Spring 2021 Housing

Spring 2021 Housing

The following message was emailed to all undergraduate students on Monday, October 26, 2020:

Spring 2021 Housing Process

This email outlines a great deal of information about living on campus for the spring 2021 semester. We appreciate your time in reviewing this message.

To get started, everyone must first complete the Spring 2021 Housing Intent Form to state your on- or off-campus living intentions for the spring 2021 semester. View our brochure for a quick overview of this process.

  • On-Campus Residents: If you would like to live on campus, after you complete the Spring 2021 Housing Intent form, you will be directed to complete a housing application, which includes the option to select a roommate (see below). Housing Applications will be available starting November 2, 2020 at housing.drew.edu.
  • Off-Campus Residents: If you are planning to live off-campus, once you complete the Spring 2021 Housing Intent Form, you have no further steps to complete.

Roommate Selection

On-campus residents, after submitting the Spring 2021 Housing Intent Form (linked above) and housing application (available November 2, 2020), may opt to select a roommate following this process:

  • Both you and your roommate must:
    • Each submit your housing applications
    • Select one another via the Roommate Selection tab
      • A housing application must be completed in order to be selected as a roommate.
    • Complete your roommate selection by Friday, November 20, 2020.

Housing Lottery

Returning students will be reassigned the same lottery number you were assigned in April 2020 for the 2020-2021 Housing Selection process. Lottery numbers are being reassigned to allow students to fill rooms/suites with your roommate(s) of choice, as some students have elected to live off-campus for the spring semester, thereby creating vacancies in Housing. In order to allow you to choose a roommate of your preference, we are hosting this Spring 2021 Housing Selection process.

New students, meaning new first year and transfer students from the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, will be placed in Housing and not required to participate in a selection process for the spring 2021 term. However, new students are permitted to select a roommate if you wish, simply follow the process outlined above.

 

Move-in Dates

In December we will share the move-in appointment calendar with all residential students to schedule your individual move-in date/time according to the schedule below.

  • January 4, 2021: International students, First-year and transfers students (who entered fall 2020 or spring 2021), who require a 14-day quarantine* prior to New Student Orientation on January 17–19, 2021. 

*Students may choose to quarantine off-campus at a hotel or with a family member, as an on-campus quarantine is not required. If you choose to quarantine off-campus, you can move into campus housing on January 15 or 16, 2021.

  • January 4–6, 2021: Returning students who require a 14-day quarantine* prior to classes beginning on January 20, 2021

*Students may choose to quarantine off-campus as an on-campus quarantine is not required. If you choose to quarantine off-campus, you can move into campus housing on January 17, 18, or 19, 2021.

  • January 15 or 16, 2021: First-year and transfer students (who entered fall 2020 or spring 2021) who are not required to quarantine.
  • January 17, 18, or 19, 2021: Returning students who are not required to quarantine.

 

First-Year & Transfer Students

We will be offering a three-day hybrid-model New Student Orientation program for first-year and transfer students who started/start at Drew University in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, from Sunday, January 17 through Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The January Orientation program schedule can be viewed on our website and a registration form to confirm your virtual or in-person attendance at New Student Orientation is forthcoming from the Orientation Committee. 

New international students should plan to participate in the virtual two-day international student orientation program January 13-15, 2021 in addition to the three-day New Student Orientation program outlined above. International students must register for international student orientation via this form at least two weeks prior to your planned arrival date.

New first-year and transfer students who are required to quarantine can arrive on January 4, 2020 to complete your quarantine in on-campus housing before the New Student Orientation program January 17, 18, and 19, 2021. First-year and transfer students who are not required to quarantine, can move into your on-campus housing assignment on Friday January 15 or Saturday, January 16, 2021.

In December, all on-campus residents will be sent an email with information to schedule your move-in appointment. At this time, we are planning to allow a maximum of two guests per student for the move-in process. Once you are placed in housing, we ask that all roommates/suitemates schedule your move-in times on different days and at different times to reduce the number of people in your room/suite at any given time, during the move-in process.

 

Returning Students

Returning students who require a 14-day quarantine can move in on January 6, 2021, in order to complete your quarantine in time for the first day of classes on January 20, 2021. Students who do not require a quarantine can move in on January 17, 18, or 19, 2021.

In December, all on-campus residents will be sent an email with information to schedule your move-in appointment. At this time, we are planning to allow a maximum of two guests per student for the move-in process. Once you are placed in housing, we ask that all roommates/suitemates schedule your move-in times on different days and at different times to reduce the number of people in your room/suite at any given time, during the move-in process.

 

Quarantine Information

If you are coming to campus from a location listed on the State of New Jersey Travel Advisory website, you will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine upon your arrival. You are permitted to move directly into on-campus housing for the 14-day quarantine time period, however you are also welcome to complete your quarantine off-campus if you prefer. There is a fee for the 14-day on-campus quarantine.

During the time of your quarantine, if you are on-campus, you will be permitted to leave your residence hall room to pick-up “grab and go” meals and for fresh air or exercising outdoors. You are not permitted to visit with others (inside your room or the rooms of others) during this 14-day quarantine period. You should not enter any other buildings other than your residence hall and dining establishments, as instructed. 

If you quarantine off campus, you can moving into your residence hall as follows:

  • First-Year and Transfer Students: January 15 or 16, 2021
  • Returning Students: January 17, 18, or 19, 2021

 

Spring 2021 Dining Information

The meal plan options are outlined on our website. You can select the meal plan that works best for you when you complete your housing application.

 

Returning to Campus

As everyone considers returning to campus during the pandemic, we want to assure you—and remind you—of the protocols and expectations in place for the safety and security of our community. 

The parameters below are in effect for living on campus during the spring 2021 semester; these parameters may be reduced or increased at the discretion of Residence Life in accordance with applicable state guidelines:

  • Non-residential guests (including commuter students and anyone not currently living on campus) are not permitted inside the residence halls, except for the move-in process. 
  • Currently we are limiting who can enter residence halls. At this time you are permitted to only be in your own residence hall.
    • We hope to soon provide residential students with access to other residence halls, continuing with our limited room capacities, however, at this time, this is prohibited.
  • Room Occupancy Limits: you are permitted to have other residents from your hall in your room, as outlined below.
    • Suites with four or six residents are permitted a maximum of four additional, same hall residents, in their suite.
    • Double rooms are permitted to have a maximum of three people in the room.
    • Single rooms are permitted to have a maximum of two people in the room.
  • Doors and windows (as appropriate) are encouraged to be opened for maximum air flow when residents are visiting other residents within the same hall.
  • All residence hall lounge areas are closed.
  • Residence hall kitchens can be utilized on a limited basis for food preparation purposes; “hanging out” in the kitchen is not permitted. 
  • Masks are required on campus and inside all campus buildings.

We encourage all students who are living on campus for the spring 2021 semester to stay on campus and limit off-campus travel as much as possible. If you must travel to a state or location on the NJ Quarantine List while you are living on-campus, you are required to register your travel with the Office of Residence Life via our On Campus Resident Travel Registry form. Adherence to the state guidelines for a 14-day self-quarantine is expected upon your return to campus. Self-quarantining means that you stay in one place and only leave to obtain food/essential items, to walk outside for fresh air or exercise, or to seek medical care/treatment. This includes refraining from participating in, in-person classes, jobs and internships. You are encouraged to speak with your faculty members prior to any travel, to manage your academic commitments. During the 14-day period of self-quarantine, spending time with others in locations outside of your quarantine location violates the parameters for the quarantine and may result in formal documentation and potential student conduct sanctions. Should you take a COVID-19 test upon returning from your travel and receive a negative result, please note a negative test result does not dismiss the 14-day self-quarantine, as per the state guidance. See page three of this NJ State document for additional information.

Thank you for your attention to this important message. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at reslife@drew.edu. We look forward to speaking with you and helping to answer any questions you may have. We wish you all the very best as you consider your plans for the spring semester. 

Thank you,

Residence Life & Housing