COVID-19 Opening FAQ

FAQs: Fall 2020 Semester and Move In Process

· One of my roommate(s) won't be living on campus in the Fall semester leaving an opening in my space. What happens next?

If your roommate/housemate notifies their class dean or Residential Life by July 17, you will be able to pull in a friend to fill that vacancy. Pull in requests need to be received by Residential Life by July 27. After that date, Residential Life will fill the open vacancies with students still in need of housing assignments.

· How do I sign up for a timeslot to move in for the Fall semester?

You will receive an update from Residential Life by July 17th that includes a tool which you can use to sign up for a move-in timeslot. If you need to make travel arrangements prior to getting access to the sign up tool, you should do so and inform us of your arrival date so we can work with you to provide a timeslot. 

· When can I plan on moving in for the Fall semester?

The move in period has been extended to minimize the number of students moving in at the same time.

August 24-30: First year students

August 26-30: Students living in High Rise and Fauver apartments

August 27-30: All other undergraduate students

Students will be able to sign up for a timeslot for the relevant move in process through a tool that is currently being developed and will be available by July 17th.

Timeslots will be 1-hour during which time the student, and up to 1 additional person, will be able to pick up their key and enter the building to drop off and begin unpacking belongings. After the conclusion of that timeslot, any additional person(s) that came to campus to assist the student with the move in process should plan on departing campus.

Woodframe houses and program houses will be assigned a specific date based on the location of the house, but will not be required to sign up for a specific timeslot.

If you are within driving distance, you may sign up to drop off your belongings to your residence during the weekend of August 21-22, but will not be permitted to reside on campus until your assigned move in date.

· I'm coming from a "High Risk" state or area, what do I need to plan for when arriving to campus?

Based upon the guidelines outlined thus far, you should plan on self-quarantining within your assigned housing unit until you receive negative results to two separate tests. We anticipate this will take approximately seven days. During that time, you should participate in your classes remotely, but you will be able to pick up grab and go meals.

· I'm living with someone coming from a "High Risk" state or area, what do I need to plan for?

You should continue to follow health and safety guidelines provided by the university regarding social distancing, sanitization, etc. At this point, you do not need to self-quarantine, but should continue to follow health and safety guidelines. Please refer to the university COVID-19 website for more information.

· Why move all students in within a one-week period?

Balancing the various factors that go into planning the move-in process has led to the current plan, these include but are not limited to: state guidelines surrounding COVID, health and safety practices, summer maintenance schedules, staffing, and coordination of logistics for the process. The current plan provides students the ability to complete their move prior to the start of classes, while complying with state guidelines, and align with schedules for ensuring spaces are ready for students.

· What does "Family Unit" mean and how does it differ from a "Cohort"?

A family unit consists of students who live together: roommates in a double room, students in the same apartment, program house or wood frame house. For houses with multiple units, a family unit includes all students living with their specific unit only.

A cohort consists of a larger network of students who interact with each other on a frequent basis, such as students living on the same corridor in a residence hall, students in the same orientation group, etc.

When interacting with anyone beyond one's family unit (including your cohort), proper safety precautions of social distancing and face masks must be followed in addition to guidelines outlined by the plan for reactivating campus.

· When will I hear back about whether I have been assigned to on-campus housing?

Housing assignments will be visible in your WesPortal on August 7th.

· What is the plan for students currently living on campus to move to their Fall semester housing?

Students who are currently living in university summer housing will move to their Fall housing assignment the weekend of August 15-16.

· I would like to pursue living in housing off-campus, how do I go about doing so?

Students who will be Juniors or Seniors for the 2020-2021 academic year were invited to apply for a special exception to the live-on requirement policy. These requests have been reviewed and decisions communicated to students. Residential Life does not anticipate making additional off campus releases at this time.

· How is the drop off weekend being organized?

The drop off weekend is set for August 22-23 and is meant to provide a means for students who live within driving distance to move in their belongings. Items would be dropped off by students directly to their assigned spaces for the Fall semester, however students will not be issued their Fall housing assignment keys at that time to ensure that the overall move in process remains organized and is conducted in a health-conscious manner. 

· Can I request a room change for the Fall semester?

If you were not able to select the type of housing you wanted in April, you should submit the fall housing preference form on the Residential Life website. Due to the number of students who do not yet have housing assignments, we will likely not be able to fulfill all these requests. If not, you can submit a room change form after you arrive on campus. We begin working on room changes two weeks after classes begin. Please keep in mind that given the significant impacts of COVID-19 on campus occupancy numbers, there will likely be significantly less flexibility to facilitate such requests.

· What happens to senior housing spots for seniors who choose to study remotely? 

For students who choose to study remotely and who are not planning to reside in on-campus housing, their space would become a vacancy that would likely be used to provide housing to another student in need of on-campus housing.​

· Will their spots be filled or can they be held? 

​We would not be able to hold spaces for students in this manner. The space would likely be filled.

· Where will they live when they return in the Spring? 

Students who study remotely or take a leave of absence for the fall semester will be assigned to vacancies that develop for the spring semester.

· What fees are saved by not returning? 

​Students not living on campus will not be charged the RCF.

· What is the deadline to make the housing decision?

For students that elect to study remotely and not reside on campus for the Fall semester, priority will be given for available spaces for the Spring semester to those that inform us of this decision by July 20