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Ever since the University System of Georgia (USG) announced that students will return to campus in the fall there have been a number of blanks that needed filling in.

One being the process for moving more than 1,000 Georgia College students into their assigned on-campus housing for the year. Often referred to by university officials as a “well-oiled machine,” the move-in operation is undergoing a big overhaul due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Normally occurring in as little as three hours, GC students — both new and old — are set to move into their living arrangements over the course of three days this year.

Georgia College announced that and a few other changes to move-in procedures earlier this month.

Students are scheduled to arrive over the course of three days, between Aug. 8 and 10, so everyone will not try to get into the buildings in the formerly small window. On-campus residents are expected to pick a move-in date and time, and all will check in at the Centennial Center, even those living in West Campus. The university has asked families to bring only one vehicle as residents will receive only one loading zone pass upon checking in. A second car, if needed, will not be allowed in loading zones and will need to stay in long-term parking. 

The university also asks residents to “be conservative” in bringing items to campus, going so far as to getting students to ask themselves if they could move out in 90 minutes if told to do so. As students attending USG institutions back in the spring learned, decisions can be made at the drop of a hat. Students left campus in March expecting only an extended spring break only to eventually find out that campus would remain closed for the rest of the term. 

Elevators in residence halls will be disabled during campus move-in, so residents living on upper floors will need to think hard about the heavy items they will bring. Each student is allowed two others to help them move in as the Cat Crew volunteers normally helping out on move-in day will not be on hand for social distancing reasons. 

USG announced this summer that masks/face coverings will be required at all institutions in areas where social distancing is not possible. That mandate does not apply to students’ dorms and suites as they are being viewed as a shared living space similar to a family home. 

More information for on-campus residents at Georgia College can be found online at www.gcsu.edu/housing/move-in. 

Georgia College is set to begin fall term classes Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a few other changes to the calendar. When students leave campus for Thanksgiving break in November, they will not be coming back for finals unless they live off campus. Finals will be administered online. 

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