What MSU students, parents should know about this month’s campus move-in process

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 10:56 AM EDT
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State University has released details online about the campus move-in process for students.

It’s quite different than previous years.

Move-in will take place over a five-day period: Aug. 27-31. Classes begin Sept. 2.

The plan, posted on MSU’s website site, is aimed to “allow for easier physical distancing and reduce possible congestion.”

In the past MSU would move in the entire freshman class in two days, but now it is spread out between five days.

Kat Cooper, MSU’s Chief Communications Officer said, “Previously we might have had a thousands of people moving in every hour. This drops down that we’ll only have about 5 to six people every hour moving in.”

Officials have decided that people must wear face coverings indoors and outdoors while on campus to protect themselves.

Cooper said, “Masks are required on campus, inside, outside, everywhere you go, except in your residence hall room or say in the bathroom when you’re bushing your teeth or taking a shower.”

She said families will be provided face masks when they arrive on move-in day if they do not have one already.

Before students arrive on campus, they should receive an email from MSU that has a date and time to arrive for move-in, according to the website.

Cooper said, “People are given 20 minutes to unload their car. We’ve giving them a very specific time to show up at and if they can’t make that time they’ll have to wait until the end of the day to move in.”

Once unloaded, families will not be timed to set up the students rooms.

Students are encouraged to stick to their scheduled move-in time.

If a student is traveling from a hot spot state they are asked quarantine for 14 days when they return to campus.

MSU’s step by step move-in process for students:

  1. Check in at assigned residence hall with a government-issued picture ID.
  2. Obtain keys, a welcome kit and complimentary meal pass at the residence hall.
  3. Follow signs directing you to an unloading zone; each student has 20 minutes to unload.
  4. After unloading vehicle, move your vehicle to a designated parking lot.

Items students ship to their residence hall before Aug. 19 should be waiting in there rooms once they move in. Items shipped later are expected to be at a package center at the residence hall, according to MSU’s website.

Recycling and landfill items will be collected on move-in day as part of MSU’s Pack Up, Pitch In program.

The university invites students and their guests to get food after they’ve moved in. Food trucks are expected to be available on campus near the residence halls. Dining halls are also expected to be open, but will have reduced capacity.

Complimentary boxed lunches will also be available for students who get meal passes once they move in.

Staff and volunteers won’t be helping students unload vehicles this year due to COVID-19 safety protocols on campus.

The university suggests students pack just enough items to get them through the fall semester, as well as using items like reusable tubs for efficiency.

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