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College lays out residential agreement for the spring

November 13, 2020

In an email sent to students on Thursday morning, Dean of Students Kristina Bethea Odejimi shared an update on the College’s spring residential plan for on-campus students.

Odejimi laid out the various options, or “tracks,” available to students this spring. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may live on campus or study remotely, and seniors have the option to live off campus but in-residence, meaning they would have “on-campus privileges” such as full access to campus resources, including COVID-19 testing. First-year students with home environments conducive to learning will study remotely.

In her email, Odejimi clarified that, in order for off-campus seniors to be considered in-residence, all members of the off-campus household must opt in to the residential agreement.

“These households will be considered an extension of Bowdoin’s residences and will be held to the same standards as our on-campus residential spaces,” Odejimi wrote. “Seniors should be mindful that, if any member of the household violates the Campus Community Agreement or other College policy, the entire house may lose their campus privileges.”

Odejimi added that on-campus students will have the option to form “pods” with other students in their residence, but the email did not mention how or when these pods will be formed.

Students are required to declare their intended spring 2021 enrollment status before November 30. Odejimi clarified that many key aspects of this plan are still developing, and that more information about the spring residential agreement will be available in the coming weeks.

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