Housing and Residence Life to reverse course on residence hall closures

Seton Hall’s Department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) announced that it would reopen dorms in its Complex residence halls, just days after a late-night email to residents announced its closure.

Screenshots of an HRL email obtained by The Setonian and confirmed by an anonymous source with knowledge of the email and its contents outlined new plans to reverse the closures of Complex residence halls and provide options for relocated students to reclaim their original housing. 

A student moves out of one of the Complex residence halls in April. (Nicholas Kerr/Editor-in-Chief)

“We will reopen the Complex for the fall semester beginning September 10-13, 2020,” the email says. “We also want to invite students who canceled their housing assignment for the fall semester to reverse that decision if they want to do that.”

The email details the reopening of Neumann, Serra, and Cabrini Halls and the three options that would-be residents will have to regain housing assignments in the Complex. 

Options A and B are for any students who were assigned to live in the Complex prior to Aug. 7 and were reassigned to another dorm, according to the email. 

Option A allows students to move into their reassigned room as a “temporary reassignment,” relocating to the Complex on Sept. 10. 

Option B allows students to defer their move-in until the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13, moving into the Complex at the later date. Students who choose option B will be allowed to apply for a temporary parking pass to attend classes, according to the email. 

Option C is for any student who cancelled their housing and wants to reverse their decision, according to the email. Students who choose option C will be able to indicate room location and roommate preferences. 

It is not clear if students under any of the options will be able to return to their original room assignments.

Students who choose options B and C will be charged for less than the full semester. The email provides the example of a double room, which will cost $1001.87 less under options B and C. It is not clear what other room cost changes might occur, as triples have been banned by the University to reduce density in residence halls.

Students will indicate which option they have chosen by completing a form, which the email says will need to be completed by Aug. 26.

The email also notes that students who arrive from states with travel advisories will have to quarantine for two weeks beginning upon their arrival in New Jersey.

A representative from Housing and Residence Life did not return a request to comment.

The email comes after N.J. Governor Phil Murphy announced an executive order allowing schools to resume in-person instruction, and the subsequent decision by the University to set an end date to its once-indefinite delay of “Hybrid Flexible” instruction, which will begin August 31.

Daniel O’Connor can be reached at daniel.oconnor1@student.shu.edu. Find him on Twitter @itsDanOConnor.

Author: Daniel O'Connor

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