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What You Need to Know: Housing / Move-In

We’ve expanded move-in times and updated our procedures with your health and safety in mind.

Checklist

Before Arriving in Morgantown

  • You must complete the COVID-19 education module prior to returning to campus.
    • Completion of this course by Aug. 22 is required for all students and employees.
    • Failure to complete the COVID-19 education module by Aug. 22 will result in a fee of $250 added to your student account. You will also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Before you start packing, sanitize or allow recycled boxes and storage bins to stand for 72 hours to eliminate any possible contamination, per the CDC’s recommendation.
  • Due to supply shortages, we encourage you to purchase supplies before coming to Morgantown. Some of these items include:
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and gloves
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Paper towels
    • Toilet paper (if you're living in an apartment)

Residence Halls

  • Due to the delay in the start of classes, the University recommends delaying your move-in.
  • Dates for move-in will be Aug. 15 through Aug. 22 (except Sunday, Aug. 16).
  • Check your MIX email for a July 29 message from University Housing (ResLife) with instructions for rescheduling or confirming your move-in time.
    • Students with an assigned move-in time slot between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 must either schedule a new time or confirm they their existing time slot.
    • Students with a crucial need (e.g., work, family needs or travel plans) may keep the time slot they already scheduled between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15.
    • If a student with a crucial need cannot keep their existing time slot or schedule a new one from the available times, they should email reslife@mail.wvu.edu for information about submitting an exception request.
  • Previous safety precautions regarding move-in are still in place.
  • Students living in residence halls will receive additional details about move-in via MIX email. Information will also be posted on the Housing website and WVU social media accounts.
  • The last day of on-campus fall classes is Tuesday, Nov. 24. Residents will leave their hall by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and will not return until the start of the spring semester. All instruction for the fall semester will be completed online following Thanksgiving Break.

Residence Halls: How to confirm an existing move-in time

  • Beginning Friday, July 31 at noon, students can log into myhousing.wvu.edu and register their intent to keep an existing appointment between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15.
  • The portal will close on Monday, Aug. 3 at noon, and students will no longer be able to confirm an existing time slot. When the portal closes, all appointments that were not confirmed will be deleted.

Residence Halls: How to schedule a new move-in time

  • Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m., students can log in at myhousing.wvu.edu and schedule a time slot for move-in between Saturday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 22.
  • The portal will remain open for students to schedule a move-in time slot until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14.

University Apartments (College Park, University Park, University Place and Vandalia)

  • Apartment move-in began Saturday, Aug. 1 and continues through Friday, Aug. 14.
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to register for a move-in time slot at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Anyone arriving for move-in who is not scheduled will experience a delay.
  • Residents should login at My Housing: University Apartments using their WVU Login credentials to select a move-in time slot.
    • Only time slots for their apartment complex will be available for selection.
    • Time slots are available Monday through Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. each day and repeating every 30 minutes. Time slots end at 4 p.m.
  • Registering for a time slot allows you to access and complete the paperwork necessary for move-in. Completing the paperwork prior to your arrival means a smoother and quicker check-in process.
  • You can change your registration through My Housing: University Apartments up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival. If you need to make changes within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival, email UniversityApartments@mail.wvu.edu for instructions.
  • Residents unable to move in between Aug. 1 and Aug. 14 due to travel restrictions or other extreme circumstances should email UniversityApartments@mail.wvu.edu to coordinate alternative times.
  • You cannot automatically terminate your lease early if your fall plans have changed. To discuss available options, please contact your property manager.

Off-Campus Housing

  • Contact your landlord or property manager for move-in guidelines before arriving in Morgantown.
  • If you are coming from out-of-state, be sure to check for any order or guidance that limits travel – moving into an apartment might not be considered essential.
  • Reach out to your roommate(s) to establish expectations for the year. Discuss visitors and overnight guests. Are they permitted? If yes, how many and when?
  • If your fall plans have changed, contact your landlord to see if it is possible to change your lease agreement.

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Move-In

  • Each resident may have two helpers for residence hall move-in.
  • Use personal protective equipment during move-in, practice all physical distancing protocols, including keeping a safe distance apart (usually 6 feet) and maintain good personal hygiene (i.e., hand-washing, wiping down high-touch areas) while moving into your room or apartment.
    • At residence halls and University Apartments, masks are required to be worn during move-in.
    • Those moving into off-campus apartments must follow West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s July 6 executive order that requires face coverings to be worn in all indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Arrive at the front desk of your residence hall or apartment community and be ready to complete the check-in process promptly at the beginning of your designated time slot.
  • Additional information, including parking instructions for move-in and routes to use when traveling to campus, will be announced soon.
  • If you arrive without a scheduled time slot for that day and time, you will be denied access to the building.

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Roommates

After Move-In

Dining

  • Dining Services will begin serving meals to coincide with residence hall move-in. Read more about dining operations.

Health and Safety

  • Properly dispose of move-in boxes and PPE in the nearest waste receptacle in a safe and sanitary manner. Ask your Resident Assistant, landlord or property manager where these are located.
  • Establish a cleaning schedule. Who cleans and sanitizes high-touch surfaces and when?
  • 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.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items – you should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • No dumpster diving – don't let tempting trash get you in trouble! Dumpsters are private property and not open to the public. They can also cause serious injury and harm from sharp objects. Individuals could contract COVID-19 from being exposed to contaminated waste from a dumpster.
  • 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 reach out to your Resident Assistant if you’re living in a residence hall. Off-campus residents can contact the Office of Student Conduct at WVUStudentconduct@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8111.

Visitors

  • Visitors (non-WVU students) to residence halls will only be allowed to access first-floor and public areas.
  • Overnight guests will not be allowed in residence halls.
  • Residents in University Apartments are discouraged from having guests during this time to mitigate the spread; however, no more than one guest per person/per unit is allowed at one time, per the Resident Handbook.
  • Please keep in mind the visitation policy is subject to change should there be a recommendation from health officials to restrict or limit visitation.
  • The University strongly discourages hosting visitors from outside the area.

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Dining

  • Dining facilities will begin opening Friday, Aug. 7 with Café Evansdale.
  • All locations will be open by Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Operation Changes

  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Customer Safety Measures

  • Touchless payment
  • 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

Employee Procedure Changes

  • Employee temperature checks before every shift
  • Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, provided
  • Accelerated frequency and depth of cleaning and disinfecting

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Health and Safety Measures

COVID-19 Testing

  • All students and employees returning to campus must be tested (at no charge) for COVID-19 at a WVU testing site.
  • Registration is required. Registration emails were sent to Morgantown students on Monday, July 20. Beckley and Keyser students were sent registration emails beginning on Monday, Aug. 3.
  • Failure to take the COVID-19 test by Aug. 22 will result in a $250 fee being added to your student account and you will not be permitted to attend classes on campus. You will also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for follow-up.
  • For the full schedule, what to expect and how to get your results, see What You Need to Know: Testing.

Masks, Cleaning and Distancing

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.

  • Wear a face mask or covering.
    • Everyone will be expected to do so; there are consequences up to and including suspension and/or expulsion from the University non-compliance.
    • Masks must be worn by everyone on campus beginning with move-in and continuing throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • Clean your hands – and your environment.
    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer after touching public surfaces.
    • The University will maintain a rigorous protocol for cleaning and sanitizing high-touch and high-traffic public areas.
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
    • Wearing a mask does not eliminate the need for physical distancing.

Complete information about safety measures, quarantine/isolation, monitoring your health and more is available on What You Need to Know: Public Health and Safety.

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.

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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

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