Common Space, Laundry, & Kitchen Use Policy

Masking is always an option for anyone who chooses to mask for any reason. The Penn community is encouraged to wear a mask (preferably a surgical mask, KN95/KF94, N95, or EHRS-recommended Aries mask as opposed to a single layer cloth mask), regardless of masking requirements, in the following situations:

  • if, for any reason, you want to
  • if you are not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations
  • if you are personally at high risk
  • if you are in frequent close contact with someone who is high risk
  • if you have COVID symptoms 
  • if you test positive for COVID
  • if you go to an airport  
  • if you have been exposed to someone with COVID
  • if you live in an area with "substantial" or "high" spread of the virus (defined as 50 to 100, or 100 or more, respectively, new weekly cases per 100,000 people). 

Space Use Guidelines:

  • The person submitting the reservation must be the person gaining access to the space at the Information Center, unless otherwise noted in the reservation request.
  • The individual reserving the space is responsible for ensuring that the space is left in the same condition in which it was found at the start of the reservation.
  • The individual reserving the space is responsible for providing their own cords and laptop/device to connect to projector and/or speakers.
  • Dry erase boards must be cleaned by the conclusion of the reservation. Notes may not be saved on the dry erase boards.
  • Trash and recycling must be removed and placed in appropriate receptacles by the end of the reservation.
  • All personal items should be removed at the end of the reservation.
  • Noise levels should comply with Quiet Hours. Courtesy Hours are in effect at all times.
  • Rooms should not be left unattended during the reservation.
  • In compliance with CHAS residential policies and procedures, alcohol is not permitted to be served at events in Lauder College House.
  • In compliance with CHAS residential policies, some items are prohibited from Lauder College House events, including candles and incense. Special exceptions can be made through the House Office for religious or cultural observations.
  • Non-spiked tents are permitted in outdoor green spaces. Spiking is not permitted unless approved by House Office.

Laundry Guidelines:

  • Laundry rooms are for resident use only; keep entrance door closed at all times. Non-residents found using House laundry rooms could be fined up to $250 or be banned from the House for the duration of the academic year.
  • While on the Penn network, residents can monitor their laundry’s progress either in person or online by visiting the Wash Alert page for their House at this link(link is external).
  • Remove all clothes from washers and dryers as soon as they are finished. Clothing left in machines may be removed by residents or staff. The House is not responsible for these items.
  • Clothing left for an unreasonable amount of time (ten days or more) may be confiscated by the House and donated to charity.

For more information, see Residential Services Laundry Page(link is external).



updated 07/17/2023