DATE: January 6, 2021
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
Similar to the plan for the fall, all residents must pre-arrange for a check-in time block to return to living on campus for the spring semester. This will help promote safety by limiting how many people check into the hall at one time.
In addition, all residents are required to complete a COVID-19 test prior to checking into the residence halls. Please carefully read all requirements below in this email to help promote everyone’s wellness.
The testing and move-in process for resident students will be:
- Select a time block to complete COVID-19 testing on the Good Living Portal using the instructions below.
- Do not eat, drink, smoke, chew, or vape for at least 30 minutes prior to taking the test.
- Go directly to the Wellness Center arena first at the time you selected in the Good Living Portal. Be certain to bring your Rambler ID with you.
- Take testing verification card you receive after COVID-19 testing with you to your residence hall.
- Check-in at the residence hall by showing the RA on duty your verification card and Rambler.
a. Students returning to their same spaces should complete move-in within one hour and can have one person assisting.
b. Students moving into a new space should complete move-in with-in 1.5 hours and can have up to two people assisting them.
- Move-in may only begin after a COVID-19 test has been completed on campus and you have checked in officially in the residence hall.
Instructions: Reserving Your Time to COVID-19 Testing (Move-In will occur after testing)
- Log into the Good Living Portal, using your username and password (the same you use for email and Sakai).
- Scroll down to the “Assignments” section of the page.
- Review the available times and dates under the sub-section for “Check-in Process”
- Click on the small triangle to view all available times.
- Select the date and time that will work for your schedule.
- Click on “Update My Time.” A box will temporarily appear on the screen that says the time has been saved. It’s ok—no separate confirmation will be sent.
- Check-in times are scheduled in 45 minute time blocks for Friday, January 15 – Sunday, January 17.
If you are no longer planning to live on campus, please complete the “Resident Agreement Termination Request” form on the Good Living Portal. This is an essential step for your housing and meal plan charges to be removed from your student account. You should also contact the Residence Life Office at 304-876-5172 to set-up a time to remove personal belongings from your room by Saturday, January 9.
Important things to note:
- Residents who do not have a confirmed time block will NOT be able to move into the residence halls or apartments. In this situation, you will need to leave campus until a time block becomes available.
- Arrive at the beginning of your time block so that you are sure you have enough time to move in your belongings.
- We suggest that you focus first on moving in belongings and then spend time arranging them within the room.
- Residents who move in belongings at an unapproved time, such as when a suitemate has been approved, may be charged an Improper Check-in fee and a Daily Early Arrival fee.
- Residents sign-up for both the COVID-19 testing and move-in in the Good Living Portal. No other sign-up is required.
- Meal plans will begin at dinner on Friday, January 15, 2021.
Moving in your Belongings
- Please consider packing in easy-to-transport containers and bringing a handcart to help move your belongings. Only Potomac Place has an elevator.
- Residents returning to the same space may have one other person assist them with moving in items; residents moving to a new space may have two other people assisting with them. See notes below.
- Residents must first complete COVID-19 testing in the Wellness Center. A COVID-19 verification card is required to move into the residence halls.
- Once you have completed the check-in you will have access to the room according to your own schedule. Remember: people who do not live in the same building as you are not permitted in the residence halls after you have completed the move-in process.
- Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19.
Reducing the Spread of COVID-19
- All people participating in the move-in process must wear protective face coverings that encompass the mouth and nose while on campus. The only exception to the face covering requirement is if you are alone in a room or in an automobile with windows up.
- We urge you to wash your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds each time, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Residents and helpers must continue social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet spacing from any other person.
- People who are sick or have been exposed to COVD-19 may not come to campus. Further, people who identify in vulnerable populations are strongly discouraged from assisting in this process.
- While the University is taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed. Returning to campus at this time is at your own risk.
- People moving in must follow directional signs designed to limit exposure within buildings (hallways, stairs, etc.).
I hope that you are staying safe and looking forward to returning to classes. Please let me know if I can answer any additional questions for you or if your arrival time does not coincide with the available schedule.
Dr. Liz Sechler, Director