DePaul to offer mental health breaks for students in 14-day quarantine


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Wish Field, located in Lincoln Park.

DePaul athletics has partnered with Departments of Residential Education, Housing, Dining and Student Centers, the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and the Student Government Association to create a Mental Health Break Area at Wish Field starting on Jan. 9 and ending on Jan. 15.

This is an opportunity for students— who are in a 14-day quarantine period to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after returning to campus this past week to begin winter quarter— to get outside out of their dorms in a safe and controlled environment. 

“Providing our on-campus students with this opportunity to safely leave their residence halls, even for a short time is something we can all look forward to as we know this quarantine period can be difficult,” said Rick Moreci, director of Housing, Dining and Student Centers. “We are committed to not only the physical health of our DePaul Community but the mental health as well.”

DePaul is going to have a number of safety protocols in place in order to limit any potential spread of Covid-19, including requiring students to wear masks, to social distance and have a confirmed negative test result. 

“We’re pleased to work with our campus partners to create a safe and controlled environment for all students living on campus to visit if they need to alleviate some of the stresses associated with quarantine,” DePaul athletic director DeWayne Peevy said in a statement. “I am thankful for the diligent efforts of the campus community as we all work together — as one DePaul — to support our students during this unique time.”

Wish Field is located on 900 W. Belden Ave. and is home to DePaul’s men’s and women’s soccer teams. 

Students quarantining in residence halls on campus will be provided further details, including a link to register to utilize this space, via email this week.