2020 Reopening Plan FAQs

We have created this web page to be a resource for residential students and their families. We are including all of the most frequently asked questions on the page. Some of the questions we have answers to already. Others, we are working on getting these answers for you. Either way, if you see your question listed below, you can be ensured we are working on getting that information.

 

Our plan is to have all of these questions answered by July 15. If you do not see your question, please submit it to reslife@bgsu.edu. We will also list the most recent move-in updates on our Move-in Guide webpage

2020 Reopening Plan

Life on campus you need to be aware of. Due to the inherent risks community living will present, it is necessary for us to adjust our move-in plan and revise our housing policies and procedures to adapt to the on-going pandemic.

Please review the entire plan with your family.

2020 Reopening Plan

DE-DENSIFYING CAMPUS QUESTIONS

Students who are able to commute from home or who can make arrangements to live off campus and learn remotely or fully online are encouraged to cancel their 2020-2021 Housing Contract using the COVID-19 Housing Appeal

If your coursework requires in-person/hybrid classes or you need to be close to campus for other reasons, you should consider the following alternative living arrangements:

  • Commute from your permanent residence if it’s within commuting distance
  • If your permanent residence is too far away to commute from, consider an alternative off-campus living arrangement

If you have an outstanding balance, the refund will first be applied to your outstanding balance. If you do not have an outstanding balance, you will receive a full refund. 

The $1,500 is something completely separate from the housing and meal plan refund and regardless of outstanding balances; students who completed the COVID-19 Housing Appeal on Aug. 6 or later, will be mailed a check. Students who filed a COVID-19 Housing Appeal before Aug. 6 and have been negatively impacted by this global pandemic, can file for emergency financial assistance through the Office of the Bursar.

Our goal is to de-densify our residence halls to the point where we can offer more students their own room.

We need to have around 50% of students cancel their housing contract in every residence hall in order to guarantee students can remain in their same building. If this does not happen, we will have to relocate students assigned to buildings that do not have enough vacancies.

No. If you are already in a single room, you will not be relocated into a different room because your room already meets the health and safety recommendations.

Please note: Already being in a single room does not exempt you from the opportunity to cancel your housing contract. If your classes can all be Remote or Online and you have no other extenuating circumstances requiring you to live on campus, you should cancel your housing contract using the COVID-19 Housing Appeal form.

No. If you are already in a room by yourself, you will not be relocated into a different room because your room is already de-densified and meets the health and safety recommendations.

Please note: Already being in a room by yourself does not exempt you from the opportunity to cancel your housing contract. If your classes can all be Remote or Online and you have no other extenuating circumstances requiring you to live on campus, you should cancel your housing contract using the COVID-19 Housing Appeal form.

If you are currently living in a double room, and relocated to a room by yourself, your rate will not increase. To be fair and equitable, if you initially signed up for a single room, we will decrease your room rate after the occupancy changes have been made.

Yes. Suitemates will be considered a single household and therefore, will be able to share the living room and bathrooms.

Our main goal is to get everyone into a single occupancy room. If students wish to still live with their roommate, they can submit a request by using this form. BOTH roommates will need to do this. We will work from this list if we are able to keep roommates together, but we cannot make any guarantees. 

IMPORTANT: If you and your roommate have already emailed a request to stay together AND you received a confirmation email from us, please DO NOT submit the form. If you DID NOT receive a confirmation that your email was received, please fill out this form. Confirmation emails are sent to BGSU email accounts.

We will determine which student needs to be moved based on the date the initial housing payment was made. 

  • The student who paid last would be the student moved. 
  • If both students paid on the same day, the student moved will be selected at random. The time of payment will not be taken into consideration.

Please note: Accessibility reasons for room assignments will take precedence over the process described above.

Community bathrooms are available because the protocols of physical distancing, face coverings when appropriate, barriers between individuals, along with proper cleaning and hand washing can all be applied in these environments. Physical distancing and wearing face coverings all of the time are not possible in a shared living space. We may still have individuals sharing private bedrooms, but the goal is to reduce the potential for viral spread between individuals as much as possible.

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, the ability for this to happen will depend upon the current health guidelines from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Wood County Health Department.  We will continue to review these recommendations regularly and will provide updates later in the fall semester regarding our availability for new spring housing assignments.

The isolation process will be followed if a student has a positive COVID-19 test. 

If a student is confirmed to have COVID-19 they will need to be relocated to a designated isolation apartment. The student will not be allowed to remain in their current room during the isolation period and meals will be provided to the student during this time.

The quarantine process will be followed if a student has symptoms or has come in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19. 

Based on the date of contact with any COVID-19 positive individual, the student and their roommate (if applicable), may have to quarantine together for up to 14 days in their residence hall room or return to their permanent residence. 


MOVE-IN QUESTIONS

Move-in will now take place between Aug. 20 – 25.

  • New students can reserve their move-in time for Aug. 20 – 22
  • Returning students can reserve their move-in time for Aug. 23 – 25

Students were required to schedule their move-in time by the end of the day on Sunday, July 26. If you have not scheduled your move-in appointment, you must contact our office to book your appointment in order to be cleared for move-in.

If you are still uncertain about living on campus this fall, you still need to schedule a move-in appointment. If you decide to fill out the COVID-19 Housing Appeal later this summer, we will also cancel your move-in appointment.

We can be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday and can be reached at 419-372-2011 or reslife@bgsu.edu

Students were required to schedule their move-in time by the end of the day on Sunday, July 26. If you have not scheduled your move-in appointment, you must contact our office to book your appointment in order to be cleared for move-in.

If you are still uncertain about living on campus this fall, you still need to schedule a move-in appointment. If you decide to fill out the COVID-19 Housing Appeal later this summer, we will also cancel your move-in appointment.

We can be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday and can be reached at 419-372-2011 or reslife@bgsu.edu

Yes. Please review the group section in the move-in guide to learn more about this process. Students who are members of an early move-in group also received an email the week of July 20 with details they need to follow to sign up for their move-in appointment. 

Each student will sign up for their own move-in appointment independently on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be multiple appointments per time slot, per building. You may coordinate with your roommate to sign up for similar or identical appointments according to availability. 

The number of times per move-in appointment will be limited based on the building. Some buildings may require less move-in appointments per time slot while others may allow for a few more. Times will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This process will be outlined on the move-in web page by July 15 and information will be sent to your BGSU email address.

If you need to move-in on an earlier date, please see our Early Move-in Request web page for more details.

  • New/Transfer Students: If you need to move-in between Aug. 23-25 please call our office at 419-372-2011 so we can hand-assign a move-in time for you. 
  • If you need to arrive after hours during move-in week or after Aug. 25, please see our Late Arrival section on the move-in guide.

Drive thru check-in will take place in one centralized location. If your building has too many people moving in at one time when you arrive, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle in a designated location until foot traffic has slowed down. You will then be deployed to your building. 

When you arrive to your residence hall, you will need to unload your car as soon as possible to ensure the traffic in the unloading zones keeps moving. Your car should never be left unattended.

Once your car is unload, you have two hours to move your belongings into your room and have your guest in the building. After the two hours, you can come and go (without a guest) but you will not be able to pull your vehicle up to the building again until after 7 p.m. so you do not interfere with other move-in appointments. 

To limit the number of people entering our residence halls during move-in, at no point should you ever have more than one guest in the building at the same time.

  • You can bring multiple people to campus with you, but only one guest will be permitted to enter the building with you at a time.
  • You are only permitted to rotate between two guests over the course of move-in day. 
  • Guests must be accompanied by you at all times. 
  • After you move-in, you will need to follow the guest process. 

The decision to limit guests during move-in is not intended to protect students from their family members. It has been put in place to protect the entire residential population. Over the course of six days, we will have 6,000 students move into our buildings. If everyone rotates between two guests, it adds up to 18,000 people – not including University staff. In order to keep up with the cleaning requirements needed for the doors, bathrooms and to disinfect move-in carts and other high traffic areas, we need to limit the number of people entering our buildings.

No. In an effort to minimize physical contact and proximity with others, there will be no volunteers available to assist this year. Move-in boxes and rollers will be located outside of each residence hall to assist with your move.

Please note: These items will need to be sanitized by Campus Operations staff after each. You may also need to wait for carts to become available because sanitation will take some time between use.

We advise you not to bring anything that requires more than two people to carry, as you are only permitted one guest in the building during move-in. You could either bring the item to school at a later date after move-in week has concluded or refrain from bringing the item.


ON-CAMPUS HOUSING REQUIREMENTS

Yes. You will need to login and re-sign your 2020-21 Housing Agreement and schedule your move-in time. This will be located in your Housing and Meal Plan Application between July 20 – 26. Additional details will be sent to all residential students on July 15.

We have implemented a one-time, 2020-21 COVID-19 Housing Appeal Process for students who no longer wish to live on campus due to COVID-19 reasons. This appeal will be available throughout the summer but in order for the $200 initial housing payment to be refunded*, students will need to fill out the appeal prior to the set deadline

*Please note: The $200 will be refunded if you have no outstanding balances due. If you have any outstanding balances, the $200 will be credited to your account. If you are owed a refund, please allow four weeks for the refund to process. 


HEALTH & SAFETY

No. Students with roommates and suite-mates will be treated as a single household and as a result will not need to wear a face covering while inside their on-campus room. Residents, staff, guests and visitors are expected to wear cloth face coverings in all common areas of the residence hall, which is considered to be any area outside of their room or suite within the residence hall.

Yes. This is the requirement. If a student does not follow this requirement, they will be subject to policies outlined in the BGSU Code of Student Conduct.

Our Isolation Plan is being revised based on new guidance from our Chief Health Officer. Our updated isolation plan will be posted as soon as it is approved. 

Our Isolation Plan is being revised based on new guidance from our Chief Health Officer. Our updated isolation plan will be posted as soon as it is approved. 

No. We will not charge you an additional fee. However, it's preferred that students isolate at their permanent home address or with a close friend or relative. 


BUILDING OPERATIONS

To strengthen our ability to limit the spread of COVID-19, Bowling Green State University has adjusted the on-campus visitation and guest policy and will no longer allow guests or visitors into on-campus housing. You will only be able to access the building you are assigned. This policy modification will be reviewed throughout the academic year and changes may occur based upon the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and guidance from BGSU’s Chief Health Officer, as well as, local and state health officials.

For move-in specific guest policies, please review the Move-in Guide

You will not be permitted to have visitors or guests in your residence hall. This includes friends who live in the same building as you.

This policy modification will be reviewed throughout the academic year and changes may occur based upon the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and guidance from BGSU’s Chief Health Officer, as well as, local and state health officials.

No. All residence halls will be restricted to resident access only. The only individuals allowed into the residents hall besides the residents will be Office of Residence Life staff or other University approved individuals. 

Yes.

We are constantly evaluating our COVID policies to support student success while keeping our students health and safety at the forefront. After further conversations, we have made a shift in the residence hall fan policy.

As of Aug. 25, the new policy allows students to have their door open while using a fan, but the fan must be blowing into their room or out their window. The fan cannot be facing or blowing into the hallway.

Yes, kitchens will be open for the 2020-21 academic year but with limitations:

  • Only one person can use the kitchen at a time.
  • No cookware will be provided.
  • You must clean and sanitize everything before and after using the kitchen. This includes the countertop, oven knobs, fridge handle, sink handle, light switch and the entrance and exit door knobs.
  • Cleaning supplies will be available for students to disinfect before and after use.

Campus Operations will also clean the kitchens on a daily basis, but it is the responsibility of every resident to do their part to keep the kitchens safe to use. This process is subject to change if students are unable to adhere to these limitations.

No. Students will be required to bring their own cookware if they would like to use the kitchens and they will also need to supply their own dish soap. At the front desks, student will be able to check-out cleaning supplies to disinfect the kitchen before and after each use. 

Yes. We do not have this process updated yet but we will have a process available for students to request to stay on campus.


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

As a result of the fall academic calendar changing to an earlier start date and concluding with remote learning after Thanksgiving break, BGSU will be discounting a student’s housing and meal plan by 10% for the Fall 2020 semester.

If you complete the COVID-19 Housing Appeal prior to the refund deadline, the $200 will be refunded if you have no outstanding balances due. If you have any outstanding balances, the $200 will be credited to your account. If you are owed a refund, please allow four weeks for the refund to process. 


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

The Office of Residence Life does not determine class schedules or policies. Please review the University website for details about classes. 


WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

No pending questions at this time. 

Don't see your question listed above? If you do not see your housing related question on this page, please submit it to reslife@bgsu.edu. If a lot of people are asking the same question, we will add it to this page so everyone can see the answer.