Residence Hall Updates & Intent to Return
UPDATE: At this time, any student returning to campus for an overnight stay or multi-day access to the residence halls will be treated as officially returning to campus, which may affect quarantine guidelines and/or housing credits. As of Sunday, March 29, any student not currently on campus who will be returning for any period of time longer than one day will be required to quarantine for 14 days at the Annex upon arrival to campus.
As you may know, the University has decided to move most classes to a digital format and to allow students the choice to return to campus after Spring Break or stay home and complete their classes remotely.
Please submit your Intent to Return form in the Res Life Portal as soon as possible to let us know what your plans are. Note that badge access to the residence halls will be granted based on the dates you submit in this form, so be sure to update us using the form if your plans change.
Please see below for detailed information regarding checkout.
If you do not intend to complete the semester living on campus: (Click to view)
1. Notify us of your intent using the link above.
2. Remove your belongings from your room.
Please plan to move out of your residence hall (empty your room all of your items and trash) as soon as you are able. The latest date that you may remove your belongings has been extended to May 31, 2020. Indicate your estimated time of arrival and departure to remove your belongings from campus on the form linked above.
*If you are unable to make it to campus by May 31, or if you need to have someone else pack up and remove your belongings, see our FAQs below for more information!
3. Check out of the residence hall.
After removing your items, please contact your RA(s) to let them know that you have officially vacated the residence hall. Your RA will submit a checkout form to mark that you are no longer living on campus as of that date. If you have a physical room key, please either return it to your RA(s), drop it in the key box located outside the Office of Residence Life in Commons 2, or mail it to us (Office of Residence Life, 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24515).
*If you have a Loft Kit in your room, there is no need to disassemble or return it to us prior to your departure.
If you do intend to complete the semester living on campus: (Click to view)
1. Notify us of your intent using the link above.
2. Be aware of the following stipulations:
Dining facilities will be available on campus in a limited capacity; please visit the Dining Services webpage for more information. For rec center availability, visit the Campus Recreation webpage. Finally, most Housing Requests (Room Changes, Loft Kits, etc.) have been closed for the Spring 2020 semester.
If you have any extenuating circumstances, please email us at email@example.com, and we will work to meet your needs. For University updates related to COVID-19, view LU’s official Coronavirus webpage.
If you have trouble accessing your residence hall, contact us for assistance. You may reach our office during business hours at (434) 592-4139 or call LUPD non-emergency at (434) 592-7641 after business hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I don’t submit the Intent to Return form in the Res Life Portal?
We’re asking that all students let us know their intent as soon as possible.
Badge access for on-campus students will be granted based off of the Intent to Return form. If you don’t submit the form, your access will be restricted until you get in touch with us!
If you have a unique circumstance, email us! We’ll help as best we can.
What if I change my mind about my Intent to Return?
You can update your Intent to Return form at any time in the Res Life Portal.
If you change your mind in the coming weeks about returning to campus or staying home, we will remain as flexible as possible to honor your request!
What if I can’t get to campus to remove my belongings until later on?
We understand that travel limitations and social distancing are factors here. At this time, the date that your belongings may remain on campus until has been extended to May 31, 2020. Current travel restrictions in Virginia permit travel to and from institutions of higher learning, travel to and from your residence (including both your residence hall at LU and your permanent residence), and interstate travel. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we will keep students updated with any changes.
When you are able to make it to campus, just get in touch with us ahead of time to coordinate access to your room. The easiest way to do this is by submitting (or updating) your Intent to Return form in the Res Life Portal at least one business day prior to arriving to campus.
If you have any further questions or extenuating circumstances, please contact us for assistance.
If you need to have a someone else (friend, family member, or otherwise) pack up and remove your belongings, we can make arrangements to coordinate pickup times during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the name, contact information, and estimated timeframe for pickup for the person who is authorized to pack and remove your things.
Several companies in Lynchburg may be available for moving and storage services:
What will on-campus living look like the rest of this semester?
If I come back to campus, will I be quarantined?
As of Sunday, March 29, any student not currently living on campus who will be returning for any period of time longer than one day will be required to quarantine for 14 days at the Annex upon arrival to campus.
Will I receive the $1000 housing credit?
View the official announcement.
The following groups of students are eligible for the credit:
- Students with a checkout date before 11:59 p.m. on March 28
- Students who did not return to their residence hall prior to 11:59 p.m. on March 28, even if their belongings were/are still on campus
For questions, please contact Student Accounts.