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March 23 Message from the Vice President for Student Life - Residence Hall Item Retrieval

Fr. Stack

March 23, 2020

Dear Residential Students,

As a follow-up to Father Peter’s email, I am writing with important information about retrieving your items from the residence halls since coursework will be online for the rest of the spring semester.

Given Governor Wolf’s further restrictions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most recent guidelines, students will not be able to return to campus to gather their belongings in the residence halls until at least Wednesday, April 15. This date could change due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the ever-changing landscape and restrictions, we aren’t able to share a definitive plan for retrieving your belongings at this time. We will communicate in early April to provide more information about the process for coming back to campus to gather your items. Given that this is a fluid situation, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work out the details.

Below are several options for you:

  • Your personal belongings can remain safely stored and locked in residence hall rooms for the remainder of the semester. Depending on the circumstances, this date could be extended.

  • If—due to extenuating circumstances—you need to get your items more quickly, you should contact the Office of Residence Life at, and these requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • If you have a significant hardship and cannot retrieve your belongings or arrange to have them removed during the designated time period, please contact the Office of Residence Life at

  • You may choose to have relatives or friends retrieve your items or contract with a packing, moving and storage company instead of returning to campus. The University will then facilitate access to your room, only with your permission, through a form that will be available shortly online.

  • For students who currently are living on campus, you will receive an email from the Dean of Students later today.

I understand there are still many details to be provided about our process for getting your belongings and questions you may have. I promise that we will continue to communicate with you and your families as we develop the specifics of the plan for retrieving your belongings still on campus.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate these difficult and uncertain times together. We will be in touch in early April with more details, and in the meantime, please email with any questions.


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Rev. John P. Stack, OSA
Vice President for Student Life