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Residential Checkout Reminders | Spots Still Available for Free Buses | Departure Testing
Dear Students and Families:
As we approach the Thanksgiving break, we know many students are preparing to leave campus over the next few days. We appreciate everyone taking the necessary steps to depart campus safely. I want to share important information about residential checkout, free transportation options and departure testing.
Residential Checkout Reminders
All students living in on-campus housing, including South Campus apartments, must check out of their room no later than noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Before departing campus, please be sure to review and adhere to all checkout procedures. It is especially important that you turn in your room key before you leave campus. If you do not return your key, you will incur a charge for a lock core change.
- Students living in residence halls should return their keys to their main desk or the mail drop-off box (afterhours) in the pre-printed envelope provided.
- Students living on South Campus should return their keys (bedroom, apartment and mailbox) to Goldstein Student Center Room 210 or to the key drop box located outside the building.
Here are some other important reminders about checkout:
- Parents, family members and friends are not permitted in the residence halls; they must remain near their vehicles.
- Masks are required on campus, even while outside—always!
- Students who require assistance removing belongings from their residence should contact their residence director who will help in identifying options for managing their belongings.
- If you are not planning to return to campus for the spring 2021 semester, please remove all your belongings from your residence hall when you check out; you should also inform your academic advisor of your plans.
If you have additional questions about checkout, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Spots Still Available for Free Buses; Additional New York City Bus on Nov. 24
Seats remain available for free bus transportation from campus to major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Complete the registration form for the city you will be traveling to reserve your spot:
- New York Registration (Bryant Park)
- Philadelphia Registration (Pennsylvania Convention Center)
- Boston Registration (South Station)
- Washington, D.C., Registration (Union Station)
Buses are still available for most locations on the dates listed below. In addition, a bus has been added on Tuesday, Nov. 24, for the New York location. Buses will depart at 10 a.m., except for the Nov. 24 bus, which departs at 3 p.m., outside of Schine Student Center (on Waverly Avenue).
- Thursday, Nov. 19
- Saturday, Nov. 21
- Sunday, Nov. 22
- Monday, Nov. 23
- Tuesday, Nov. 24 (New York only; departs at 3 p.m.)
As a reminder, you should not travel via public transportation, including University-provided transportation, if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to someone with a positive test result or if you are required to quarantine or isolate.
Prior to leaving campus for the semester, students are instructed to undergo COVID-19 testing.
- Testing is available at the Stadium Testing Center as follows:
- Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 22, from noon to 3 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 23, through Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- An appointment is not necessary; just bring your SU I.D.
- You are encouraged to test three days prior to departure. You will receive confirmation of your COVID-19 status via email to your Syracuse University account. Individuals who return a positive test result will be notified by phone.
- We recommend that you wait for your test result before traveling. If you choose to ignore this guidance, you must take these precautions when you travel and once you arrive home:
- While traveling, wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid all close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about two arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol) and avoid contact with anyone who is sick or has a compromised immune system.
- Stay in your room in your residence unless you need to visit a health care provider. Utilize your own bedroom and bathroom.
- Wear a cloth face covering or mask while in your home, in the presence of others, indoors and outdoors.
- Do not entertain outside visitors and stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times, including family members.
If you have questions about campus departures, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.443.HELP (4357).
Stay well and safe travels,
Robert D. Hradsky, Ed.D.
Vice President for the Student Experience
Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience