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Housing and COVID-19: View important information about early departures.

FAQ

With the recent Stay in Place Order for undergraduate students and the shift to move most in-person classes to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester, we understand that some Michigan Housing residents are considering changing their plans for remaining on campus.

Are the residence halls closing?

We are still open and you are welcome to stay in your room. While there is no public health or university requirement for students to leave campus at this time, we do have new information to help you prepare for returning to your permanent residence, whenever that may be.

I’m thinking of returning home. What do I do?

If you plan to return to your permanent residence, here are important things to do:

GET A COVID-19 TEST​

Public health officials recommend this for all students. Students living in Michigan Housing are required to get tested *within 7 days prior to departure.
HERE IS HOW TO GET A TEST:​
  1. Plan ahead: Test results come back in 2-3 days
  2. If you have not already signed up for the surveillance testing program, do so now. You must be registered by 5:00pm the day before your test.
  3. Sign up for a testing time slot here. For exit testing, we strongly recommend that you sign up for a specific time slot. Testing is currently available this week at Palmer Commons, Pierpont Commons, West Quad Connector, and Couzens Multi-Purpose Room.
  4. Show up for your test. Allow for up to 3 days to receive your results.

    A, If your test is positive: You are directed to isolate for 10 days from the date of your test in designated isolation housing.

    B, If your test is negative: Practice enhanced social distancing for 14 days from the date of your test.

    C, If your test is negative, but a close contact (e.g., roommate) tests positive: You are considered exposed and should quarantine in designated quarantine housing for 14 days from your last date of contact with the person who has COVID-19.

  5. After receiving your test results, submit your results here.

*You do not need to be re-tested if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days. However, if you currently have COVID-19 symptoms you should seek a medical evaluation.

Additional details on U-M’s departure testing and protocols is available here:
https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/testing-monitoring/departure-testing-protocol

Will I be able to keep my room for Winter 2021?

Leaving now doesn’t terminate your contract unless you notify us you are cancelling your contract.. Plans for the Residence Halls for Winter 2021 term will be shared in November.

If I leave before the end of term, will I receive a credit?

Yes. We are working on the details of a credit to your account, based on the number of days after your Fall Term departure, and subject to potential financial aid implications on a case-by-case basis.

I’m in quarantine and isolation housing. Does that change how I leave for home?

Students who are currently in U-M Quarantine & Isolation Housing should discuss any travel plans or changes in move-out plans with their case investigator.

I PLAN ON DEPARTING SOON. AM I REQUIRED TO REMOVE MY BELONGINGS?

If you plan on returning for Winter Term, you may leave your belongings in your room.

If you are unsure if you will be returning in the Winter semester, we encourage you to consider taking your belongings home with you when you depart this Fall Term.

If you leave and later decide not to return to campus, we will share with you information about companies that can pack and store your belongings. You will need to cover this cost, or you can make arrangements to return to campus in Winter Term to retrieve your belongings.

I’m a graduate student. If I move out and get tested first, am I eligible for a partial refund?

At this time, only undergraduate students are under a Stay in Place order, and are eligible for the partial refund.

Will students be able to live in Michigan Housing this fall?

Yes. And welcome home! Living in Michigan Housing this year will be strongly informed by public health expertise. Each of us has a responsibility for protecting the health of the community. Read on for more details of what you can expect, and be sure to review the “COVID-19 and Public Health-Informed Housing Policies” in the Community Living at Michigan Standards. Each member of our community commits to three fundamentals:
  • Wearing face coverings at all times in the public areas
  • Practicing physical distancing
  • Maintaining good hand hygiene

We will share more details about what you can do to keep your community safe, and what we’re doing too.

INSIDE YOUR RESIDENCE HALL

WHAT TYPES OF VENTILATION SYSTEMS ARE IN THE HALLS?

With twenty different residence halls, there are differences building to building. In all cases, we have consulted with the School of Public Health and U-M Environmental Health and Safety to validate that student rooms are appropriate for students returning to campus. The filters in HVAC systems that recirculate indoor air have been upgraded to a higher MERV rating. (MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The MERV rating system is intended to be used to determine the filter’s ability to remove particulates from the air.) Most student rooms have operable windows for ventilation. If you have a question about a particular building, email us at housing@umich.edu.

WILL WATER FOUNTAINS BE OPEN?

The bottle filling stations and water fountains in the residence halls are all open.

WILL GUESTS BE ALLOWED INTO RESIDENCE HALLS AND APARTMENTS?

At this time, outside guests are not permitted in the residential communities until further notice. Outside guests are defined as any individual or group of individuals who do not live in your assigned Michigan Housing community. This is in accordance with the CDC public health informed guidelines for Institutes of Higher Education to maintain healthy operations. This does not apply to Northwood Community Apartments.

Residents living in the same Michigan Housing community may visit each others’ rooms, suites, and apartments, only on the comfort level of all individuals living in that space. (For example, residents living in South Quad may visit the rooms of other residents in South Quad.) Residents must wear face coverings while visiting the room of a fellow community member.

HOW WILL I COLLECT PACKAGES AND GET HELP WITH LOST KEYS AND OTHER SERVICES?

Each residence hall has a package room, which may not be in the same building. At the package room, you will see physical distancing markers for queuing, and staff will have safety precautions in place as they locate your item for you. Every community has a Community Center, a great resource for lost-and-found, temporary key and MCard check-out, and helping with general questions. You’ll see physical distancing markers here too. Remember, outside of your room is a public space, so face coverings will be required for these services.

WHERE WILL FACE COVERINGS BE REQUIRED?

Face coverings, such as disposable masks or cloth face coverings, must be worn by all individuals at all times in public areas of your hall unless you cannot medically tolerate such a covering. This includes lounges, hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, and elevators.

When you arrive for move-in, you will receive a safety kit that includes two face coverings and hand sanitizer, but bring additional ones if you can since a clean one should be used each day. Residents are expected to launder their face coverings regularly, so you may need extra in between trips to the laundry room.

WHAT COMMON AREAS INSIDE A RESIDENCE HALL WILL BE OPEN?

Right now, the best public health guidance recommends that common areas such as lounges and study rooms be closed for the time being. As the situation evolves and the term progresses we will update you on new guidelines. Where appropriate, spaces will be open where physical distancing is possible.

WILL LAUNDRY ROOMS BE OPEN?

Yes. Every community has a laundry room. For safety, you will see signs in each room with guidelines for doing your laundry appropriately. You might already be a laundry expert, but there are some extra precautions when you are doing laundry with shared equipment. Face coverings will be needed in the laundry room. Using our “laundry locator”, you can see which machines are available from your smartphone, so you can plan your trip.

BATHROOMS

WILL BATHROOMS BE SHARED?

Most residents in undergraduate residence halls will live on a corridor with a shared bathroom secured with card access. You’ll see signs in the bathrooms to encourage physical distancing in bathrooms, which are still communal spaces.

MAY MORE THAN ONE PERSON AT A TIME USE A SHARED COMMUNITY BATHROOM?

Yes. Students will see signs reminding you to wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands. To limit high-touch surfaces, paper towels will be provided and hand dryers will be closed. Some sinks may be offline to provide appropriate distance from other sinks.

COMMUNITY

WILL THERE BE RESIDENT ADVISORS THIS YEAR?

Yes! You can count on your resident advisor (RA) to welcome you to Michigan, help you in your transition, answer all kinds of questions, and be your go-to resource. Your RA will be checking in regularly to support you. If you have health concerns, please call the University Health Service Nurse Line right away.

YOUR HEALTH

WHAT IF I FEEL SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

If you show symptoms, including a fever of 100 degrees or greater, immediately call the 24-hour Nurse Line at the University Health Services for help and COVID-19 testing. Students who test positive are required to isolate and may be required to move temporarily into alternative housing if isolating locally is not possible. If you have any concerns about exposure to COVID-19, do not hesitate to contact the 24-hour Nurse Line.

In addition to the safety kit you’ll receive at move-in, you will need to bring your own thermometer and should be regularly checking your temperature.

CLEANING

HOW WILL THE COMMON AREAS BE CLEANED?

Our facilities team will be using enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the residence halls, especially high-touch areas like door handles, flat surfaces, elevators, and handrails. Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly with techniques proven effective against viral transmission.

Residents, too, have a role to play in keeping surfaces clean: that’s why you will see sanitizer dispensers at entrances and near areas like the package room, elevators, and community centers.

HOW WILL MY ROOM BE CLEANED?

You are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing your room. We will provide guidelines, and there will be cleaners available for you in the hall, which will be replenished regularly. Cleaning your room protects you and the whole community.

PARKING PERMITS

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A HOUSING PARKING PERMIT?

In early September,all Housing residents will receive an email inviting them to apply for a permit.

For Northwood housing residents, the parking permit application is now available.

For all other Housing residents, the parking permit application will go live on September 1 in the housing portal (same place you reviewed your contract). You can find more information on undergraduate parking in the Housing Knowledge Base.

WHEN WILL PERMITS BE ISSUED?

Permits will be available in mid September. We will email you with how you can get hold of the permit.

WHAT DO I DO WHILE I WAIT FOR A PERMIT?

If you live in Michigan Housing, you can park in any Housing parking lot without a permit until October 1. Please observe all other signage in the parking lots.

Contact Information

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