What does building access and social distancing look like this year?

Individuals may only enter the residence halls through all doors. All entrances have signs and markings as reminders of social distancing requirements.

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?

Each residence hall has a designated kitchen for residents with a stove, refrigerator, and microwave, and additional microwaves are available throughout each building. 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.  

University apartment residents have full use of the kitchen within their unit.

Do students have access to laundry rooms and study rooms?

Due to social distancing requirements, only a limited number of individuals may use laundry rooms, study rooms and lounges at the same time. 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.

Are guests allowed in the halls and apartments?

For the safety of our CMU community, we strongly discourage visitors in the residence halls and apartments. Visitors must remain in residence hall lobbies, residential restaurants or outside where social distancing is possible.

Visitor: A visitor is an individual without a housing contract or who does not reside in the same on-campus community as the resident. On-campus communities are North, South, Towers and East. Visitors must remain in Residence Hall lobbies.

Each resident is allowed one guest in their living unit. No overnight guests will be allowed in university residence halls and apartments for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Guest: A guest is an individual with a housing contract that lives in the same on-campus community as the resident they are the guest of. On-campus communities are North, South, Towers and East. A guest is allowed on a residential floor and within the living unit of the resident they are a guest of.

The policy is subject to change depending on university, local and national guidelines and standards.

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, common 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 entrance and exit points for all buildings on campus, as well as 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?

Central Michigan University is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face masks or coverings at all times in public areas and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

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 if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are identified through contact tracing as having come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you will be contacted by the Central Michigan District Health Department and instructed to quarantine.

If you are instructed to quarantine, you have two options:

  • You may quarantine in Wheeler Hall on campus for 14 days. CMU Health will provide additional details if you select this option.
  • You may choose to return home to quarantine for 14 days. You must receive permission from the Health Department to leave campus and return home. 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students living in residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 or who are named a close contact have two options:

  • They may self-isolate in Wheeler Hall.
  • They may return home to self-isolate with permission from the Health Department.

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

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

Residential students who are enrolled in all-online courses or who have arranged with their faculty to participate in their HyFlex classes remotely and wish to return home may end their housing contract at any time during the semester without paying the $300 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 time. 

Do I have to live on campus for spring if I am a first- or second-year student or I have an Office of Residence Life Housing Contract?

Central Michigan University's campus residency policy requires that first and second-year students

live in a residence hall or in Northwest Apartments unless they are registered for all online classes. Students who are enrolled in all-online courses or who have arranged with their faculty to participate in their HyFlex classes remotely may choose to live at their home address.

Students who reach the four-semester requirement at midyear are required to complete the full term of their contract for the academic year (fall and spring semester) unless they appeal to cancel their Housing Contract.

Will I retain my scholarship if I live at home?

Most academic, need-based, merit and other scholarships will not be impacted by a decision 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 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.

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

  • 2 students per bedroom in Carey, Cobb, and Troutman 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.

Please note: Residence Life is unable to remove and store unused furniture in each unit. 

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

The traveler should be prepared to self-quarantine for 10 days after return.

Please review this travel guidance from the CDC prior to returning to CMU:

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your travel, please do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel before returning to CMU.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

What if I am traveling to CMU from another country?

The traveler must self-quarantine for 10 days after return.

Please review this travel guidance from the CDC prior to returning to CMU:

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your travel, please do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel before returning to CMU.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

When is move-out for spring 2021?

Students are expected to properly checkout of their living unit within 24 hours of their last final exam. The halls and apartments close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

If the University has to move to all-remote learning at some point in the semester, will on-campus housing (residence halls and on campus apartments) remain open? Will room and board payments be refunded?

Like all other institutions, CMU cannot make operational guarantees during this pandemic. Our full intent is to keep the university open with face-to-face classes and to keep our residence halls and apartments open.  

In fact, we did not close any of our housing facilities last spring as we continued to house students who chose to remain on campus. President Bob Davies has been clear that the university will remain open throughout this school year as well. CMU is doing everything it can to continue to serve our students in the face of significant disruption brought on by this pandemic. However, we also realize that this is a very fluid situation, and things can change beyond our control. 

In terms of refunds or credits for housing and meals: If CMU is ordered by the governor or the Health Department to have students leave the residence halls, CMU will make financial decisions at that time. In the event of such a closure, we intend to be fair and equitable.

As we have consistently demonstrated throughout this challenging time, the health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. Every decision we make is guided by this principle.

When do classes begin?

The first day of classes is Monday, August 30.

When will the residence halls close for the fall semester?

The residence halls will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 18 for winter break. Residence halls in the East Community (Celani, Emmons, Fabiano, Herrig, Saxe and Woldt Halls) will remain open during winter break, but there will be no food service during the 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 for winter break. The apartments remain open during winter break for those registered for the spring semester.

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

Please note, Residence Life is unable to remove and store the unused furniture in each unit. 

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 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 prior to move-in?

Unfortunately, it is not feasible to honor space change requests prior to the start of the semester.  The Office of Residence Life will work to honor all roommate preferences submitted by June 1.

How will students safely move onto campus?

Move-in will take place by appointment daily between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 29. 

  • The centralized check-in process will take place in two large venues.
  • 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 two-hour appointment.

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

Students received an email with instructions on how to sign up for their move-in appointment the first week of August.

Students registered for IMPACT do NOT need to sign up for an appointment. 

What day can new students move into the residence halls, Northwest Apartments, Graduate Housing or Kewadin Village?

New students may sign up for a move-in appointment on any day between Friday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 29.

When should IMPACT participants move into the residence halls?

Registered IMPACT participants do NOT need to sign up for a move-in appointment. They will be been assigned a move-in appointment on Sunday, Aug. 22 between 8 a.m. and noon.

When should Safari participants move into the residence halls?

Registered Safari participants should select a move-in appointment on Wednesday, Aug. 25. They will be placed in a Safari group based on their move-in appointment.

What day can returning students move into the residence halls, Northwest Apartments, Graduate Housing or Kewadin Village?

Returning students may only sign up for a move-in appointment on Saturday, Aug. 28 or Sunday, Aug. 29, due to CDC guidelines for social distancing.

May I move into the residence halls or Northwest apartments early, prior to Friday, Aug. 27?

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 prior to Friday, Aug. 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 should bring only one family member or helper into the residence hall to assist with their move-in process. Additional friends and family members are welcome outdoors. 

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

 Individuals may only enter the residence halls through all doors. All entrances have signs and markings as reminders of social distancing requirements.

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?

Each residence hall has a designated kitchen for residents with a stove, refrigerator, and microwave, and additional microwaves are available throughout each building. 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.  

University apartment residents have full use of the kitchen within their unit.

Do students have access to laundry rooms and study rooms?

Due to social distancing requirements, only a limited number of individuals may use laundry rooms, study rooms and lounges at the same time. 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.

Are guests allowed in the halls and apartments?

For the safety of our CMU community, we strongly discourage visitors in the residence halls and apartments. Visitors must remain in residence hall lobbies, residential restaurants or outside where social distancing is possible.

Visitor: A visitor is an individual without a housing contract or who does not reside in the same on-campus community as the resident. On-campus communities are North, South, Towers and East. Visitors must remain in Residence Hall lobbies.

Each resident is allowed one guest in their living unit. No overnight guests will be allowed in university residence halls and apartments for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Guest: A guest is an individual with a housing contract that lives in the same on-campus community as the resident they are the guest of. On-campus communities are North, South, Towers and East. A guest is allowed on a residential floor and within the living unit of the resident they are a guest of.

The policy is subject to change depending on university, local and national guidelines and standards.

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, common 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 entrance and exit points for all buildings on campus, as well as 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?

Central Michigan University is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face masks or coverings at all times in public areas and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

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 if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are identified through contact tracing as having come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you will be contacted by the Central Michigan District Health Department and instructed to quarantine.

If you are instructed to quarantine, you have two options:

  • You may quarantine in Wheeler Hall on campus for 14 days. CMU Health will provide additional details if you select this option.
  • You may choose to return home to quarantine for 14 days. You must receive permission from the Health Department to leave campus and return home.  

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students living in residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 or who are named a close contact have two options:

  • They may self-isolate in Wheeler Hall. 
  • They may return home to self-isolate with permission from the Health Department.

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

Can I send packages to my residence hall address ahead of my arrival?

Please do not ship packages to your CMU address until Friday, Aug. 27. Residence hall desks will not be open to receive packages until Aug. 27. Packages that arrive prior to Aug. 27 will be returned to sender. 

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? 

The traveler should be prepared to self-quarantine for 10 days after return.

Please review this travel guidance from the CDC prior to returning to CMU:

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your travel, please do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel before returning to CMU.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

What if I am traveling to CMU from another country?

The traveler must self-quarantine for 10 days after return.

Please review this travel guidance from the CDC prior to returning to CMU:

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your travel, please do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel before returning to CMU.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

If the University has to move to all-remote learning at some point in the semester, will on-campus housing (residence halls and on campus apartments) remain open? Will room and board payments be refunded?

Like all other institutions, CMU cannot make operational guarantees during this pandemic. Our full intent is to keep the university open with face-to-face classes and to keep our residence halls and apartments open.  

In fact, we did not close any of our housing facilities last spring as we continued to house students who chose to remain on campus. President Bob Davies has been clear that the university will remain open throughout this school year as well. CMU is doing everything it can to continue to serve our students in the face of significant disruption brought on by this pandemic. However, we also realize that this is a very fluid situation, and things can change beyond our control. 

In terms of refunds or credits for housing and meals: If CMU is ordered by the governor or the Health Department to have students leave the residence halls, CMU will make financial decisions at that time. In the event of such a closure, we intend to be fair and equitable.

As we have consistently demonstrated throughout this challenging time, the health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. Every decision we make is guided by this principle.