Spring Semester

This spring, students living on campus will reside in single rooms to maintain our COVID-19 protocol. Because of this, fewer students will be able to live in campus housing than at normal capacity, but after an application process last fall, there will be an increased number allowed when compared to last semester.

Spring semester move-in will take place Jan. 23–27. From Jan. 23–31, those living on campus must remain in their rooms or suites at all times other than to get food, do laundry, or walk or perform other physical activity outside. The only exception to this practice is that students working (via co-op or other employment) or conducting/assisting with research are permitted to be outside their campus housing for those purposes.

This policy applies to all residents—whether just arriving for spring semester or if they've been living on campus during winter break—for the entire time period (Jan. 23-31), even if they receive negative test results.

Throughout the semester, students must follow the university's visitor policy.


Residents must move in Jan. 23–27. (Requests for exceptions can be made to University Housing at housing@case.edu.)

Details for move-in include:

  • Residents must sign up for a move-in time.
  • Before moving in, residents must complete a COVID-19 test.
    • Sign up for a time block through MyHousing. Students should arrive for testing 30 to 45 minutes before their scheduled move-in time (e.g. if you have a 9–11 a.m. move-in time, you should arrive for testing between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.). 
    • Students signed up for the last move-in time slot MUST arrive by 6:30 p.m. to be tested. Students who are not scheduled for a move-in time will not be able to be tested. 
    • Do not eat, drink (including water), smoke, chew gum or vape 30 minutes prior to your testing. You will need to bring with you a form of identification (driver's license, state ID, passport, student ID).
  • After completing the COVID-19 test:
    • Returning residents: Use MyHousing to activate your room access.
    • New residents: Proceed to Area Office to check in.
  • No more than two people will be permitted to help a resident during move-in.
  • All individuals must follow prevention guidelines (wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance and practicing proper personal hygiene protocols).
  • If travel delays cause you to arrive after 7 p.m., please contact the Residence Life staff member on-call for your building (numbers will be posted at front doors) or the CWRU Dispatch non-emergency number (216.368.3300). You will be let into your room for the night and must immediately get tested the following morning before checking in.

For full move-in details, visit the University Housing website.


  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not come to campus.
  • Proper physical distancing (6 feet of distance) must be followed in residence halls and across campus, including in lines, entrances and stairwells.
  • Only one person or family will be permitted on an elevator at a time.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a face mask.
  • All students and guests are expected to frequently wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer, which will be provided throughout the residence halls.
  • Each student will be allowed up to two guests to assist with move-in.
  • Students and their guests will move their own belongings into their room. Our goal will be to make carts and dollies available for you to use to move your belongings.

International Travelers

Per Centers for Disease Control recommendations, students arriving from international destinations are required to complete a seven-day quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after arrival in the United States prior to returning to campus. 

Students living in on-campus housing will be permitted to remain in their usual housing and must comply with the restrictions outlined above. 

Please note: The timing of your arrival may extend the seven-day quarantine period beyond the Feb. 1 lifting of the return-to-campus protocols. You are expected to maintain the guidelines above until your seven days are complete. If this impacts your classes, please contact your navigator.

Packing Tips

Students should pack lightly this semester, including limiting extra furniture and storage solutions. University Health Services has consistently noted that excessive and unnecessary clutter adds spaces where pathogens can sit and be spread. Valuable or sentimental items should remain at home.

Cleaning Guidelines

Custodial services will implement a higher standard of cleaning this academic year. However, students are expected to clean their bedrooms and should bring their own cleaning supplies to campus.

Guidelines for Living On Campus

For the period of Jan. 23–31, those living on campus must remain in their rooms or suites at all times other than to:

  • Use restroom facilities (first-year area residence halls)
  • Get meals (students must return to their rooms to eat) or prepare a meal in the common area kitchen (occupancy limited to one person at a time)
  • Pick up mail/packages or keys from the Area Offices
  • Walk/exercise outside
  • Do laundry
  • Work (via co-op or other employment) or conduct/assist with research

All common rooms (great rooms, lounges, study rooms, music practice rooms, etc.) are closed down during this time frame, though laundry rooms and common area kitchens remain open with limited occupancies.

Throughout the semester, all COVID-19 guidelines will be in place, including wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and practicing proper personal hygiene. The visitor policy will be strictly enforced.

Gathering Risks

A significant portion of the fall’s COVID-19 cases involved small numbers of people (even just three to five) coming together to eat, watch television or movies, or participate in other seemingly innocuous activities. Because of COVID-19’s high airborne transmission rates—especially indoors—maintaining distance and keeping on masks are imperative, regardless of setting.