Why has the university made the decision to move students within the halls?
The novel coronavirus continues to impact communities throughout the United States and the world in unpredictable and unprecedented ways. In order to best support the health and safety of students, we need to adjust our course so we ensure we can continue to provide resources to those students who truly have no other housing alternatives and remain living on campus.
As the campus shifts to essential services only, we continue to reduce the density of the campus population, reducing the risk of exposure to those who remain on campus. Many students have made arrangements to return home. We also recognize that some students will not be able to return home right now. While the university will ensure that we have sufficient residence hall rooms available for students who truly have no alternatives, we need to offer an environment conducive to optimal social distancing. Reassigning students now also allows us to prepare to respond to future community needs.
Why were specific residence halls selected?
Reassigning students to the suite- and apartment-style halls is our best option to promote the health and safety of the students and staff for the following reasons:
- Individual bedrooms and a reduced number of students sharing bathrooms will increase social distancing.
- Residents will have full-sized refrigerators and microwaves, providing students more independence for storing and heating food.
- Moving students out of other halls will make future space available should the need arise for people to quarantine or isolate.
Where will students be reassigned to?
All students will move to one of four buildings: The Courtyards, University Suites, Eastside Suites, and Knoll Residential Center. Students who reside in all other buildings will move to a new room assigned to them by University Housing.
When will students move?
Students will receive detailed instruction sent to their @huskers.unl.edu account approximately 24 hours before their moving timeline begins. We advise students to start packing now. The email sent to students will include a specific date and time, new room assignment, and information about moving assistance.
Who will students room with?
We will do our best to keep current roommates together or near one another in the new space. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate room or roommate requests at this time.
Will I share a bedroom with another student?
No, all students will have individual bedrooms to promote social distancing. This is the reason we are moving all students to spaces where they can have their own bedroom and share a bathroom with as few individuals as possible.
Will I be charged more to live in a new space?
No additional charges will be imposed. Students choosing to stay on campus and move will be charged according to the contract they signed at the beginning of the year, or the amount of the new space – whichever is less.
What if I had a previously approved accommodation for my space?
We will ensure all previously documented accommodations are replicated in students’ new room assignments. If you have need for additional accommodations, please seek assistance from Services for Students with Disabilities at 402-472-3787.
What if I currently live in Gender-Inclusive Housing?
Those currently living in Gender-Inclusive spaces will continue to be provided accommodations with other students approved for Gender-Inclusive Housing.
I’m a Village resident and already have a private room. Why do I have to move?
We anticipate using The Village to respond to community needs for quarantine or self-isolation in the future. While we understand moving may be an inconvenience, your reassigned accommodations in Courtyards will offer a similar living environment near dining services.
Will I be able to return to my original room assignment?
No. We cannot predict how long the present situation may last.
I have not yet checked out and I cannot return to campus by Sunday, March 29. What will happen to my belongings?
If you cannot make it back to move out by Sunday, March 29, University Housing will coordinate a process to pack and store your items. Please contact the Residence Life office at 402-472-3885 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Will you provide assistance with the relocation process?
Yes, our staff will provide a truck to transport your belongings from your current hall to your new hall. We also will supply boxes for packing your belongings as long as supplies last.