Student Life

Residence Life

Residence halls are our students’ “home” while they are on campus. Students were offered to choose between a single room and shared double room. Each two-person room will be considered a “family unit.” If one student is isolated with a positive COVID-19 test result, their roommate will also need to quarantine.

The face covering policy extends into residence life. Students are expected to wear their face covering when in public spaces in the residence halls, floor lounges and restrooms. Goshen College does not require face coverings to be worn in your room.

Flexible Residential Options

    We have offered students who live on campus their choice of whether to live in a shared room or in a single room at the same price. This is offered both semesters this year. Both single and shared rooms have benefits and are valid choices, and we want to give you as students — with your families — the opportunity to make that decision without finances being a factor. We will be preparing all of our residence hall rooms on campus to welcome you back in this flexible manner, and in addition, we are setting aside rooms for isolation in case students become ill, and for students who must be quarantined due to possible exposures to COVID.

    We sent an email with a link to current students about fall residential options and making a selection if they would like a single room or maintaining a double occupancy. You can also email Chad Coleman (director of student life operations) or our Admissions Office if you have any questions or didn’t receive the link or information you need.

    We have not changed our residency policy at this time, but will allow students concerned about their health and safety during the pandemic to apply for an off campus housing exemption on our website.

    We will determine winter housing options later in the fall depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at that time.

Roommate Guidance

    Students who opted to live with a roommate should have honest conversations to make agreeable decisions about what is acceptable behavior in their shared living space with regard to COVID-19 precautions. Students are encouraged to include agreements within a Roommate Contract and seek assistance from their Resident Assistant or Residence Life Coordinator if expectations are not respected. Students may contact their Residence Life Coordinator to discuss moving into a single room if conflicts arise and a single room is available.

Visitation and Socializing

    • Residential students in Kratz, Miller or Yoder are permitted only on the floors they live on.
    • Students in Romero Apartments and Intentional Living Communities (ILC) will have access to their whole buildings and are not permitted to have visitors.
    • The Connector is open by access-card only to campus this fall.
    • Students who live off-campus are permitted in the Connector, but not in residential spaces.
    • Visitors (non-students and non-employees) are not permitted in residential spaces or the Connector.

    Residential students are encouraged to socialize with larger groups of students (two or more) outside of their room. Students are encouraged to congregate in lounges, the Connector or outside wearing face covering and observing safe physical distancing.

    Students must make good choices when it comes to safely socializing when they are on or off campus. The college will offer substance abuse education workshops relevant to alcohol and COVID-19. Because alcohol reduces inhibitions and slows cognition, responsible consumption of alcohol or refraining from alcohol use is essential to effective prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

Bathroom Use

    • Residential bathroom cubbies will be unavailable to students to store their toiletries.
    • Sanitizer will be available in residential bathrooms to clean your sink area following teeth brushing and face washing.
    • Some sinks in bathrooms will be covered so that they are not used in order to promote physical distancing in these spaces.
    • Follow occupancy capacity requirements that are posted on the door.

Overnight Guests

    Overnight guests, including those from off campus, will not be permitted in the Residence Halls.

Commuter Lounge

    • This year, the Commuter Lounge will be relocated to the Union Building, in the space that was formerly the Bookstore.
    • Commuter students are expected to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and wear face covering while present in the Commuter Lounge.
    • No visitors are allowed into the Commuter Lounge.
    • Commuter students are responsible for keeping their space and belongings clean while in the Commuter Lounge.
    • Physical Plant is responsible for ensuring cleaning supplies are replenished.
    • Commuter students who are living with individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 must not come to campus and must contact Student Life immediately.

Individual Meetings with Student Life Staff

    • In most cases, student life staff will be meeting with students virtually by appointment.
    • Face coverings are required in all office areas and hand sanitizer will be available.
    • Enrolled students requesting counseling services will be able to schedule appointments for virtual sessions regardless of their home location (includes students learning remotely out of state or internationally).

Student and Club Meetings (including CAC and Student Senate)

    • Student groups and clubs are encouraged to meet virtually as much as possible. When planning an in-person or hybrid group meeting, always provide a virtual alternative (that is, a zoom link, a device and a designated host in the meeting space) to welcome those who would prefer not to meet in person.
    • Club leaders who need to meet with Corie Steinke, Director of Student Involvement, should make an appointment.
    • If an emergency meeting needs to be convened, individuals will be required to wear face coverings and meet outside or in a room where physical distancing is possible.
    • Clubs leaders and advisors are responsible for disinfecting the rooms where meetings may occur.

Student and Club Activities (including RA and CAC programs)

    • Activities that can happen virtually, should.
    • Activities that cannot happen virtually but can happen outside, should.
    • Activities that must happen indoors should be limited to 30 participants or less.
    • The room furniture guidelines should remain as close to the original guidelines as possible and restored to the original setup if moved.
    • Participants should observe physical distancing of 6 feet or greater.
    • Participants should wear masks while indoors.
    • The RAs or club or group leaders are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the room after the activity is over (Physical Plant will be responsible for ensuring supplies are replenished).
    • If the club is hosting an event outdoors and in need of disinfecting supplies, club leadership and/or advisors should contact Physical Plant.

Campus Conduct

    • All Category 1 and 2 conduct meetings will happen virtually through Zoom or over the phone.
    • Conduct Review Board (CRB) meetings will happen in person in a room where proper physical distancing can be achieved and disinfecting between student interviews.
    • Students attending a CRB must provide a completed self-screening form to the Director of Student Involvement (will be emailed prior to CRB).
    • Hearing officers will be responsible for disinfecting with provided disinfectant the offices/rooms after individuals leave.

Cleaning Supplies

    Physical Plant can provide additional cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer upon request. KMY, Coffman, and Kulp residents should contact their Resident Assistant or Residence Life Coordinator to request supplies. Romero Apartment residents can contact the Physical Plant directly.

Safe Dining

Our dining partner, AVI Foodsystems, has established a dining protocol for students and employees. The normal buffet options will be available in the dining hall, but AVI staff will serve all of the food and there will be an option to get a to-go green box (for reuse). You’ll be able to reserve seating via the GET app for 30 minute blocks. Dining will be marked by sections and only 90 people will be allowed to be in the dining hall at any one time, with 2-4 people per table. Students will enter through a single entrance and the exit will be through the garden/patio door. Floor markings will indicate physical distancing, and surface cleaning will happen every 30-40 minutes in the dining hall.

>> More information about AVI Foodsystems COVID-related safety updates.


We will welcome our fall student-athletes back to campus on Friday, Aug. 7. Following the NAIA’s announcement of a revised fall sports calendar, the first official day of practice will be Saturday, Aug. 15. Until that date, teams will conduct conditioning and other off-the-field activities under the direction of GC’s fall head coaches.

The new NAIA calendar permits regular-season play to begin on Saturday, Sept. 5. Due to the shortened fall season, the cross country, soccer and women’s volleyball seasons have been pared back to approximately 80 percent of their original lengths.

  • All student-athletes and coaches must receive a negative COVID-19 test no more than seven days prior to the first competition.
  • Temperature checks by coaches are required prior to in-person team activities, and temperature checks must be completed by a healthcare provider within 6 hours prior to competition.
  • Goshen College students and employees may attend athletic competitions, but must wear masks and maintain physical distance. Other guests (including family members and visiting coaches) must seek permission in advance to attend. Walk-in spectators who are not GC students or employees  may not attend athletic events in person, pending further notice. This is subject to change based on pending Crossroads League guidelines. Livestreaming will be available for GC home athletic events as usual.

>> Read our return-to-play plan for student-athletes if they test positive for COVID-19. (Added 10.27.20)

Rec-Fitness Center

The Rec-Fitness Center is open to students, faculty and staff with ID card access only beginning Monday, August 3 from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. There are COVID-19 mitigation strategies implemented with signage posted. Strategies include spaced out cardio equipment, lower weight room capacity, wearing a face covering when not doing cardio, and separate entrances for entering and exiting the building. Do your part to keep the space safe for yourself and others while inside the building.


Intramural sports will follow the protocols of our athletic program, except that intramural athletes will not be required to obtain a PCR COVID-19 test before competing. The plans and protocols could change based on unfolding guidance.

International students

International residential students traveling to Goshen from abroad (Puerto Rico is considered domestic) will be required to quarantine on campus for 14 days upon arrival.

International students who cannot return to the United States should work closely with the International Student Advisor, Dan Koop Liechty (, and their academic advisor on a study plan for fall. They can apply though our remote student process to study remotely for the fall.

There is a lot of uncertainty about visas and ability to travel to the U.S. from abroad. Both of these are out of the control of the college, but we will work to support students as we are able and pass on information as we receive it. We encourage international students to connect with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their home country to find out the latest information on travel advisories and visa processes.

International students will be supported and cared for like all GC students. If any student is presumed to have COVID-19 or tests positive, they will be provided a single room in isolation, and will receive the care needed.

All international students are required to purchase the same insurance policy through a provider recommended by the college (learn more here), unless they are covered by their home health care system. The policy that all international students are required to sign up for is either the “Select” or “Budget” option. Enroll in and pay for the “Select” or “Budget” policy by August 11. Provide proof of purchase to Dan Koop Liechty,, if you are a returning student, or to if you are a new student. The plan covers COVID-19.

Health services

Goshen Family Physicians: Telemedicine

Goshen College has partnered with the local Goshen Family Physicians to serve as the primary medical service provider for students. They offer telemedicine services when appropriate.

Mental Health and Counseling

Goshen College counselors are providing their free and confidential services through a virtual platform. If you would like to meet with a counselor for a mental health education session/adjustment to the COVID-19 situation, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. This is a difficult time and we want to support you through our virtual sessions.

Health Insurance

Goshen College expects all students to be covered by a personal or family health insurance plan. Students may use their medical insurance to cover payment of services at Goshen Family Physicians (GFP), and payment with cash, check, credit or debit card can be used for services that insurance does not cover.

All international students are required to purchase the same insurance policy through a provider recommended by the college (learn more here), unless they are covered by their home health care system. The policy that all international students are required to sign up for is either the “Select” or “Budget” option. Enroll in and pay for the “Select” or “Budget” policy by August 11. Provide proof of purchase to Dan Koop Liechty,, if you are a returning student, or to if you are a new student. The plan covers COVID-19.