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Message to Current Residential Students, 3/25/20

03/25/2020
By Joel McCarthy-Latimer, associate dean of student affairs

As you know, the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve as we try to limit exposure and help decrease the spread of the virus while keeping our community healthy and safe. As the number of students living on campus rapidly decreases, you will notice some changes in how and when we provide services. Please carefully review our updated FAQ document that includes information about housing consolidation, dining, transportation, health services, mail and more. Please be in touch with us if you have questions. We’re here to help you through this unprecedented and difficult time. 

Many of you have asked the question, do I need to move? The answer for some of you is, yes.

Please Read Carefully: In order to support social distancing, facilitate access to dining services in Fox Hall (University Dining Common), and to be able to continue to support residents with already thinly stretched resources, some students will be required to relocate.

Relocation:
• We plan to consolidate all students living on campus into the following residence halls: University Suites, River Hawk Village, Donahue Hall, and Riverview Suites West. 
  • Please note, we may further consolidate as the weeks/months progress
• This will allow us to maximize our resources, have students residing closer to dining services, and have students living in units with bathrooms. 
• In order to support social distancing, we will be reassigning students so only one student is assigned to each bedroom. Students will be relocated within the same apartment or suite if possible. 
Billing Adjustments & Rates: 
• As stated in previous communications, information about room and board billing adjustments will soon be available.
• For students (like you) who have received approval to remain on campus – you will continue to be billed for room and board for the remainder of the semester. If you no longer need to remain on campus, please contact your Area Coordinator or Resident Director immediately.
• If you are being relocated, please note that your room rate will not increase as a result of this change and your meal plan status will not be altered either. You will be emailed an individual email by Friday, March 27. This email will come from Residence Life with directions about where you will be moving, the level of assistance the university can provide for your move, and the timeframe during which we will need you to make this move.
Relocation Schedule: 
• We are working as quickly as possible to finalize our relocation schedule. We will begin relocating the students in the residence halls listed below first. If you live in a residence hall listed below, you will receive an update from us on Friday, March 27 with the detailed timeline for your move. 
o Inn & Conference Center (ICC)
o Sheehy Hall
o Concordia Hall
o Riverview Suites East
o Middlesex Apartments
o Merrimack Apartments
o Fox Hall
o Leitch Hall
o Bourgeois Hall
• After we close the residence halls listed above, we plan to close Riverview Suites West and Donahue Hall if space is available.
• To confirm at this time, we plan to have the following residence hall remain open:
o River Hawk Village
o University Suites
o Donahue Hall
                    Please understand, if space permits, we will also close Donahue Hall.
o Riverview Suites West
                    Please understand, if space permits, we will also close Riverview Suites West.
• Regardless of where you currently live, if you reside in a shared bedroom, we plan to relocate you. Meaning (for example) – if you currently live in a shared bedroom in University Suites, we will relocate one of the roommates in an effort to support social distancing.
• Residents who are relocating to another room/building will be notified by Residence Life of their relocation time block via their student email account. If students are unable to move during their assigned time block they should contact the Area Coordinator or Resident Director of their current resident hall or email the Office of Residence Life at ResLife@uml.edu
Cleaning of New Assignment:
• Our Facilities staff take great care in cleaning our student rooms. As the cleaning process takes approximately 2 hours per room to complete, we appreciate your cooperation as we relocate students to our suites and apartments on East campus. All spaces will be thoroughly cleaned before relocating any student. The cleaning process includes:
o Sanitize with Kaivac
o Sanitize high touch points (door hardware/switches etc.)
o Vacuum exposed carpet
o Sweep and wash floors
o Full dusting
o Wipe surfaces and appliances
o Move furniture and vacuum all carpet
o Clean furniture and drawers inside and out
o Clean kitchen cabinets and appliances inside and out
o Clean vents
o Wash and wipe all surfaces including walls and windows
What dining hall/facilities are open? Hours of operations?
• Fox Hall (University Dining Commons) has converted operations to Grab-and-Go and is no longer be available for dine-in service. Fox Dining Hall is open 7 days a week:
o Breakfast: 8  – 10 a.m. 
o Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
o Dinner: 5 – 7 p.m.
• The C-Store (The Pod Market) in Fox Hall is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week for purchases with River Hawk Dollars and credit/debt. The seating in the Common will not be available.
• No other dining venues will be open on campus until further notice.

Again, please note that your room rate will not increase as a result of this change and your meal plan status will not be altered either. You will be emailed an individual email by Friday, March 27. This email will come from Residence Life with directions about where you will be moving, the level of assistance the university can provide for your move, and the timeframe during which we will need you to make this move.

We continue to make every effort to work with our dedicated and caring colleagues to allow you to stay in the residence halls while we know other campuses have required that every student vacate. Please remain patient with us as we do our best within the current situation to make this as comfortable a stay as we can. This consolidation is needed to help us accommodate changes within the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, government mandates and staffing structures. We appreciate how understanding you have been during this stressful time and will do all we can to support you.

Please stay tuned to your email for further instructions.