Fall 2021

The Office of Residence Life will update this information throughout the summer as local and state guidelines change.  Please watch our social media channels for updates.

Do I have to wear a mask or face covering?

Yes, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, including students, must wear a mask or face covering inside one of our residential areas, unless they are in their own residence hall room, suite, or apartment.  This includes all public spaces, such as hallways, elevators, lobbies, fitness centers, and dining units unless seated at a table to eat.  

The delta variant — a more contagious strain of COVID-19 — is quickly making its way through our country. As we track this variant, and knowing that the return to campus will undoubtedly bring with it an increase in the number of cases in our community, masks will still be required in many areas on our campus, at least through the month of September. 

Here are the places everyone must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status:

  • All classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces.
  • In communal areas, such as hallways, lobbies, large gathering spaces and facilities such as Plachta Auditorium, the Bovee University Center and Park Library.
  • Health clinic areas, as required in the current MIOSHA emergency rules.
  • Indoors in any single room or enclosed space with more than 25 individuals in attendance.

Students who do not comply with the mask policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Will my roommate(s) be vaccinated?

CMU is not requiring students to report their vaccination status; therefore, Residence Life cannot ensure your roommate will be/will not be vaccinated.

While we do not require our students and employees to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage everyone to get a vaccine. We know that vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19. It not only protects you but also helps to protect your friends and classmates, our entire campus, and the surrounding community.  CMU offers free vaccines on campus for students, faculty and staff: Contact CMU Health to make an appointment to receive your free vaccine.  

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive to campus after travelling internationally?

CMU requires all individuals travelling internationally to adhere to guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If fully vaccinated, CMU asks students to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

If not fully vaccinated, students are expected to reside in quarantine spaces provided by our office until the quarantine period has expired. 

Please email our office at reslife@cmich.edu for information about on-campus quarantine housing prior to your return/arrival. For more information about what CMU asks that you do upon arriving in the United States, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for International Students for the Fall 2021 Semester on the Office Global Engagement's website.

What happens if I develop symptoms for COVID-19?

Students must fill out the CMU Healthscreen app each day they are on campus. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must report them using the Healthscreen app or by emailing covidtesting@cmich.edu or calling 989-774-1044.

Based on CDC and local health department guidelines, symptomatic students (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must quarantine/isolate in Wheeler Hall. Vaccinated students who are deemed close contacts and who do NOT have symptoms will not be required to quarantine/isolate. CMU's COVID Tracking Team will verify vaccine status and provide direction about quarantine/isolation in partnership with the Health Department.  

Do I have to live on campus? 

Central Michigan University's campus residency policy requires first and second-year students to live in a residence hall or Northwest Apartments unless they are registered for all online classes. Students enrolled in all online (online, not Hy-Flex) courses may choose to live at home with their family, but they must file an appeal

How many students will be assigned to each room/apartment? 

  • 2 students per bedroom in Carey and Cobb Halls. 
  • 3 students per 4-person suite in Beddow, Calkins, Emmons, Herrig, Larzelere, Merrill, Saxe, Sweeney, Thorpe, Trout, and Woldt Halls. 
  • 2 students per suite in Robinson Hall. 
  • 1 student per bedroom, or 4 per suite, in the premium halls: Campbell, Celani, Fabiano, Kesseler, and Kulhavi. 
  • 1 student per bedroom in Northwest Apartments and Graduate Housing. 

Residence Life is unable to remove and store unused furniture from units. Students may request to assign a fourth person to the 4-person suites in Beddow, Calkins, Emmons, Herrig, Larzelere, Merrill, Saxe, Sweeney, Thorpe, Trout, and Woldt Halls. 

Are guests allowed in the halls and apartments? 

Guests are a privilege for residents living in University Housing. Each community allows visitation and requires guests to be escorted at all times. Escorting a guest consists of a resident being present with their guest when their guest enters the building and are in public areas up until the time a guest leaves the building. Residents should abide by their community's procedures and Residence Life policies found in the "Residence Life Handbook for Living on Campus" and the Office of Residence Life Housing Contract. In terms of specific living units, a guest is considered any person who does not have a contract for that living unit. 

For all residents:

  • The resident is responsible at all times for their guest(s). 
  • A resident's right to privacy prevails over a resident's right for guests. 
  • Guests must be escorted by the resident host. Only a resident of the community can serve as the host. 
  • Guests are expected to abide by all University and Residence Life policies. Guests who violate policies or are disruptive to the community may be asked to leave by a Residence Life staff member. Residents may be held responsible for the actions of their guests. 
  • A resident may host a guest in their living unit with the prior expressed consent of all roommates. 
  • Residents are responsible for completing a roommate agreement that should include mutually agreeable expectations that define guest visitation and privileges. 
  • Only contracted residents assigned to a specific living unit may live there. 
  • Residents and guests may not sleep in the public areas of any community. 
  • Disciplinary action may be taken in cases where residents do not abide by these expectations. 

What will building access look like? 

Students must use their CentralCard to enter buildings and should not hold open or prop open exterior doors to admit others. 

Do students have access to kitchens?

All kitchenettes will be open and available for use for fall 2021. Each area is stocked with cleaning products that meet the CDC standards for cleaning and disinfecting, and students must wipe down appliances before and after use. 

Do students have access to laundry rooms and study rooms? 

To avoid large groups, students should use the LaundryView app to see when laundry machines are available. 

Students should follow all directional signage, adhere to social distancing guidelines and wipe down commonly used surfaces using the provided cleaning products, which meet CDC standards for cleaning and disinfecting, before and after each use. 

When will the residence halls close for the fall semester? 

The residence halls will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 18. Residence halls in the East Community (Celani, Emmons, Fabiano, Herrig, Saxe, and Woldt Halls) will remain open during break, but there will be limited food service available on-campus during winter break. 

When will Northwest Apartments, Graduate Housing, and Kewadin Village close for the fall semester? 

Students who do not plan to return for the spring semester must move out by 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 18. The apartments remain open during winter break for those registered for the spring semester. 

COVID-19 Information and Resources Website 

Together, the Central Michigan University community is facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, advancing our educational mission while protecting health and safety. For vital information about health and safety protocols, please visit the COVID-19 Information and Resources.