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Student Wellness and Residence Life

Fall Move-In Procedures

To meet the university’s coronavirus physical distancing guidelines, the following changes will be in place as students return to live on campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

Spreading out move in dates and times

  • Early move in for resident assistants, sorority members, and athletes beginning August 3.
  • Identify groups (band, sorority recruitment, transition studies, bridge program, others) for early move in and assign a date and time to move in between August 15 to 21.
  • All other first year students and upperclassmen will be assigned move in date/time to August 22-23.

Points of emphasis for moving into University Housing

  • Student check in will be in the lobby of each residence hall. Student will receive an envelope with key/necessary documents.
  • A-State Welcome Packet will be placed on each residence hall bed. Includes: welcome week schedule, A-State spirit item, campus services contact information, RA and staff welcome.
  • Move-in volunteers significantly limited due to contact. Volunteers must be granted permission, assigned a volunteer date, and provided university guidelines prior to arrival.
  • Students are responsible for placing personal belongings in room with the assistance of up to two guests permitted in the residence hall.
  • Masks required for students, staff and guests in common spaces.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are enforced.
  • Thorough disinfecting of common spaces.

Housing Guidelines for Fall 2020

  • Limit the number of resident usage in the hall kitchen, laundry, lounges and other shared spaces to meet the social distancing requirements.
  • Supply the community desks with proper sanitizing items. Encourage staff to wear face coverings, abide by social distancing guidelines and use gloves as needed.
  • Detailed marketing plan (signs, texts, social media) to educate students on CDC guidelines, campus policies, and proper hygiene.
  • Encourage RA to conduct virtual inspections, resident check-ins and programs.
  • Visitor policy for Fall 2020: off campus visitors will be restricted.
  • Limit the number of room change options for residents throughout the semester.
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting residence halls (common spaces, hallways, public restrooms).
  • Create a virtual Resident Assistant training program and incorporate best practices for engaging residents while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Provide each student with a face covering.
  • Utilize the quarantine/isolation plan as needed throughout the semester.
  • Determine if a process is needed to screen students (questionnaire) before arriving to campus/while on campus as needed based on state/CDC guidelines.
  • Process to identify high risk students through Access and Accommodations.
  • Referred ill students to the Student Health Center for evaluation.
  • Assess the need to reassign student spaces to maximize private bedrooms/bathrooms as needed based on CDC or state recommendations.
  • Maintain vacancies in communities (if possible) to allow for health and safety relocations.

Plan version issued: June 25, 2020