Handling Common Student Stress Experiences: End-of-Year Move-Out April & May

It’s almost time for your student to move out of their residence hall or apartment. While specific area/building related move-out information will be given to your student by their RA or hall staff, there is general information for all areas that may help with your planning for a successful end of the year move-out process. During the next conversation with your student, please follow-up with them to ensure they are getting the information they need about moving out and then passing that information on to you. All students will receive information about moving out of their on-campus housing. Students should check their email, attend any end-of-year hall meetings, and, if they have any questions, talk to their hall staff.

Here are some general move-out tips from the ORL experts to help you plan for a successful, and hopefully less stressful, move-out day:

  • Plan ahead with your student. Students are required to checkout of their residence hall 24 hours after their last exam.
  • If moving out early you may need a loading pass from parking services to park closer to the building. Parking rules still apply during move out.
  • Students should follow all residence hall checkout procedures as given to them by their hall staff. Questions should be directed to their hall staffs.
  • Be mindful when moving out. There may still be students studying for finals in the hall. Please keep noise to a minimum.
  • Bring back all university furniture to the hall that was taken home, the rooms and suites should look how you found them in August, failure to return these items or damage will result in a billing charge.
  • Bring your own tools, cleaning supplies (i.e., vacuum/broom/dustpan/mop), hand trucks/dollies, these are not provided by hall staff.
  • Follow directions given to you by staff about where to park/load vehicles. This information varies per area.
  • All trash, boxes, cardboard, etc., must be thrown out in the proper areas (i.e. dumpster, designated recycling locations). If items are found in the hallways, suites, and rooms, then students will be billed for their removal. Break down all boxes as well.
  • Move all items to car, truck, moving vehicle, do not allow personal or university items to block hallway, stairwell, and/or suite access.
  • Utilize the “Why Wait Donate” area in the TV lounge to leave items you are not taking home that are in a good condition, used food items should be thrown away.
  • Be patient with hall staff and housekeeping during move-out week. Move-out can be stressful for all students and staff.
  • When moving out, ensure all items have been removed by checking closets, drawers, cabinets, and desks. Items left behind could result in fine for improper checkout. Grace Street residents should have a special reminder to remove items from their kitchens and living rooms.
  • All rooms will be inspected by ORL professional staff after student departure and any damages will be billed to student accounts over the summer. RAs and Hall Directors are not responsible for assessing damages in the residence halls.
  • Information on Timbernest loft return should be given with dates, time and locations. Students should find out this information and follow all instructions from the company.
  • Students living in on-campus housing for summer session should follow all instructions that have been communicated to them about moving from their academic year housing to summer housing.

"During the next conversation with your student, please follow-up with them to ensure they are getting the information they need about moving out and then passing that information on to you."

Stress related to moving out of the residence halls may be alleviated with prior planning. However, even the best laid plans may encounter obstacles or setbacks. If something doesn’t go as planned (i.e., traffic, wait times, congestion, lack of packing, etc.), please remain positive, be flexible, and work with your student and their staff to make adjustments.

Other common stressors may include: roommate conflicts, initial adjustments to a new academic environment, values exploration, social life adjustments, initial social reflections, becoming familiar with campus, long distance relationships, feeling inadequate, and/or financial adjustments. Short articles on these and other topics can be found throughout the year at www.jmu.edu/orl/families/newsletter.shtml.

We have enjoyed getting to know your students and are still available to help with their continuation at JMU. If you have any questions about anything related to residence life, feel free to check out our website at www.jmu.edu/orl, give us a call at (540) 568-HOME, or email us at res-life@jmu.edu.

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