Do I have to move out at the end of the fall semester?
Yes. Any student living on campus for the fall semester must leave campus following the end of classes (by Nov. 22), unless individually approved for extended occupancy. Students who were reassigned for the fall semester, will be required to move out all belongings at that time so the room can be prepared for the spring (original) occupant.
Can I remain on campus between the fall and spring semesters?
Students who are unable to leave campus at the conclusion of the fall semester (Nov. 22) may request permission to remain on campus through the end of the final exam period (Dec. 6) by requesting a Fall Extended Stay in MyHousing. For housing during the period between Dec. 6 and the start of the spring semester, students must also complete a Winter Housing application in MyHousing.
Can I be tested for COVID-19 before I go home?
The Health Center is offering testing Nov. 16 and 17 with no charge. If you are not registered for Fall Extended Stay, you will receive a link via email to sign up for a testing appointment. Results will be available before you depart campus.
What time period is covered by the Fall Extended Stay approval?
Fall Extended Stay period runs from Sunday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Applications must be submitted for students who need to remain in college housing through the Fall final exam period. (Travel guidelines included in the COVID-19 Addendum will remain in place.) Extended stay students are not permitted to travel outside the Lehigh Valley during the week long break between the end of classes and the start of final exams. Move out is no later than Sunday, Dec. 6. A housing fee will not be assessed for this time period. Students must register for Fall Extended Stay through MyHousing by Nov. 1. Students who do not pre-register for Fall Extended Stay and remain on campus are subject to improper move-out fines and sanctions. Please note that campus services will be limited during this period.
What if I need housing after Dec. 6, when Fall Extended Stay ends?
Students who apply for Fall Extended Stay through Dec. 6. will receive a direct communication from Residence Life regarding registering for Winter Housing.
What is the time period for Winter Housing?
Winter Housing runs from Sunday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Jan. 22. 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 of the Lehigh Valley.
I am remaining in my current room for the spring semester. What steps should be taken when I move out?
Before you leave for break make sure you:
- Close and lock doors and windows (including window limiters, where installed).
- Disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off lights.
- Clean and disconnect personal-sized refrigerators (full sized fridges in McCartney North and off-campus houses should stay plugged in). Leave door partially open for ventilation and place towel at bottom to soak up water.
- Discard all perishable food.
- Empty trash and recycling into dumpsters.
- Put small items into drawers.
- Pack all items needed for the duration of your time away from campus including electronics, IDs, medication, etc.
- Return your room key(s) at a key drop box (keep your fob unless you are graduating).
Why do I have to return my key if I’m living in the same room for the spring semester?
Key collection and redistribution is part of the process to ensure testing compliance when students return to campus for the spring. Please use the pre-labeled key envelope you receive and drop your key in the closest key return box. Failure to return keys will result in a fine in addition to the regular lock change fee.
My room assignments will be different for the spring semester. Can I drop off items in the spring room?
Students who were reassigned will have the opportunity to sign up for an appointment to drop off and store items in their spring room. Drop off is by appointment only on Thursday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 22. A link to the scheduler will be sent directly to students in early November. Students who are unsure of their spring room plans (i.e. may be changing rooms or not returning) should take all belongings home. Students approved for Fall Extended Stay, drop off appointments will also be available during exam week.
My room assignments will be different for the spring semester. What steps should be taken when I move out?
- Lock doors and windows (including window limiters, where installed).
- Clean the room (sweep, wipe surfaces, etc).
- If you moved or disassembled furniture, return to original configuration.
- Empty trash and recycling into dumpsters.
- Return your room key(s) at a key drop box.
Will my room be secured over the long semester break?
The residence halls will be secured over the break period. Checkpoints for all unregistered students will be deactivated. Public Safety officers and Residence Life will make safety inspections in each unoccupied student room (and all common areas of suites, houses, and apartments). Unoccupied buildings will be secured and monitored. You are encouraged to take all valuable and irreplaceable items home. Please note that the College is not responsible for any items found missing or damaged upon your return.
Can I access my room during the semester break?
Students will not be permitted to come back to campus to pick up or drop off items during the semester break so be sure to remove all the items you think you may need while you are 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?
Please keep in mind the College’s plan for the spring semester may be adjusted if guidance related to the virus is updated. Individual plans may change as well. Students who don’t/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.