Information on residence hall move-out

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As stated in President Machtley’s recent email, we have developed procedures to allow you to safely retrieve the belongings you still have in your residence hall due to the University closing for the remainder of the semester.   We have developed procedures that will facilitate the move-out process while adhering to social distancing guidelines giving everyone maximum flexibility to accomplish move out.  The deadline to move-out is as follows:

Tuesday, May 12th – Residents of Townhouses, Providence, Jamestown, Cumberland, Lincoln and Newport
Saturday, May 30th – Bristol, Warren, Barrington, Charlestown, Richmond, Kilcup, Westerly, Hopkinton, Exeter, Coventry, Scituate, and Tiverton

To schedule an appointment to move-out:
Step 1 –Complete this application.  All requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the date you anticipate returning to campus.  Students will only be permitted to bring two guests to assist with the move-out.  Students who reside in a state where a “Shelter in Place” order is active will not be able to make an appointment to move-out until the order is lifted in their home state

Step 2 – Residential Life staff will review your request and confirm the date and time for your arrival and that you are not a health risk.  It is imperative that you arrive on the date and time for which you have been approved.  Only students with a confirmed move-out application will be allowed to return to campus.  This is necessary in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and minimize the risk to our community.  When your application is approved, you will also receive a parking pass which must be printed and placed on your dashboard when you arrive to campus.  You will need your parking pass to enter campus.

Step 3 – Students who return to campus will only be allowed to go directly to their own room, pack up and depart.  Students will not be allowed to visit other students who may be on campus, other rooms or other facilities on campus. There will be no service of food on campus and you should be aware that all restaurants in RI have been ordered by the Governor to stop serving.  We recommend you bring your own food if you are traveling from a distance.  All items must be removed from your room, suite, or townhouse.  All students will participate in express check-out and will sign out via the door tag on their room door. 

Step 4 – Before leaving campus, you will need to return your key in the envelope provided on your door tag.  Please deposit the envelope with your key in the drop box at Entry Control as you leave campus.

We will have a supply of boxes, tape, and trash bags available in each residential area as well as laundry carts to assist with your move-out.

If you cannot return to campus to retrieve your personal belongings:

If you are abroad or for whatever reason cannot return to campus now or the move out date specified for your residence hall, please complete Request to Store/Pack Belongings Form by Friday, May 1st to make arrangements to pack up your belongings and put them in storage until you can retrieve them.  We are currently getting estimates for a summer storage charge, and we will let you know when we finalize the expense.

If you have an extenuating circumstance and need additional assistance moving out, please contact the Office of Residential Life at or 401-232-6140 for assistance. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.