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Action Needed: Schedule your baseline COVID-19 test today

Dear Huskies,

The Michigan Tech community was able to contain the spread of COVID-19 on campus last semester largely because of strong student participation in both our baseline and surveillance testing programs. Baseline testing for the spring semester is underway and, unfortunately, campus participation is not yet where it needs to be. Without the information that these testing programs provide, we will be unable to offer services and resources to students who may be infected with COVID-19. Your participation is vital.

Additionally, failing to participate in baseline testing can potentially place a significant burden on our health care providers and frontline workers, as people who do not know they are positive may be spreading the virus widely and/or may end up experiencing extreme symptoms that could have been mitigated by early testing. With this in mind, your participation in baseline testing is critical to providing a safe on-campus experience and in-person instruction.

To schedule your test, text Hello to 906-257-9677 and follow the prompts. This scheduling number is new for spring—if you have the old number saved, please update it. Those who do not have access to texting can schedule an appointment by calling Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) at 906-483-1860. If you’ve had a test or contracted COVID-19 within the last 90 days, please notify the MTU Flex Task Force of your positive test using the Report a COVID-19 Test form, if you haven’t already.

 Do not schedule a baseline test if you are symptomatic or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19. In those instances, please call UGL at 906-483-1860 to schedule a test. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to get tested.

Please reach out to mtuflex@mtu.edu with any testing-related questions.

Thank you,
Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Returning to your campus home in Spring

Welcome Back Huskies,

We hope all of you have found time to relax and recharge during the break period and had a wonderful start to the New Year. Whether you’re a new student or returning, we’re excited to welcome you (back) to your campus home and can’t wait to see you all in just a few days.

Looking back at fall semester, it’s incredible what all of you have done as a community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our COVID-19 cases were low and only a fraction of our isolation space was utilized because you took the extra steps to wear masks, physically distance yourself, and quarantine/isolate yourself when it was necessary. Thank you for your collective efforts in keeping the campus safe.

With the rollout of vaccines across the US, there is a lot of hope the pandemic may be ending soon; however, it’s critical that we remain tenacious and continue our mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want your campus home to remain safe so the in-person experience can continue throughout the spring semester. With us returning to campus at Health and Safety Level Three, please make sure you do the following:

● Get your COVID-19 test! To schedule yours, text Hello to 906-257-9677 and follow the prompts. This scheduling number is new for spring—if you have the old number saved, please update it. Those who do not have access to texting can schedule an appointment by calling Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) at 906-483-1860.

● Complete your Daily Symptom Monitoring Form every day!

● Don’t bring non-MTU visitors to the residence halls: As a reminder, non-MTU visitors are not permitted to visit the residence halls, even when you return to campus from break. If guests return to Houghton with you, they are not permitted to enter the residence halls, so plan accordingly. At Level Three, you are permitted to have guests who are affiliated with MTU, and you may have up to three people in a double room.

 Maintain six feet of physical distancing, especially when dining: Keep six feet of distance between you and others whenever possible. If you’re eating, this is especially important since you won’t be wearing a mask.

 ● Wear a mask whenever you’re in the halls outside of your room: You always need to wear a mask in the residence hall, whenever you’re in common areas. As a result, dining in common spaces is prohibited.

● Follow the common space limits: Common spaces all have capacity limits to mitigate the spread. Before you enter a space, make sure you’re not exceeding it and follow the directions on the signs to see if there are any additional usage guidelines.

There’s a lot of excitement in the community with Winter Carnival, Broomball, and other activities coming up this semester, and we can’t wait to have you be a part of it.  Welcome back Huskies!

Sincerely,

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Spring Arrival Plan Form Required

Dear Michigan Tech Residence Hall students,

Spring semester will be here soon! As you may know, on December 18, Governor Whitmer asked the state’s colleges and universities to delay the return of undergraduate students to campus until January 15, 2021. While classes will start in a remote capacity on January 11, all residence hall students are urged to plan to return to the residence halls on or after January 15.

In order for us to provide you with the support you may need as you get ready to return, every residence hall student is required to complete the Spring Arrival Plan Form.  The form can only be completed once.  If you have had a change in plans, please contact Housing@mtu.edu for assistance.

Spring Arrival Plan Form:  https://forms.gle/CnVnW8ac3Lxhv6UR9

Housing Credit
Residence hall students who return on or after January 15 are eligible to receive a $300 housing credit (covering housing and meal plan). It will be credited to your student account in late January if all of the following apply:

By receiving this housing credit, you agree to not use both your room and meal plan until January 15. Card access will be turned off. Students who attempt to use their meal plan (including dining dollars and guest passes) or rooms prior to January 15 will forfeit their housing credit.   Students who will not maintain an active residence hall contract for duration of the Spring semester will forfeit the credit. 

Students Who Need to Return Early
Students who need to return to campus before January 15 because of extenuating circumstances should provide this information when completing the Spring Arrival Plan Form. Decisions on these requests will be sent to your Michigan Tech email address. Those who are approved to return early will not receive a housing credit. All students who are approved to return early will be required to follow the Health and Safety Level Five guidelines, which restrict activity in the residence halls.

Residence Hall Access Restrictions
Exterior residence hall doors will remain locked until Friday, January 15, at 8 am. Students will not be permitted to visit any residence halls where they do not reside (with the exception of picking up meals in Wadsworth Dining Hall).

Dining Hall Operations
From Monday, January 11, through Thursday, January 14, only Wadsworth Dining Hall will be open during select meal periods. Approved early-arrival students will be permitted to use Wadsworth Dining Hall. Starting January 15, unlimited dining hours and the Campus Cafe are scheduled to resume.

Front Desk Operations
Front Desk operations will remain closed until January 15. Mail services will not be restored until that time.

With the recent national surge of COVID-19 cases, we urge all residents to continue following mitigation strategies and be extra cautious in all their travels. If you have any housing questions or need additional assistance, please contact Residence Education and Housing Services at housing@mtu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you again on January 15.

Sincerely,

Matthew Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Fall Housing Credit for Residence Hall Students

Students who live in the residence halls who went home for the duration of the fall semester (in accordance with the email from Director Weekley on November 18) can now see a credit on their student account.  A credit in the amount of $1100 was applied to eligible student accounts late this afternoon.

If you currently owe a balance to the University, the housing credit will be applied to the balance that you owe.  If you do not owe a balance to the University, the remainder will be issued as a refund to you.  All students are encouraged to sign up for electronic refunds for the fastest and most secure way to have refunds processed by Student Billing.  Please read and apply for electronic refunds with Student Billing.https://www.mtu.edu/student-billing/services/refunds/


2021-2022 Residence Hall Contract Renewal Information

Online contract renewal for current students for the Fall 2021- Spring 2022 school year will begin on January 11, 2021.  If you want to sign up to live in the residence halls for the 2021-2022 school year, you will do this online on your MyMichiganTech account on your Housing tab.  Follow the link on the left side of your Housing tab on January 11.

Complete details are available online:
https://www.mtu.edu/housing/applications-policies/apply/sign-up/

On the first day of sign up on January 11, students can only choose their current room.  If you want to select a different room, please review the schedule posted online.  Similar to course enrollment, priority for room selection when choosing a different room will depend on the number of credits you have completed.

Before you sign any housing contract (on or off campus), please review your finances.  If you are receiving support through loans, grants, scholarships or parental support, review your finances before you sign any contract.  On campus housing cannot be used as a ‘back up plan’ in case you do not find less expensive housing in the community later.
The Board of Trustees will approve room and board rates for the 2021-2022 school year during the Spring 2021 semester.  Rate increases are expected to not exceed 5%.  You can review current rates for planning purposes online:https://www.mtu.edu/housing/applications-policies/rates/

If you have questions, please email housing@mtu.edu or call 906-487-2682.  Please include your name, Mnumber, and phone number.  (Hang up calls cannot be returned.) Email and calls are returned Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, excluding holidays.


Residence Hall Housing Credits

Housing is working now with the other departments necessary to apply the housing credit to eligible residence hall student accounts.  We anticipate the credits will be applied to accounts in December and January.  The process has started.  Please be aware this process is independent of the University’s Spring billing, which just completed. 

Housing Services does not mail credit checks to students.  The credit will go on the student account.  If you have an outstanding balance on your student account, the credit will be applied toward that balance and the remainder would be issued to you.

All credits will be applied prior to the student spring bill payment due January 6, 2021.  Billing due dates are posted online: https://www.mtu.edu/student-billing/tuition/due-dates/ 

All students are strongly encouraged to sign up for electronic refunds.  This is an online process.  When a student is due a refund because their credit on the student account is larger than the amount owed on the student account, a refund can be processed electronically through Student Billing.

More details about setting up electronic refunds are posted online: https://www.mtu.edu/student-billing/services/refunds/.

Additional updates will be posted as the credits are on student accounts.


Important COVID testing announcement

All students who return to MTU after Thanksgiving break will need to get tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of arriving in Houghton and then again a week later, regardless of whether you live on campus. We encourage you to limit your interactions with others between these two tests. To schedule a test, text Hello to 906-256-6466 and follow the prompts. If you do not have access to texting, you can schedule an appointment by calling Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) at 906-483-1860. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are symptomatic, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you need to call UGL at 906-483-1860 to schedule a test. You should NOT schedule an on-demand test via text message.

Please continue to exercise personal hygiene and safety practices when you return to the Houghton area. Many cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and people who do have symptoms frequently exhibit only a sore throat and congestion, similar to a mild cold. Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap, wear a face covering, and limit social interactions to a small group of friends. We want everyone to have a healthy holiday season!

If you have questions,  please contact mtuflex@mtu.edu for assistance.


Update on Health and Safety measures in Daniell Heights

Dear Daniell Heights Residents,

As you may know, on November 15, Governor Whitmer announced new orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the virus. This has prompted the campus to move to Health and Safety Level Five. While we announced that residence halls are significantly impacted by this due to close-quarters living and services being interrupted, Daniell Heights residents do not face the same challenges and will continue to have an uninterrupted residential experience.

As a Daniell Heights resident, you still need to take the necessary actions to ensure you are following the guidelines as outlined in the order to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. Items from the order that may impact you as a Daniell Heights resident include: 

  • No more than two households may gather in the same residential space. This means you can only host guests from one other household OR apartment.
  • Common spaces across campus remain closed.
  • No group gatherings are permitted.
  • If you have a dining plan, know that dining halls close Friday, November 20 for Thanksgiving Break. When Dining reopens November 29, only Wadsworth Dining Hall will be available for select meal periods.
  • Campus offices (including Residence Education and Housing Services) will all be working remotely for the duration of the order and Health and Safety Level Five.

With the recent national surge of COVID-19 cases, we urge all residents to continue following CDC COVID prevention strategies and be extra cautious in all their travels. If you have any housing questions or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Residence Education and Housing Services at housing@mtu.edu or call 906-487-2682. If you call, please leave a voicemail. Email and voicemail will be returned during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email and voicemail will not be returned on holidays, nights, and weekends when the office is closed.

Be safe in all your travels.

Sincerely,

Matthew Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


ACTION REQUIRED: Fall COVID Response Departure Plans

Dear Michigan Tech Residence Hall students,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through fast-moving developments with the State’s response to COVID-19. As you may know, on November 15, Governor Whitmer announced new orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the virus. This email explains how this order impacts your residency and what actions you need to take.

Because COVID-19 cases are again on the rise in Michigan, the University’s goal is to minimize population density on campus as much as possible. With all Michigan Tech classes going fully remote for the remainder of the fall semester, we do not expect many students to return to campus after the Thanksgiving break, unless they have extenuating circumstances. In order for us to provide you with the support you may need as you get ready to depart, all residence hall students must complete a COVID Departure Plan Form to inform us of your plans.

 Housing Credit
Students are eligible to receive a housing credit (including housing and meal plan) in the amount of $1,100 that will be credited to their student account in December if all of the following apply:

  • The student has completed the COVID Departure Plan Form by Friday, November 20.
  • The student has left their residence hall by Sunday, November 29 at 5 p.m. and remains remote for the duration of the semester. 
  • The student is not receiving a Residence Education and Housing Services staff credit which covers full room and board expenses.

 By receiving this credit, students may not use their room and meal plan after November 29 except to store property. Card access will be turned off. Students who attempt to use their meal plan (including dining dollars and guest passes) or rooms after November 29 will forfeit their housing credit. If you have left something behind, please contact your Residence Education Coordinator or housing@mtu.edu to coordinate retrieving things from your room.

Preparing to Leave
When students leave for Thanksgiving Break, they should make sure they have what they need for the duration of the semester and through Thanksgiving and Winter Break period.  When preparing to leave your room, please follow these guidelines:

  • Remember: Non-MTU guests are not permitted in the residence halls. Guests who are picking students up are permitted to meet students outside but cannot assist with checkout within the building.
  • Remove all trash and recycling from your room.
  • Clean all dirty laundry before you leave (or take it home with you to wash).
  • Unplug and defrost your fridge for 24 hours before leaving with a towel under the door of the fridge. Make sure to remove the towel before you leave.
  • Take your food with you or place it in a sealed plastic container so it does not attract pests.
  • Unplug all electronic devices and turn off your lights. Shut off all battery-operated alarms.
  • Keep your heat turned on at a low setting if you have a control unit in your room.
  • Take your bike home or put it in storage. 
  • Pick up all mail and packages from the reception desk.
  • Close and lock your windows and doors so they are sealed shut.
  • If you are leaving your car on campus, please park it in lot 26 and email Transportation Services so they know your car will be here during break.
  • If you have a private bathroom: please remove your personal property from your bathrooms so your bathroom space can be sanitized over Winter break.
  • If you are returning to the halls for spring:  Keep your room key and your Husky Card with you.
  • If you are not returning to the halls for spring because you have been approved for a COVID waiver, a fall departure, or a contract release, follow these additional instructions:
  1. Remove your property from the room.
  2. Clean and restore your side of the room to its original set up (bed lofted above the desk, chair, and set of drawers).
  3. Arrange to complete an Express Check-Out through your RA.
  4. Return your keys in the provided blue envelope to your front desk.
  5. Hillside residents who do not have keys will turn in the blue check-out card.

Students who applied to stay during Thanksgiving Break
Students who have a need to stay during Thanksgiving Break can continue to do so by completing the COVID Departure Plan Form.  

Students who have extenuating circumstances and need to stay for the remainder of the semester
Students are expected to leave by Thanksgiving Break to study remotely for the duration of the semester.  Students who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from leaving can apply to stay beyond November 29 using the COVID Departure Plan Form. Decisions on approval will be communicated to the student by Michigan Tech email. Students that are approved will be permitted to stay through December 19 but will not receive a housing credit. More information on availability of Winter Break accommodations, including cost, will be released in the future.

Visitation Restricted
With the elevation to Health and Safety Level Five, all visitation is restricted for all residence hall rooms. Students are prohibited from visiting other halls, with the exception of eating in Wadsworth Dining Hall during meal hours.

Residence Hall Access Restrictions
All exterior residence hall doors will lock Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Resident students will still have Husky Card tap access to their residence hall through November 29 at 5 p.m.

Dining Hall Operations
Dining halls will continue operating through Friday, November 20. Dining halls will be closed for Thanksgiving Break. After November 29, only Wadsworth Dining Hall will be open during select meal periods through the duration of the semester.

Front Desk Operations
Front Desk operations will change effective Wednesday, November 18 with limited hours of service. Mail service will pause between November 20-29 and resume November 30 with limited mail service only. The front desk will stop checking out equipment (such as dollies and vacuum cleaners) effective November 20 for the duration of the fall semester.

Residence Hall Space Closures
With most students moving home and the elevation to Health and Safety Level Five, we will be assessing spaces in the halls to close and making sure the ones that remain open are in close proximity to the most amount of students in an area. Students should be prepared that many spaces in the halls will likely be closed. Additional restrictions (number of people permitted, hours of operation) may apply.

With the recent national surge of COVID-19 cases, we urge all residents to continue following the mitigation strategies and be extra cautious in all their travels. If you have any housing questions or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Residence Education and Housing Services at housing@mtu.edu 

Be safe in all your travels.

Sincerely, 

Matthew Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Student Employment Opportunities

Residence Education and Housing Services hires a variety of students each year to work as Resident Assistants (RAs) in the residence halls, reception desk staff, and to work in the Quad Core Fitness Center.

If you are interested in applying as a Resident Assistant for the 2021-2022 school year, please attend an RA Information Session on Zoom on November 12 or January 21.  https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/9627579249

An information session will be held soon regarding the reception desk positions for 2021-2022.  This date has not yet been scheduled.

A new position for for the Quad Core Fitness Center is available now through Handshake.  Applications are being accepted now and interviews will be scheduled soon.  Please log in to Handshake to review the position description and to submit your application:  https://www.mtu.edu/career/students/jobs-intern/local/