We know that many of you have been anxious for more information about the housing sign-up process for the Fall 2020 semester. We thank you for your patience. Not only is this an important part of your upcoming MICA experience to resolve, but it is also a key part of the return to a sense of normalcy. We understand, and are eager to bring your spirit, energy, and creativity back to campus!
None of us know exactly what the coming months will bring, and like you, we are absorbing every bit of information possible. Following the State of Maryland's Roadmap to Recovery, current public health guidance, and MICA’s own clinical expertise we are making changes to normal residential operations for the coming year. The following measures will increase the safety of our residential communities and follow physical distancing recommendations:
- All bedrooms within an apartment will be single (1-person) occupancy, regardless of whether or not that bedroom space is designed for multiple people. In other words, traditional double bedrooms will be used as singles. This will ensure that every resident has their own, self-contained bed space.
- As an example, Leake Hall 218 is traditionally a four person apartment (single, single, double). During the coming year the apartment will only house three individuals as the double will be used as a single.
- A new criteria related to COVID-19 has been added to the First Year and Sophomore residential requirement exemption request process. Any incoming First Year student or rising Sophomore student who feels they have a unique need to live off-campus due to COVID-19 is welcomed to submit an exemption request. The Office of Residence Life will review those requests and work with students accordingly.
It is possible that this information may require groups who were planning to live together in the Fall semester to reconfigure. In order to allow time for you to adjust, the returning student housing sign-up process will be rescheduled to late May, specifically:
Rising Seniors: Thursday, May 21st
Rising Juniors: Monday, May 25th
Rising Sophomores: Tuesday, May 26th
Students who have applied for on-campus housing will receive further information from the Office of Residence Life as we near those dates.
Finally, we understand that some students who were planning to live off-campus this fall may now be interested in living on-campus due to the difficulty of finding off-campus housing from afar. As a reminder, the housing application remains live, and returning students are encouraged to submit an application as needed at any time. We will do everything we can to work with you based on our capacity. The housing sign up process will continue all summer long as spaces become available.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residence Life with questions at email@example.com.
Wishing you the best,
Office of Residence Life & Off-Campus Housing