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Move Out FAQ

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Who:
All students who live in university housing

What:
All students who live in university housing are required to vacate campus with all of their belongings by Sunday, March 29, 2020, according to a structured/schedule move-out process.

When:
Students may begin moving out on Friday, March 20, 2020. Students are directed to stagger their moves according to the provided schedule. Students are encouraged to speak with their roommate about move-out plans to limit overlap and contact with others during the move-out process.

How:
Students may bring only 2 individuals to assist them in moving their belongings from campus in the directed time slots. All individuals on campus during the move-out process will be encouraged to practice social distancing while in the halls. Groups will be discouraged from congregating in common areas. If students designate someone to retrieve their belongings for them, they may indicate this on the Departure form in their housing portal.

If you are ill, do not come to campus. Make other arrangements with the Office of Residence Life through the Departure form found in the Housing Portal.

If you are unable to move out during your designated times, there is a section on the Departure form where you can indicate an alternate date/time that would work for you between March 20-March 29. We ask that you adhere to the designated schedule as closely as possible for the health and safety of all.

Yes. All students are required to move out of their on-campus housing by 7 pm Sunday, March 29, 2020, with limited exceptions.

Request an exemption to remain in on-campus housing based on an extenuating circumstance by submitting a request in your housing portal. To remain in on-campus residence halls, residents must meet one of these criteria: 

 

  • Your permanent residence is outside the United States and you are unable to travel to your home country. 
  • Students who need to physically be in Cape Girardeau to complete outside-of-the-classroom requirements (e.g., internships, clinicals, student teaching, etc.). This requirement must be verified by your faculty member or academic department. 
  • You have a personal circumstance preventing you from returning home. Examples might include: 
    • Returning home represents a life-threating health or safety risk to you or those at home.
    • You or your family do not have a permanent address.
    • Your home community is quarantined.

After completing the exemption request, residents will be contacted via email by the Office of Residence Life regarding their status. Residents should not assume the submission of a request to have housing will be granted. Any approved residents will likely be reassigned to another location once space is open, cleaned, and available. 

  • To remain in on-campus residence halls, residents must meet one of these criteria: 
    • Your permanent residence is outside the United States and you are unable to travel to your home country. 
    • Students who need to physically be in Cape Girardeau to complete outside-of-the-classroom requirements (e.g., internships, clinicals, student teaching, etc.). This requirement must be verified by your faculty member or academic department.
  • You have a personal circumstance preventing you from returning home. Examples might include: 
    • returning home represents a life-threatening health or safety risk to you or those at home.
    • you or your family do not have a permanent address. 
    • your home community is quarantined.

Requests are being reviewed on a rolling basis. You will be notified via your Southeast email when a decision is reached. Please note that no requests received after March 24th at 5 pm will be granted

Any approved residents will likely be reassigned to another location once space is open, cleaned, and available. More information will be communicated with affected residents after the campus move-out is completed.

For residents who are not currently able to return to Cape Girardeau due to travel restrictions or health concerns, the Office of Residence Life will work with these students on a case-by-case basis and not require the resident’s immediate move-out. Residents who are unable to return may also designate a proxy who can retrieve the individual’s items on their behalf. This information can be shared on the Departure form found in your housing portal. Proxies will be required to present photo identification upon arrival.

Other than the 2 designated moving assistants during the move-out process, no guests are permitted in the residence halls. This includes other Southeast students, faculty, and staff. Anyone who is helping a student move should stay off-campus in a hotel or other accommodation out of respect for others' health and safety.

The university is unable to provide long-term storage solutions for students. There are many local storage vendors in the area and we encourage students to research them accordingly.

Empty, clean, and defrost the unit. Please leave the unit in the room for Residence Life staff to pick up at a later date. Please leave the doors of the unit open upon your departure to prevent mold/mildew growth.

No items may be left for donation this year due to the nature of the current circumstances. All items must either be taken with the student or disposed of in a dumpster on campus.

Meal plans will be active beginning at dinner on Sunday, March 22. Towers Café will be the only venue open throughout the week.

Towers Café
Sunday, 3/22  Dinner
Monday, 3/23 Brunch & Dinner
Tuesday, 3/24 Brunch & Dinner
Wednesday, 3/25 Brunch & Dinner
Thursday, 3/26 Brunch & Dinner
Friday, 3/27 Brunch & Dinner
Saturday, 3/28 Brunch & Dinner
Sunday, 3/29 Brunch & Dinner 

Brunch service from 10a-2p
Dinner service from 5p-9p

All other venues (UC, Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway, Kaldi’s, St. Vincent’s Commons, Houck’s Place, and Rowdy’s) will be closed for the week.

The University is evaluating our ability to offer a reduction in students’ bill because of this change and additional information about this possibility will be communicated to students on or before March 27th.

We ask that you cease mail/packages being sent to campus immediately. Any mail currently on campus for you may be retrieved at check-out from the customer service desks. Anything received after your departure will be forwarded to address on file with the institution. Please make sure your forwarding address is current by updating your personal information in the Student SS tab of your Southeast Portal.

Contact

(573) 651-2274
residencelife@semo.edu
Towers Complex 102

Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701