August 4, 2020 - ArtHouse FAQs

August 05, 2020

August 4, 2020

Answers to many questions related to COVID-19 can be found at


When will students move into ArtHouse?

Dates for move-in are August 24, 25 and 26. Orientation is on August 27 and 28.

How will move-in work regarding social distancing?

Move-in will take place over three days. Each student will be assigned a day and time. The student will be asked to report to the main building at 511 NW Broadway to check in with Financial Aid and Student Accounts. They will receive their housing agreement as well. They will read their housing agreement, and bring the signed agreement (and/or questions) to ArtHouse. Once at ArtHouse, the student will text the location of their parked vehicle and PNCA staff will bring carts. The student will load their own belongings onto the carts and wait outside the front door of ArtHouse. You will be allowed access to the building as soon as the elevator is available. One student and family will be allowed up at a time. Details like the phone number to text will be forthcoming. There will be lots of staff on hand to answer questions.

Can students stay all year even if the school isn’t open?

The rental agreement is from the date of move-in until mid-May. You have access to your apartment in ArtHouse throughout that time. We will only close ArtHouse if we are ordered to by the Governor. It’s important to note that we did not close ArtHouse this spring and we had students living there over the summer on summer leases.

What happens if there are issues with my roommate(s)?

Everyone living in a unit is asked to sign a roommate agreement that details roles and responsibilities for living together and outlines how disputes will be resolved.

Can transfer students live in ArtHouse?

Sometimes transfer students do live in ArtHouse. This is on a case by case basis and room availability.

How safe is the neighborhood regarding the homeless population?

Generally, homeless people do not bother students, though occasionally there is an aggressive panhandler. If a student should feel unsafe, they are always welcome to contact Campus Safety, who will escort them. We also encourage students to take safety precautions as you would in any urban area, such as travel with a friend, be aware of your surroundings, and do not wear headphones when walking outside.

Is it safe at ArtHouse with the protests?

Yes, ArtHouse is a secure access building. The door can only be opened by someone who has a key fob. Further, the protests are centered downtown and not in the vicinity of ArtHouse. Campus Safety is also on call.


Do students need to wear masks in ArtHouse?

Yes, students need to wear masks at all times in all common areas.

Will visitors be allowed?

No. In order to keep all ArtHouse residents safe, we ask that no one invite visitors to ArtHouse.

Will there be increased sanitation practices in the commons areas? What about within student rooms?

Yes, the common areas of ArtHouse will be sanitized several times throughout the day. Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.

What happens if a roommate tests positive for COVID-19?

The sick person, their roommates, and close contacts need to self-isolate and limit their use of shared spaces as much as possible. We also have empty rooms reserved and may opt to move students into those rooms depending on the specific circumstances. All decisions will be made in concert with the Multnomah County Health Department.

If a student moves into ArtHouse but decides to move back home half way through the semester because of COVID-19, will they get their money back?

No. The housing agreement covers the full semester and is non-refundable.

Can a student live in ArtHouse then move back home to self-quarantine and then move back into ArtHouse?

Yes, but we will ask the student to work with us about timing and may require a doctor’s note.

How is the air quality in ArtHouse?

Fresh air is supplied by intakes on the sides of the HVAC units on top of the building. This is not a recirculating system. In other words, each apartment in ArtHouse receives its own fresh air supply and does not share air with other apartments.

Other Fall 2020 COVID FAQs

Will PNCA be taking temperatures of students, faculty and staff as they come to campus?

According to the World Health Organization, "Temperature screening alone, at exit or entry, is not an effective way to stop international spread, since infected individuals may be in incubation period, may not express apparent symptoms early on in the course of the disease...." We are therefore asking all community members to diligently self-monitor their symptoms daily and to stay home if they have any symptoms of illness, including fever.

What is the value of performing a daily self health check?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms, should quarantine at home until the symptoms, especially fever for 72 hours, have subsided.

Why isn’t PNCA testing everyone that plans to be on campus at the beginning of the semester?

Although testing is an important tool in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19, the current public health guidance does not support broad testing of asymptomatic people upon arrival. Specifically, the CDC recently indicated that it "does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff."

Also, the American College Health Association and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) took similar positions. The State of Oregon Deputy state epidemiologist recently published the following update to their guidance for Oregon colleges and universities:

“Testing people without COVID-19 symptoms is generally not useful because the sensitivity of viral testing in asymptomatic people is very low. In fact, a recent review in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that, in people who actually had the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, viral testing had a 100% false negative rate on the day after exposure, and at best a 67% false negative rate on the day prior to symptom onset. Therefore, a negative result does not meaningfully increase confidence that a person is not infected. And just as importantly, a negative result does not mean that a person has any period of protection when they are not or cannot be infected. Testing of asymptomatic people would result in many more false negatives than true positives, and we have serious concerns about the interpretation of a negative result which may provide unfounded reassurance to individuals and institutions.”

In addition to the public health messaging that will be prominent in all communications to our community this fall, we have plans for isolation of anyone that tests positive and quarantine for those with known close contact.

What should people do if they feel sick?

The CDC provides good information on how to take care of yourself if you start to feel sick. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick to prevent getting others ill. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Call your healthcare provider if you have any emergency symptoms including shortness of breath, pain in your chest, difficulty staying awake. Monitor your symptoms and follow all instructions from your healthcare provider. We will work with ArtHouse residents to isolate or quarantine as needed.