Residence Hall Move-in -- Fall 2020

This website provides students with basic information related to the return to campus residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester.  Your patience is appreciated as we navigate the unique COVID-19 pandemic.  Our move-in plan will incorporate expectations shared as part of The University of Scranton's "Royals Safe Together" plan.  Residence hall move in will take place through two phases to help us control the traffic to campus.

Phase 1 -- Drop Off and Depart

All residential students may request permission to come to campus on Sunday, August 9, Monday, August 10, Tuesday, August 11 to place their belongings in their room, do some initial unpacking, and depart campus.  Students would then be permitted to return to campus on Saturday, August 15 (First-year students ) or Sunday, August 16 (Returning students).  This phase is fully optional based on student ability and interest.

Students wishing to request permission to participate in the drop off process on August 9 - 11 may do so by completing a form online.  

To sign-up, click here.  (Please note, this is a request only.  Staff will be in contact via the email you enter on your sign up with updates and to confirm your appointment.)

Phase 2 -- Traditional Move-in

Students participating in traditional move-in will come to campus on the applicable date listed below:

  • Friday, August 14 -- Move-in volunteers.  Information will be posted and communicated by email as soon as it is available.
  • Saturday, August 15 -- First-year students between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 16 -- Returning students


Early Arrivals

Students will not be permitted to return to campus early unless approved to do so as part of a University sponsored group or required to do so as part of Pennsylvania's 14 day quarantine recommendation (additional information below).  Students who have to quarantine may not be able to participate (in person) in a University group's activities prior to the start of classes.

Pennsylvania Quarantine Recommendation                                                                                                               

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recommends that persons traveling from various states of any other country quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.  The University's "Royals Safe Together" plan requires students traveling to campus from international locations of from states designated by the Commonwealth quarantine for 14 days. Students should seek accommodations with friends or family to quarantine in Pennsylvania (or neighboring states not on the list) prior to coming to campus.  If a student cannot identify an option off campus, please contact res-life@scranton.edu to request permission to arrive on campus early to complete quarantine.  In order to complete quarantine prior to arrival of students on campus, quarantining students need to arrive on campus Friday, July 31.  Arrivals after this date may prohibit a student from being able to quarantine in their permanent housing assignment and/or start classes on Monday, August 17.  All students arriving from locations on the linked list will be required to attest that they have completed quarantine prior to coming to campus or will be doing so on campus.  

Safety Requirements

All students and family members participating in aspects of the move-in process will be required to follow basic safety guidelines including the following:

  • Limiting traveling parties to no more than 2 family members with whom they currently reside
  • Wearing masks or cloth face coverings at all times while on campus and in residence halls
  • Utilizing good hand hygiene through the use of personal or provided hand sanitizer
  • Distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible

 

Do I have to drop my belongings during the August 9-11 drop period?

No.  This option is being provided to students who wish to arrive to campus during a quieter time.

Should I bring everything I own?

Students should pack light in case University operations change.  That said, students should bring the items that will support their daily life and academic pursuits.  The current academic calendar has the Fall 2020 semester concluding before the coldest weather traditionally hits Scranton.

Will I have to move out at the end of the semester?

A decision on vacating housing at the end of Fall 2020 has not yet been made.  Based on the experience of students at the end of Spring 2020, students may wish to remove all belongings from their rooms for any university closures.

This section will be updated with additional information by August 6th.