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Residence Hall and Move-In Procedures

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With the spring semester completed, the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Residential Living are working to plan for a fall semester that will be different for students living in the residence halls.

We understand that the changes mentioned below represent a very different residence hall experience than ever before. These changes, along with additional cleaning and disinfecting by our housekeeping staff, are being put in place to lessen the chances of the spread of COVID-19.

This information will allow you to understand what to expect when living on campus. Please be aware that many changes will also be in place for other services on campus, including dining services and the Bookstore. As new information becomes available, updates will be sent to your Catamount Email and posted on the Fall 2020 Operations and Procedures website. Should you have any additional questions, please contact Residential Living at housingquestions@wcu.edu.

Move-In Procedures

Residence Hall Policy Changes

High Risk Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Move-In Procedures

First and foremost, the Fall 2020 opening of the residence halls has been redesigned in response to COVID-19. While the first day of classes is still scheduled for August 17, the residence halls will begin allowing students to move-in on August 1, 2020.

Move-in Times

Students should register by July 28th for the day and time they want to move into their building. Students can register by emailing housingquestions@wcu.edu. There will be a limited number of spots available per building per session, to allow for appropriate social distancing throughout the process.

Weekdays (Monday-Thursday)

  • Morning Slot: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon Slot: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

  • Morning Slot: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon Slot: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Evening Slot: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please Note: Each student will be allowed to have up to two individuals assist with moving their items into their rooms.

Students living on campus will receive more information about the move-in sign-ups when they receive a final room assignment email in July. 

Additional Items

We strongly encourage students to bring minimal items when moving in for fall. This is a recommendation that we make to students each and every year, but we want to emphasize even more so this year.

Although we are planning for and hopeful that students will remain on campus throughout each semester in the coming year, the possibility remains that students could need to return home quickly and should be able to move their belongings out in a short amount of time.

Residence Hall Policy and Procedure Changes

Most aspects of residence hall life will be modified to lessen the chance for transmission of COVID-19. With this reality, changes to policies and procedures in the residence halls for the 2020-2021 year are intended to encourage as much social distancing as possible.

  • Residents will be expected to maintain the recommended six feet distance between themselves and others at all times.
  • Elevators will be limited to 2 passengers per car.
  • Where possible, all community kitchens, lounges, studies, and lobby spaces will be locked and not accessible to residents. Closure of these spaces serves several purposes, but most importantly, this step removes areas where groups gather, while also providing more time for housekeeping to focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch spaces. 
  • Visitation in WCU residence halls will be suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students will not be allowed to bring guests, including other students, into their residence halls.
  • Students living in the same residence hall will be able to visit one another, but each room may only have one guest at a time.

High-Risk Students

As we continue planning for the fall semester, it is important to identify any student who will be living on campus and considers themselves high-risk for COVID-19.

We encourage you to review CDC guidelines and, if you believe that you are considered high-risk, please complete a short survey here. Our staff will review the information provided via the survey and will be in contact with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I move into my room for fall semester?

While the first day of classes is still scheduled for August 17, the residence halls will begin allowing students to move-in on August 1, 2020.  Students will be required to sign-up for the day and time they want to move into their building.

How will I sign-up for a time to arrive?

There will be a limited number of spots available per building per session, to allow for appropriate social distancing throughout the process. Instructions on how to sign-up for a time will be included in your room assignment email.

Weekdays (Monday-Thursday)

  • Morning Slot: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon Slot: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

  • Morning Slot: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon Slot: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Evening Slot: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Is there a limit to how many people help me move into my room?

Each student will be allowed to have up to two individuals assist with moving their items into their rooms. 

What can I expect to be different in the residence halls for 2020-2021?

  • Residents will be expected to maintain the recommended six feet distance between themselves and others at all times. This includes when riding elevators that will limit passengers to two per car.
  • Where possible, all community kitchens, lounges, studies, and lobby spaces will be locked and not accessible to residents.  Closure of these spaces serves several purposes, but most importantly, this step removes areas where groups gather, while also providing more time for housekeeping to focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch spaces.
  • Most, if not all, residence hall programs will take place virtually.
  • Visitation in WCU residence halls will be suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students will not be allowed to bring guests, including other students, into their residence halls.
  • Students living in the same residence hall will be able to visit one another, but each room may only have one guest at a time.

What should I plan to bring?

We strongly encourage students to bring minimal items when moving in for fall. This is a recommendation that we make to students each and every year, but we want to emphasize even more so this year.

Although we are planning for and hopeful that students will remain on campus throughout each semester in the coming year, the possibility remains that students could need to return home quickly and should be able to move their belongings out in a short amount of time.

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