Residence Hall Temporary Closure
Residence halls will be temporarily closed effective immediately and will remain closed until Friday, March 27. Students will have until 12 noon Saturday, March 14 to retrieve any necessary belongings. Residential student card access will be disabled during this period. All residents should make immediate alternative plans until the residence halls reopen. Please know that this is subject to change. Students do not need to move their belongings out of the residence halls at this time. However, we ask that students take all medications, medical devices, important documents, and anything you would need to continue remote learning from an alternate location. If you are currently with family or your support system (in-state or out-of-state), we ask that you stay with them.
If you are unable to relocate for two weeks because of extenuating circumstances, please email the Office of Residence Life directly at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating:
- Your most recent travel over Spring Break, if any.
- The extenuating circumstance preventing you from leaving your campus residence.
- A contact number that we can reach you directly.
Please allow 1-2 business days for us to follow up. All residential students will need to inform the Office of Residence Life to remain in the residence halls during this temporary closure.
Food services will be available, however, the hours will be limited similar to campus breaks. Bon Appetit will share specific updates to dining services and hours as they become available.
We will do our best to ensure equity in this process and as additional details are worked out, we will continue to update you. If you have specific questions regarding housing, please contact email@example.com.
Residence Hall Changes for Spring Semester and May Term
We appreciate your patience and flexibility over the past week as we determine next steps related to campus housing. We know that some students who have not returned to campus may want to come back despite limited services, and other students want to remain off campus and work remotely for the rest of the semester. Below are options for residential students regarding next steps:
Students who want to remain in the hall until the end of the Spring semester and/or through the end of May term may do so. We understand that some students’ off campus accommodations over the past two weeks were anticipated to be temporary. If you choose to remain in campus residence halls or would like to return for the rest of the semester (including the Draw and college owned houses), please complete the “Continuation of Spring Housing” form by March 30, 2020 at noon.
Students who wish to move out for the remainder of the term may do so. If you choose to move out for the remainder of the semester, please complete the “Spring Move Out” form by March 30, 2020 at noon. You will be assigned a time and move out date based on the availability indicated on the Spring Move Out form.
All forms are located in eRezLife: westminstercollege.erezlife.com
Students who were unable to return to their campus residence hall after spring break, or March 13, will be issued a credit for their room charges through the end of the spring term.
Housing and Meal Plan Grants
Residential students who have completed the move-out process in advance of March 30 will be issued grants towards housing and food services. The housing grant will be $1,000 for the spring term. In accordance with individual meal plan usage as of March 30, students will be granted up to $600 for the Purple Plan or up to $800 for the Gold Plan once the Spring 2020 semester is completed for those students not living on campus and not using their meal plans. Grant checks will be issued once students have completed the move-out process.
Please note that this Spring semester counts toward fulfilling the two-year residency requirement. If you have not completed your two-year residency requirement, you will be required to complete it in the 2020-21 Academic Year.
The Housing Selection process will be delayed a week. If you have not completed your housing application in eRezLife, you must do so in order to select housing for the 2020-21 Academic Year. See below for the extended deadlines to housing selection.
April 5, 2020 – Application and Deposit Deadline
Students must have their housing application and $150 housing deposit completed. Individuals not meeting this deadline will be removed from roommate groups and will not be able to select spaces until the end of the selection process.
April 6, 2020 – Housing Lottery Assignment Email
Students who have completed their housing application by the April 6, 2020 at 11:49 PM deadline will be emailed the time of their room selection.
Tuesday, April 7 – Monday, April 20, 2020 – Open Housing Selection
Individuals may select any empty room available at Westminster on the Draw, Behnken Hall 3rd floor, or Stock Hall for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Selection times will be randomly generated based on a number system. If you have a conduct record, your number will be placed at the bottom of the randomly generated list. This must be completed if you are a returning second year student, per the two-year residency requirement; otherwise you will be automatically placed on June 1, 2020.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, do not come to campus if you have been or think you have been exposed to COVID-19 until further instructions are shared with you about the quarantine process.
Students should report potential exposure and any personal travel via cruise or to a CDC advisory level 2 (Japan) or level 3 (China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy) countries. Additionally, if you have been to an area in the country that has confirmed cases, we ask that you report potential exposure. If you believe you have had exposure to COVID-19 during your travels, please contact the State of Utah Coronavirus Hotline (1.800.456.7707) for an initial assessment.
After you have spoken with the coronavirus hotline, please contact Student Health Services at 801.832.2239 or email@example.com so that we can provide support should a self-quarantine be required.