What is the time period for winter housing?
Monday, Dec. 7 through Wednesday, Jan. 13. The application for winter housing will be available in MyHousing to students who have registered for Fall Extended Stay through Sunday, Dec. 6., and need to continue living in College housing during the semester break. The policies included in the COVID-19-Related Addendum remain in place during winter housing, including restrictions on travel outside the Lehigh Valley. There is no fee for housing during this period.
What is the time period for interim housing?
Thursday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Feb. 5. The application for interim housing will be available on MyHousing in mid-December. The policies included in the COVID-19-Related Addendum remain in place during interim housing, including restrictions on travel outside of Lehigh Valley. A flat fee of $228 will be charged for interim housing unless a waiver has been requested and granted.
What is the deadline to register for Interim Housing?
Students who need housing during Interim (Jan. 14 – Feb. 5) should register on MyHousing as soon as possible. Interim move-in will occur only on January 14 and January 15. Housing registrations must be received in advance to insure students can comply with the mandatory pre-testing and arrival testing protocols. No registrations will be accepted after January 4th.
When is Interim Housing move-in?
Students will move in for Interim Housing on January 14th and 15th during business hours. Students will sign up for a specific check-in appointment as part of the registration process. Students should plan all arrivals to occur during these windows of time for testing, key pick up, and check in procedures.
Where will students live during Interim Housing?
Newly arriving students for the 2020-2021 academic year will live in their Spring 2021 room assignment. This includes students in the McCartney Residences and privately owned fraternity houses. Spring assignments are now visible in MyHousing.
Students currently on campus who are changing rooms for the Spring will move to their new assignment in early January. Otherwise, students currently on campus will remain where they are.
Students who left campus in November or December and are changing rooms over winter should have already moved out of their fall room and will move directly into their Spring 2021 assignment for Interim.
Can a student request a different housing assignment for Interim?
No. Students housed on campus continuously from fall will transition from their fall assignment to their spring assignment in early January. All other students should anticipate moving into their Spring 2021 assignment when arriving on campus.
Students may still request an alternative assignment for Spring 2021 by submitting a request through the Housing Waitlist on MyHousing prior to arrival on campus.
Can a student rent or sublet a private apartment and not live in College housing for the interim period?
There is no requirement to live in college housing for the interim period. Those residing in housing adjacent to campus on College Hill or living at home and who will be accessing campus facilities must be registered as an on-campus student. They will participate in testing protocols and adhere to the guidelines in the COVID Addendum. If a student who is regularly assigned in College housing chooses to live in non-College housing for the interim term, they will still retain their College housing assignment for the spring semester.
Can students travel to and from campus during interim?
No. Students will be expected to remain on campus or in the Lehigh Valley.
Are there safety measures related specifically to housing?
Yes, including the wearing of masks, social distancing, no cross-visitation between buildings, and no visitors and guests in campus buildings. There is more information in the COVID-19 addendum to the Student Handbook. Policies are reviewed and revised during the semester as local conditions, state health department directives, and CDC guidance change.
Will students on campus be required to carry a meal plan?
No. No meal plan is offered during interim. Dining options on campus will be very limited. Cooking facilities are provided in all residence halls. Appliances in building kitchens vary (stoves, ovens, microwaves, refrigerators). Cooking is not permitted in student bedrooms with the exception of heating food in a College-approved microwave unit. Students may cook in common building kitchens or inside units with private kitchens (e.g. suites, apartments).
Can I access my room during the semester break?
No. Be sure to remove all items you may need while away from campus. Only students registered for winter housing may access their fall/spring semester room. In emergencies, students may contact the Office of Residence Life for special permission. Public Safety will assess a fee for this service.
What if plans for the spring semester change?
Students who can’t come back to campus for the spring will be required to remove any personal belongings left in College housing at their own expense including storage/shipping.