Everything You Need to Know About Move In 2020
Posted by John Brhel on July 17, 2020
As a member of the University's Office of Media and Public Relations, I've been covering Move In for several years, and it's always an exciting time. I figured this year would be a little different, due to COVID-19, and here's what I found out. Keep the following in mind as you get ready to make your move onto campus. (Residential Life will be providing more details in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates!)
All students living on campus will be tested for the coronavirus
All students who will be living on campus will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival before they are permitted to move into their residence hall. Test results will be available within a half hour. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be encouraged to return home for 14 days. When that is not possible, they will be required to move to the residence hall that the University has dedicated as an isolation building during their recovery/quarantine period. Students who are living off campus have the ability to be tested at the NY State testing facility on campus in lot ZZ.
Think of it more like Move-In Week
To accommodate COVID-19 testing and manage density, move-in will take place over a one-week period, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19 and concluding Tuesday, Aug. 25, with new students moving in during the first four days, and returning and transfer students moving in during the final three days. Remember to select your move-in time via the Residential Life website. If you need to change your move-in time, you may go back into the system and select from the remaining time slots.
No mask, no move-in
Students and family members accompanying students to campus must wear face coverings. No buts about it.
You may have to quarantine if you’re from out of state
Students arriving from outside of New York may have to quarantine for up to 14 days depending upon their state of origin. The University is currently making plans to provide a quarantine location and will share more details soon, Since it is possible that the list of states subject to the quarantine requirement may change prior to move-in, we encourage everyone to select a regular move-in slot. The list of states currently subject to quarantine can be found online.
Only students can enter residence halls
Students may be accompanied to campus by two guests, but only students will be able to enter their residence hall. This is done for safety reasons. Please consider this when packing. Some large laundry carts will be available for students to borrow to move their belongings.
You should limit your belongings
For fall semester 2020, Residential Life strongly advises students to limit their amount of belongings. For info on what's included in your room, what to bring and what not to bring, go online.
Students with disabilities or medical conditions can get assistance
Students with documented long-term or permanent disabilities or serious medical conditions who may need assistance with moving in should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-777-2686 at least 15 days before moving in.
Stay informed leading up to move-in
Keep an eye on the Residential Life website for additional information about move-in, and on the University’s Restarting Binghamton Plan webpage, which includes a frequently asked questions section that is updated regularly.
Make time to say goodbye
Moving onto campus is a big transition for students (and parents!), so don’t forget to think of some creative ways to say goodbye before the big day comes along. You could pack a picnic and visit a local park, our amazing Nature Preserve or have lunch at a local restaurant.
John Brhel is a communications manager in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a longtime resident of the Binghamton area. When he's not managing social media accounts or crafting press releases, you can find him drawing, watching movies, or spending time with his family.
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