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Fall Departure Form Available Now

If you live in on campus housing and will be departing at the end of the Fall 2019 semester due to graduation, coop, internship, study abroad, withdrawal, or transfer, please notify Residence Education and Housing Services of your intent to depart.  This includes exchange students returning to their home countries.  The Fall Departure form is ONLY available for these specific educational reasons:  graduation, coop, internship, study abroad, withdrawal, or transfer.
(Cotenants who live in Daniell Heights need to tell their contract holder.  Cotenants in Daniell Heights are not required to complete this form.)

Departing on campus residents must:
1.  Complete the online departure notice no later than November 20, 2020 at 5:00pm.  The notice is online:  http://www.housing.mtu.edu/check-out/
2.  After your departure reason is verified, you will be contacted by the first week of December with additional departure instructions.  (The last week of November is Thanksgiving Break.)  Every departure will be verified before approval can be granted.
3.  Remove all personal property.  Make sure you take your bike.  Check your mailbox to make sure you take all of your mail and packages.4.  Return your furniture back to the original move in set up.5.  Remove all trash and clean the space.
6.  Return all assigned keys to Residence Education and Housing Services, 153 Wadsworth hall using a provided key return envelope no later than Saturday, December 19 at noon.  The office will be open on December 19 to accept key returns.  Residence hall students who move out at night earlier in the week can turn their keys in at the misaddressed mail slot at their reception desks.  Daniell Heights residents can turn their keys in to the key drop box in the lobby area of Daniell Heights building 2001.

If you are a departing on campus student and you do not follow these steps, you may be charged additional fees for improper departure. 
Students who are graduating can request and be granted a 1 day extension to move out on Sunday, December 20 due to the graduation ceremony on December 19.

Departing Daniell Heights contract holders who wish to arrange for a current cotenant to take over the contract should make an appointment or email housing@mtu.edu for more information.

Please contact Residence Education and Housing Services, 153 Wadsworth Hall, 906-487-2682 or housing@mtu.edu if you have additional questions.  


Important Email Sent to Students on October 23

A very important email was sent to students on October 23 from Dr. Gorman and Dr. Huntoon.  For your convenience, here are the details.

Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 1:27 PM
Subject: Spring 2021: Instruction, Schedules, and Accommodations
To: (sent to all students)

Dear Huskies,
Registration is around the corner and some of you may be wondering how courses will be taught during the spring semester. The options for spring instruction are listed below and will be visible (starting at noon on Sunday) during registration:

  • Face-to-Face (F2F): Courses will be held in person at every scheduled class period. Instructors plan to be physically present in the room with students. These courses may include flipped-classroom instruction. For example, these courses may include recorded lectures and other online activities. Instructors will have a plan for students who cannot attend in person for any reason. During registration, students should assume a class is F2F if it has no other designated attributes, which are visible in the section information when they click on the CRN.
  • F2F-SPLIT: Courses will have regularly scheduled F2F sessions, with an instructor present. However, due to COVID-19 capacity limits, course participants will be split into groups with each group attending in person at staggered intervals. This allows all students to attend in person on a regular basis. Instructors will have a plan to deliver course content and materials to students who are not able to attend a session in person. These sections will have an attribute defined as “IN PERSON; SPLIT ATTENDANCE.” Students will see this in the section information if they click on the CRN.
  • F2F-ONLY: Courses will be held in person at every scheduled class period. No remote instruction will be available, and remote participation is not an option. Students who want/need to attend remotely should not register for this course. Students unable to attend regularly scheduled sessions may be required to make up work in person at alternative times. These sections will have an attribute defined as “IN PERSON ONLY; NO REMOTE.” Students will see this in the section information if they click on the CRN.
  • Remote: There will be no F2F instruction in a classroom. Attendance is required for synchronous components on a regular basis. Synchronous means the course has scheduled meeting times that students attend virtually. Not every class period will necessarily be synchronous—the course may also include asynchronous content, which students can complete with time and place flexibility. These sections are identified as REMOTE in the class location.
  • Online: Asynchronous instruction. All course activity is done online; there are no required synchronous face-to-face sessions within the course and no requirements for on-campus activity. These sections are identified as ONLINE in the class location.

Please note that the Hybrid option has been removed from the list because both students and instructors feel that either face-to-face or remote instruction is preferable to hybrid, which is essentially a combination of the two. If you have questions about your fall schedule or specific courses, don’t hesitate to contact your academic advisor, the chair or dean of your academic department or college, or the Registrar’s Office.

We also recognize that some students may find themselves facing circumstances that will make it challenging to be on campus during the spring semester, and we want to ensure those students have the opportunity to pursue their education remotely. Students who fall into one of the two broad categories listed below can apply for a spring semester accommodation, which would also release them from their on-campus housing contract, if applicable.

  1. Students who have pre-existing medical conditions that put them at higher risk if they get COVID-19. These students should contact Student Disability Services (SDS) by email at sds@mtu.edu and provide documentation that supports their request. Requests will be reviewed and, if granted, SDS will notify both Residence Education and Housing Services (if applicable) and your instructors that you will be studying remotely. 
  2. Students who are facing unforeseen or extenuating circumstances and believe studying remotely is necessary. Examples of such situations could include, but are not limited to, the following:
    *Concerns about putting an at-risk family member at a higher risk. *Working in an environment that is high-risk, such as a medical facility. *A schedule that includes all remote/online courses as a result of the mode of course delivery made available by the University.

In situations that fall into category 2, students should try to schedule remote courses at the time of registration. This will make the accommodation process easier for everyone involved. In addition, please submit a COVID-19 Special Consideration Request using this form. All requests will be reviewed by a committee with representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid, Residence Education and Housing Services, Administration, and Academic Affairs.

All students should be aware that remote accommodations are not possible for F2F-ONLY courses.

If your request is approved, your instructors and Residence Education and Housing Services (if applicable) will be notified that you will be studying remotely. 

The deadline for making these requests is no later than November 10, 2020. If your circumstances change after the deadline, please email covidsc@mtu.edu to discuss your situation.

If you have any other questions, please send an email to covidsc@mtu.edu.

With Regards,

Bonnie Gorman, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student AffairsJackie Huntoon, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Thanksgiving Break is Coming!

Please review the Thanksgiving Break information posted online:
http://www.mtu.edu/housing/campus/break/fall/

The dining halls will close on Friday, November 20.  Wadsworth dining hall will reopen on Sunday, November 29.  All other dining halls will resume normal service on Monday, November 30.

The reception desks will be closed during the break.  Packages and mail will not be delivered.  Staff will not be available to search for individual letters or packages that arrive during the break.  Items will be stored until the staff return from the break to deliver the mail and packages.

Residence hall students must move vehicles from your regular lot to lot 26 before you leave for break.  Vehicles must be returned to regular lots on Sunday, November 22.  Please call Transportation Services directly with questions: 906-487-1441. 

If you have a bike on campus, please move your bike to a winter bike rack, put it in storage with your hall council, or take it home by Friday, November 20.  The summer bike racks around the residence halls will be removed.  Bikes that are not moved will be considered abandoned.

If you will be staying with us in the residence halls during the whole break or just part of the break during any of these dates (Sunday, November 22 through Friday, November 27), please register online using the ‘Request to Stay for the Break’ google form.  You can find the form on www.housing.mtu.edu under the ‘forms’ section.  There is no fee to stay with us during the break.   https://goo.gl/forms/RkwXglIUtdvRA4sE3

If you have questions, please visit Residence Education and Housing Services, 153 Wadsworth Hall, call 906-487-2682, or email housing@mtu.edu for assistance.


Do you want to be an RA for 2021-2022?

The application for Resident Assistant positions is open for the 2021-2022 academic year!

We’re looking for student leaders who are interested in making a positive impact on our residential population. The application is live and can be found on the Resident Assistant Selection website

All candidates are required to attend an informational session. Our first session is coming up on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. The link for this session can be found here. There will be another informational session on Thursday, January 21 at 7pm with the same link.

If you have any questions please contact. Sean Brown at sdbrown@mtu.edu.


Looking for COVID updates?

Are you looking for COVID updates?  The Michigan Tech Flext site is a great place to start for campus community updates:  https://www.mtu.edu/flex/

An email was sent to students with Spring 2021 updates on October 23.  Please make sure you are checking and reading your email!
  
You can see publicly available COVID statistics regarding the Michigan Tech campus online: https://www.mtu.edu/flex/testing/statistics/

Looking for comparison statistics for COVID cases in the community?   The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department posts weekly updates:  https://www.wupdhd.org/ 
You can follow them on Facebook too:  https://www.facebook.com/WesternUPHealth/ 
Copper Country Strong is also a good site for community updates:  https://coppercountrystrong.com/ 
They are also available on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CopperCountryStrong/

The state of Michigan has recently released an app for phones to help you track if you have been somewhere at the same time as another person who reports a positive COVID test.  You can report your own positive test to alert others who may have been in the same place and time as well.  Please consider adding MI COVID alert to your phone for your own use.

Data regarding the state of Michigan can also be tracked online:  https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163_98173—,00.html


Douglass Houghton Hall Temporary Dining Closure

From our Friends at Dining Services:

Douglass Houghton Hall dining hall will be closed for the next two weeks (Wednesday, October 21st – Wednesday, November 4th).

We apologize for the inconvenience. The remaining dining halls will remain open for the normal hours of operation.

If you have any questions, please contact Dining Services at 906-487-2664.

We hope you will continue to have a successful week.


Do you need a repair?

Drafty window? Sticky lock? Drippy faucet? Burned out light bulb? If you live on campus and you need a repair, please complete the online “repair request” form. All requests go to Facilities. When you complete the online repair request form, you will get updates on the status of your request directly from Facilities. Normal repairs are completed by Facilities staff Monday through Friday during normal business hours. https://www.mtu.edu/housing/applications-policies/forms-requests/

If you have an urgent problem that cannot wait (no heat, no electricity, no water, water that is flowing and will not stop), please call the Facilities Emergency phone number: 906-487-0001. Requests for emergency assistance that are not emergencies or due to student negligence may be charged $150 convenience fee for after hours non-emergency assistance.


Health and Safety Level Four Impact on Daniell Heights

Dear Daniell Heights residents,

It’s been a full month, and I am proud of our Husky community.  You have taken the needed safety precautions to keep the community safe and called upon everyone to physically distance themselves and wear face coverings.  Your efforts over the past month have been wonderful, resulting in low COVID infections rates in Daniell Heights.  We can mitigate the spread if everyone does their part.  It’s a strong first step and we are thankful for the compromises you have made to keep us safe.

As Dr. Koubek has announced on Sunday, our commitment extends beyond our campus and to the greater community.  With the recent surge of cases outside the MTU community, we have moved to Health and Safety Level Four for the next two weeks to ensure your continued safety.   Now more than ever we need to be vigilant on our efforts to ensure our residential communities can remain safe and are not impacted by the local surge in cases.  With the new elevated Health and Safety level, the following Level Four precautions are now in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Visitation restricted to Daniell Heights students only.  Students can only have visitors to their apartments who live in the Daniell Heights community.  
  • Residence Education and Housing Services staff are still providing support services, but in a hybrid remote capacity.  Housing Services staff are responding to email to housing@mtu.edu and voice mail at 906-487-2682 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
  • We recommend that you are mindful with your travel inside Houghton/Hancock whenever possible.  More as a safety precaution, in light of the recent surge of cases in the Houghton/Hancock area we encourage you to take extra care when visiting throughout the community.

We know these added compromises will create greater inconveniences, however these actions are necessary to ensure the strong work of our first month is not lost.  You can view additional University wide restrictions with level 4 online:  https://www.mtu.edu/flex/operations/protocol/levels/#comparison 

Please be safe in your continued activities!

Sincerely,

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Health and Safety Level Four Impact on Residence Halls

Dear residents,

It’s been a full month, and I couldn’t be more proud of our Husky community.  For months we have made the necessary safety precautions to keep the residential community safe and stressed the importance of the “Be Smart, Do Your Part” campaign, calling upon everyone to physically distance themselves and wear face coverings.  Your efforts over the past month have been phenomenal, resulting in an incredibly low usage of isolation spaces and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our residential communities.  We have proven that collectively, we can mitigate the spread if everyone does their part.  It’s a strong first step and we are thankful for the compromises you have made to keep us safe.

We all have collectively done our part, but as Dr. Koubek has announced yesterday, our commitment extends beyond our campus and to the greater community.  With the recent surge of cases outside the MTU community, we have moved to Health and Safety Level Four for the next two weeks to ensure your continued safety.   We have had a successful first month, but now more than ever we need to double down on our efforts to ensure our residential communities can remain safe and are not impacted by the local surge in cases.  With the new elevated Health and Safety level, the following Level Four residence hall precautions are now in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Visitation restricted to students residing in the same residence hall.  Students can only have visitors to their rooms who live in the same residence hall.  MTU students living off campus are not permitted to visit the halls during Level Four.  Only two people can be in a double sized room at any given time (previously, three people could be in a double sized room at any given time).  Only two people can be in a single sized room at any given time.  Students from other halls who require dining can continue to utilize all dining halls across campus during meals but cannot enter residential areas of halls they don’t live in.
     
  • No equipment can be checked out of front desks.  Only mail services will be provided.
     
  • Music room capacity is limited to one. 
       
  • Kitchenettes will have capacity reduced to two.  Typically in Level Four, kitchenettes have been closed.  We will not exercise this action at this time, however the capacity of all kitchenettes will be reduced to a capacity of two.
     
  • Quad Core will remain closed during Level Four.  Quad Core will only be made available at lower Health and Safety Levels and will be delayed from our initial mid October date.  Feasibility planning for reopening Quad Core following the state of Michigan’s guidelines has been underway.  Students can look for information soon on how Michigan safety restrictions will impact Quad Core availability for 2020-2021.
     
  • Common area lounges will be closed.  
     
  • Residence Education and Housing Services staff are still providing support services, but in a hybrid remote capacity.  Housing Services staff are responding to email to housing@mtu.edu and voice mail at 906-487-2682 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
     
  • A REMINDER:  eating in common spaces in the residence halls isn’t permitted in Level Three or Four.  Residence hall common spaces face unique challenges since they are all part of a shared living space with many students.  Dr. Gorman’s previous email addressed eating in academic and other public use buildings.  Because of mask requirements, eating in shared common spaces in the residence halls continues to be prohibited.
     
  • We recommend that you are mindful with your travel inside Houghton/Hancock whenever possible.  More as a safety precaution, in light of the recent surge of cases in the Houghton/Hancock area we encourage you to take extra care when visiting throughout the community.

We know these added compromises will create greater inconveniences, however these actions are necessary to ensure the strong work of our first month is not lost.  We are as hopeful as you are that these will be short term compromises that will yield the goal of a long-term, on-campus, in person experience for everyone.

Please be safe in your continued activities!

Sincerely,

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Do you need assistance?

From time to time, you may be concerned about an issue but you may be unsure who to report the issue to. If you have a concern about some issue, please review this Report a Concern page. There are easy links to use to report your concern and guidance on which office can help with different issues. Sometimes people assume someone else will report a problem, and the issue goes unreported. If you have a concern, please let us know.