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Move-In Safety Guidelines and Expectations

For the safety of the campus community and your peers, students and their helpers must follow these expectations and guidelines during the move-in process:

  1. ​​​​​Prior to move-in, review and sign the Safety Acknowledgement for Fall Move-In agreeing to abide by the COVID-19 Move-In Safety Guidelines and to notify Residence Life and not enter campus if they meet any of the Conditions Requiring Move-In Rescheduling.
  2. Prior to move-in, timely complete Salem’s Pre-Entry Screening and Safety Requirements. (This requirement is for students only.)
  3. Complete the Health Services COVID-19 screening at move-in as scheduled by Residence Life.
  4. Present a negative COVID-19 test to Health Services at move-in unless fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (This requirement is for students only.)
  5. Maintain physical distancing from others whenever possible.
  6. Use only areas of campus designated for move-in and complete the move-in process promptly.
  7. For Incoming (New) Students, have no more than two (2) designated helpers to accompany them into their residence hall to assist with move-in.

    For Returning Students, have no more than one (1) designated helper to accompany them into their residence hall to assist with move-in.

    No other guests or visitors are permitted on campus during the move-in time. Students and helpers will not be permitted to park more than two (2) vehicles on campus during move-in.

    Students needing special accommodations should submit their request to the following offices as applicable at least one (1) week prior to their scheduled move-in date:

    1. For Academy students, to the Academy Director of Residence Life (gloria.frost@salem.edu), or
    2. For College students, to the College Office of Residence Life (residencelife@salem.edu).
  8. Students must notify the Academy Director of Residence Life (gloria.frost@salem.edu) or the College Office of Residence Life (residencelife@salem.edu) of any international travel or cruise ship travel scheduled to occur within 10 days prior to move-in.

Conditions Requiring Move-In Rescheduling

Students and move-in helpers should not come to campus for move-in if they meet any of the following criteria on the day of their scheduled move-in:

  1. You or anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • New cough
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New headache
    • Muscle or body aches or fatigue
    • New sore throat
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • New loss of your sense of taste or smell
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies)
  2. You or anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 and the isolation period has not expired.
    • Per CDC guidelines, Salem requires that persons with COVID-19 symptoms or illness remain in isolation until at least 5 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared (or the date of a positive test result was obtained for asymptomatic persons), and such persons have been fever-free at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and such persons’ symptoms have resolved.
  3. You or anyone in your household are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test due to symptoms or exposure at the time of move-in.
  4. You have had “close contact” (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) in the last 10 days with someone that has a suspected or lab confirmed case of COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  5. You have been directed by a healthcare provider or health department to quarantine within the last 10 days and you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  6. You have traveled internationally or on a cruise ship within the last 10 days and you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  7. You were not cleared for move-in by Health Services during the COVID-19 screening.
    • Any students or helpers who are not cleared for move-in by Health Services during the campus entry health screening will be required to reschedule their move-in subject to any required testing, quarantine, or isolation directives.

If students or their helpers meet any of the conditions in 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 at the time of their scheduled move-in, they must not come to campus and must notify the Academy Director of Residence Life (gloria.frost@salem.edu) or the College Office of Residence Life (residencelife@salem.edu) to discuss quarantine and isolation requirements and to schedule an alternative move-in time.

Students who meet condition 6 and who have not received advance written permission from Salem to quarantine on campus must not come to campus and must notify the Academy Director of Residence Life (gloria.frost@salem.edu) or the College Office of Residence Life (residencelife@salem.edu) to discuss alternative move-in dates.

Students or helpers who meet condition 7 will be directed to return home and schedule an alternative move-in date or quarantine or isolate on-campus as directed by Health Services.

It is imperative that students and helpers follow these conditions for the health and safety of their peers and our school community.

Move-In Safety Acknowledgement

Sign the Safety Acknowledgement Form