By: Michael Olszewski, Contributing Writer
Photos by Michael Olszewski/ The Towerlight
Students of Towson University (TU) began moving into on-campus housing, Jan. 21, ahead of the spring semester.
Housing has been reduced to 2,300 students, a 70% decrease from previous years. MEDCO properties have also been de-densified after deciding to align with the University’s COVID-19 protocols.
Due to increased de-densification between this past fall and this spring, students will no longer be able to share a dorm room. As a result, those with a roommate last fall should look out for a new room assignment this spring.
The University has also doubled its quarantine and self-isolation spaces to 196 beds for this spring.
Incoming residents were asked to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 14 days of a return to campus. Once a negative test result is presented, students may select up to two guests to accompany them, and have two hours to move-in.
Check-in and key pick up is located at the South Campus Pavilion. Students are required to select a pick up time through their resident portal.
“I am really excited because I had the opportunity to stay on campus last semester after they sent everyone home and I really enjoyed being on campus, so i’m glad to be back,” Freshman Karlee Hargrove said.
According to Freshman Riley Shahan, she is concerned for a resident outbreak of the virus, which could lead to resident hall closure.
“Part of me thinks everyone will be sent home again,” Shahan said.
The upcoming semester will officially begin Mon., Jan 25. All classes, with exception of labs, clinical experiences, internship and experiential courses, will be held remotely through Feb. 7. Courses will then shift to hybrid learning, with 15% of courses occurring in-person.