Fall 2020 Housing Information - update 10

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What You Need to Know About #woolife

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

— Coretta Scott King

We are excited for you to join us on campus for Fall 2020 and have plans in place to provide a safe environment for learning, living, and personal growth but we cannot eliminate all risks without your help. When deciding to live on campus, it is crucial that you abide by the set of safety and behavioral protocols that are necessary to keep both you, your peers, and our employees safe and minimize COVID-19 infections and outbreaks on campus.

At WSU, we want to emphasize that as a Lancer we expect you to advocate for and foster a culture of shared responsibility for the health and safety of our larger community. Please keep in mind that best practices and public health guidance continues to evolve, and as such, these recommendations may as well.

Here are some basic guidelines of what to expect as you prepare to arrive on campus.

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Before You Arrive

Regardless of where you may be from, before you travel to campus, please follow this guidance:

  • Log in to your MyHousing and sign your COVID Residence Hall Release and Acknowledgement, under applications.

  • Log in to WebAdvisor and update your emergency contact information

  • Limit your movement and contact with others.

  • Stay in your house, apartment, or where you live.

  • Limit your movement and interactions to picking up essential items, like food and medicine.

  • If you have to work or have some other commitment, try to limit your interactions with others.

  • If you have to go out for work, food, medicine, or other reasons, wear a face covering.

  • Catch up with friends and family via your mobile device or computer.

It’s essential that you complete each of these steps. Students who do not complete these steps will not be able to move into campus housing on their Check In Day.

Updated 8/26/20

When You Arrive On Campus

1. Arrive to campus during assigned 30 minute window. Masks must be worn if windows are down and anytime you are outside of your vehicle.

2. When you arrive on campus, you will plan to enter the May Street Lot (South Entrance) - you will be greeted by a staff member who will do the following:

a. Verify that this is your assigned check-in window

b. Hand you an envelope with a to-do list inside. Things to complete while you are waiting in the car

- Log in to your MyHousing and sign your COVID Residence Hall Release and Acknowledgement, under applications.

- Log in to WebAdvisor and update your emergency contact information

- Download the Co-Verified App and complete your registration. This app will be used for symptom tracking and scheduling weekly testing. Watch your email for a link.

- Download the Boost App for dining options and online ordering

- Turn in Health forms, if you haven't already

c. In the envelope you will find a slip of paper, called your Check In Tracker, that you will NEED to keep with you throughout the entire check-in process.

- Please put your name on the Check In Tracker

3. You will then be directed up the hill to the Residence Halls

a. If you are driving yourself, you will park in the parking garage and walk up to the Wasylean Patio with the minimal belongings that you brought to begin the check-in process.

b. If someone is dropping you off, you will proceed to the Wasylean parking lot and remain in your vehicle until instructed to exit.

4. Once you are instructed to exit your vehicle, you will carry the minimal belongings that you brought with you and proceed to the Wasylean Hall Patio to begin the check-in process. You will not have the opportunity to go back and forth to your vehicle, so please plan to pack minimally.

5. You will carry your belongings to the Wasylean Patio to be tested for COVID-19. If you would like to watch the testing process in action, click here for video. Be sure to have your Check In Tracker with you that you were given in the May Street Lot. Before you leave this space, you will need to have your Check In Tracker stamped before picking up your keys.

6. You will proceed to the Residence Life Check-in table to pick up your keys and confirm your mobile phone number. Be sure to have your Check In Tracker with you that you were given in the May Street Lot. Before you leave this space, you will need to have your Check In Tracker stamped before heading to your Residence Hall.

7. Proceed to your assigned Residence Hall - you will hand your Check In Tracker that has the two stamps on it to the staff member at the entrance of the building.

8. You will then begin to settle into your room, there will be RAs around to answer any questions that you may have. Please note that masks are required everywhere on campus including the common areas of the building you are assigned to.

updated 8/26/20

What to Expect When Settling In To Your Room

  1. WSU Residence Life is requiring ALL students who arrive on campus, regardless of their home state, to restrict their movement for 24 hours in their room after being tested, until they have received a negative COVID-19 test result. Once you receive a negative COVID-19 test result, you may move about campus freely wearing a mask and maintaining a 6 foot distancing.

  2. You may only leave your room to pick up food (grab 'n go only - from the Sheehan Hall Dining hall and return to your room), or for approved medical appointments.

  3. You must use your assigned restroom –you may share living space and a bathroom with your household members but must limit your contact with them and wear a mask at all times.

  4. We will be offering a full list of virtual events and even some ice cream delivery, during this time.

Fall 2020 Safe Return | Worcester State University

Weekly Testing

We will be testing all residential students on a weekly basis, through the Broad Institute. This COVID-19 test is based on viral RNA retrieved by a self-administered swab of the nasal cavity. See http://www.broadinstitute.org/.

Testing is a mandatory requirement, on a weekly basis and will begin on Check In Day, August 31st or September 1st, when the resident arrives on campus.

Testing will be conducted in a 3 minute window from check in to completion. Results will be available within 24 hours and will be sent directly to students, as well as Student Health Services.

Co-Verified App

A free app for Google Play and iPhone that integrates with the Broad Institute's testing platform, and allows users to monitor symptoms, receive test results, and get clearance for classes and activities. See https://www.coverified.us/. You will get an email from Worcester State with the WSU download information, once its ready.

Updated 8/12/20

Fall Resident Student Parking - EMAILS SENT

All resident parking permit approvals and wait list emails have been sent. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact parkingtransport@worcester.edu or 508-929-8887, University Police.

Permits will be approved for the fall semester only at this time. The rates below reflect a semester ONLY price.

Dowden Lot (RC) - $88.00

Parking Garage (RG) - $50.00

Updated 8/27/20

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Planning to live Off-Campus?

If you are a current resident student and are no longer interested in living on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, please call Residence Life so we can talk about your options for fall 2020.

We would like for you to consider all factors and make the best decision for you and your family under these challenging circumstances.

If you have any questions please email reslife@worcester.edu.


Dowden & Sheehan Hall Check In

Monday, Aug. 31st, 8am-6pm

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA

Details and Information to Follow

Chandler Village & Wasylean Hall Check In

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 8am-6pm

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA

First Day of Classes

Wednesday, Sep. 2nd, 8am

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA