More USI students to return to campus Friday

More USI students to return to campus Friday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Freshmen at the University of Southern Indiana have moved and settled in, so now it’s time for returning students to start the new semester.

University officials say they have detailed plans in place to try and keep everyone safe.

It’s certainly not what they expected when students thought about returning this year, but with these protocols in place, the university hopes to keep students as safe as possible in this pandemic.

As thousands return to campus Friday, it will be important to help them maintain social distancing as move back into their residence halls.

All students who live in student housing have signed up for a 45-minute time slot for their move-in.

This will allow time to unload vehicles and move them to designated parking lots.

The big key will be to keep traffic moving smoothly as those students arrive.

With both residence halls and student apartments, only two students per apartment building or residence wing will be allowed to move in at a time.

This will keep foot traffic down and limit contact.

The university is also asking students to create an emergency bag.

“So if a student were to have contact and deemed needing to quarantine, it’s easier if you have a bag ready,” said Amy Price, director of USI housing. “So you can move to a quarantine space. Included in that list would be a toothbrush, toothpaste, things like that that you might forget if you’re packing up your things to move for that quarantine time.”

USI says no one under the age of 16 will be allowed on campus during move-in, so if you have a younger family member, they are asked not to come to campus.

The university understands move-in day can be difficult on your own, that’s why they are allowing up to four guests to help a student during their move-in time slot.

Students at USI will be back in the classroom on Monday.

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