Residence Life and Dining

Residence Life

As a small, residential college located in bucolic Upstate New York, Wells has some natural advantages due to its location. It is still critically important, however, for everyone living in campus housing to make responsible choices and act in the best interests of their roommates and others they come in contact with.

Within the residence halls, acceptable face coverings must be worn any time individuals come within six feet of another person who does not reside in the same room. Individuals should be prepared to don a face covering if another person unexpectedly comes within six feet. Physical distancing and face coverings are not required among roommates, as students sharing the same room are considered members of the same “household”; however, within the residence halls, face coverings should be worn at all other times.

This fall, we expect residential housing to operate with a reduced density, at about 75% capacity. Shared bathrooms and commons areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. For shared bathrooms, wherever feasible the College will be installing physical barriers between showers, toilets and sinks; using paper towels instead of air dryers; and limiting storage of personal items. 

Dining Services

The campus dining hall in Main Building will be open on its usual schedule for meals, seven days a week, throughout the semester. Capacity will be reduced, so seating will be limited. All students will receive a free “Eco-to-Go” container, and have the option of using that at any meal they wish to take with them. To help minimize contact, “self-service” is no longer an option; instead, dining staff will serve food on the plates (or Eco-to-Go containers) as each customer goes through the line, and also provide them with pre-rolled silverware. The dining hall will be closed between meals — for 30 minutes between breakfast and lunch, and 60 minutes between lunch and dinner — so that dining hall staff can perform additional cleaning and sanitization. 

The Well, located in the Sommer Center, will offer its “Slice Sizzle Stack” service of sandwiches and other pub fare during the day and the “Pizza 315” service during the evening. On-campus delivery and alcohol service have both been discontinued until further notice, and we strongly encourage everyone to call in orders ahead of time. 

Menus, hours of operation, and further details may be found at the dining services website.


Emily Burt
Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct

Adam Stone
Director, Dining Services 

FAQs: Residence Life & Dining


Have housing assignments been finalized for both new and returning students? 

  • Returning students who have registered for classes should have their final housing assignments by the evening of Friday, Aug. 7. Assignments will be listed on the “Residential Life” section of the Globe ( Please contact Emily Burt at with any housing-related questions or concerns.

  • New first-year and transfer students who have submitted their housing preference form and who have registered for fall classes should receive their final housing assignments by the evening of Friday, Aug. 7. Assignments will be listed on the “Residential Life” section of the Globe ( If you have not yet submitted the housing preference form and/or registered for classes, please do that as soon as possible via the College’s online admissions portal. Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions or concerns.

Who do I contact with questions or concerns about my housing assignment, roommate, etc.?
An online appeal form for housing assignments will be available by the second week of August. All appeals will be considered by the Office of Residence Life on a case-by-case basis.

Who do I inform if I have an auto-immune or other condition for which I am requesting a housing accommodation?
Students who believe they are at high risk are asked to self-identify and provide medical documentation to verify eligibility for accommodations. Vulnerable students receive first priority in the assignment of campus housing to ensure their room assignment is consistent with the accommodations for which they are eligible. Please contact Emily Mattison, the assistant director of student success, at or 315.364.3432 with accommodation requests.

Is the College operating its residential housing at reduced capacity?
Wells is a residential college with about 400 students expected to enroll in fall 2020; all but a small number of commuter students live on campus. The College has a current capacity of 500 beds distributed throughout six residence halls, each providing a mix of single-, double- and triple-occupancy room options. With an expected fall 2020 residency of about 380 students, the College will operate with reduced density at approximately 76% of full capacity.

Am I required to have roommates? Are there any single rooms available?
Only returning students who requested and are assigned to live in a triple or quad (in Main) will live with more than one roommate. The Office of Residence Life is processing the housing preference forms and will do their best to assign housing based on student preferences.

Do roommates have to wear masks, social distance, etc. in their own rooms?
No. Students living in the same room are, for these purposes, considered a “family unit” and thus will not be required to wear masks or socially-distance while in their own room. This decision is based on formal guidance that New York State provided to colleges and universities.

Do roommates have to wear masks, social distance, etc. elsewhere in the residence hall?
Yes. Just as they would anywhere else, all individuals are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing at all times in the residence halls, except while in their own rooms.

Can Wells students visit fellow students who live in a different residence hall?
Any person – student, faculty, staff or others – who is not a resident of the residence hall is a visitor to that hall and is restricted from entering student rooms, except as required for health and safety welfare checks or to perform maintenance. Currently enrolled students may visit each other in residential lounges, provided social distancing and face covering rules are followed.

Can Wells students bring off-campus guests into their room and/or residence hall?
Persons who are not members of the campus community are not allowed to visit in the residence halls for any reason.


Are masks required in the dining hall and the Well?
Yes, absolutely. Students and other individuals are required to wear face coverings at all times in both locations, except while they are eating. Any individual violating this policy will be refused service.

Will the salad bar, pasta station, etc. still be “self-service”?
No. Until further notice, all food will be served by dining staff as requested by the customer.

What other safety precautions is the dining services staff taking?
Utensils will be pre-rolled and new cups will be required any time diners wish to refill a beverage. In addition, the dining hall will be closed in between meals so that staff can perform additional cleaning and sanitization.

Will the Well be open this semester?
Yes! The Wells will be offering sandwiches and other pub fare during the day (11 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays; 2-6 p.m. weekends) and pizza during the evenings (7-9 p.m. weekdays; 6-9 p.m. weekends). You can find menus and other details on the dining services website.

This page was last updated Aug. 6, 2020.

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