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What You Need to Know: Housing and Dining

We’ve updated our procedures with your health and safety in mind.

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Residence Hall Return

Residence hall return for the spring semester will be Monday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Jan. 16. In early December, residents will receive an email from with directions for time slot registration.

  • All residents must schedule a time to return. If you arrive without a scheduled time slot for that day and time, you will be denied access to the building. No exceptions can be made for those who show up without a scheduled time.
  • The following time slots will be available Jan. 11-16 for each residence hall:
    • 8:00-9:00 a.m.
    • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    • 11:00 a.m. to noon
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    • 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    • 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • The 30-minute break between time slots will allow for carts to be returned and cleaned and to ensure guests have left the building.
  • Residents are expected to complete their return during their 60-minute time slot. Each resident may have two helpers accompany them into the residence hall. Everyone must wear a mask/face covering and practice physical distancing from others.
  • Resident assistants may return as early as Friday, Jan. 8, and must complete their return process no later than Monday, Jan. 11.
  • If you have extenuating circumstances related to move-in, please email Exceptions will be granted based upon the circumstances and the availability of time slots.

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Important information

What to Do If ...

Your Roommate Isn't Following Safety Protocols

If your roommate is acting in ways that you think are unsafe and putting you at risk, we recommend talking with your roommate about why safety measures are important to all members of our community.

If you are unable to resolve the situation, please contact the Office of Student Conduct at or 304-293-8111.

You Have a COVID-19 Related Event

Here's what to do if:

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If you live in a residence hall, you must follow visitation policy in the Residence Hall Health and Safety Policies.

For more information, review the guidelines for visitors in residence halls and University Apartments.

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Health and Safety Measures

Daily Wellness Survey

All students and employees are required to complete the daily wellness survey.


Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface. Follow label instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product, including precautions you should take when applying the product.

Policies and Guidelines

Students are expected to follow WVU’s guidelines, as well as ordinances established by the City of Morgantown and Monongalia County, including mask-wearing, appropriate physical distancing, keeping your hands and environment clean and limiting the number of people at gatherings.

Consequences for not complying with the Student Code of Conduct for Personal Protective Equipment or any other COVID-19 related guidelines include one or more of the following: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University.

Reporting Violations

If you see a violation of University, local or state health and safety guidelines (e.g., large gatherings, failure to wear personal protective equipment), follow the steps for reporting violations.

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Changes for Guests

  • Dining operation changes include physical distancing for customer lines, adjusted seating for physical distancing guidelines, expansion of delivery/pickup options, expansion of Grab-n-Go and retail offerings and elimination of buffets.
    • While dining halls still will be all-you-care-to-eat, food will be served by employees rather than self-serve.
  • Dining halls will have several items packaged and ready for grab-and-go (e.g., prepared salads and desserts).
  • To-go containers will remain available.
  • Disposable plates, cups and silverware will be provided if you wish to dine in.
    • Use a new plate or cup each time you visit a serving station or beverage machine.
  • Public-use items (e.g., toasters and microwaves) will be available, but employees will operate them for you.
  • Expanded takeout menus and Grab-and-Go options will feature on-trend and comfort-focused options.
  • Made-to-order items will be available to order in advance.

Employee Procedure Changes

  • Employee temperature checks before every shift.
  • All employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • The new Clean Team will wear bright yellow shirts and will constantly clean and sanitize dining areas, counters, machines, kitchens and serving areas.

Additional Safety Measures

  • Touchless payment
  • Table dividers separating diners
  • Directional flow signage at all dining locations to reduce crowding
  • Pickup areas for retail orders and groceries-to-go
  • New plexiglass guards and cleaning requirements for kiosk screens, drink machines, counters and other contact surfaces

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Residence Hall Cleaning Procedures

  • Each room was deep cleaned, which included cleaning all surfaces and furniture, after previous residents moved out.
  • Communal restrooms will be cleaned once a day in residence halls. High-touch areas in communal restrooms will be cleaned every 8 hours.
  • High-touch areas in suite style restrooms will be cleaned once a day. Suite style restrooms will also receive a deep cleaning a minimum of once every three weeks.
  • Residents should clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks) routinely with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.

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Stop the Spread

Personal accountability is the key to our safe return to campus. Do your part to keep everyone safe.

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