the Fall 2021 semester! Thank you for your patience as we work to prepare the residence halls for your return in a few short weeks. We know you have housing questions and hope that the answers below will put your mind at ease and provide the information you need for your arrival/return. Please continue checking your St. Mary’s email for updates throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please email Residence Life at reslife@stmarytx.edu or call us at 210-431-4312.

How will students be housed together this Fall 2021?

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?

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?

Move-in times will be between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the following dates:

  • August 11: New Freshman attending August On-Campus Zaragoza Experience
  • August 13: All Freshman
  • August 15-16: All Upperclassmen/Returning Students
  • August 17: All Upperclassmen/Returning Students (7 p.m.-10 p.m. Only)
When is Fall 2021 move-in?

Move-in/check-in is by sign-up only. Students will receive an email to their St. Mary’s email account with a sign-up link mid-July. 

Do I need to sign-up to move-in?

Vaccinated students arriving from international travel:

  • May move into their residence hall room regularly and should follow all basic St. Mary’s COVID precautions. 
  • Quarantine is not currently required. The University follows CDC recommendations and if international arrival requirements change we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.
  • Testing will be required on day 3 after your arrival.

Unvaccinated students arriving from international travel:

  • May move into their assigned residence hall room 
  • Require a seven day quarantine (even if COVID test is negative, per CDC guidelines).
  • Testing will be required on day 3 after arrival.
  • 10 day isolation period is required if COVID test is positive
  • Follow all other St. Mary’s COVID precautions.
Will I need to quarantine upon arriving to campus from international travel?

No, students will not be required to quarantine upon arriving to campus from domestic travel unless the student presents with symptoms of COVID-19 or are unvaccinated and report a recent close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. 

Will I need to quarantine upon arriving to campus from domestic travel?

 Campus dining venues will be open and available beginning Sunday, Aug. 15. 

Will campus dining venues be open normally this fall?

Beginning May 26, 2021 the University began enforcing CDC guidance for mask-wearing. Fully vaccinated individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a face mask or social distancing. However, faculty, staff, students and guests who are not fully vaccinated must wear face masks while on campus, including indoors and outdoors, unless they are in their private work or study spaces and must practice social distancing. 

Will face masks or coverings be required in Residence Halls?

St. Mary’s will continue to expect students to self-report if showing symptoms for COVID-19, and require faculty, staff and students to follow the updated CDC guidelines for quarantine. Contact tracing will continue to be performed by the Student Health Center and all individuals identified as high risk contacts should expect a call from a Student Health Center staff member.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have high risk exposure (but no symptoms) and have submitted proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center will not need to quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated individuals with exposure and vaccinated students with exposure and symptoms will need to quarantine for seven days provided they get tested on day five and not sooner. 
  • Vaccinated individuals with exposure but no symptoms who do not provide proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center will require quarantine as outlined in the previous bullet point out of precaution until they submit their proof of vaccination to the SHC.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the test date or first appearance of symptoms regardless of vaccination status.
What happens if a resident student thinks they were exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Students with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should complete the COVID Self Reporting Form, avoid close in-person contact with others, and wait for a call from the Student Health Center for further recommendations. 

  • Students whose test results are negative for COVID-19 are expected to follow the guidance of the Student Health Center, which may include self-quarantining in their assigned residence hall room for unvaccinated individuals. 
  • Unvaccinated students with symptoms of COVID-19 awaiting test results are expected to be isolated in Anthony Frederick. If the student’s test result is positive for COVID-19, they are expected to isolate and recover at home if they live within 300 miles of San Antonio. Students who cannot return home will remain in an isolation space in Anthony Frederick until 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 continue to check on students regularly by phone or video chat. 
  • Students completing quarantine will be expected to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test to return to their assigned residence hall room and attend in-person classes, work or events.
What happens if a resident student has symptoms consistent 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.

Students will be expected to isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the first presentation of symptoms. Additionally, students must be two full days without fever without the use of fever-reducing medication and showing signs of improvement.

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

Yes, study rooms, lounges, and other common areas will be open and will be returning back to their normal occupancy without limitations on numbers. Anyone utilizing the space who is not fully vaccinated must wear a face mask. 

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

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

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

For Fall 2021, policies will be returning to normal.The University expects students to follow the policies outlined in both the Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Life Community Living Standards

  • Visitors: Residents are allowed to have two guests at a time. Guests must remain with the resident at all times. Visitation hours are Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-12 a.m. and Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Laundry facilities, kitchens and bake stations: No restrictions.
  • Daily Health Check: No longer needs to be completed daily. However, reporting COVID-19 symptoms through the Student Self Reporting Form is mandatory.
Will there be any new policies or procedures in place this Fall?

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?
  • 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?

A request to cancel your residence hall reservation must be received in writing to reslifecancel@stmarytx.edu. All cancellations must be received by Thursday, July 15th, in order for the housing and meal plan charges to be removed without penalties. 

  • 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 our cancellation policies.
Can I cancel my housing reservation for the Fall?
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