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Fall 2020 Checkout FAQ

Pre-departure Testing

The University will screen all students through the University pool saliva testing program shortly before we conclude the residential semester on Nov. 25. We planned this testing to safeguard the families of students—and the communities they call home—by ensuring that COVID-positive students are not unknowingly leaving campus and putting others at risk.

Pool saliva testing is currently available for free on campus every weekday with your SUID. More details regarding end of semester testing will be available soon. 

Checkout Procedures

  • You will need to sign up for a checkout time on your MySlice housing portal (the sign-up form will be available Oct. 26–Nov. 6). You may select a time that best works for your scheduled departure time. During the checkout process, you will meet with a staff member who will visually inspect your residence and take pictures of your boxed belongings. Checkout times will be available Nov. 14–25.
  • If you would like to check out prior to Nov. 14, please speak with your residence director or resident advisor (North Campus/ Skyhalls) to schedule a checkout time. If you are in a South Campus apartment, you can arrange an early checkout with the Office of Student Living by calling 315.443.3637 or emailing osl@syr.edu. You will still need to pack your belongings and return your key before leaving campus for the semester.

Any items of sentimental or significant value should be taken with you when you depart campus. Any belongings remaining in your room should be packed into boxes. Clearly label the boxes with your preferred shipping address. All boxes should be placed on your bed or placed on your side of the room. No liquids or food should be packed. Students in South Campus apartments do not need to pack up their kitchen area. You will soon be provided a checklist with packing and cleaning details, and your resident director or resident advisor can also help answer questions about this process.

You should leave your microfridge in your room over break. Unplug the device before you leave, clean out all food and drinks, and leave the fridge empty. Defrost and wipe out the fridge and leave the door open to prevent mold from forming.

  • The University will provide you with four boxes (six if you live in a South Campus apartment) and packing tape.
  • You can purchase more boxes and packing supplies at the Syracuse University Bookstore or at any outside vendor. There is no limit to the number of boxes that a student can leave in their room.

Charges may be assessed based on the room condition. In the unlikely event that the University is not able to open residentially in the spring semester, students who have not packed their belongings may incur charges to pack and ship or store their belongings. If belongings are not shipped or stored, or are not retrieved during a designated move-out period in the spring semester (when deemed safe to do so by public health officials), belongings may be considered abandoned property.

  • You will need to turn in your key(s) prior to departing campus; the University will not accept keys returned by mail.
  • If a key is not turned in, the locks will be changed for the residence hall room or South Campus apartment. A $50 lock change fee will be assessed.
  • Keys will be redistributed as part of the Spring 2021 move-in process.

No. Your room and board charges provide services until November 25, and you will not receive a refund if you leave earlier in the month.

  • If you are unable to travel home due to international travel restrictions, housing insecurity, or other extreme hardships, there are a limited number of spaces available in on-campus housing for an additional charge.
  • You may apply for extended-stay housing in your MySlice housing portal beginning Oct. 26. The Dean of Students Office will review all applications and notify students who have been approved to stay.

No. Onondaga County and New York State public health regulations do not allow a person infected with COVID-19 or quarantining due to possible exposure to COVID-19 to travel.

Extended Stay Options

  • If you are unable to leave campus by Nov. 25, you must apply for extended-stay housing in your MySlice housing portal beginning Oct. 26. You must receive approval from the Dean of Students Office to remain on campus.
  • There are a limited number of on-campus extended-stay options available at the Sheraton Hotel, and they will be provided on a first-approved, first-served basis.
    • End of semester option (Nov. 25–Dec. 10): You will spend these 17 nights at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. The cost of the hotel for those nights will be $600, and if you would like three meals a day included with your stay, the cost is $1,200.
    • Entire winter break option (Nov. 25–Jan. 21): The Sheraton will offer a weekly rate to students who need to stay for the entire winter break. The rate for the room will be $250/week, and if you would like three meals a day included with your stay, the rate will be $500/week.
  • If you choose to stay in the Sheraton and then check out of the hotel for any reason, you cannot return to the hotel, and you will need to seek alternative housing for the remainder of the break.
  • Syracuse University will provide a list of off-campus hotels with discounted rates for the length of the break period, including hotels with kitchenettes. That list will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • If you are unable to leave campus by Nov. 25, you must apply for extended-stay housing in your MySlice housing portal beginning Oct. 26. You must receive approval from the Dean of Students Office to remain on campus in your apartment. 
    • End of semester option (Nov. 25–Dec. 10): If you are approved to stay until the end of the semester, your Bursar account will be charged $500 for the additional two-week stay. This option does not include meals.
    • Entire winter break option (Nov. 25–Jan. 21): If you are approved to remain in your apartment throughout winter break, your Bursar account will be charged $2,000 for the additional eight-week stay. This option does not include meals.
  • Syracuse University will provide a list of off-campus hotels with discounted rates for the length of the break period, including hotels with kitchenettes. That list will be provided in the coming weeks.

The University is open throughout the winter break, although hours and service modality may be modified. The exception is Orange Appreciation Days (Dec. 23-Jan. 1). During this period, emergency services are available. On-campus transportation will be limited but available, details are forthcoming.

Please reach out to your financial aid counselor or to the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.

Spring Semester Planning

You should move all of your belongings out of your room or apartment. Any belongings left after move-out will be considered abandoned property and will be discarded. In addition, if you do not plan to return, please make sure you have reached out to your academic advisor.

Spring 2021 move-in is scheduled for Jan. 19-24. As in the fall, move-in will be staggered between first-year and transfer students (Jan. 19-21) and returning students (Jan. 22-24). More details will be available in the coming weeks.

Off-Campus Students

The University will screen all students through the University pool saliva testing program shortly before we conclude the residential semester on Nov. 25. We planned this testing to safeguard the families of students—and the communities they call home—by ensuring that COVID-positive students are not unknowingly leaving campus and putting others at risk.

Students who live off-campus should check with their landlords or housing corporations on any lease expectations regarding winter break.

As with students who live on-campus, it is recommended you take any valuables (either sentimental or those worth over $100) with you.

The University is open throughout the winter break, although hours and service may be modified. The exception is Orange Appreciation Days (Dec. 23-Jan. 1). During this period, emergency services are available.

It is recommended you take any valuables (either sentimental or those worth over $100) with you. Make sure all windows and doors are secure and follow general safety precautions for living off-campus. The Department of Public Safety has provides some basic safety guidelines on their website.