UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Living in the Halls

Move In

We are excited that you will be joining us this fall and we have been working diligently to provide a safe environment for your arrival. To promote physical distancing and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 we have designed a more holistic process. Instead of thinking about move-in as singular event we approach move-in as a three-part process; 

  • Prior to Moving In
  • Moving In
  • After Moving In

 

Prior to Moving In

  • As we make the necessary preparations for your arrival, we also ask you and those assisting you with move-in to make some preparations two weeks before moving to campus.
    • Abide by social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public, and engage in low risk activities. 
    • We encourage you to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, or minimally limit your exposure to those outside of your immediate family, prior to your arrival date.
    • Please self-monitor and if you are feeling any symptoms as it relates to COVID-19 leading up to your arrival, do not come to campus. Let Residence Life staff know, and we will work with you to create a specific move-in plan for you when you are ready. 
  • Log into the Housing Portal prior to Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 to select a move-in time. 
    • Appointment times are available 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.
    • Students will be notified when the appointment selection becomes available on the Housing Portal.
  • Review our packing list and begin purchasing items or putting them aside. Consider a dry run of packing things in the vehicle to ensure it will fit. 
  • Don’t forget to pack your UWRF student ID as you will need it upon your arrival. If you are a new student, learn more about completing steps to receive your UWRF student ID. This needs to be completed by Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.
  • Have a conversation with your roommate(s). If you are not sure where to start, click here for helpful information about roommate relationships.
  • Determine who will be coming to campus with you. You are only permitted to have two individuals assist you in the move-in process. 
     

Moving In

If you or those assisting you with move-in are not feeling well:

  • Stay home. If you exhibiting any COVID-19 related symptoms, contact your doctor. Traveling to campus if you are sick would put others at risk. Contact Residence Life at 715-425-4555 or reslife@uwrf.edu and we will work with you to create a specific move-in plan for you when you are ready according to CDC guidelines.
    • Be sure to include the following information in your message to us:
      • Student’s first and last name
      • Student 7-digit ID number on the UWRF Student ID card (commonly referred to as a W number)
      • Hall and room number
      • Expected move-in date 
      • Canceled move-in date and time

If you and those assisting you are feeling well:

  • Arrive at your designated unload area as close to your scheduled time as possible. You will need to unload your vehicle in a timely manner after checking in with Residence Life staff. When the vehicle is unloaded you will need to move it another appropriate location. 
    • Johnson hall and Prucha hall residents will use the E Lot unloading area.
    • May hall and Stratton hall residents will use the Spruce St. (by Z Lot) unloading area.
    • Hathorn hall residents will use the G Lot unloading area.
    • Ames suites, Crabtree hall, Grimm hall, McMillan hall, Parker hall, and South Fork Suites residents will use the Wildrose Ave unloading area.
    • If you have a parking permit, you can park in your assigned lot. Individuals without a parking permit will need to move their vehicle to a pay lot or any appropriate street parking.
    • If you arrive early on the day you are scheduled to arrive you may be asked to wait to unload your vehicle until a space is available for you or until your move in time starts. 
    • If you arrive on the incorrect day you may not be able to move in when you arrive.
      • Please contact the Residence Life office prior to coming if you missed you move-in time. 

Follow directional signage to maintain physical distance from other students, their families and loved ones and wear a face covering.

  • Individuals who are not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to enter the residence hall. 

Prior to unloading your vehicle, you will be greeted by a staff member to discuss the process. 

After you have been greeted by a staff member, check in at the main lobby of your residence hall.

  • There you will meet hall staff and present your UWRF Student ID.
  • You will then receive your room key.
  • Your guests will be able to enter the building after you have received your room key. 

Upon entering your room, you will find a Room Condition Report on your bed.

  • Fill out the Room Condition Report, and place it return it to the mail slot in the hall lobby. More information about Room Condition Reports is available below.

After you have unloaded your vehicle(s) move it to the appropriate parking area. 

  • If you have a parking permit, you can park in your assigned lot. Individuals without a parking permit will need to move their vehicle to Pay Lot 1, Pay Lot 3, or any appropriate street parking.

You may want to loft or de-loft your bed

  • We encourage you to bring at least one additional person to assist in that process.
  • A limited number of rubber mallets will be available at the check-in table. Rubber mallets should be returned in a timely manner to ensure others can use them. Rubber mallets will be sanitized by Residence Life staff between each use.
  • Learn how to loft your bed here.

 

After Moving In

You may remain in the halls at no additional cost, or you are welcome to leave the halls to return prior to the start of class

  • If you choose to leave, then return prior to the start of class, you will not be permitted to pull up to curb side to unload more items. You will need to park in your assigned lot. 

Your meal plan is active at your arrival and Riverside is open starting breakfast on Wednesday Aug. 26, 2020. 

Carry your room key and UWRF student ID on you at all times.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. building exterior doors will be unlocked. Outside of those hours all building doors will be locked.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 building exterior doors will be locked at all times.

Get to know the hall staff. Your RA will host a virtual meeting for your community during move-in. 
 

 

1.    What if I move in and then decide that I want to move out of the residence hall?    

  1. Contracts cannot be cancelled after you have moved into the residence hall. We strongly encourage students who are feeling unsure about living on campus, but are eligible to submit a Commuter Request Form or Online Learner Exemption/Cancellation Request Form, submit that request no later than Wednesday, Aug. 26. 
  2. After you move into the residence hall, even If you would have been previously eligible to request a cancellation, exemption, or commute, those options are no longer available.
  3. If you move into the residence hall and are struggling with your experience, our professional staff members are here to assist you. Please let a Residence Life staff member know and we are happy to meet with you.

 

2.    I’m a new student. When should I move in?

  1. New students are encouraged, but not required, to move into their hall by Sunday, Aug. 30 to fully participate in Week of Welcome and orientation activities beginning on Monday Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept.1. During the Week of Welcome, students will interact with an orientation leader who will help facilitate online and outdoor activities to meet other new students, get to know campus and the River Falls community, learn about life as a college student, and prepare for their first year at UWRF! 

    Optional orientation activities will be available beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the evening, and will take place each day through Friday, Sept. 4. No matter when you move-in, be prepared to explore campus, meet fellow Falcons, participate in fun FREE events, and get some awesome UWRF giveaways. For a full schedule and more details, visit the New Student and Family Programs website.

 


3.    What if I or those assisting me with move-in do not feel well prior to move-in?

  1. Do not move to campus. It is in the best interest of your health, as well as the health of our community, for you to stay home.
  2. Notify Residence Life by email or phone at reslife@uwrf.edu and 715-425-4555 to cancel your appointment time. In that communication, include the following:
    1. Student’s first and last name
    2. Student 7-digit ID number on the UWRF Student ID card (commonly referred to as a W number)
    3. Hall and room number
    4. Expected move-in date 
    5. Canceled move-in date and time
  3. We will work with you to schedule an alternate move-in time when you are well according to CDC guidelines.

 

4.    Do I have to wear a face covering?

  1. Yes. Individuals who are not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to enter the residence halls per the UW System Board of Regents policyLearn more about face coverings here.

 

5.    Do I need to provide identification to check-in to my hall?

  1. Yes. Students need to present a UWRF Student ID at time of check-in.
  2. New students need to submit their photo by Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 to receive their ID in the mail before move-in. Submit a photo for your UWRF Student ID here. Contact the Carding office at dots@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3687 with questions.

 

6.    When can I eat?

  1. Meal plans begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 with breakfast in Riverside Commons. Learn more about Dining Services here.

 

7.    Do I have to stay in the halls once I have moved in?

  1. No, you are not required to stay in the halls once you have moved in.
    1. If you choose to leave campus and return prior to Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, you will not be permitted to pull up to the curb side near the residence halls to unload more items. You will need to park in your assigned lot.
  2. You are welcome to stay in the halls once you have moved in if you would like to.

 

8.    Can someone come help me move-in?

  1. Yes. Each resident can bring two individuals to assist in the move-in process. The additional people must exit the residence hall at the end of the two-hour move-in appointment time.

 

9.    What if I or those assisting me with move-in have or been exposed to COVID-19 prior to my arrival?

  1. If you believe you or those assisting you with move-in have been exposed to COVID-19, do not move into the residence halls. Email or call Residence Life at reslife@uwrf.edu or 715-425-4555 to create alternate plans.

 

10.    When can I eat?

  1. Meal plans begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 with breakfast in Riverside Commons. Learn more about Dining Services here.

 

11.    Where there be any carts or dollies for me to use for my move-in?

  1. No carts or dollies will be made available to people moving in. Residents are welcome to bring their own cart or dolly.

 

12.    Will rubber mallets be available to loft my bed?

  1. Yes, rubber mallets will be available at the check-in station. Rubber mallets should be returned in a timely manner to ensure others can use them. Rubber mallets will be disinfected between each use.
  2. It is recommended that residents wanting to loft their bed bring another individual to assist.
  3. Learn how to loft your bed here.

Room and Suite Condition Reports exist to report the physical condition of the room and the furniture in the room upon arrival. Students are expected to complete Room and Suite Condition Reports fully and in detail, then turn the Report in to Residence Life staff prior to moving belongings into the space. Room and Suite Condition Reports are kept on file and revisited when students move out of the room to review any damages outside of typical wear and tear.

Students who do not complete and return the Room and Suite Condition Report will be held responsible for the condition of the room or suite based on the check-out information from the previous year.
Students are encouraged to:

  • Print legibly and fully complete the document.
  • Select the side of the room or portion of the suite for which you are responsible. The “right” or “left” is based on standing in the doorway of the room, facing the window.
  • If you find a problem or damage, describe the location, size, color and shape of the damaged item or area.
  • Verify that the items are in your traditional double room.
    • One bed, mattress, loft kit per resident
    • One desk, chair, bookshelf per resident
    • One closet/wardrobe per resident
    • One dresser per resident
    • One cable box per resident
    • One microfridge unit per room
    • One set of blinds per room
    • One trash can and recycling bin per room
  • Verify that the items are in your South Fork Suite room and common area.
    • Bedroom
      • Wardrobe
      • Bed, mattress, loft kit
      • Dresser
      • Desk, chair, 
      • Trash bin
      • Window blinds
      • Towel bars
    • Common room
      • 2 chairs
      • 1 couch
      • 2 end tables
      • 1 entryway closet
      • 1 vacuum cleaner
      • 1 broom
      • 1 dustpan
      • 3 sets of window blinds
      • Cable TV box
    • Kitchen
      • Full size refrigerator
      • Microwave
      • 4 bar stools
      • Sink
      • Trash bin
      • Recycling bin
      • Multiple cupboards/cabinets/shelving
    • Bathroom
      • Shower
      • Shower curtain
      • Vanity
      • Mirror/medicine cabinet
      • Drawers/shelving
      • Towel bars
      • Plunger
      • Trash bin
         

Contact Us

Department of Residence Life
reslife@uwrf.edu
715-425-4555
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B3 East Hathorn Hall
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