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Housing Delays Fall Room Assignment Postings To July 28

Penn State students will need to wait a little bit longer to find out who they’ll be rooming with this fall.

In an email to on-campus residents, Housing and Food Services announced it’ll push back posting room assignments from Tuesday, July 21, to Tuesday, July 28, due to “current circumstances” surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Once room assignments go live, students should receive an email notification. Additionally, they’ll be able to view the changes in eLiving.

According to the letter, the additional week will give Housing staff more time to accommodate students’ requests and provide single rooms to those who may be immunocompromised or feel unsafe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On-campus residents will be able to cancel their housing contracts at any time this summer if needed. However, they’ll need to notify the university by Monday, July 27 to avoid getting charged for August billing statements. More information about potentially canceling housing contracts can be found in our nifty guide.

Earlier Thursday, Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning recommended lowering fall semester room and board rates to accommodate the shortened residency period. If approved, standard double room rates would be lowered to $5,013 this fall — a decrease of $663 (11.7%) from last fall and $863 (14.7%) from February’s recommended plans.

The full board will vote on the measure Friday afternoon.

So far, Housing has announced several new policies it’ll adopt to counter the coronavirus this fall. Some guidelines include increasing dorm sanitation routines, closing floor lounges and recreation spaces, and capping room occupancies at two students (sorry, triple stans). Housing plans to provide more detailed information later this summer and fall.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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