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Penn State Housing Releases Fall Move-In Information

Penn State Housing released its plans Friday for fall move-in amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The university’s updated move-in guidelines will bring first-year students on campus beginning Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20. Later, upperclassmen can begin moving in on Friday, August 21. Students can’t move in any earlier than August 17.

Although students can schedule a move-in time for any day during that week, upperclassmen are encouraged to choose from August 21 and on to give first-year students time to move in and get acquainted.

Students can head over to eLiving now to schedule their move-in times. When hovering over “My Info,” you’ll be able to select “Schedule Move-In” to pick your time slot. Students are encouraged to coordinate with their roommate(s) to avoid moving in on the same day.

These move-in appointments aren’t permanent, though. Should a conflict arise, you’ll be able to modify your selection and adapt your plans as needed.

What you’ll see when scheduling a move-in time

Upon move-in, students will head over to the Bryce Jordan Center to check in and receive their room key, parking pass, and other paperwork between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Sunday, August 23, students moving in will need to check in at their respective commons desks. As always, students will need to present their Penn State ID when checking in.

Penn State said families will receive just 20 minutes to unload their vehicles at their respective housing areas, but the university hasn’t said how that will be enforced. It’s also unclear exactly how long students have to move in during their time slots.

Penn State asks families to limit the number of people helping with move-in as much as possible. Everyone must wear face masks and practice social distancing as best they can.

Before arriving, students are advised to self-quarantine at home for at least seven days. They’ll also need to follow other pre-arrival guidelines, including reading through public health guidelines and signing digital paperwork.

Additionally, those residing in “high-risk” areas with a higher prevalence of the coronavirus may receive one of 30,000 saliva tests in the mail. Each test will come with UPS shipping information and be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Students who test positive are not permitted to return to campus until cleared by a health care professional.

The university didn’t provide details about picking up wheeled storage bins, possibly hinting at their removal due to the coronavirus pandemic and public health guidelines. Housing didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Currently, Penn State hasn’t announced how incoming freshmen will pick up their coveted Convocation t-shirts. In the meantime, they’ll need to take part in Extended Orientation the night they arrive, which will include a meeting with their RA and an overview of updated residence hall guidelines.

More updates about fall move-in, dorm room checklists, and parking information can be found on Housing’s website.

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