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Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan Update - Step 3, 2/10/21

Chancellor Black has indicated his support in moving to Step 3 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan, effective immediately.  This decision is based upon the relatively low case rates in Minnesota, St Louis County, and at UMD currently.  Additionally, we have good space availability in our quarantine & isolation facilities at this time.

We will continue to monitor these data points as we move forward - rises in case numbers may require us to return to previous steps of the plan.  We are also closely monitoring any impacts from activities related to this past weekend’s Super Bowl as well as the impact that the variants in the COVID-19 virus may bring over the remainder of the semester.

Step 3 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise plan has a “be back home” time of 12 midnight to 6 am nightly.  Exceptions are granted for the same reasons as in previous steps, including:

  • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
  • Work study or other employment
  • Be outdoors and physically distant
  • Attend a family emergency
  • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments

Additionally, guests are not permitted during the “be back home” hours (12 midnight to 6 am).  During other hours, guest limits remain in place (2 guests in a residence hall room, 4 guests in an apartment).

Please note - this change does not impact the existing quiet hours policy.  Quiet hours begin at 10 pm on weeknights (Sun - Thurs) and 12 midnight on weekends (Fri - Sat).

We urge you to continue practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hand hygiene.  Additionally, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must complete this form to notify Health Services.  They will follow up with you to provide additional instructions and further care.

Finally, thank you for the work you continue to do to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at UMD.  Please stop by the LSH Lobby on Thursday afternoon from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM to get a cookie as our way of thanking you.

Take care and stay healthy!

Housing & Residence Life

Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan Update - Step Two, 1/25/2021

Thank you for your efforts to meet the expectations outlined in Step One of the UMD Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  We are monitoring the case numbers in our area and the usage of our isolation & quarantine space.  Based upon the current data, Chancellor Black has indicated he supports moving to Step Two of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan effective immediately.

Step Two offers you increased access to various facilities and spaces both on and off-campus.  Here are the expectations for Step Two:

  • Students are expected to be “back home” in their room or apartment nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.  
  • When possible, you are encouraged to take care of tasks that require you to be out of your room outside of the “back home” hours.
  • The exceptions to this remain the same as outlined in Step One of the plan.  Some exceptions that may be applicable during this time frame include:
    • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
    • Work-study or other employment
    • Be outdoors and physically distant
    • Attend a family emergency
    • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments
  • Because all students should be in their respective rooms or apartments from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., guests are not permitted in this “back home” time frame.  At all other times, occupancy limits will apply.  (2 guests in a residence hall room and 4 guests in an apartment). 
  • Continue to wear a face covering (including when outside), practice good hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance when possible.

Staff will continue to address situations where expectations of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan are not being met as we move into Step Two.  Failure to abide by these expectations will continue to be referred to the conduct process and could result in termination of your housing contract.  

Reporting COVID Symptoms & Exposures

If, at any point while living on campus, you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, have tested positive, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, you must complete this form to share information with UMD Health Services.  They will then work to support you and determine next steps, such as recommending various testing options.  

Again, we appreciate your compliance with these expectations.  Your efforts are continuing to help keep you and other members of the UMD community safe.

Housing & Residence Life

Spring Semester Updates from UMD Housing, 1/6/2021

We hope that you were able to enjoy some time away from your studies over the winter break period.  We are excited to see you back on campus in the days ahead!  This message contains some important information about the on-campus living experience for the upcoming semester.

Returning to Campus Housing

If you have not yet returned to campus, know that you are able to do so at any time.  Please remember that you are encouraged to lay low prior to returning to campus by minimizing your interactions with others.  Additionally, students are encouraged to be tested as part of their return to campus as referenced in the December 22nd email from Vice Chancellor Erwin and Dr. Worley from Health Services.

If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have had any recent exposures to anyone who has tested positive, we ask that you delay your return to campus until your symptoms have resolved or your quarantine period has ended.

As you return to campus, we ask that you remain mindful of physical distancing within the facilities.  

ACTION REQUIRED: As part of the returning to campus process, students need to complete the Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Screening form similar to the one done as part of move-in for fall semester.  The form is available now in the Housing Portal.  Please complete the form no more than 24 hours prior to your return to campus.  If you are already on campus, we ask that you complete the form within the next 24 hours.

Spring Semester Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan

UMD has updated the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan to reflect spring semester.  The plan is similar to what was in place for fall semester.  We will start spring semester in Step One of the plan.  As a reminder, the expectations of Step One are that students will remain in their room or apartment until at least January 25, except to:

  • Attend classes (when such classes are in-person or blended)
  • Use all dining facilities, either in-person or for grab-n-go meals, depending on guidance from UMN and MDH
  • Use housing spaces in your residential area, such as your floor lounge, area laundry room, or area kitchen
  • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, Kirby spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities (provided those spaces and services are open to students)
  • Work study, other employment, or military obligations
  • Be outdoors and physically distant
  • Attend a family emergency
  • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments
  • Shop for absolute necessities (including textbooks, course materials, and necessities at the UMD Stores) with all health and safety precautions in place

Updates about movement to future steps in the plan will be communicated via email.

Additionally, the campus face covering policy remains in effect - all individuals are expected to wear a face covering whenever they are not in their room or apartment.

Reporting COVID Symptoms & Exposures

If, at any point while living on campus, you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, have tested positive, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, you must complete this form to share this information with UMD Health Services.  They will then work to support you and determine next steps. 

Updates from UMD Dining Services

Spring semester meal plans begin on January 12.  Click here for updated information on operations at Superior Dining, the Plaza Food Court, and Northern Shores Coffee Shop.  Additional questions regarding dining can be sent to [email protected].

 

As always, we will keep you updated in the days and weeks ahead if situations change.  Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

Housing & Residence Life

Important Winter Break Information, 12/10/2020

As we approach Winter Break, we wanted to share a few reminders. 

If you have canceled your Spring Semester housing contract, please refer to the instructions and deadlines you have received for moving out.

If you have an active spring semester housing contract, you may stay in your room over the break period.  Please keep the information below in mind…

If you’re planning to leave campus:

  • Ensure your windows are closed and locked
  • Lock your room door
  • Take your keys with you
  • Do NOT unplug your refrigerator
  • If you are leaving a car on campus, please park it in lot T2, which is located by Bagley Nature Center.  This allows parking lots to be more easily plowed if necessary. 

If you’re planning to stay on campus:

  • The Housing Information Desk in the LSH Lobby will be open daily from 2 PM – 8 PM
  • RAs are available if you need assistance by calling 218-726-7381
  • As always, you can also call UMDPD if you see anything suspicious or need assistance by calling 911
  • All exterior doors will remain locked throughout the break.
  • The doors in Sophie's Concourse (by Burntside & Vermilion Halls) will be locked beginning Wednesday, December 22.  Students with an EX1 exterior door key will be able to open the door.  If you don't have an EX1 key please stop by the LSH Information desk for assistance.  
  • The Griggs mail room will be closed from Monday, December 21 - Tuesday, January 12.  The mail room will reopen on Wednesday, January 13.  Any mail or packages received during the winter break will be held until spring semester.     

We wish you the best of luck on your finals and we hope you have a great Winter Break!

Housing & Residence Life

Spring Semester Housing, 11/20/2020

If you will not be attending UMD for the spring 2021 semester you need to complete a contract cancellation request form at the Housing Office, located in 149 Lake Superior Hall.  If you are attending UMD next semester you do not need to do any paperwork as your current housing contract remains active for the spring semester.  

We understand registration for classes does not happen until the first two weeks of December.  If you are planning your spring classes to be online or remote only and will be living at home you will need to complete a contract cancellation request form in the Housing Office, located in 149 Lake Superior Hall.  We are open Monday - Friday, 8 to 4:30.  Cancellation requests will be approved after the Housing Office is able to verify the teaching modality is online or remote. 

Students are NOT ALLOWED to cancel the housing contract to move into an apartment or house off-campus.  The housing contract you completed and signed is binding for the entire academic year as long as you are an enrolled UMD student.  Students who choose to move into an off campus apartment or house will be charged spring semester housing as the contract is binding until Friday, May 7, 2021.

All contract cancellation request forms need to be completed before you leave campus.  

Students only need to complete once cancellation form so if you have already done one another is not required. 

If you have any questions in regards to the housing contract please contact the Housing Office.

Housing Information for Thanksgiving & Beyond, 11/17/2020

During the semester the university has sent emails regarding most classes reverting to distance instruction starting Monday, November 30.  This transition was created so students could choose to leave campus for Thanksgiving break and finish the semester without traveling back to campus for the last three weeks of the semester.  Please note all housing facilities will remain open until Friday, December 18 for students who do not plan to leave for Thanksgiving or want to return to campus to finish the semester.  If you choose to stay on campus between now and Friday, December 18 you should bring your housing keys with you at all times as the outside doors to the buildings will be locked 24/7 during break and the remainder of the fall semester.

Due to the increased case numbers in Minnesota and in St Louis County, we will return to Step 1 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan on Sunday, November 29th.  Returning to Step 1 is also in alignment with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control around limiting person-to-person contact with others after traveling and gatherings like many may choose to partake in over the holiday time period.  As a reminder, the expectations for students in Step One of the plan are:

  • Remain in their room or apartment, except to:
    • Attend classes (when such classes are in-person or blended)
    • Access the dining center to pick up meals.  Students who did not sign up for the extended meal plan can use dining dollars or pay out of pocket for meals.    
    • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
    • Work study or other employment  (which includes military obligations)
    • Be outdoors and physically distant
    • Attend a family emergency
    • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments
    • Shop for absolute necessities with all health and safety precautions in place
  • May not visit other residential areas or have guests in their room or apartment.  (If your key allows you access to an area, that is part of your residential area.)
  • Students should follow the University’s community pledge to protect yourself and others, which includes wearing face coverings while outside of your room or apartment, maintaining physical distancing and practicing hand hygiene.

Leaving for Thanksgiving Break?

If you are leaving campus for Thanksgiving, regardless of whether you plan to return to campus for the remainder of the fall semester or not, we ask that you complete the following:

  1. Make sure your windows are closed and secured; close the drapes/blinds.
  2. Take your trash out of your room/apartment - it will be stinky if left for the weekend.   
  3. DO NOT UNPLUG YOUR FRIDGE
  4. Apartments: Make sure your stove/oven is OFF
  5. Lock your room/apartment door
  6. If you are not planning to return to campus for spring semester (graduating, transferring schools, doing all online classes) you will need to come to the Housing Office (149 LSH) to request cancellation of your spring semester housing contract.

 

Need help over break?

The LSH Information Desk will be open Wednesday, November 25 until 10:00 pm.  It will also be open Thursday, November 26 - Saturday, November 28 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The information desk will be open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm starting Sunday, November 29 through Friday, December 18.  At any time you can call 218-726-7381 for assistance from the on duty resident advisor.

Mail Service

The Griggs mail room will be open 12 noon  - 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 25 so you can get your packages before the break.  It will be closed Thursday - Sunday, reopening Monday, November 30.

 

Update Hours and Operations for Dining Services, 11/14/2020

Due to rising Covid-19 cases in and around the Duluth area, UMD is taking proactive steps to better protect our students, as well as their families, before many of them head home for Thanksgiving. In order to greatly reduce the amount of interaction among students and dining staff, we are making the following adjustments to Dining Services on campus:

  • Plaza Food Court will be closed effective immediately
  • Superior Dining will shift to a take-out only effective Sunday, November 15
  • Superior Dining’s hours will adjust to 7am-7pm effective Monday, November 16
  • Students should be prepared to request their Green take-out box if they don’t have one already
  • Students will continue to use their meal plan swipes and Dining Dollars

If you have any questions please contact Dining.

 

November Blood Drive - Your Help Is Needed! 11/10/2020

Blood donors are needed every day to sustain a safe and adequate supply and blood is an essential part of emergency preparedness. We have implemented additional precautionary measures to ensure a safe donation environment, and we are looking for donors!

UMD Housing & Residence Life Drive

Thursday, November 19th

12:00pm – 7:00pm

Blood Drive in Griggs PQ

SCHEDULE ONLINE HERE

Blood Donation is by Appointment

Or contact Michele to Sign Up!  (218) 740-1541 or [email protected]

All presenting donors will receive a FREE t-shirt!

Giving blood is safe and simple

It’s more important than ever for donors and the public to know that donating blood is still a safe, easy process that is an essential part of community preparedness, even as we are encouraged to stay home as much as possible. We have implemented additional precautionary measures to ensure a safe donation environment including:

·We are restricting blood drive access to only donors and essential staff

·Our staff have been provided face masks and are practicing social distancing

·We are asking donors to wear a mask, we do have a limited supply if you don’t have one

·We are checking temperatures of staff and donors upon arrival

·We are using hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to ensure staff & donor safety

·We are asking donors to self-screen before coming in to donate

·We are spacing out appointments to allow for social distancing

·We are only accepting blood donations by appointment

Learn more about our policy

COVID-19 Reminders & Updates, 11/6/2020

You may have heard that both the state of Minnesota and St. Louis County reported a record-high number of new cases today, breaking records established earlier this week.  In light of this, we wanted to remind you of the following items.

 

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposure

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, please remember to complete the Health Services Screening Form.  The form is also available on the Housing website homepage.  After completing this form, Health Services will reach out to talk about any necessary next steps.

In addition to completing the form, if you have any symptoms, it’s also important to minimize contact with others until you have communicated with Health Services.

Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan

Given the record-high case numbers referenced above, we continue to remain at Step 2 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  The efforts each of you are taking, guided by the expectations of this plan, are having a positive impact as our on-campus case numbers remain manageable.

As a reminder, Step 2 has a “be back home” time of 10 pm each night.  This means that you should be back in your room, apartment, or common areas of your residential area (such as lounges, laundry rooms, etc.) by 10 pm.  You should not be in the room or apartment of another student or have guests in your room or apartment after 10 pm.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help keep our campus community safe.  If you have any questions about any of the items above or other topics, please feel free to email us.

Housing & Residence Life

Not Returning For Spring Semester? 11/4/2020

If you will not be attending UMD for the spring 2021 semester you need to complete a contract cancellation request form at the Housing Office, located in 149 Lake Superior Hall.  Students studying abroad are required to show proof of their acceptance into an abroad program when completing the cancellation paperwork.  If you do not return to UMD and fail to complete the cancellation form Spring Semester housing charges will be placed on your student account.  If you are attending UMD next semester you do not need to do any paperwork as your current housing contract remains active for the spring semester.  

If you plan to live at home and register for all online or remote classes for spring 2021 you must stop into the Housing Office to complete a contract cancellation request form.  Cancellation requests will be approved after the Housing Office is able to verify the teaching modality is online or remote. 

Students are NOT ALLOWED to cancel the housing contract to move into an apartment or house off-campus.  The housing contract you completed and signed is binding for the entire academic year as long as you are an enrolled UMD student.  Students who choose to move into an off campus apartment or house will be charged spring semester housing as the contract is binding until Friday, May 7, 2021.

All contract cancellation request forms should be completed no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.  

If you have any questions in regards to the housing contract please contact the Housing Office.

 

Don’t Forget To Vote Tomorrow!! 11/2/2020

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3 is election day.  All on-campus residents reside in Duluth Precinct 10 and vote in the Kirby Ballroom.  UMD Housing will provide election officials with a list of all on-campus residents, which serves as proof of your residence.  If you are a US citizen and are at least 18 years old you are able to vote in the ballroom from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

If you have not registered to vote in Precinct 10 you can register on Tuesday in the ballroom.  You will need to know the last 4 digits of your social security number and bring your UMD id along with either a driver's license or state id card.  Registered Precinct 10 voters are able vote without completing additional paperwork. 

Be a voter this election season!

 

Housing & Meal Plan Options After Thanksgiving, 10/28/2020

As you likely know, most courses being offered in person will move to a virtual modality after Thanksgiving.  Housing facilities will remain open throughout the remainder of the semester for those students who need to continue living on-campus.  Given the amount of traveling we anticipate students will do over the Thanksgiving holiday, it may be necessary to return to Step 1 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan at that time.  We will continue to provide updates regarding our Maroon & Gold step level throughout the semester.  

If you are currently on a meal plan it will end on November 25, 2020.  As all UMD housing facilities will remain open after Thanksgiving, students may sign up for a meal plan for the time period of November 26 - December 18, 2020.  Dining Services is offering an optional 14 visits per week meal plan during this time frame.  The cost of this meal plan is $330 and will be billed to your student account.  If you would like to sign up for this meal plan, go to the online Housing Portal.  Click the link for the “Housing & Meal Plan Application”.  When prompted, select “Extended Fall Meal Plan” to access the meal plan selection form.   The deadline to select a meal plan is 12 Noon on Friday October 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us

Housing & Residence Life

 

Housing Updates: Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan & Post-Thanksgiving Plans, 10/20/2020

As we reach the midpoint of the semester, we want to share the following updates with you.

Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan

We currently remain at Step 2 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  In reviewing various data points, case numbers in St. Louis County have been at record-high levels in the past week.  Additionally, both of the local hospitals have indicated that they are near capacity.  We continue to monitor various data points on a regular basis to make a determination about movement to other steps of the plan.  

 

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposure

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, please remember to complete the Health Services Screening Form.  The form is also available on the Housing website homepage.  After completing this form, Health Services will reach out to talk about any necessary next steps.

Extended Fall Semester Housing & Meal Plan

As you likely know, most courses being offered in person will move to a virtual modality after Thanksgiving.  Housing facilities will remain open throughout the remainder of the semester for those students who need to continue living on-campus.  Given the amount of traveling we anticipate students will do over the Thanksgiving holiday, it may be necessary to return to Step 1 of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan at that time.  We will continue to provide updates regarding our Maroon & Gold step level throughout the semester.  

If you are currently on a meal plan it will end on November 25, 2020.  As all UMD housing facilities will remain open after Thanksgiving, students may sign up for a meal plan for the time period of November 26 - December 18, 2020.  Dining Services is offering an optional 14 visits per week meal plan during this time frame.  The cost of this meal plan is $330 and will be billed to your student account.  If you would like to sign up for this meal plan, go to the online Housing Portal.  Click the link for the “Housing & Meal Plan Application”.  When prompted, select “Extended Fall Meal Plan” to access the meal plan selection form.   The deadline to select a meal plan is 12 Noon on October 30, 2020.

 

If you have any questions about any of the items above or other topics, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

Housing & Residence Life

 

Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan Update, 10/5/2020

Two weeks ago, we announced that we were moving to Step Two of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  In the last two weeks we have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, both on- and off-campus. These increased case numbers coincide with an increase in numbers in St Louis County over the past two weeks.  Due to these increases in case numbers, we have also seen an increase in the usage of our space reserved for isolation and quarantine.  The increases in these numbers are concerning.

Given the increased numbers referenced above, Chancellor Black has indicated his support for remaining at Step Two in the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  We will continue to monitor data around case numbers to determine when we are able to move to Step Three.

As a reminder, the expectations for Step Two include:

  • Students are expected to be “back home” in their room or apartment nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.  
  • When possible, you are encouraged to take care of tasks that require you to be out of your room during the time frame you are not expected to be “back home” in your room or apartment.
  • The exceptions to this remain the same as outlined in Step One of the plan.  Some exceptions that may be applicable during this time frame include:
    • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
    • Work study or other employment
    • Be outdoors and physically distant
    • Attend a family emergency
    • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments
  • Because all students should be in their respective rooms or apartments from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., guests are not permitted in this “back home” time frame.  At all other times, the previously announced occupancy limits will apply.  (2 guests in a residence hall room and 4 guests in an apartment). 
  • Continue to wear a face covering (including when outside), practice good hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance when possible.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help meet these expectations.  While it may be frustrating to learn that we are not able to advance to Step Three at this time, know that your efforts are helping to minimize the spread of the virus and helping keep yourself and other members of the UMD community healthy and safe.

Housing & Residence Life

 

Want to get involved on campus? Here are 2 student groups you can join…, 10/2/2020

UMD Housing & Residence Life has two different student groups you can join to meet new people, do some good at UMD and in the community, as well as have some fun! The first meetings for each of these groups are next week, so read on if you're interested and would like to get involved. *Meetings will be in person with folks wearing masks and physical distancing in place. 

Eco-Reps

This initiative is a collaboration between UMD Housing & Residence Life and the UMD Sustainability Office. This student group is composed of students who live on-campus and have a passion for the environment and preserving our natural world through sustainability practices. You need not have any prior experience or knowledge of sustainability to be a member in this group. Just come with an open mind and we can teach you how to be a more sustainable student at UMD and beyond. 

First Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, October 6th  *(We will meet every 2 weeks on Tuesdays at 5pm thereafter) 

Location: PQRS Conference Room

** Please remember to wear a mask. 

 

Students for Change 

Do you like to do community service? Do you want to make your positive mark in Duluth while calling this beautiful city your home? If so, come check out Students for Change - a community service group within UMD Housing & Residence Life. Each meeting we will be working on a community service project for a local organization or non-profit. Plus, we will be offering other optional "extra" community service opportunities in the community as they come up. So if you want to meet some other students who enjoy community service, give back to others in the Duluth community, and have some fun, come check out Students for Change. 

First Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, October 7th  *(We will meet the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month thereafter)

Location: Kirby Ballroom 

** Please remember to wear a mask. 

 

If you are unable to attend either of these meetings, but would like further information, please email Sarah.

 

Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan - Step 2, 9/21/2020

We appreciate the work that you have been doing to comply with the expectations outlined in Step One of the UMD Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  As noted in the plan, we have been monitoring the data on case numbers and usage of our isolation & quarantine space.  We are pleased to report that our data suggests that there have been a minimal number of cases amongst on-campus residents.  Given this, Chancellor Black has indicated that he supports moving to Step Two of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan effective immediately.

Step Two offers you increased access to various facilities and spaces both on and off-campus.  Here are the expectations for Step Two:

  • Students are expected to be “back home” in their room or apartment nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.  
  • When possible, you are encouraged to take care of tasks that require you to be out of your room during the time frame you are not expected to be “back home” in your room or apartment.
  • The exceptions to this remain the same as outlined in Step One of the plan.  Some exceptions that may be applicable during this time frame include:
    • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
    • Work study or other employment
    • Be outdoors and physically distant
    • Attend a family emergency
    • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments
  • Because all students should be in their respective rooms or apartments from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., guests are not permitted in this “back home” time frame.  At all other times, the previously announced occupancy limits will apply.  (2 guests in a residence hall room and 4 guests in an apartment). 
  • Continue to wear a face covering (including when outside), practice good hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance when possible.

Staff will continue to address situations where expectations of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan are not being met as we move into Step Two.  Failure to abide by these expectations will continue to be referred to the conduct process and could result in termination of your housing contract.  

As noted in the plan, we anticipate that Step Two will last approximately two weeks.  We will continue to monitor COVID-19 case data to make determinations about when we are able to move to Step Three.  If we see the data move towards a more concerning trend, we may also make a determination to move back to Step One.

Again, we appreciate your compliance with these expectations.  Your hard work in keeping yourself safe and those around you safe is paying off!

Housing & Residence Life

Housing Reminders: Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan, 9/14/2020

We are excited to have you living on-campus this semester!  Given that a large number of students have recently joined us, we want to send out the following reminders to everyone.  

Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan

We are currently in STEP ONE of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  The goal of this plan is to keep all members of our community safe and to slow the spread of the virus.  We know there has been some confusion over the expectations in this first step.  In many ways, step one is similar to the “Stay Home” orders that many states, including Minnesota & Wisconsin, experienced in the spring & summer.  This does not mean you can never leave your residential area.  The list of exceptions provides guidance on the reasons you can leave your residential area.  

Step 1 Expectations: 

  • Guests are not allowed in residence hall rooms or apartments at any time.  Only you and your roommates are allowed in your space.
  • Stay home/return to campus:  Students living on campus are expected to stay in their residential area.  Your residential area is what your resident keys give you access to. You can leave your residential area for the following exceptions: 
    • Attend classes (when such classes are in-person or blended)
    • Use dining facilities 
    • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
    • Work study or other employment (includes military obligations) 
    • Be outdoors and physically distant 
    • Attend a family emergency 
    • To attend medical, dental, or mental health appointments 
    • Shop for absolute necessities with all health and safety precautions in place

In addition to these expectations, it is also important that you continue to wear face coverings whenever you are inside and outside when you aren’t able to maintain physical distancing and to practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.

Students who are not following the expectations of the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan will be referred to the conduct process.  Being found responsible for not meeting these expectations will have consequences up to and including the termination of your housing contract, which includes a restriction for all housing facilities.   

If you have questions about the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan please email the Residence Director (RD) in your area or the Housing & Residence Life office ([email protected]

  • Griggs ABCD EF KLMN, Ianni, Burntside, or Vermilion - RD Samantha Speaker
  • Griggs PQRS - RD Henry Kneiszel
  • Lake Superior Hall - RD Ashley Larson
  • Junction, Goldfine, or Heaney Apartments - RD Adam Christiansen
  • Oakland Apartments - Steph Knoppa

 

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms or Test Results

If you are experiencing any symptoms for COVID-19 or have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you need to report that information to Health Services by completing this form.  The link to the form is also available on the Housing & Residence Life website.

Complete your Room Inventory

This is a final reminder that you should complete your room inventory by Wednesday September 16th.  To complete your room inventory, you should log into the housing portal and select “Room Inventory.”  

Completing your room inventory allows you to capture the current condition of your room or apartment.  This will help prevent you from being charged for any damage in your living space that existed prior to you moving in.

 

If there is anything we can do to support you in your time living on campus, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your RA, RD, or the Housing Office.

Housing & Residence Life

 

Move-In Information, 9/9/2020

We are excited to be welcoming you to campus in a few days!  This email includes a few important updates for you as you prepare to arrive to Duluth.

PRE CHECK-IN COVID-19 SCREENING

Prior to moving in, you need to complete an online COVID-19 Screening.  This screening is available via the Housing Portal - click the link at the top for "Pre-Check In COVID-19 Screening".  The screening form asks you to review 5 questions and submit your answers to these questions.  

MOVE-IN

Your move-in day & time is [date] [time].  At your scheduled arrival time, you will need to arrive to Parking Lot B to check-in for housing.  DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOUSING BUILDING.  Parking lot B is located near the corner of College Street & University Drive and is adjacent to the new HCAMS building.  The address for Parking Lot B is 1036 University Drive.

We ask that you arrive at your scheduled time - we have scheduled individual times for each student to minimize crowding and to ensure that the process works smoothly for all.  If you arrive early, you will need to wait in your vehicle until your assigned time.

You will be checked in and receive your keys as well as other information about the other services available to you on move-in day, such as textbook reservation and UCard pick-up.  After you have been checked in, you will be directed to your building to unload your belongings.  If you have requested assistance with move-in, we will have volunteers ready to assist.  We will have carts available if you would like to use them.

Once your vehicle has been unloaded, we will ask that it be moved to a parking lot so that other students can utilize the space in the unloading zones.

Some additional reminders:

  • All individuals are required to wear face coverings while outside a vehicle during move-in.
  • Oversized vehicles such as moving trucks, boats, or trailers are not permitted in our unloading zones.
  • Limit your helpers to your parents/guardians to minimize the number of individuals on-campus.
  • Leave your family pets at home.
  • Abide by occupancy limits posted at elevators in buildings that have them. 

MAROON & GOLD SUNRISE PLAN

Last week, Chancellor Black announced that we will proceed through multiple steps after move-in as outlined in the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  All students are required to follow the steps in this plan in order to provide for a safe on-campus living experience for everyone.  The expectations in Step One of the plan include:

  • Remain in their room until at least September 20, except to:
    • Attend classes (when such classes are in-person or blended)
    • Use dining facilities
    • Use campus health, libraries, defined study spaces, and recreation and wellness facilities
    • Work study or other employment  (which includes military obligations)
    • Be outdoors and physically distant
    • Attend a family emergency
    • Go to medical, dental, or mental health appointments
    • Shop for absolute necessities with all health and safety precautions in place
  • May not visit other residential areas or have guests in their room or apartment.  (If your key allows you to access an area, that is part of your residential area.)
  • Students should follow the University’s community pledge to protect yourself and others, which includes wearing face coverings while outside of your room or apartment, maintaining physical distancing, and practicing hand hygiene.

We encourage you to review the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan in full so that you are aware of the various steps and expectations for each of them.  We will send periodic reminders and updates as we navigate through the various steps of the plan.  

We are excited to see you on-campus soon!

Housing & Residence Life

 

Housing Update: Move In Information, 9/2/2020

As referenced in the recent message from Chancellor Black, we are scheduling move-in for on-campus residence halls & apartments to occur from September 9-13.  We are excited & ready to welcome you to campus!

The start of the semester will occur in various steps, as outlined in the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan.  All students are required to follow the steps in this plan in order to provide for a safe on-campus living experience for all students.

 

MOVE-IN

As noted above, move-in will now occur from September 9-13.  The safety provisions previously put in place for our move-in process will remain in effect.

We are asking you to schedule a new move-in time - appointments previously scheduled have been canceled.  Please click this link to view available dates and times for your building and to schedule a move-in time.  As you are scheduling your move-in time, please remember that you may have virtual meetings for courses scheduled on some of the move-in days that you will need to schedule around.  The deadline to sign-up for a move-in time is September 4 at 11:59 p.m.  

Once you have selected a move-in time, we will send additional details to you a day or two prior to your move-in date.  As you plan for move-in, please keep the following in mind:

  • All individuals are required to wear face coverings while outside a vehicle during move-in.
  • Oversized vehicles such as moving trucks, boats, or trailers are not permitted in our unloading zones.
  • Limit your helpers to your parents/guardians to minimize the number of individuals on-campus.
  • Leave your family pets at home.
  • Abide by occupancy limits posted at elevators in buildings that have them.

CREDITS FOR DELAY

We are working to have credits for housing & meal plans (if applicable) for the 2-week delay posted to student accounts prior to the billing due date.  We are not able to issue these credits in any other method other than a student account credit.  These credits will be applied to any balance on your student account.  If your account is fully paid, you may be eligible to receive this credit as a refund to your personal bank account.  Contact One Stop Student Services for more information on the refund process. 

HOUSING CONTRACTS

If you have recently contacted us to cancel your housing contract, you do not need to contact us again.  We are working to process your cancellation.  

If you are no longer interested in living on-campus and have not already contacted us, you may cancel your housing contract through September 8th.  To cancel your contract, please email us at [email protected]  

We appreciate your continued flexibility over the past few weeks and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Housing & Residence Life

Update from UMD Housing: Move-In Delayed, 8/24/2020

Today the Board of Regents approved the delay of at least two weeks for moving into on-campus housing, as originally proposed by President Gabel late last week.  We understand this directly impacts your move-in preparations and has caused many disruptions for you and your families. We hope the following information helps answer questions you have at this point.  As additional information becomes available, we will provide updated information via email and on our website.

Move-In Delayed

As stated in the email from Chancellor Black earlier this afternoon:

“With the Board of Regents approval today of President Gabel’s recommendation:

  • We will start the semester as scheduled on August 31, but primarily through online and remote instruction.
  • We will follow the University of Minnesota plan and pause move-in for our residential students for at least two weeks."

Given this is open-ended, we cannot confirm updated move-in dates at this time.  As soon as we are able, we will communicate our updated move-in dates and process to you.  We anticipate many elements of our move-in process will proceed as originally planned on these new dates, including utilizing assigned times for move-in.  

Housing Options Available

If University housing is your safest and best option or if you are an international student, we will work to provide housing & dining services to you.  Please complete the “Fall 2020 Housing Request” form located in the Housing Portal to request to move-in to on-campus housing prior to our full re-opening.  If approved, we will work with you to determine when you will be able to move-in to campus housing.

Mail & Packages

We will hold any mail or packages that are received for you.  We cannot forward mail or packages, so if you’d like us to return mail or packages to the sender or arrange a time to pick them up, please contact the housing mailroom at [email protected]

Contract Updates

Any changes to your fall housing contract period and associated rates will be announced at a later date. Fall semester housing and dining charges have been posted to student accounts for most students. When the total duration of the delayed opening is known, prorated credits will be provided for the dates that students are not living or dining on campus.  We encourage you to be aware of the due date for your fall semester bill - you may choose to postpone payment of your housing & dining bills until this date.

If you would like to cancel your housing contract or you want to defer your contract to spring semester, please email us at [email protected]  Please include your ID#, whether you would like to cancel or defer your housing contract, and your reason for doing so (ie not attending UMD, living at home, etc.).

We remain committed to fostering safe and reliable housing and dining services as we continue to plan for the upcoming semester so students can achieve their academic goals. Thank you for your flexibility and patience. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Thank you,

Housing & Residence Life