Room and Board Contract Addendum

This Addendum is part of the Room and Board Contract for the 2021-22 Academic Term.  In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Addendum and the provisions of the Room and Board Contract, the provisions of this Addendum shall control.

COVID-19 and Public Health-Informed Policies and Guidelines

The University expects all residents living in University housing 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. The University may request or require a resident to leave housing if their continued presence in the community poses a health or safety risk for community members or if their actions create a health or safety hazard within University housing. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, governmental orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, physical distancing, limitations on mass gatherings, wearing a face covering, daily monitoring of health for symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19 via any means required by the University (e.g., mobile app, webform, email, etc.), COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before and/or upon arrival to campus), completion of COVID-19 educational modules in the timeframe specified by the University, contact investigation, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests into assigned residence halls, quarantine/ isolation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus), any additional requirements included in the JHU Return to Campus Guidance, which is incorporated herein by reference as though set out in full, and any other requirements which may be implemented by the University in the future.  

Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents and staff and extends to all aspects of housing, including bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, computer rooms, and other common spaces.  Due to public health concerns, residents may not have full access to community kitchens, lounges, computer rooms and other common spaces, but may instead, be required to comply with University guidelines that limit use of these spaces.

During a public health crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the University may require that students assigned to University housing adhere to certain requirements in order to remain in University housing, including but not limited to:

a. Relocating to quarantine/isolation/separation housing should a resident’s continued presence in the community pose a health or safety risk for community members;  

b. Participating in COVID-19 testing and contact investigation, as determined by the University;

c. Adhering to any University de-densifying efforts needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergencies;

d. Understanding that dining services may be limited and agreeing to comply with any University requirements regarding operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns during the student dining experience;

e. Complying with additional cleaning protocols required by the University to address COVID-19 or other public health emergencies in the interest of minimizing the spread of disease;

f. Agreeing to limit the number of visitors to their assigned room or common areas as required by the University;

g. Complying with any limitations imposed by the University regarding access to residential buildings other than the student’s assigned University housing;

h. If assigned a roommate, agreeing to take additional steps in an effort to maintain the health and safety of not only themselves, but their assigned roommate and other residents in their assigned residence hall; and 

i. Agreeing to limit non-essential travel outside of the immediate Baltimore area if required by the University and to follow University procedures if essential or emergency travel is deemed to be necessary.

Students who do not adhere to the University requirements as set forth in this Housing Addendum and the 2021-22 Academic Term Room and Board Contract understand and agree that, upon reasonable notice, JHU may terminate the student’s housing contract due to public health emergency needs, including COVID-19. In the event JHU terminates a student’s housing contract due to public health concerns, JHU will offer fair and reasonable reimbursements for impacted students as appropriate and based on information available at that time.

Legal Information

Your Room and Board Contract is the basic document that states the contractual obligations between you and JHU Housing. This Addendum is legally binding and is incorporated by reference in the Room and Board Contract. You are equally responsible for complying with the rules, policies and regulations contained within the 2021-22 Academic Term Room and Board Contract and this COVID-19 and Public Health Policies and Procedures Room and Board Contract Addendum.