In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and to support the reopening of the residence halls, it is essential that all students moving into the residence halls understand the requirements and expectations of living on campus.  

The standards below are a temporary addition to the published community standards found in the Student Handbook, Residence Hall Guide to On Campus Living, and the Residence Hall License and are designed to be in compliance with current state and local guidelines and restrictions and are subject to change in the future as conditions may change and restrictions and guidelines evolve.  They are designed to provide the safest living environment possible and are reliant on each member of the residence hall community to uphold them not only for their safety but the safety of others.  Students who jeopardize the safety of others and/or fail to meet the standards may be removed from the residence halls/Institute.

This contract has been sent to every student for their electronic signature. Staff and faculty members will be required to sign a similar contract. We are all in this together!



I agree to the following:

  • To observe all daily self-assessment, temperature screening,and reporting of symptoms and COVID-19 diagnostic testing as required

  • Not to attend class or campus functions if I am ill

  • If I test positive for COVID-19  I will notify Health Services  immediately and follow their guidance to  leave campus. I will only return to the campus  if/when I am medically cleared.

  • If I am living in a location which requires quarantine upon entering New York state, I confirm that I have followed quarantine directives (note special circumstance for Residence Hall students noted below).

  • I have watched the Student Community COVID-19 Prevention Training video


I agree to and understand the following:

  • To wear an appropriate face covering or mask, which covers the nose and mouth at all times while on campus not in personal living space within the residence halls,

  • To pay close attention to personal hygiene including  frequent handwashing with soap and water and/or to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid sharing personal items such as phones, or assigned studio/lab items when possible.


I agree to and understand the following:

  • To maintain appropriate social distance from others in any location on campus including all common areas in the residence halls.

  • To abide by all posted signage indicating reduced elevator occupancy as well as adhering to stairwell directional signs indicating up or down direction of travel;  To give priority for elevator usage to individuals with special access needs.

  • Stairwells are to be used when able, especially on lower floors except in case of emergency when all stairwells become emergency exit paths; To give priority for elevator usage to individuals with special access needs.

  • Not to use the lobby of any building as a gathering space

  • To observe appropriate social distancing when swiping/scanning into a building/space or waiting for an elevator


I agree to and understand the following:

  • To the extent possible, minimize visitors to non-residential areas of campus.

  • I will advise outside guests of the health monitoring protocols in place and of their required participation to obtain access to non residential areas of campus.

  • All residential guest sign in privileges are suspended

  • No visitors in my personal living space within the residence halls

Addendum for Residence Hall Students

Move In/Room Occupancy

I agree to and understand the following:

  • To comply with move-in schedules and procedures established to provide minimal contact with others and ensure social distancing. 

  • Only the student and one other person are allowed into the assigned residence hall at move-in. 

  • I will only bring a limited amount of belongings at move-in. I will think critically about what is needed to support my quarantine periods and potential isolation housing.

  • A negative PCR COVID-19 test within 3 days of arrival will be required. Students will submit test results online prior to arrival on-campus (via Pratt Safe app). 

  • Move-In Quarantine

    • Regardless of previous location I will move in over a 2-3 day period and be quarantined to my room for the proscribed quarantine period (up to 14 days) while engaging in remote learning.  

    • To be saliva pool tested upon move in and, in keeping with DOH best practices, tested again after 7-10 days.

    • During the quarantine period, students are responsible for their own food (shopping once in Brooklyn is not possible, so pack accordingly. Food deliveries can be coordinated within time and day parameters). 

    • Students will not be permitted to leave their room at any point in any quarantine period. This includes, but is not limited to: doing laundry, picking up mail or deliveries, smoking (please note, smoking is not allowed on campus or in any residence hall). 

Health Monitoring and Testing 

I agree to and understand the following:

  • To complete a saliva test weekly and return it to a designated collection site in order to both monitor students in residence and have a diagnostic means to identify possible positive cases.  Follow up to incidences of positive saliva test would allow for isolation and PCR follow up testing. In combination with residence hall wastewater and high touch point testing, it would allow for a rapid response to positive test results by isolating the positive student(s), engaging in active contact tracing and slowing the spread. 

Quarantine during the semester

  • All students who are determined by contact tracing, including, but not limited to roommates/suitemates/apartmentmates/housemates must comply with a 14-day quarantine in place where required.

  • All students agree to full-building or full-campus quarantine when and if it is determined that the prevalence of confirmed cases reach a certain level acknowledging that the 14 day quarantines are effective means to control the spread of the virus (see metrics below)

    • 100 students or 5% of all students (residential and not) whichever is lower - testing positive at the same time, would require a quarantine for 14 days and would move to all-remote classes as per NYS

    • Pratt will implement a per hall metric of 5% in Willoughby Hall (10 members of the total population) and resulting in a individual hall quarantine/remote learning for those students

    • Metrics will have flexibility to take action sooner than listed above, each instance will be evaluated based on the circumstance by a cross-functional campus team.

  • Students will not be permitted to leave their room at any point in any quarantine period. This includes, but is not limited to: doing laundry, picking up mail or deliveries, smoking (please note, smoking is not allowed on campus or in any residence hall).


  • Student must comply with isolation housing should they test positive for the virus, regardless of symptoms with the following parameters:

    • EMS, or similar, staff will be hired to monitor the residents in isolation.  Food will be delivered to the building and staff on site would deliver it to students.  Students may only return to the residence halls if/when they are medically cleared.

    • As the CDC guidelines do not recommend sending ill students home, but students may isolate at home or off-campus if their travel allows for their continued quarantine.

Limits to off campus travel

I agree to and understand the following:

  • To limit activities outside of my assigned residence hall room to class attendance, working in a studio or lab or necessary-only trips to grocery store, pharmacy, work and the like.

  • To limit unnecessary travel- Students are discouraged from planning or taking trips to other locations for the duration of the semester, including but not limited to trips home for the weekend as NYS quarantine rules will apply. This includes gathering with more than 10 others while maintaining face covering/social distancing

  • If leaving NYS for more than 24 hours, NYS guidelines will apply for pre and post arrival testing and quarantine in place.

Social Distancing: maintaining 6 ft of distance from others

I understand and agree to abide by the following protocols:

  • Lounge spaces: until further notice, all floor lounges and kitchenettes  will be closed and large building-wide lounges will have social distancing requirements.

  • Work rooms: until further notice, all floor work rooms will be closed and large building-wide work spaces will have social distancing requirements.

  • Laundry rooms: students must abide by posted occupancy and abide by social distancing requirements.

The success of reopening the residence halls relies on each member of the community and is designed to reduce risk, not eliminate it.  Each of us must recognize that external variables that we bring back to our community increases the risk for all of us. Our personal decisions and actions must be guided by the need to protect each other.

Staying Informed and Aware

I agree to keep myself informed and aware of what Pratt is doing in response to the pandemic.

  • Watch my emails daily.

  • Visit the Back-to-Pratt website when I have questions at

  • Download and use the Pratt Safe app to follow campus guidelines.

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