EMU announced on Thursday that effect March 31 at 5 p.m., all residence halls will close. International students, students who live far away, and others with special circumstances will continue to be exempt and can continue living on campus. These students may be asked to move to consolidate depending on occupancy.
Students are being asked to move out of on-campus housing and check out by March 31 at the latest. In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, students must sign up for a check-out day. Check-out days will run from Friday March 20 through Friday March 27. Students can sign up here: emich.edu/residencelife/campusliving/moveout.php
Housing and Dining Services is offering credit for students who move out by March 31 to account for changes in their housing contract and meal plans. The credit will be applied to each student's billing account. The amount each student receives will be calculated based on which resident hall the student lives in and will be based on the March 31 closure.
Additionally, students who move out by March 31 and chooses to stay in university housing in the fall will receive a $500 housing grant which will be applied to students' "fall 2020 housing account".
In an email to students, Housing and Residence Life warned students that receive federal financial aid that this credit could affect the aid they receive. All students are encouraged to email the Financial Aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. "[Students] are responsible for investigating and understanding any potential impact," the email said.
EMU recently joined other Michigan universities in canceling all in-person classes and events through the rest of the semester. As the realities of life during a pandemic sink in, students across the country are facing cancelled commencements, sporting events, and performances.
To view the university's announcements in full, visit www.emich.edu/uhs/coronavirus/