What You Need to Know: Student Life
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Before Arriving in Morgantown
- Complete your COVID-19 education course (more information will come in late July about this course and how to access it online).
- 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:
- Cleaning supplies
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper (if you’re living in an apartment)
- You may want to bring additional masks and gloves, though masks will be provided when you arrive on campus.
- Each residence hall will have a specific move-in day the week of August 9.
- Students will register for a move-in time slot through myhousing.wvu.edu. Registration will open on Monday, July 6. Students will receive an email when registration is open. Residents will need their WVU Login credentials to select a move-in time slot.
- Only time slots for their residence hall will be available for selection.
- Early arrival info for programs (band, Honors, etc.) will be available when programming decisions are finalized. If early arrival is required, there will be no additional cost to participants.
- Students unable to move in on their residence hall’s scheduled date due to travel restrictions or extreme circumstances can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Residence halls will operate at normal capacity. Residence hall beds will be assigned at usual occupancy following traditional configurations (i.e., assigning two students in a double room).
University Apartments (College Park, University Park, University Place and Vandalia)
- Apartment move-in will begin Saturday, August 1 and continue through Friday, August 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.
- Registration for move-in time slots will open July 6. 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.
- 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 August 1 and August 14 due to travel restrictions or other extreme circumstances should email UniversityApartments@mail.wvu.edu to coordinate alternative times.
- Contact your landlord or property manager 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?
- 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.
- Masks are recommended for those moving into off-campus apartments
- 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.
- Access to residence halls will be limited; two helpers per resident.
- 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.
- Dining Services will begin serving meals to coincide with residence hall move-in.
- 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.
- 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 (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.
Health and Safety Measures
- Information about COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantine will be provided in July.
- We expect each student – along with staff and faculty – to take steps to be safe, including mask-wearing, proper physical distancing and hand-washing.
- 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.
Positive Student Case
- If a positive case is identified in a residence hall or apartment, the University will work with the Monongalia County Health Department to determine testing procedures.
- Contact tracing will be led by the Monongalia County Health Department and WVU School of Public Health to notify those who have been in contact with a positive case.
Student Activities and Programs
- Adventure WV will offer only virtual first-year trips prior to the start of classes; additional in-person programming is being planned for fall and spring.
- The Mountainlair will be open.
- Protocols for transportation are under review, including the operation of the PRT, increasing the number of buses and implementing significant restrictions for physical distancing on all transportation. We recommend allowing more travel time to and from your classes to accommodate this.
- Activities centered around Welcome Week, including FoodFest and FallFest, have not been decided.
- Events will be adapted to make them accessible to all, with an emphasis on providing options that don’t require travel between downtown and Evansdale. Details about events and programs will be released in July.
- Residence halls will offer programming and activities.
- Fraternities, sororities and other student organizations are actively planning programming.
- Student organizations will be given guidelines regarding venue capacity limits, personal protective equipment expectations, physical distancing expectations, screening protocols and contact tracing.
- Student Life departments will each offer services to students, though they may be delivered virtually rather than in-person.
Health and Wellness
- The Student Rec Center will be open.
- Exercise and fitness classes will be offered in person and virtually.
- Connect and engage in greater wellness discussion groups sponsored by the Carruth Center, WellWVU, Adventure WV and more. Learn more and join a discussion group. The list of groups will be updated throughout the summer, so please check back for more options.
- Telecounseling services are available this summer for students who are learning remotely, and may be extended through the fall. Students can access care through My Student Support (My SSP).
- The Carruth Center is offering virtual therapeutic services and is open to all WVU students. Call 304-293-4431 to schedule a check-in, consultation, individual therapy or psychiatry.
- If you need immediate support, call the Carruth Center any time, day or night, at 304-293-4431 or text "WVU" to 741 741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
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Return to Campus Conversations
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