For the Fall 2020 semester, in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19 on campus, there has been a visitation policy implemented that prevents on campus students from visiting other on campus students in different residence halls. While you cannot visit students in other buildings, you go to class, eat, study, and do projects with these students. You may also visit students in your own residence hall, which contradicts the policy in itself in that there is no difference between students in your own hall and students in other halls.
In addition, this policy promotes off campus activity, in that students will simply leave campus in order to spend time with their friends. This makes us more likely to spread or receive the virus and bring it back to campus when it is completely possible for many of us to be quarantining as a student body together. While outside visitors should still not be allowed into residence buildings, it should be reconsidered that students on campus may visit with one another in residence halls.
Another detriment of this policy is that the mental health of the students here on campus is suffering. We are not receiving the college experience consisting of private social interaction that is necessary for building relationships and maintaining mental stability. It is impossible to remain isolated for so long and stay in the right state of mind in order to focus on education. While we are able to interact in public spaces such as the Learning Commons, this is not the same as having privacy with your closest friends.
The final issue with this policy is that there are no set consequences for disobeying the policy. You cannot realistically set a rule without initially stating the repercussions that will follow if the rule is broken. A policy like this should not be taken on a case by case basis. It feels as if the goal of this policy is to instill fear rather than build confidence in a time of uncertainty.
Marywood University Student Body