YPSILANTI, MI – Single rooms are being made available to all students living on the Eastern Michigan University campus during the Fall 2020 semester, in an effort to allay concerns about physical distancing and create safe spaces linked to COVID-19, university officials said.
EMU is the only public university in Michigan to offer a single room to anyone who wants one with the “EMU Single Room Guarantee,” the university said in a press release. Students who wish to have a roommate will also have this option, officials said.
“Student safety is our # 1 priority, and keeping students away from each other is an important part of our #EMUSafe initiative for the fall semester,” President James Smith said in the statement.
During ongoing and extensive renovations of university and residential facilities in recent years, UEM has university residences which have been used as flexible space for faculty and staff offices.
“In recent years, we have used the flexible space as we have invested over $ 90 million to renovate college buildings on campus with state-of-the-art facilities,” Smith said. “This space will now be used for additional student rooms.”
Single rooms typically cost around $ 2,500 more per year than a shared double room. To encourage single room occupancy, EMU is offering a credit to reduce the annual cost of a single room to $ 100 per month more than the cost of sharing a double room.
This represents $ 800 per year. This credit allows those who choose to live in a single room to achieve annual savings of $ 1,700 over the regular rate for a single room.
In May, officials announced that EMU plans to resume in-person activities on campus for the fall semester of 2020. University operations, including classroom instruction, accommodation, meals, and similar activities, will be conducted in person when the fall semester begins Aug. 31, Smith said previously.
Eastern Michigan University plans to resume in-person activities for fall 2020 semester
The university has set up a public health task force made up of an epidemiologist, nurses, an occupational therapist and experts in cleaning and disinfecting facilities, the statement said. The group will provide leadership, direction and best practices for campus operations, and some of these considerations include:
- Add more online courses
- Use larger spaces for classrooms to practice physical distancing
- Reduce the number of people on campus each day
- Safe dining options
- Signage promoting a 6-foot distance and safe hygiene practices
- Mass cleaning and disinfection of campus areas
“We have declared that this fall semester will represent a ‘new normal’ on our campus,” said Smith. “We model and prepare several possible operating scenarios in order to be prepared and safe. Our #EMUSafe planning is guided by a singular goal: to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. “
You can find more information on the UEM single room guarantee here.