Office of University Housing

Fall 2020 Residency Information

The following information is for students who have applied for Housing or received a Housing Assignment for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

Hello, from FAMU! You are receiving this email because you have a current contract to live on campus with University Housing for the academic 2020-2021 year.

We hope your summer is off to a great start. As we move toward fall, we recognize the COVID-19 situation may present several challenges and concerns for our residents. We also understand that even as we follow the CDC guidance on community living environments, residing in a residence hall with other students as roommates, suitemates, or neighbors on the hall may create a risk of exposure to COVID-19 by the nature of the congregate community.  Adherence to current CDC social distancing guidelines may also prove to be challenging.

We know that your plans may have changed, or you may have concerns about living on campus within the restricted guidelines.  We also know that taking your classes (remotely or in-person) may help you decide where you should live this fall.  The academic plan for the University should be available before July.  To help you and your family meet your needs, we are offering you a limited opportunity to cancel your 2020-2021 residence hall contract without a cancellation fee and with the return of your $200 prepayment.

Here are a few expectations you need to know before deciding:

Community Living On-Campus this Fall:

Our plan for the fall is to provide on-campus housing in an adjusted environment from previous years.  The changes in the use of residential facilities, gatherings of students for support and events, and some of our community expectations are designed to manage social distancing and unwanted exposure.  Some of the community standards and procedures you can expect for this fall in the residence hall include:

Room assignments:

  • We will offer single-bedroom suites and apartments, ranging from 2-4 students living in the unit.  Most students will share a bath with other students.

  • We will not assign double bed space occupancies this year.

  • Assignments will not be made before July 6, 2020.

Residence hall opening or closing dates may adjust: 

  • We continue to work closely with the campus to determine the best time to open the halls for the fall semester.  Note that even once we have announced dates for move-in, it could change based on the University's response to current conditions and expectations. 

    • We also cannot guarantee you the full semester will be open for residential living.  Again, this will be based on the campus decisions to provide the best conditions possible for healthy living. 
  • If the academic calendar availability is adjusted, the semester rental rate for on-campus halls will be adjusted to reflect the semester dates approved by the University’s Board of Trustees on June 4, 2020.

  • Not all amenities/space will be available, and we have adjusted the availability of some of the standard services within the halls.  While additional aspects may be modified as we plan for the fall, you can expect the following:

  •  Front desks may not be open in all residence halls at all hours.  There will be desk staff available in a nearby building and a staff member on duty to respond to student needs.

  • Water fountains will be restricted from use.

The requirement of relocation for isolation (positive case and exposure):

  • FAMU Office of University Housing will work closely with Student Health Services’ staff to determine if a student should be relocated to a quarantine location.

  • Any on-campus resident who presents as positive to a COVID-19 test or has been exposed to individuals with positive tests may be moved temporarily to another hall during a mandated quarantine time.  Students will need to stay in the quarantine location for a minimum of 14 days and must have a follow-up test that is negative before being allowed back into their assigned room and hall.

 Community living expectations:

  • Students will be responsible for maintaining a clean-living environment within their suite or apartment. Students should provide cleaning supplies to use within the suite.

  • The Office of University Housing staff may conduct health and safety inspections of the living space to ensure space is being maintained in a healthy manner.

  • Students will be expected to wear masks when gathering in small groups in lobbies, lounges, and other public spaces within the residence hall.  Any student meeting with a staff member will also wear a mask throughout the meeting.

  • Students will be expected not to gather in groups larger than the posted occupancy of space or CDC requirements and to practice social distancing at the hall.

  • Elevators will be limited to one person, family, or suite or apartment mate pair at a time.

  • We are reviewing the guest visitation policy.  The policy will be updated soon, identifying any further restrictions. 

The Office of University Housing will provide the following:

  •  Regular cleaning of the halls and sanitizing of public areas such as lobbies, service rooms, and elevator areas.

  • Programming and support for student success within the guidelines of CDC group sizes and events.

If you choose not to live with us on campus, we will miss you, but every effort will support you in making decisions that are right for your situation. To cancel or maintain your commitment to your on-campus housing contract, please complete the form that was sent to your FAMU email. We will approve all requests received by 5 P.M. on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Although we have preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, University Housing cannot guarantee that residents will not become exposed to COVID-19.  By continuing to live on campus, you acknowledge there is—and has always been—an elevated risk of contracting any contagious illness simply due to the dense population in the residence halls.

You may direct questions to our email or call us directly.

Contact Info

1596 Gibbs Hall Trail
Lower Level of Gibbs Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: 850.599.3651
F: 850.561.2620