Housing and Residence Life, along with the rest of the university, has invested a significant amount of time and money into putting systems in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Throughout this document, you will find updated policies, procedures, processes, and cleaning protocols. We have worked closely with the Marshall University Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the health department, and local medical personnel in making these decisions.
Please know, we need to partner with you to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We can put all of these measures into place; however, without your compliance and cooperation, the impact of the efforts we are making will be diminished. We ask that students make smart decisions regarding wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings such as parties, completing the required daily wellness check, and other following university guidelines.
If you have a campus obligation or a travel restriction that requires you to move into the residence halls before the traditional move-in dates, you will need to contact Housing and Residence Life to request an early move-in time. You may complete the request at https://www.marshall.edu/housing/move-inout/. Please know that there is a $30 per day charge for double rooms and a $40 per day charge for single rooms for early arrivals.
If you are part of a group such as an athletic team which requires you to return early, your organization should be reaching out to you with specific details as to your move-in dates and instructions. You will still need to sign up for a move-in appointment at https://www.marshall.edu/housing/move-inout/.
If you are approved to return to the halls early, you will go to the Don Morris Room from 9am-2pm on January 11th to January 14th to receive your COVID test.
If you are part of a group such as the band or an athletic team, your organization should be reaching out to you with specific details as to your move-in dates and instructions. You will still need to sign up for a move-in appointment.
All students will be required to sign up in advance for an appointment at https://www.marshall.edu/housing/spring-2021-check-in/. Move-in appointments are two-hour time blocks and will be enforced. Students are asked to arrive at the beginning of their time block so they can finish on time.
Before you arrive at your building, you will need to report to your designated location for COVID-19 testing. Testing will take place from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm—plan to show up before your scheduled move-in appointment time. The test is a saliva based test and will vary in the time it takes you to complete it. Upon completion of the COVID-19 test, you will be provided with a wristband to show your residence hall you have completed your test. Once you have your wristband, you are now ready to proceed to your residence hall to check-in.
To sign up for a move-in appointment, please visit https://www.marshall.edu/housing/spring-2021-check-in/. You will use your MYMU username and password to log in. Instructions on how to complete the sign up can be found https://www.marshall.edu/housing/2021-spring-move-in-guide/. If you need to change your time, you can log back into the system to do so. Appointments must be changed 24 hours in advance and cannot be changed the day of. Please note if for some reason, you work with housing staff to change your room assignment after you selected a move-in appointment, you will need to log into the system to schedule a new time.
If you are traveling to campus and are delayed due to traffic, please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at 304-696-6765. If your COVID test takes longer than expected, the hall staff will work with you on your move-in times once you complete it and arrive at the hall.
Both of your parents will have the opportunity to see your room and assist you in moving in. However, only one can enter the building at a time. While you have a person in the building with you, the second person should wait with your car or find a nice shady spot to relax (and enjoy not having to carrying heavy items into the building).
If you live in Freshman South or Freshman North, please report to BE5 (basement) in the Memorial Student Center (MSC).
If you live in any other residence hall (Buskirk, Wellman, Gibson, Haymaker, Willis, Twin Towers East, or Twin Towers West), please report to the Don Morris Room (2nd floor) in the Memorial Student Center (MSC).
Students housed in Holderby for quarantine will be asked to bring any items that they will need for up to two weeks with them. Linens are available if needed. Please note, rooms in Holderby are not airconditioned. Students will be provided with a fan. Don’t worry though, Holderby Hall still has cable and internet. So as long as you feel up to it, you will be able to keep up with your classes by attending remotely.
When the student checks into Holderby, they will be provided with a list of instructions for their stay and individuals to contact should they need any assistance. Students will have the opportunity to order their meals from Dining thought a special link, and a Housing and Residence Life staff member will deliver the meal at specified times.
Additionally, students will be able to find extra cleaning supplies at the residence hall front desk or in the floor’s laundry room. This will allow students to wipe down any surfaces in the restrooms should they want to clean or disinfect the facility themselves.
We recognize that students who live with roommates may have questions about how to best social distance. When arranging your room, please consider how to maximize your personal space best when setting it up. Additionally, Housing and Residence Life has purchased room dividers to have available for students in a double room. These dividers are 6 ft high by 6 ft long and are on wheels, so you can move them around when needed. The dividers are a metal frame with a curtain that hangs on it. (They look like this only will have a white curtain: https://www.dormco.com/Expandable_Black_Privacy_Divider_Don_t_Look_At_Me_p/dlookme-epdivider07-blk.htm) The room dividers are based on CDC guidance and allow for physical distancing between roommates. If you and your roommate would like one for your room, please complete fill out a maintenance request and one will be dropped off at your room.
If at any time you or your roommate are not feeling well and showing symptoms of COVID-19, please report this immediately. The sooner we are aware, the faster we can get you connected to the appropriate resources and separated if necessary.
The lobby kitchen in each building will remain available for student use. Students will be required to check out a key from the front desk when utilizing the space. Students are also expected to disinfect the area before and after use. While the floor lounges will be open for students in Buskirk to use as study space, the kitchen appliances will only be available for use on the first floor.
Community microwaves that have previously only been available in laundry rooms and floor lounges in Buskirk, Twin Towers West, and Twin Towers East are no longer available because students are now allowed to have a microwave in their rooms. A community microwave is available in the main lobby kitchen in each building.
The residence halls will continue to not allow students to sign any guests into the residence halls this academic year due to the increase in COIVD-19 cases nationally and locally. Students who live in the same building as you are welcome to stop by your room to visit as long as all roommates are in agreement with the person visiting and masks are worn.