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Fall 2021 Housing Move-In Information

The Fall 2021 semester is fast approaching so we want you to be prepared for moving into the residence halls on campus. Please read the following important information.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSIGNMENTS

Residence hall building and room assignments will be available within your student account (i.e., MAX > MyHousing) on Thursday, July 15, 2021. 

AVOID MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING: SUBMIT VACCINE RECORD TO HEALTH SERVICES

Mandatory COVID-19 testing will be required for all residential students who do not submit proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated students should submit a copy of their vaccination card to Health Services. Vaccines that have been approved for EUL/EUA (Emergency Use Listing/Emergency Use Authorization) by the CDC or WHO (World Health Organization), currently include Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) are accepted.

If a student is not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test will also be accepted by Health Services if performed and results provided within 72 hours of arriving on campus for checking into your residence hall. Photos of the vaccine card and test result documentation should be sent to Health Services.

Students who do not provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test as described above will not be permitted to move into the residence hall and will not receive residential keys.

  • Student residents who test positive for COVID, will be required to isolate for 10 days. These students should make arrangements to return home if possible during that time. Students who cannot return home will need to isolate in rooms designated for this purpose.
  • Students who have been exposed to a COVID positive individual and are NOT vaccinated will be required to quarantine in their suite for 10 days.
  • Students awaiting pending test results of a COVID test will need to quarantine in their suite.

Any questions regarding this can be directed to the Health Services staff at 717-871-5250 or via hservices@millersville.edu

MOVING IN

Below are the dates and times you may move onto campus based upon your specific residence hall assignment and whether you are a new, returning, or transfer student.  This schedule is designed to mediate the flow of traffic and avoid congestion in and around the residence halls created by the large number of students and families. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this schedule. We look forward to having you here at the ‘Ville!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021 – NEW STUDENTS IN LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES (LLCs)

All Halls: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

There is still space available for LLC participation so we encourage more students to apply via the links listed above.

*LLC students will receive more information individually regarding the Wednesday evening “LLC Welcome BBQ” in the weeks prior to move-in.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2021 – NEW STUDENTS

East Village and West Village

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               Terrace and First Floors

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             2nd Floor

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           3rd Floor

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Trailers

South Village

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                       Terrace and First Floors

12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                   2nd Floor

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               3rd Floor

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               4th Floor

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Trailers

Reighard and Shenks Halls

Noon – 2:00 p.m.          2nd and 3rd Floors

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   1st Floor

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021 – TRANSFERS AND RETURNING STUDENTS (INCLUDING THOSE WHO WERE ONLINE LAST YEAR)

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon          All Floors

South Villages

Noon – 4 p.m.               All Floors

Reighard and Shenks Halls

9:00 a.m. – Noon          1st and 2nd Floors 

Noon – 3:00 p.m.          3rd Floor

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021 –TRANSFERS AND RETURNING STUDENTS (INCLUDING THOSE WHO WERE ONLINE LAST YEAR)

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon              All Floors

South Villages

Noon – 4:00 p.m.             All Floors

Reighard and Shenks Halls

Noon – 4 p.m.                   All Floors

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

Fall semester classes begin

***Click for additional 2021-2022 Academic Year dates.***

Route & Parking Maps

The links below will open PDF route and parking maps. Please follow the appropriate route for your residence hall:

Black Route – Reighard, Shenks, and West Village

Green Route – East and South Village

Move-In Day Expectations

Once you arrive to campus during your designated day and time, here is what you can expect:

  • Family and / or friends may accompany you for the move-in process for help, but we encourage you to limit the number of individuals needed for support due to traffic congestion and parking availability concerns.
  • We strongly encourage helpers to be fully vaccinated and / or wear a mask when arriving on campus given the number of individuals who will be on campus during the move-in process.
  • The entire move-in process can take between 1-2 hours long during peak periods.
  • Upon your arrival to campus, you will see signs pointing you where to go.
  • Please note that if you have more than one vehicle, only one at a time will be permitted to park next to the building for unloading.
  • When you arrive at your hall, you will be able to unload your belongings. The driver will immediately move the car to the designated parking area while you go to the check-in area to receive your keys.
  • We will have faculty, staff, and student volunteers (“Movers & Shakers”) on hand to help.
  • After you unload the vehicle, you will need to move it to an open parking area, which may be on another part of campus. You will be directed to these areas.
  • Due to the high number of new students moving in, at times you might find it easier to move yourself in without help from a volunteer “Mover & Shaker.” If you would like assistance, the Movers & Shakers will help you load your belongings into large carts for transport to your room as quickly as possible.
  • We encourage you to pack lightly and bring any hard carts that you may have to expedite your move-in process.
  • Before you unpack everything, use a computer to check your e-mail and complete your room condition report. This is how you note any existing damage or worn items in your room so that you are not charged for them at the end of the year. Do not have a computer handy? Do not worry. We will have hard copies available for you to use. Just ask your RA.

NEW AND TRANSFER STUDENT ORIENTATION

On-campus orientation for first-time-in-college (i.e., new) students commences on Thursday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. on the residential Quad. Select orientation programming will be available to Transfer Students on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22. Details will be provided in your University email.

Movers & Shakers Volunteering Opportunity

The Department of University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls. Click HERE to find out more.

Please feel free to email our office at housing@millersville.edu if you should have any questions or need further clarification.

Fall 2021 Housing “Movers & Shakers” Volunteers Needed

The Department of University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls.

Student Movers & Shakers will be required to attend a short instructional meeting on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. in the Great Room of South Village.

Benefits of being a volunteer “Mover & Shaker” includes the following responsibilities and benefits:

1. Volunteers who live in the residence halls can move in early on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2. A free limited edition t-shirt to identify yourself as a “Mover & Shaker” (*the t-shirt logo is illustrated above)
3. Free continental breakfast served on Thursday and Saturday
4. Free lunch served on Thursday afternoon
5. Students who help on both Thursday and Saturday will receive a special Millersville University promotional item.
6. The opportunity to be a servant leader
7. To actively demonstrate our EPPIIC Values as we welcome new students and their families to Millersville University

*** Students: Please note that if you sign up, move into the residence halls early as a Mover & Shaker, and do not participate as promised, you will be billed accordingly for the early move-in period as well as the cost of the shirt. 
If you would like to help, please visit the following page to sign-up:

This is an exciting opportunity as it brings our University community together to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. We hope you’ll be a part of this great tradition!

Residential Area Director Matt Rutkoski Leads $6,000 Food Drive for the Campus Cupboard

Residential Area Director Matthew Rutkoski lead a very successful food and supply drive for the Campus Cupboard during spring 2021 finals week.  “After noticing that students had a lot of dining money left, I made it a point to reach out to students and encouraged them to use their remaining funds to purchase and donate food to the Campus Cupboard. I provided students with a list of items they could donate and let them know that they could leave the items in the lobby of each hall or they could contact me directly.” Items requested included non-perishable foods, water, other drinks, and cleaning & bathroom supplies.

Since that time, Matt picked up, sorted, collected, and transported all items to the Campus Cupboard.  The biggest donation came from the Millersville University College Dems Initiative, which was headed by Andrew Geer who also serves as a Resident Assistant. The group donated approximately $3,200 of food.  Additional supplies, such as water and cleaning supplies we also donated.  Overall, according to the calculations, approximately $6,000 worth of items were donated to the Campus Cupboard.

Ed Weber, Director of The HUB / Campus Cupboard, shared his gratitude. “This spring marks eight years of partnership between the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry at The HUB and Millersville University. We couldn’t serve students without the generous support of MU Faculty, Staff, and Administration. Typically, the end of a school year finds us with empty shelves and low supplies, but thanks to the end of semester food drive in the residence halls, we are stocked full and ready to continue to provide food assistance throughout the summer.  Special thanks to Matt Rutkoski for coordinating this effort.  During the past week, Matt delivered over eight carts filled with the food donations of students.  We appreciate our partnership with Housing and look forward to continuing to serve MU students together.”

Thank you to both Matt Rutkoski and Andrew Geer for putting our EPPIIC Values into action through your servant leadership efforts. We are proud to have you on the University Housing & Conference Services Team!

2021 Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Endowed Scholarship Awarded to Delanie Dugan

The presentation of the Stine Award has been a tradition within the Department of University Housing & Conference Services for three decades. The 2020-2021 academic year marks the 33rd year for the award.

The University Housing & Conference Services Stine Award Recipient for the 2020-2021 academic year is Delanie DuganDelanie has been a Resident Assistant for the past year assigned to the East Village Residence Hall complex and previously a desk attendant in West Village. Michael Davis, Residential Area Director of East Village, describes Delanie as a gifted student, fast on her feet, and able to tackle any challenge ahead of her. He added that her RA colleagues state that she helps to keep them focused and is someone they admire because of her ability to carry herself with such a high level of character. 

Outside of the Resident Assistant Position, Delanie is very active as an Art major and is involved in the following:

  • Interactive Design Club Member
  • Marauder Graphics Club Member
  • Mentor for a first-year student within the mentorship program
  • Assistant Manager for a small business pottery studio

Delanie has also been a valuable member of the team of RAs that have been delivering food to our Millersville students who were quarantining within the residence halls this academic year.  She always made sure to check-in with them and to ensure that everyone received the food that they requested.

Graduate Assistant Will Halko noted that it is not uncommon to see Delanie engaging in smaller acts of kindness like leaving positive notes for her coworkers. “In ways both small and large, Delanie embodies the best qualities of what makes an RA and inspires those around her to do the same.”


The Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Endowed Scholarship was seeded in 1988 by Dr.’s George and Helen Stine as a tribute to the memory of Dr. George Stine’s parents.  Dr. Clyde Stine was a member of the Millersville University Administrative Faculty for 22 years (1946-1968).  He provided administrative oversight for the residence hall program as the Dean of Men. 

Dr. George Stine, Professor of Sociology, and a founding member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, retired in 2003, after a distinguished 37 years at Millersville University.  Dr. Helen Stine retired in 2003 after many years as a Reading Specialist serving the School District of Lancaster. 

Dr. George Stine has a unique relationship with the residence hall system at Millersville University, having spent the years of his childhood living in the residence halls during his father’s tenure as Dean of Men.  He holds fond memories of living in the original Bard, Harbold, and Diehm Halls as a child and later holding summer employment as a construction crew member in the completion of the Dilworth Administration Building. 

Drs. George and Helen Stine chose to recognize a Resident Assistant because Dr. Clyde Stine viewed the residence halls as an important experience in the life of a scholar and realized that Resident Assistants provide a fundamental role in the transition from student to new professional. 


The Department of University Housing & Conference Services is proud to recognize Delanie Dugan as our Stine Award Recipient for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations to Delanie! 

Spring 2021 Move-In Information: Testing & Process

In an effort to provide you with information related to moving into your residence hall, we wanted to remind you of the new requirement. As announced to students via email on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Vice President Hazlett, students living in the residence halls will be required to be tested for COVID-19 as part of the Spring 2021 move-in process. Health Services will be on campus to administer the rapid COVID-19 test (free of charge) in Susan P. Luek Hall (24 Pucillo Dr., Millersville, PA 17551) before students receive their room keys. Students living in the residence halls will need to present to Housing staff proof that they have tested negative before they can receive their room key.

If a student has proof of receiving a negative test that was administered within 48-hours prior to arriving on campus, they may present this to Health Services in lieu of on-campus testing. We do understand this may cause various logistical hardships, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this process, which is designed to keep you and our campus community healthy and safe.

MOVE-IN / TESTING SCHEDULE – NOW OPEN

Students will schedule concurrently for a move-in / testing date and time through their University MAX account. Go to MAX-Student Services >> Housing & Dining >> MyHousing. The check in times available are below your assignment. These will be limited to available slots on Monday, January 18, 2021 and Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 7:30 – 11a.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. There will be a strict adherence to this schedule in order to manage the flow of students arriving on campus, so late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

When you schedule your appointment for testing, you are acknowledging that you understand your HIPPA privacy rights as outlined below and authorize the release of COVID-19 test results. Consent / Release form (CLICK to review) and a HIPAA notification (CLICK to review)

Any late arrivals will have to reschedule and will not be able to move into the residence halls. Additionally, any special accommodations for scheduling will need to be coordinated and approved through the Health Services.

COVID RESULTS APP

Before arriving for testing, please download the NAVICA App and create an account to receive your results.

Receiving your test results:

  • You MUST install the NAVICA App on your phone and create an account to receive your test results.

The NAVICA App is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

TESTING & MOVE-IN PROCESS

  • Please report to Susan P. Luek Hall at 24 Pucillo Dr., Millersville, PA 17551 on your scheduled day and time where you will receive your COVID-19 rapid test. There are numerous legal parking spots located near the building which may be used. Students should remain in their vehicle until their scheduled appointment time to avoid crowding at the entrance of the building.  Only the student should enter the building to receive the test to eliminate crowding and to help with social distancing. 
  • After receiving the test, the student should return to their vehicle and drive to the Creek Drive parking lot. Within approximately 15 minutes, you should see your test results on the NAVICA app.
  • Those with a negative result can park in their designated residence hall parking lot and proceed to their residence hall front desk to check-in. You MUST present the cell phone screen from the NAVICA app displaying the negative COVID result to the residence hall staff to be permitted to check-in.
  • Those with a positive result will receive a phone call from Health Services staff and will be given additional instructions. If able, a student may return home to isolate for the required 10 days before returning to campus. Students testing positive who are not able to return home, will be required to temporarily move into isolation housing in a Marauder Suite “pod” unit in East or West Village for 10 days. These are 10 single bed units in one suite with two common bathrooms and a living room/ kitchenette area. More complete instructions will be given at that time.

This testing is NOT for students with symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had significant contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you should not report to campus. Please contact your primary care provider. Once you are asymptomatic, contact Health Services to be tested for admittance to the residence halls.

MOVE-IN LOGISTICS

  • Once you have parked and have received a negative result through the NAVICA App, the student should go directly to the front desk of their residence hall. Signage will be posted outside the residence halls directing you to the main entrance. All guests should remain outside and begin unloading items until the student returns.
  • No more than two (2) guests may accompany the student inside the residence hall during the move-in process.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while inside the residence halls.
  • We strongly encourage students to bring their own handcarts and / or carts as there will be none available to assist with moving-in. There will be no volunteers assisting with carrying student belongings to the rooms.
  • You are required to bring your own personal protection equipment, such as masks and gloves to use inside the residence hall along with any disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Please note, the use of facial masks are required while on the Millersville University campus.
  • Students should also bring with them a personal thermometer for daily self-screening.
  • Dumpsters will be located outside of the residence halls so that you are able to dispose of any trash. Please breakdown all boxes before disposing.

We are working under federal, state and PASSHE guidance. Please continue to view the University’s Coronavirus page for updates as well as checking your student email account for ongoing information.

We appreciate your help and compliance with this process as we want everyone in the residence halls to be healthy and safe. Students should check their email daily as well as follow our Twitter and Instagram account for important updates.

Sincerely,

Health Services

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Housing & Residential Programs

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Residence Halls Closing & Move Out Reminder

The residence halls will close for the semester break with residents expected to move out of the residence halls. Residents who were not already approved for break housing are expected to remove all belongings, return the residence hall key and properly check out of the residence hall no later than Noon on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

Residents were emailed information with a specific link for your building / wing to sign up for a move out time. That link is unique to your building / wing and should not be shared. We are creating a week long timeframe to allow for proper social distancing. We are permitting five move-outs per hour per building / wing based upon the following schedule:

Sunday, November 15, 2020 – Saturday, November 21, 2020

Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 8 AM

Saturday: 8 AM – Noon

This should give you enough flexibility throughout the week while also helping to ensure proper safety protocols. Please understand that there will be no partial housing refunds / credits for the day that you choose to leave; the process is occurring in this manner to better ensure safety rather than having 600+ residents and their parents / guardians coming to campus to move out on the same day or two that normally occurs during a non-pandemic year. Those very few who have already been approved for either of the break housing periods and have received official confirmation do not have to reserve a day and time.

We are requiring a complete move out due to the following factors: 

  • Given the various COVID restrictions that we are facing, including the unavailability of dining services after that time, we are not approving students to remain simply for convenience sake like in previous years (e.g., prefer to stay, working locally, etc.)
  • We will have the ability to clean rooms over the break period for occupancy in the spring.
  • Dining Services will close all operations on Friday, November 20th at 8:00 PM so there will be no on-campus food options.
  • If there is another campus closure like occurred in spring 2020, students already have all their belongings with them with no need to return to campus.
  • Students may be reassigned to a different residence hall for the spring semester.

Residence Halls Closing & Move Out Information

  • The residence halls will be closed during semester break except for students already approved for Academic (to 12/13/20) or Continuous Break housing (through 01/24/21).
  • Building card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the semester break. Only students who have already been approved for semester break housing will have card access privileges.
  • No more than two (2) guests may accompany the student inside the residence hall during the move-out process.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while inside the residence halls.
  • We strongly encourage students to bring their own handcarts and / or carts as there will be none available to assist with moving out.
  • You are required to have your own personal protection equipment, such as masks and gloves to utilize inside of the residence hall along with any disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Please note, the use of facial masks are required while on the Millersville University campus.
  • You may want to coordinate with your suitemates (if applicable) to coordinate different move-out dates and / or times to maximize social distancing efforts.
  • The last meal at the Upper Deck will be dinner on Friday, November 20 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
  • The Anchor will close at 6:00 PM on Friday, November 20th.
  • The dining app with pickup from the Anchor Café window will be available until 7:00 PM on Friday, November 20th.

Semester Break Checkout Procedures

Prior to the start of the semester break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside of your residence hall.
  • Fully clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Fully clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove all belongings from your suite.
  • Set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • Close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • Lower the blinds halfway but leave them open (Villages).
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • Properly check out and return your room key to residence hall staff as directed. Instructions will also be posted by each residence hall lobby desk.

Millersville University Residence Hall Semester Break 2020-21 Closing Bulletin

The residence halls will close for the semester break with residents expected to move out of the residence halls. Residents who do not have extenuating circumstances and are not approved for break housing are expected to remove all belongings, return the residence hall key and properly checkout of the residence hall no later than Noon on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

Residents requesting housing during the semester break must apply for and be approved for Semester Break housing as directed below. Resident Students requesting Academic Semester Break Housing for the period of November 21, 2020 through December 13, 2020 — or — Continuous Semester Break Housing for the period of November 21, 2020 through January 24, 2020 must have an approved reason for and apply no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 by 4:00 PM. Break approvals will be limited to those who have a credit-bearing requirement through December 13, 2020, those who have international student status, or are of independent status as recognized by the Office of Financial Aid. Notification of approval or denial will be made by e-mail on or before Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Academic Semester Break Housing starts Saturday, November 21, 2020 through the end of the academic fall semester at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Approved students must fully move out and check out of the residence hall by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday December 13, 2020.

Continuous Semester Break Housing starts Saturday, November 21, 2020 through the opening of the residence halls for Spring 2021, on Sunday January 24, 2021. Approved students must be registered for on-campus housing for Spring 2021 prior to requesting unbroken semester break housing. Those few that are approved for Continuous Semester Break Housing will be required to relocate to South Village for the duration of the break and through the Spring 2021 semester. This is due to the maintenance and housekeeping responsibilities performed over semester break and limited amount of staff that will be available.

To request Semester Break Housing please follow these instructions:

  1. Open MAX (for best results please use Google Chrome, or Firefox; do not use Internet Explorer.)
  2. Log into your “My Housing” account.
  3. Select Application from the menu in black and then choose Break Housing 2020 on the drop-down menu.
  4. Select Academic Semester Break Housing: This is housing that ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020.
  5. Or select Continuous Semester Break Housing: This is housing continuing through Sunday, January 24, 2021.
  6. You must select a reason for requesting break housing from the drop-down menu.
  7. If you chose “Other” please specify your reason.  Maximum of 160 characters with spaces.
  8. Select “Continue” to submit your application.

Semester Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be closed during Semester break except for students approved for Academic or Continuous Break housing.
  • Building card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the Semester break. Only students with extenuating circumstances who are approved for Semester Break housing will have card access privileges.
  • Guests and Visitation will not be permitted during Semester Break housing.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break. The information will be posted at the South Village front desks for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services web sites for hours of operation.
  • Non-urgent police calls dial (717) 871-4357.
  • Fire, Police and EMS Emergencies dial 911 at all times.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staffs will be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that may require entrance to occupied resident rooms. The Housing Staff may post a courtesy sign on occupied suite doors indicating that the suite is occupied during the semester break. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter without knocking. Please leave it in place for the duration of the semester break.

Semester Break Checkout Procedures

Prior to the start of the Semester break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove all belongings from your suite, properly checkout and return your room key to residence hall staff as directed.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • Close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • Lower the blinds halfway but leave them open (Villages).
  • Lock your bedroom door and your suite door.

Housing & Residential Programs Offers New Virtual Tours

Millersville University’s Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is proud to offer a new virtual tour option of all of our campus residence halls.  HARP partnered with Vivid Media in order to develop an immersive, virtual tour experience for current and prospective students to view what the residence hall room options look like on our campus.

Through this new platform, Millersville students and their families can explore the residence hall rooms in more detail to see the various amenities and conveniences that are offered to them prior to arriving on campus. Chris Jachimowicz, Director of New Student Programs notes, “Unfortunately the current health crisis means that we are unable to share MU’s fantastic residence halls with visitors in person. The new virtual tours, combined with our “walk through” display in the Lombardo Welcome Center, will ensure that prospective students and their families will get a good feel for what living in our halls will be like.”

The virtual tours feature each building with the option to explore each room type as well as the common areas, including study lounges, recreation rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In each specific building tour, visitors can click into a menu in the upper left-hand corner of the viewer to choose what type of area they would like to explore. Each room type and area is specifically listed. Additionally, there are four different viewing options to use, including the following: Explore 3D Space, Dollhouse View, Floorplan View, and Measurements. These options can be toggled by clicking on the corresponding icons on the bottom left-hand corner of the viewer. Hovering over each icon with the mouse arrow will indicate what each icon represents. The menu options will change dependent upon the current view that is showing.

Explore 3D Space | Dollhouse View | Measurements

Dollhouse View | Floorplan View | Measurements

Explore 3D Space

In this view, you can literally explore the area by clicking and progressing throughout the room as if you are actually there. Also, if you left-click and hold on the mouse, you can spin the view in all directions. The faint circles on the floor indicate the vantage point from that particular spot.

Dollhouse View

The Dollhouse View permits you to view the areas as if it were an dollhouse model. Again, if you left-click and hold on the mouse, you can spin the view in all directions. This is beneficial because it gives you a sense of the spaciousness of the room.

Floorplan View

The floorplan view gives you a simplistic overhead shot of the room that is being explored. This view can be used in conjunction with the Measurements option to manually click on any two areas to take a measurement. While we have various important measurements already listed for each residence hall, this is another option that can be used. Those measurements are listed under each residence hall‘s corresponding “Room, Bed, and Window Dimensions” section.

We hope that you will explore all of the residence hall buildings and see the features that each offer. You can see each particular building by clicking on the “Virtual Tour” links under the general information listed for each area listed here:

East Village

Reighard Hall

Shenks Hall

South Village

West Village

A special thank you goes out to Ms. Rita Miller, one of the Associate Director of Housing & Residential Programs, and the Vivid Media crew for putting together a wonderful offering for our Millersville University community! Another thanks goes out to Matt Rutkoski for assisting Rita in the set up process. Additionally, thank you to Chris Jachimowicz, Director of New Student Programs, and his team for coordinating the room display for our visiting guests.

Important COVID-19 Move-Out Update for Residential Students

The residence halls will be open on a scheduled appointment basis slated to start May 18, 2020 and continue into June 2020.  The appointment schedule is required to accommodate restrictions for social distancing mandated by the Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania and so that we can provide the safest possible checkout process for our students and their family members who accompany them to campus.  Please read and carefully follow these instructions:

Prepare to travel to campus for final checkout:

  • Review the instructions sent in the e-mail announcing the residence hall checkout schedule.
  • Follow the instructions to access the Sign-up Genius link for your particular residence hall and select an available checkout appointment day and time.
  • Each person traveling with you must bring and wear a face mask throughout the checkout process.
  • Each person traveling with you is encouraged to bring and wear gloves.
  • Do not bring pets with you to the checkout.
  • Limit the number of people with you to only those necessary to assist with removing your belongings from the residence hall.
  • Allow enough travel time to arrive at your designated appointment time.
  • Remember to bring your room key and Millersville University ID card.
  • Access to moving carts will be limited. Please bring your own carts and moving devices if possible.
  • Storage on campus is NOT available. Consult local storage rental agents if you choose to not take everything home.

Once You Arrive On Campus For Final Checkout:

We are using an express checkout to limit face to face contact.  You will not need to have a staff member check your room. You are only expected to remove your belongings, return your room furniture to the proper location and height, and remove any trash or unwanted items.

  • Access your residence hall using your Millersville University ID card. Doors will be locked to limit foot traffic.
  • Remove all belongings from the residence hall.
  • Remove all trash from your room/suite and take it to the trash dumpsters in the parking lot for proper disposal. There is no trash disposal inside the residence hall.
  • Check behind doors and in the shower cubby areas to be certain you have collected all belongings.
  • Check electrical outlets for forgotten charger plugs.
  • Pull out all drawers to check for items in the back.
  • Check under the bed for forgotten items.
  • Return beds that have been lofted or lowered to the appropriate height (usually the 3rd and 4th slots).
  • Close and lock your room window.
  • Lower the window blind and leave them open.
  • Set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock your room door and suite door.
  • Bring your room key to the lobby area and follow the instructions for automatic key return using the return envelope system there.
  • Complete the information on the envelope, place the key in the envelope and seal it.
  • Deposit the envelope in the designated express checkout box.
  • Have a safe trip home.

Check these websites for updates on travel advisories, notices, recommendations and restrictions due to the prevalence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Millersville University Coronavirus update webpage https://www.millersville.edu/coronavirus/index.php

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers Health https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services https://www.hhs.gov/

Travel.State.Gov https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

PA Department of Health (PA-DOH) https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf

American College Health Association (ACHA) https://www.acha.org/ACHA/Resources/Topics/2019_Novel_Coronavirus_2019-nCoV.aspx

Have a safe and successful summer.  We’ll see you for the Fall Semester!

Important Housing Update for Resident Students

Dear Millersville University Residential Students:

We would like to provide an update as a follow up to President Wubah’s message earlier today regarding housing information and instruction for residential students who live in The Villages (East Village, South Village, West Village), Shenks Hall and Reighard Hall.

In light of the decision to suspend face-to-face instruction for a week, from March 21-27, and an additional week of remote instruction, from March 30 to April 3, Housing and Residential Programs is issuing the follow:

  • We encourage students who have the option to go home for the week of suspended face-to-face instruction and the additional week of remote instruction to do so. While we don’t expect you to remove all of your belongings from your room and suite, resident students should take all essential belongings, medications including those from Health Services, and course materials from your residence hall in case it should become necessary to restrict return access to campus for at least the three weeks listed.
  • Students who need to remain on campus through the week of suspended face-to-face instruction and the additional week of remote instruction should sign up through the Department of Housing and Residential Programs’ existing break process, described HERE. Access to the residence halls will be limited to only those students who register.

Additional Spring Break Housing Information includes:

  • The residence halls will be operational for students who need to remain on campus during the break.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • There will be limited Dining Services hours of operations. Please refer to their website for specific hours.
  • Students are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break.
  • Housekeeping and Maintenance Operations staffs may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms. Housing staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking.  Please leave it in place for the duration of the break.
  • Those students who have already signed up for break housing, but have decided they no longer need break housing given this new information, should email Housing & Residential Programs Associate Director Rita Miller at rita.miller@millersville.edu to indicate that you will not be remaining on campus.

We appreciate that you have a lot of questions and concerns during this time. Please refer back to the University’s coronavirus webpage frequently where the most up-to-date information is posted.

Dr. Scott M. Helfrich – Director

Housing and Residential Programs

(717) 871-4200

Housing@millersville.edu