The COVID-19 epidemic has rapidly transformed our lives, and with each change come new challenges. All of us in Housing and Residence Life have profoundly missed our daily interactions with you. Your safety and well-being continues to be our priority through this crisis. As we prepare for the next step — residence hall move out — we are taking additional measures to make the process less stressful and more safe for you and those who may assist with your move. Because we must maintain a level of social distance for health and safety, we ask that you follow these instructions as best you can.
Governor Ever's "Safer at Home" Order
As you may know Governor Evers has announced a “safer at home” order and has asked that Wisconsin residents cancel non-essential business away from home. We want you to do what is best for the health of yourself and your family. You may continue your plans to move out of the halls, but know that we will work with you if you decide it is best to remain at home. If you have selected a move out time and you choose to stay home, please watch for future updates as we will create a rescheduling process once the Governor’s order is lifted. There are very few students remaining on campus, and move out traffic is very manageable, so students are not likely to come across many others while moving out. For students that are only leaving their belongings, and not living on campus, this “safer at home” order will not reduce your campus credit for residence hall room fees.
Students will need their textbooks for online work, and the library is working on a plan for students who are not able to access them.
If you are moving out
To be eligible for a pro-rated refund, please check out by April 30, 2020. Use our two-step check-out process:
- Sign up for a Move Out Time, by visiting My Housing Portal at: https://rms.uwec.edu
If you signed up for a time between March 21-April 4, we are ready for you and you may still move out.
We have created an additional slot of times from April 24 to April 30 for move out, and you may also select these times.
If none of those times will work for you, you may sign up for extended stay, or register for a special exemption and campus storage in My Housing Portal.
- Utilize Express Check Out. An Express Check Out Sheet will be attached to your door. Remove all personal belongings, clean your room, dispose of all garbage at the dumpster outside, empty your mailbox, and drop your Express Check Out Sheet and Key Envelope at the drop site near the Front Desk. Please do not use indoor garbage cans.
If you need to stay
If you need to stay beyond April 4, you will relocate to an extended stay location starting April 5.
- Register for an extended stay by visiting My Housing Portal at https://rms.uwec.edu
- During the week of April 5-11, you will move into the extended stay room
Mail and Packages
When you register for move out please update your forwarding address.
After April 4, all mail will be forwarded to the permanent address you have provided us. For those in extended stay, we will deliver mail to your hall.
If you have a package waiting, visit the Towers front desk. If you need to forward a package after you check out, please arrange with your carrier and get a pre-paid package label to Towers Desk.
The financial implications of early move-out are on everyone’s minds. As Chancellor Schmidt shared, we are working with UW System to make sure students receive pro-rated refunds for lodging and food service. Once we have those details the University will provide additional information.
Keeping in Touch
Our Housing and Residence Life Staff, including many of the Resident Assistants, will continue to be in touch with you, and serve as a resource to you during the remainder of the Spring Semester. We encourage you to participate in the programming that they will be creating in an online format. We believe this engagement and connection to your friends and our staff will be a vital component in helping us all adjust to this temporary situation.
Please remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Connection to a caring community will be vital to everyone’s success in weathering this storm. We are Blugolds and we are family. And we will remain together for the duration! Your Hall Director is just an email or phone call away if you need assistance. We’re here for you! We wish good health to you and yours and we look forward to the day when we can be together in person, once again.
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