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 live on campus?

Central Michigan University's campus residency policy requires that first and second-year students 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 room 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 in each unit. 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.

When will I know my housing assignment?

Students will receive their housing assignment the last week of June. This notification will be sent to their CMICH email account.

When will I know the names of my roommates?

Students will receive final confirmation of their roommate(s) and housing assignment the first week of August. This notification will be sent to their CMICH email account.

Can I change my housing assignment before move-in?

Unfortunately, it is not feasible to honor space change requests before the start of the semester. The Office of Residence Life will work to keep all roommate preferences submitted by June 1. Residence Life will not reassign a student based on their vaccine status.

When do classes begin?

Classes begin on Monday, August 30.

How will students safely move onto campus?

Move-in will occur by appointment daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on specific dates (see below). The centralized check-in process will take place in one large venue.

  • Only the student will be allowed inside the venue to check into their housing assignment.
  • Face coverings will be required.
  • Students may arrive at any time during their scheduled appointment.

Sunday, August 22  IMPACT participants

Wednesday, August 25  Leadership Safari participants

Friday, August 27  General move-in for first-year students/transfer students

August 27 – 29  General move-in for returning students/apartments residents/transfer students

When will students sign up for their move-in appointment?

Students received an email to their CMICH account with instructions on how to sign up for their move-in appointment the first week of August. Watch email and the Office of Residence Life social media for updates.

May I move into the residence halls or Northwest apartments early, before my assigned date?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Our staff and facilities will not be ready to receive early arrivals. Unless you have received expressed instruction from the university to move in early, such as student-athletes and some student staff, you may only move in during your scheduled appointment time.

What if I am a CMED student, graduate student, or a family housing student who needs to move into my apartment before August 27 for academic reasons?

Please send a detailed request to reslife@cmich.edu.

Can I bring someone with me to help move me onto campus?

To ensure social distancing, each student may bring only two family members or helpers into the residence hall to assist with their move-in process. Additional friends and family members are welcome outdoors.

Are guests allowed in the halls and apartments?

CMU will return to pre-COVID guest policies for fall 2021. More information regarding housing policies will be available in July.

What will building access and social distancing look like for fall 2021?

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

After entering, individuals should sanitize their hands at the nearest sanitizer station and follow social distancing guidelines and all directions on signs throughout the building.

Please keep right in stairwells and hallways and make every effort to maintain social distancing.

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?

A limited number of individuals may use laundry rooms, study rooms, and lounges simultaneously. 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.

What do cleaning procedures look like in the residence halls?

Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place on campus for high-risk/high-touch areas (e.g., door handles, light switches, handrails, interior doors, door push plates, shared spaces, flat surfaces such as tables, elevator buttons). Increased cleaning will be performed by custodial staff in restrooms and common areas.

Hand sanitizer dispensers are located at the entrance and exit points for all buildings on campus and near elevators in the residence halls.

Students are responsible for consistently cleaning and disinfecting their living unit and the exterior door handle. Cleaning products that meet CDC standards for cleaning and disinfecting are available for student use in common areas.

Do I have to wear a face covering?

At this time, Central Michigan University requires all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear face masks indoors.

Face masks or coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must be worn by all

individuals at all times in public areas within residential facilities (e.g., lobbies, lounges, hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, public restrooms, etc.) and any area outside of your living unit.

Students who refuse to comply with face mask/covering guidelines will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 or if I am named a close contact?

Students living in residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 or named a close contact must quarantine or isolate in Wheeler Hall.

Students living in on-campus apartments are allowed to self-isolate in their apartments because they have their own bedroom and access to a kitchen.

Students should fill out the CMU Health Screening App and immediately contact their Residence Hall Director/Residence Director if they test positive, develop symptoms, or are named a close contact.

What happens if I want to leave campus to return home and take classes online for the remainder of the fall semester?

Residential students who are enrolled in all-online courses and wish to return home may end their housing contract at any time during the semester but will be charged a $500 contract cancellation fee. Students are responsible for paying a prorated daily amount, covering meals, FLEX Dollars, and housing costs for the time they have lived on campus. Students who live in a residence hall or university apartment may contact their residence director/residence hall director to schedule a checkout. Please note, hy-flex classes are not considered online courses.

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.

Will I retain my scholarship if I live at home?

Most academic, need-based, merit, and other scholarships will not be impacted by deciding to live at home. However, students who receive any form of housing grant will lose those awards if they are not living on campus.

Students receiving housing scholarships or grants will forfeit them while living at home. If a student returns to live on campus, the housing scholarship or grant will be reinstated.

If you have questions about your merit or talent-based scholarships and eligibility, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 989-774-3674.

Can I send packages to my apartment ahead of my arrival?

Please do not ship packages to your CMU address until you arrive on campus.

Do I need to quarantine when I come to campus if I am flying or traveling from another state?

At this time, students will need to quarantine after international travel. CMU will follow CDC guidelines. Please call or email the Office of Residence Life in August for the most up to date information.

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