Below you will find answers to many questions about Fraternity housing during the pandemic. These resources are here to help you stay safe.

Frequently Asked Questioned

Q: How can members maintain health and safety?

A: While the country has been moving out the Pandemic and vaccinations have increased; we aren’t out of the woods yet. The COVID situation is very fluid with infections and hospitalizations increasing in various parts of the country. Chapter officers and volunteers should stay up to date on local, university and CDC guidance in terms of social distancing, masking and other mitigation strategies.

It is suggested that house corporations require tenants to be vaccinated before returning to school. This is a local decision but one the local house corporation might be able to require as a condition of living in the shelter.

It is also suggested that members moving into the shelter should monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-14 for 19 days prior to returning to school. Anyone exhibiting symptoms from COVID, should not return to the shelter.

Chapter and shelter leadership should develop, communicate and enforce a plan to increase hygiene. Increased hygiene protocols are always a good idea.

Prior to move in the shelter should be cleaned and sanitized. CDC guidelines should be followed for cleaning. Consult with other house corporations on vendors for recommendations and pricing.

Q: What communication plans should be put in place?

A: Communicate with parents/guardians during the summer and let them know what the house corporation is doing to prepare for the fall and what it will do once school begins. 

Communicate with undergraduates and tenants living in the shelter. Keep them informed of expectations prior to and when they move into the shelter.

  • Stagger move-in to avoid too many people in the shelter.
Provide a one-page summary for all tenants with shelter policies, etc. Over-communicate expectations. 

Q: What shelter rules should be established?

A: If required by local ordinances, masks should be worn in public spaces, hallways and common areas of the shelter. Tenants should practice safe social distancing in the shelter. Please NOTE: The current situation is very fluid. Monitor local health department and CDC guidance with regard to social distancing and masking.

House corporations with kitchen operations are advised to consult local health departments for guidance as well as the resource document from Upper Crust Food Service

Other items to consider for shelter rules: 

  • Are guests allowed in the shelter? If so, how many.
    • At minimum, limit the number of guests granted access
  • Can social events be held in the shelter? 
    • What is the guidance from the school and local health department?
  • Can recruitment events be held in the shelter?
  • Can other meetings be held in the shelter? 

Q: What supplies should the chapter have on hand and in large quantities?
A: Buy now and avoid the rush and plan to re-stock regularly.
  • Toilet paper
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning supplies
Increase use of hand washing and hand sanitizing stations throughout the shelter.

Q: What is the protocol if someone living in the shelter tests positive for COVID-19:

A: Yes, many people are vaccinated, but not all, and there have been breakthrough cases of COVID. It is possible there may be in infection in the shelter. 

Always follow CDC, local and institutional protocols. Housed chapters should have local leadership and the house corporation work together to create a plan to handle such an occurrence. For unhoused chapters or chapters with University-owned housing, refer to the University’s protocols. Please also contact the Central Office to make and a staff member can reach out to local leadership to answer any questions they may have. Communication plan guidelines are available in the risk management resource section on this page.

Other things to consider:
  • Develop a plan:
    • First, the safest option would be for the member to return home. However, we recognize that this may not be an option for all members.
    • If returning home is not an option, chapter leadership should work with the member to determine if the university has housing available for those who test positive for COVID-19.
    • Chapter leadership should be prepared to provide a sick room with a separate bathroom for the individual if necessary.
  • If students become infected, how will that be communicated to chapter members? What will cleaning protocol be in these instances?
  • Cleaning. How often will shelter be cleaned with specific focus on kitchens, bathrooms and other high traffic areas?

Housing questions or concerns?

Contact: Andy Longo, Vice President of Education and Programming at