August 10, 2020 - Fall Flex Housing Reminder

Dear Students,

At this time, the fall course schedule in Banweb has been updated to reflect the instructional method of each course.  We encourage you to review the course schedule this week to determine whether the mode of instruction of each course impacts your decision of where to live this fall.  As a reminder, August 17 is the deadline to cancel your Housing Contract or defer your Housing Contract to the winter term without fees.  We understand that some of you may not yet be registered for fall, but we hope that the updated listings will help you make an informed decision.  We encourage you to work with your academic advisor if you have any questions about course selection.  

We also want to be sure you understand that the residential experience will look different this fall than it has looked in the past.  While we very much intend to build a strong community-based living environment remotely, we do have protocols in place to ensure safety.  These include:

  • Custodial Services has been doing their routine cleaning protocols as well as increased cleaning on high-touch surfaces like elevators, laundry rooms, railings, and more, with stronger products. 
  • After fall move-in day, guests will not be permitted in the residence halls. The only people permitted in a residential room are those assigned to that room.  We will be monitoring this policy and may loosen restrictions as further guidance is provided by local, regional and state authorities.
  • Meals are take-out only for the time being for those who have a meal plan.
  • Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces, such as elevators, hallways, lobbies, and laundry rooms, and outdoors when it may be difficult to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others.  Residents may remove their mask when in their own room. Learn more about masks and face coverings at PSU.
  • Elevators will have limited capacity and residents should monitor posted signage to meet current requirements. 
  • Residents should plan to self-check symptoms daily using resources from the Center for Student Health and Counseling.  
  • We will be prioritizing single occupancy assignments for the Fall term to ensure health and safety of our communities. If double rooms are needed, which is a realistic possibility, UHRL will ensure at least 64 square feet of room space per resident.
  • We have many plans in place to build a strong remote community environment.  Students should expect many typically in-person resources to be offered virtually. These include our Academic connects with Resident Academic Mentors (RAMs) and Learning Community Assistants (LCAs) as well as Intentional Conversations with Resident Assistants (RAs).

Please enjoy our YouTube playlist, which showcases aspects of the residential experience in the current environment.  If you decide to cancel or defer your housing contract, please email housing@pdx.edu by August 17.  Otherwise, we look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall!  We will be sharing information about move-in and room assignments next week.  

Yours sincerely,
University Housing and Residence Life