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Saint Mary’s announces move out plans

| Thursday, April 30, 2020

In a Thursday email to students, Saint Mary’s Residence Life staff said the College has finalized the move out plan for all students residing in residence halls.

“The move-out process will begin May 6 and continue through May 31,” the email said. “Residence Life will continue to monitor and assess the evolving pandemic situation for any potential impact on the move-out process. We will keep you informed of any updates to the process or timeline.”

The email said it is imperative students follow directions and adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as acknowledge challenges given limited and small elevators.

“Please be patient and remember we are all in this together,” the email said. 

Returning to campus to move out is an individual decision for students to make, and Residence Life encourage students to make their decision based on what “supports the health and safety of themselves, their family and the entire Saint Mary’s community,” the email said.

“Before traveling to campus, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the appropriate local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing, essential travel, public gatherings and other activities so you can make your best decision given your specific situation and location,” the email said. “Please take all of these factors into account when selecting a move out appointment.”

Students must sign up for a move out time slot to return to campus using the link for their residence hall listed in the email.

“Students will only have card access to enter their building on the day that they have signed up for,” the email said. “Those who arrive on campus outside of their move out day will not have access to the building. Only the student and one person to assist will be permitted to enter the halls. Others may remain with the car to load up as items are brought from the room.”

In the email, Residence Life reminded students they are required to bring their keys and student ID to campus with them.

In order to minimize contact, moving supplies such as moving carts and personal protective gear, including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will not be provided. Residence Life encourages students to bring their own supplies.

According to the email, students are asked to park in a parking lot and wait until they are completely packed to move vehicles in front of their residence hall. 

“Once you have finished moving out, drop your key off in the key bucket located at the front desk of your residence hall, scan the QR Code at the front desk, submit photos of your residential space to [email protected] and depart from campus,” the email said.

According to the email, Residence Life understands students may want to arrange meetings or gatherings with faculty members and others while on campus but asks students to refrain from doing so. This includes Saint Mary’s Convent, financial aid and student accounts. 

Students who are not able to return to campus to collect their belongings are asked to fill out a form found in the email.

“We are assuming all will return, but if you have a compelling reason not to return we will evaluate your other options and will communicate with you,” the email said.

The Residence Life team will be available by phone each day during the move out process as an effort to maintain social distancing, the email said.

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