Tempe, AZ

Drive-thru move-in procedure marks the beginning of ASU's fall 2021 semester

Scott Murdoch

TEMPE, AZ - Students at all four Arizona State Universities have begun to move into the campus' residence halls since last week.

The first-year students have moved in on August 11-15, while upper-division students moved in on August 16-18. With approximately 16,000 students, the fall semester of 2021 will witness the largest number of Sun Devil students in resident halls ever.

This year, ASU welcomed students and their families with drive-thru move-in processes, an efficient strategy developed last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before, families had to pick up room keys and other documentation at an indoor facility, such as the Desert Financial Arena in Tempe or the Verde Dining Pavilion on the West campus. Now, those moving in will receive their keys and supplies before proceeding to their allocated residence hall without ever leaving the comfort of their vehicles.

An army of ASU employees and volunteers will be ready at the residence halls to help with unloading vehicles and transferring items to rooms. The efficiency of this new procedure has received praise from both students and families.

Other than the new move-in procedure, the fall 2021 semester is also the first one in three semesters where the campus resumes normal learning operations. The forthcoming semester will begin in Learning Mode 1, which requires teachers to provide lessons to students in person.

Masks will be needed in settings such as classrooms and labs, in accordance with CDC guidelines for colleges and universities.

Regular dining hall experiences are another service that will return to the residence halls. Indoor seating will be available at all ASU facilities, with conventional dining utensils and plates for dine-in. Additionally, when the weather is good, the campus encourages students to take advantage of outdoor eating alternatives.

ASU will continue to evaluate the situation and make any required modifications to ensure the community's health.

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