As the Shippensburg University 2020 fall semester draws to a close and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is still on the rise, students are going to have to follow safety protocols for a successful, safe move out.
Bill Yost, SU housing and residence life director, is advising students to depart from their residence hall for break immediately after their final class.
He also encourages students to get tested.
“Students have access to and are encouraged to get asymptomatic testing. They can also get tests before heading home between Nov. 10 and 17. They can call the Etter Wellness Center at 717-477-1458 to book their appointment,” Yost said.
Residents are allowed to have family and friends assist them with the move out process; however, no more than two helpers are permitted per student. Those who are assisting must also follow campus COVID-19 coronavirus mitigation protocols, including masking.
SU students who plan to return to campus for the spring semester are allowed to leave their belongings in their dorms. Though most on-campus residents will be going home for winter break, it is not considered a full move out, residents will be able to leave their nonessential items in their dorms and come back to it once they return for the spring semester.
“Students may keep their belongings in their rooms over the break. Students are encouraged to take important items they may need over the break, such as passports, prescription medications and other time-sensitive materials,” Yost said.
If a student wishes to stay on campus for the winter, students can request a late stay, to stay over the break, or to return early for the spring semester. The deadline to make a request was Oct. 28, 2020; however, if students need accommodation, they should email Housing@ship.edu or call (717) 477-1701 for more information.