A: We will be reactivating the Housing Application for the 2020-2021 Academic Year in the coming weeks. This will allow students to complete all pre-selection steps including forming or changing roommate groups. Thank you for your patience as we manage the volume of visitors to our Housing Portal for the Move-Out process. Once that volume subsides, we will communicate to students that the Housing Application is available.
2020-21 Housing Selection Postponed
May 29th Update
We are writing today to provide an update on the Housing Selection process, as we promised to do in the April 30 message to the University community.
President Hatch shared on May 15 that we expect to deliver our plans for the fall semester no later than June 30. Our plans for housing selection are intricately tied to the work of the fall scenario planning group. As such, we are not prepared to announce plans for Housing Selection in advance of the University’s decisions.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We look forward to communicating plans for housing selection following the University’s announcement of plans for the fall semester.
April 30th Update
One of the many challenges of the COVID-19 crisis is the continued uncertainty it has introduced into our day-to-day work and lives. We had planned to announce a timeline for housing selection, but regret there are still too many unknowns to move forward with that process at this time. To avoid having to make substantial changes to housing plans if the public health situation shifts, we are going to take additional time to plan for various scenarios and continue to monitor the ever-changing public health landscape.
We continue to collaborate closely with our partners across campus to best understand the number of students who need housing for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Due to the uncertainty in this area, we are not able to approve releases from the University’s residency requirement at this time. Students who have previously petitioned to live off-campus remain in a pending status, and should not sign leases for off-campus properties until they receive written approval of their petition from our office. As the University continues to gain more clarity on fall plans, we will continue to keep you informed of any housing-related impacts.
Lastly, we want to acknowledge that not knowing where you will be calling home next year likely adds to the stress and anxiety we face on a daily basis now due to COVID-19. We do not take these decisions lightly and make them only after careful consultation with our public health officials.
As we continue to evaluate the best way to move forward, we will provide another update from the Office of Residence Life and Housing on or before May 29.
2020-2021 Housing Selection FAQ
As a reminder, our housing selection is based on the number of semesters lived on campus. Students are able to group together to form roommate groups. Among those roommate groups, the earliest selection time of any member applies to the overall group regardless of who the group leader is. The group leader designation can also be shifted to any member of the group at any time leading up to selection. Our hope is that this allows the flexibility necessary for groups to be able to successfully navigate the housing selection process.
As we become aware of them, we are addressing additional questions below.