07/27/2020 - #SafeReturnHOME - A Message from our Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life

Dear Students:

Welcome to Mississippi State University, Housing and Residence Life. I am so excited to have you as a part of our fall 2020 on-campus population. I wanted you to be aware of our plans for fall 2020.

We are planning for single and double occupancy in our 16 residence halls. We have eliminated triple rooms across our communities this year.

We implemented many protective measures to mitigate the COVID-19 risk for our students, guests, and employees within our communities. These measures include limiting large group gatherings and/or allow for physical distancing, limit seating in common areas and/or meeting rooms within residence halls to allow for physical distancing, limit access and/or capacity in elevators in residence halls to allow for physical distancing, and provide students with face coverings/masks, wipes, and/or hand sanitizer when they move into the residence halls. Below is a list of some specific adjustments we have made:

  • Face coverings are to be worn in our residence halls, except for your residence hall room unless you have guests in your room.
  • Guests and Visitors are limited to one per resident between 10 a.m. and 12 midnight daily with the roommate’s permission.
  • Community desks have plexiglass shields and physical distancing signage to protect our students and staff members.
  • Kitchens, elevators, laundry rooms, and common areas in the residence halls are limited to 50% of the space capacity and physical distancing is required.
  • In common areas within the traditional halls (i.e., bathroom facilities down the hallway rather than in your room) we already had partitions between toilets and shower/dressing areas, but we also added partitions between sinks. We have assigned specific rooms to use specific spaces in the restrooms.
  • Student room and lounge furniture has been intentionally set to align with physical distancing recommendations from the CDC and MS Department of Health professionals
  • Replaced our air filters with high-efficiency filters as well as increased outside air circulation within the buildings.
  • Additional sanitization stations have been installed to our residence hall entrances and near entrance elevators.
  • Classes being offered in the residence halls have adjusted room capacities to assure adequate physical distances between individuals.
  • Equipment that can be checked out at the community desk will require students to sanitize upon check out and check back in.
  • Water fountains have been converted to refill stations or disabled.
  • The residence hall check-in process will be as contactless as possible with room inventory forms online.
  • All residential students are required to conduct daily self-screenings and temperature checks using the Everbridge Safety Connection app.
  • University employees are to conduct self-screenings before arriving to work, or stay home and report their symptoms to UHS.

Managing the Isolation/Quarantine Needs of Our Students. If a student is being tested for COVID-19 or has a positive diagnosis, we will provide isolation/quarantine facilities outside of their residence hall for the quarantine period if a student is unable to return home during this time.

Tours. Given the concerns related to COVID-19, and the students currently living with us, we are not able to provide individual tours. I encourage you to participate in our virtual tour of the hall at https://www.housing.msstate.edu/halls.

Face-to-Face vs. online classes and on-campus student housing. If you have face-to-face classes for fall 2020 and are a first-time freshmen, you must live on campus per the Freshmen Residency Requirement.

Students who have an accommodation for online classes only can be exempted from the Freshman Residency Requirement. This process must be completed by August 3.

Change to your housing plans. To submit a housing room change request or for a single room, please let us know and we will provide on a first-come, first-served basis as space available allows. If you need a single room because of an accommodation due to a COVID-19 related concern, please submit this request to Disability Support Services.

Guidebook MVNU2MSU. Meanwhile, get ready for your big move to campus and become an official member of the Bulldog family! Go to the Guidebook app. and download the “MVNU2MSU” guide for move-in details and information you need to ensure your smooth arrival and check-in to your residence hall.

Follow us on social media and check out our website for the most up to date information.

Feel free to send us your questions at housing@saffairs.msstate.edu or call us during traditional business hours at 662.325.3555.

Hail State!

Dei Allard, Ed.D.

Executive Director

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