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Update from University Housing

Mitchell Lawrence
Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Mar 18, 2020 — 

At 12:36 pm today, March 18, 2020, University Housing sent an update message to residents clarifying a few points from their earlier communications.

This included a few resources relevant to what we are requesting for students.

  • "If you are wishing to go home and need resources or support to accomplish this, emergency financial assistance is available from the Dean of Student’s Office located on the third floor of the Michigan Union. Staff members on call can be reached at 734-764-7420."
  • "We have not required anyone to leave by 8:00 am this morning and your key card access to your current facility has been maintained. "
  • "Students will be provided with appropriate living arrangements following social distancing recommendations.  For safety reasons, students may need to leave their existing rooms but will be living in single occupancy rooms...For those moving to new locations assistance will be provided to minimize impact on students."
  • "If you have gone home and left items behind in your room, we would like to be helpful by arranging to pack and store your belongings.  We will be contacting you individually about those arrangements. If you prefer to come back and pack your belongings yourself, you will retain access to your room through Monday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. "

While many of these points are helpful in the short term, it is still important that the University compensate students leaving campus with the equivalent value of the term's remaining room and board. For those students who have already taken on the cost personally to leave campus, it is essential that the University reimburse them; the "emergency financial assistance" from the Dean of Student's office was not communicated as an option for many students forced to leave campus earlier this week.

The full message is included below:

"Dear Housing Residents:

I am writing first to apologize for the anxiety, concerns and confusion created by the message you received yesterday regarding Housing move-out and consolidation.  I also wish to clarify that you were not required to have moved out by 8:00 am this morning. 

The message was part of our efforts to respond to the evolving situation we find ourselves in with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our principles involve placing priority on the health and safety of our students.  This makes de-densifying living spaces (especially residence halls) in a strategic manner, a very high priority. We also understand that students have different circumstances and we fully expect that some of you will need to remain on campus and are committed to supporting your needs in this process. 

For those of you planning to remain in the residence halls, we offer the following clarifications about this process:We have not required anyone to leave by 8:00 am this morning and your key card access to your current facility has been maintained. 
Students remaining in Northwood 1, 2, 4 and 5, the Lawyer’s Club and the Munger Graduate Residences will reside in their currently assigned rooms. 
Students will be provided with appropriate living arrangements following social distancing recommendations.  For safety reasons, students may need to leave their existing rooms but will be living in single occupancy rooms.
Boxed meal service will continue from Michigan Dining.
The Maize and Blue Pantry will also remain open to provide students on campus with additional food and other personal item resources.
For those moving to new locations assistance will be provided to minimize impact on students. 
Housing staff members will be contacting you directly today to confirm your status. 
For those of you planning to leave campus and go home, now or in the future, you should follow express check-out procedures at your community center:If you’ve already completed the form linked in the previous message, you do not need to repeat that step.
If you have gone home and left items behind in your room, we would like to be helpful by arranging to pack and store your belongings.  We will be contacting you individually about those arrangements. If you prefer to come back and pack your belongings yourself, you will retain access to your room through Monday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. 
If you are wishing to go home and need resources or support to accomplish this, emergency financial assistance is available from the Dean of Student’s Office located on the third floor of the Michigan Union. Staff members on call can be reached at 734-764-7420.
Again, I apologize for the anxiety created by our previous communication and thank you for your understanding during this uncertain time.  

Sincerely, 

Kambiz Khalili
AVP, Student Life"


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