Fall 2011 Move In
Last Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2011 at 3:50pm
As of 3:45pm today, Sunday, all power has been restored to South Campus Commons. The Courtyards continue to be without power at this time.
Last Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 11:20am
We will be resuming our check-in activities from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 p.m. today with the following cautions.
As of 10:00 a.m., Hurricane Irene had mostly passed through our area. We are still experiencing periodic rain showers and some strong winds in College Park. The forecast calls for most of the rain to move out of the area by this afternoon with windy conditions to remain for much of the day.
Conditions vary across the state of Maryland and across the region. We've heard reports of some flooded roads and areas with traffic lights not working due to power outages. As of this morning, many of the traffic lights on US Route 1 in College Park are not functioning. Many of the stores and restaurants in College Park are without power and may not be open for business. We urge you to use caution in making your plans for today and plan your route to campus and elsewhere accordingly.
Current conditions on the campus are very wet with branches and leaves from trees strewn about the sidewalks. There are some small trees that were knocked down by the winds last night. All campus residence halls (state-owned buildings) have retained electrical power throughout the storm. As of 10:00 a.m. all South Campus Commons Buildings and all of The Courtyards Apartments (privately managed student apartments on and near the campus) are still without power and have been since about Midnight. We have not received any indication as to when power will be restored in those buildings. The Washington Post reports that as of 5:00 a.m. there were about 100,000 homes and businesses in Prince George's County that were without electricity.
Clean-up around our residence halls is occurring now. We will be resuming our check-in activities at 12:00 Noon today. If you have not yet checked-in to your residence hall you may do so after 12:00 Noon today or beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday or Tuesday. Classes are still set to begin on Wednesday, August 31. Note, residence hall service desks are open 24 hours per day and can check students in at any time. Traffic and parking assistance will be curtailed at 6:00 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Tuesday.
New Resident Orientation (NRO) activities for today including Playfair at Cole Field House at 7:15 p.m. and the RHA Dance Party and Photo Booth in the Grand Ballroom at the Stamp Student Union at 9:00 p.m. are expected to proceed as scheduled. For updated information on NRO activities, please visit http://resnet.umd.edu/nro/.
The Stamp Update
Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 5:55pm
Please be advised that the Stamp will be closing at 5:00pm today. We will TENTATIVELY be reopening at 12:00pm tomorrow (Sunday). A final decision about Sunday's hours will be made at 10:00am.
Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2:45pm
As of 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 more than 8,300 UMD students have checked-in to residence halls, South Campus Commons, and The Courtyards apartments. Forecasts indicate that the weather will continue to deteriorate this afternoon with the worst weather arriving in our area this evening. In anticipation of the incoming weather, please remember the following information:
- We ask that students not attempt to check-in to their residence halls after 4:00 p.m. today – For the safety of our students and staff we will be scaling back check-in activities beginning at 4:00 p.m. today until the severe weather has passed through our area. Service desks will remain open 24 hours per day and can check-in students in emergency situations. We will resume full-scale check-in activity on Sunday when it has been determined that we can do so safely. Check this page for updates about the resumption of check-in activities on Sunday.
- The number one priority over the next 12-18 hours should be your safety and the safety of your friends and family. Please refer to our previous posts on this page for important safety information.
- New Resident Orientation (NRO) activities for Saturday have been cancelled. Check for updates on the status of Sunday NRO activities at http://resnet.umd.edu/nro/.
We ask that all students watch out for one another and act responsibly and safely throughout the duration of this period of inclement weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of our Resident Life staff through your service desk.
Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011 at 5:17pm
All signs indicate that our campus will experience significant inclement and possibly dangerous weather effects from Hurricane Irene beginning sometime on Saturday afternoon and extending in to Saturday night and parts of Sunday. Please consider the following information as you plan your weekend activities.
Checking into your Residence Hall
Our move-in weekend extends from today until noon on Wednesday, August 31 however, based on the current weather forecast we ask that for your safety and the safety of our staff that you not arrive after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 until the storm has passed through our area. We anticipate resuming full-scale check-in activity after the storm has passed through on Sunday. Please check this page for updated information before departing from your home for campus.
Preparing for Hurricane Irene
If you will have already checked-in to your residence hall by the time the severe weather arrives in College Park on Saturday we urge you to take appropriate precautions in advance of the storm.
Students are not being asked to leave campus residence halls for the duration of the storm, but we recognize that many students might benefit from being with family members during the storm. If you are in a position to go home for the duration of the storm and can travel there safely, please consider that as a viable option for the duration of the severe weather. Many planned campus activities for the weekend have been cancelled due to the weather (see below) and other campus services could be affected by the storm, including possible power outages.
If you will be remaining on campus during the period of severe weather, we recommend you make the following preparations as soon as possible:
- If you haven’t done so already, sign up for UMD emergency text alerts by visiting www.alert.umd.edu.
- Program the campus emergency phone number, 301-405-3333 or #3333 into your cell phone. Report any emergencies immediately to University Police.
- Report any significant facilities concerns to x4-WORK (301-314-9675).
- Assemble emergency supplies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following six categories (see website for more details: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/basickit.shtm):
- Water (three day supply. At least one gallon per person per day)
- Food (ready to eat, nonperishable, high-energy foods)
- First Aid Supplies (including any specific medications)
- Clothing, bedding, and sanitation supplies
- Tools (flashlight and batteries, manual can opener, cash)
- Special Items (important documents, glasses, driver’s license, University ID)
- If possible, bring bicycles and other items indoors. If you have a scooter, relocate it to motorcycle parking in one of the campus garages.
- Close all windows and shades or blinds.
- Move electronic and/or easily damaged items off of floors and away from windows; unplug electronics and assure that electrical cords are off the floor.
- Backup any work on your computer. As the storm approaches, turn off all computers.
- Do laundry so that you have adequate clothing options.
- Fully charge your cell phone.
- Get cash from an ATM (ATMs will not work in a power outage)
- Stay connected to the University at www.umd.edu and the Department of Resident Life at www.resnet.umd.edu.
During severe weather it is important that you do the following:
- Stay indoors unless instructed by the UMD Department of Public Safety or by residence hall staff to evacuate the building.
- Keep windows closed to help prevent rainwater from causing floods.
- Stay away from windows as much as possible
- Stay in contact with family members.
- During emergency periods, text messaging is often the most effective way to make contact with others.
- Stay in contact with floor-mates and other friends on campus. Watch out for one another. Be responsible and stay safe.
- Turn your refrigerator to a cooler setting to preserve food as long as possible in case of a power outage.
- If power should go out:
- Remain calm
- Know the location of your flashlight and extra batteries; Never use candles in a residence hall
- Use your cell phone in emergencies only to preserve the batteries
- Keep your refrigerator door closed to keep food as cold as possible. Once power has been restored, check food to ensure that it has not spoiled.
- Elevators will not operate. Use stairwells with caution.
Information Related To Activities On Campus This Weekend
- All New Resident Orientation (NRO) events for Saturday have been cancelled. Visit http://www.resnet.umd.edu/nro/ for updated NRO information.
- Most NRO events for Sunday have not yet been cancelled as of Friday. Visit http://www.resnet.umd.edu/nro/ on Saturday for updated NRO information regarding Sunday’s schedule.
- Resident Assistants (RAs) will be conducting floor meetings throughout the weekend. Check with your RA for the time and location of your meeting
- Family Welcome Receptions for both Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled.
- The Terp Zone in the Stamp Student Union has extended it hours for Friday evening to 12:00 Midnight and will provide free bowling, billiards, and game tokens for residents. The Terp Zone will be open from 12:00 Noon until 12:00 Midnight on both Saturday and Sunday
- The Diner (in the Ellicott Quad) will be open for dinner service on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Regular NRO Dining Hall Hours (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) begin on Saturday.
- Chik-Fil-A in the Stamp Student Union will be open until 8:00 p.m. Sbarro Pizza will be open until 10:00 p.m.
Department of Resident Life staff are committed to working with you to ensure a safe opening weekend. If you have questions or concerns, please contact a member of our Resident Life staff through your service desk.
Stamp Revised Hours of Operation
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Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011 at 12noon
In order to accommodate students who may be moving in Friday, Dining Services has requested we communicate the following information to residents:
- The Diner will be open for dinner service from 4pm-7pm. We will open as many stations as possible and we will be prepared to stay open later, if necessary.
- We will activate all dining plans, effective at approximately noon Friday.
- Chick-fil-A will extend service until 8pm.
- Sbarro will extend service until 10pm .
- The Union Shop will extend service until 10pm.
- The Commons Shop will extend service until 8pm.
- The 24 Shop will open at Noon Friday and remain open offering continuous service thereafter.
Early Check-in for Students for Move-in Weekend
Last Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 3:30pm
Dear Residence Hall Student:
With classes beginning on Wednesday, August 31, we are writing with an update to our plans for your move-in to University of Maryland residence halls this week.
Hurricane Irene continues to add a significant degree of uncertainty and potential risk of inclement or severe weather for our region. The forecast has changed frequently over the course of this week and has made planning a challenge. Our number one priority is for your safety as you move into your residence hall. We also want the experience to be a positive one. In order to provide as much flexibility as possible for you and your family to make a good judgment regarding your move-in, we offer the following information about our adjusted move-in schedule:
- Friday check-in option – Any residence hall student who would like to check-in to his or her residence hall this Friday, August 26 may do so between the hours of 12:00 Noon and 6:00 p.m. Since this is not a regularly scheduled check-in day, please be aware that support services for check-in will be limited. Students checking in on Friday should expect more traffic on campus, longer lines and wait times for check-in, and limited dining options on Friday night. We urge you to be as flexible and patient as possible. Please follow the directions of University of Maryland Police Officers when you arrive on campus as they guide you to unloading zones near your building and then to longer-term parking. Please remember to keep fire lanes clear.
- Saturday and Sunday Check-ins – Students who were assigned to check-in to their fall assignment on Saturday or Sunday may still check-in on either day, depending on weather conditions and your family's needs. Check-in on Monday or Tuesday is also an option if there is a change in the weather that prevents you from traveling on Saturday or Sunday. Please follow weather reports closely and check weather conditions in College Park before departing from your home for campus. Please be aware that severe weather (e.g., excessive rain or strong winds) could severely limit the availability of some services and may force temporary suspension of check-in activity due to safety considerations. Again we ask for your patience and flexibility in light of the expected challenging weather conditions.
- Monday and Tuesday Check-ins – Monday and Tuesday are regularly scheduled check-in days and are an option for all students and their families. Any student who wishes to delay his or her check-in until after the weekend may check-in on Monday or Tuesday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m
We urge you to discuss this information with your family to make the best possible decision about your check-in based on the anticipated weather in College Park, anticipated weather in your home town, and travel considerations for your family. Our staff are prepared to assist you in any way to assure a safe and successful move-in and start to the academic year.
Please continue to visit our website for additional move-in information and any updates in our move-in schedule.
Parents who may need to stay over in the College Park area can find a list of local hotels at http://www.cvs.umd.edu/visitors/offcampus.html. If you are considering this option, please contact hotel as early as possible to assure availability.
Each year, we urge all students to have a personal emergency preparedness plan as part of their preparation for the academic year. For more information please visit http://www.resnet.umd.edu/emergencypreparedness/2.html#plan.
If you haven't done so already, you can sign up for UMD emergency text alerts by visiting www.alert.umd.edu
We know this is a very exciting time, especially for our new students and parents. Rest assured that we are taking the necessary steps to provide as efficient and enjoyable a move-in experience as possible.
Department of Resident Life
Weather for Move-in Weekend
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 4:30pm
We are closely following the progress of Hurricane Irene and its potential impact on our campus later this week. We urge all students to follow the news related to this storm as they are making final preparations for moving to the University of Maryland in the coming days.
It is still too early to know exactly what the impact of this weather system will be on our campus. However, it is becoming increasingly likely that at least a portion of our move-in period this week will be affected by inclement weather. We ask that students preparing to move into residence halls to please consider the following information in their preparations to move to campus:
- In the event of severe weather, please make safety your number one priority.
- Pack your belongings in a way that will protect them if exposed to wet conditions. Large plastic trash bags can be used to cover boxes, bins, etc. After you complete your move, please remember to drop unwanted items like trash bags into our nearby recycling bins.
- If you own one, please bring a dolly or a handcart to speed up your move-in process.
- Be prepared when you arrive – be sure to include umbrellas, rain coats, and plastic tarps in the items you bring to campus. Tarps can be handy to protect your belongings from the weather while making trips into the building.
- Bring extra towels from home to quickly dry any belongings that get wet while moving in.
- While power outages on campus are rare, flashlights or battery-powered lanterns along with extra batteries are an essential part of every resident’s emergency preparedness kit. Candles or other devices with an open flame are not permitted in residence halls.
- Consult weather forecasts before departing for campus on your assigned check-in day.
- Please cooperate with University of Maryland Police and other staff who will be managing roads and parking lots – our move-in procedure will allow for you to stop your vehicle very close to your assigned building to unload your belongings. Particularly if we have inclement weather, it will be critical that you unload your belongings as quickly as possible and then move your vehicle to a long-term parking location so that other families can use the unloading zone.
- If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for UMD emergency text alerts by visiting www.alert.umd.edu.
- Check this website throughout the week for further updates and information.