Common Space, Laundry, & Kitchen Use Policy

Masking is always an option for anyone who chooses to mask for any reason. Individual instructors may decide to require students to wear masks in their classroom and those who do should make that clear on their syllabus and to their students in the classroom.

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). 

Visit the University's COVID-19 FAQ section for specific information about masking.

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.

Kitchen Use Guidelines:

  • Trash and food waste should be discarded in the appropriate receptacle at the conclusion of use. Waste should not be left in the sink.
  • Solid food waste should not be poured down the drain.
  • The kitchen should be cleaned at the conclusion of the reservation. The individual who reserved the space is responsible for ensuring the following:
    • Stovetop and countertops wiped down
    • Dishes, pots, pans and utensils should be washed and dried. LCH-owned items should be put away and personal belongings should be removed.
    • If you use the dishwasher, you need to wait until the end of the cycle to empty the dishwasher and put items away.
    • Items should not be left on the counter to dry.
  • All belongings should be removed at the conclusion of the reservation.
  • Health and Safety precautions should be taken at all times when using the kitchen- do not leave the oven or microwave on and unattended.
  • Items placed in the refrigerator/freezer should be labeled with the name and event associated with their owner. Anything not labeled or claimed may be discarded.

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.
  • Maintain all COVID-19 Safety Measures while in the space. Keep up the 3 W's!! Watch your distance (keep 6 feet apart), Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer when not near a sink), and Wear your mask (even while in your college house).

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



updated 01/11/2023