Move-in 2021

Students pushing bins and carrying gear moving into Aubuchon Hall
Chris Medley

Welcome from the Director

A new academic year brings forth so many opportunities.  The question is, are we ready for them?  Your decision to live on campus has provided an additional resource which can assist you through your collegiate experience here at Fitchburg State. The housing team continues to strive to improve our services and events/programs to ensure that they meet your needs. You placed your trust into the #StayWithUs motto and we plan to deliver. 

Embrace these next few years, they will be some of the most memorable of your life. Housing & Residential Services look forward to supporting you and facilitating opportunities for you to live your best life and achieve all that you set out to do. That is truly, “the value of on-campus living”!

Yours in service,
Christopher L. Medley
Director of Housing and Residential Services

Move-in Overview

Pre-arrival Resources

We've provided valuable resources and information to help you prepare for your transition to Fitchburg State this fall. 

The Falcon Nest

Class of 2025 gather together with your families. Get the details here.  

Campus Maps

Here are maps and directions to help you navigate campus.

The fall 2021 move-in has been structured to support your move to the campus. This includes the following:

  • Early arrivals for both new/transfer students and returning students
  • Moving bins will be available
  • COVID-19 vaccination opportunities

We still support social distancing and COVID safety precautions to promote the safest environment for students, families and staff. Masks are required indoors, and we also encourage you to bring any other supplies including hand sanitizer that you wish to use during the move-in process. 

Move-in Details

The move-in program is developed through five major days.  Any residents (new/transfer/returning) and their guests reporting on those days will arrive at the Move-in Welcome Center located at the lower level parking lot of the Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.  From there you will transition to the Main Campus to unload your items (Parking Map and Directions).

Starting with New & Transfer Early Arrival on Sunday, August 29 after you drop off your items, vehicles will proceed to park at the Wallace Civic Center upper lot and you and/or your guests may walk or take the shuttle back to the main campus and enter through the building's main entrance. 

Shuttle Schedule

One large shuttle van (holds 15-20) will be available for the following days/times:

  • August 30 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Civic Center to Main Campus of North Street. Makes stops near Mara Village 8 and Townhouses (Near Highland Avenue)
    • 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. the shuttle will pick people up in front of Hammond Building and bring them to the Civic Center Parking Lot.
  • August 31 - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Civic Center to Main Campus of North Street. Makes stops near Mara Village 8 and Townhouses (Near Highland Avenue)
  • September 1 and 2 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Civic Center to Main Campus of North Street. Makes stops near Mara Village 8 and Townhouses (Near Highland Avenue)

Move-in registration goes live on Wednesday, August 4 at 9:00 a.m. You will have up to 72 hours before the date of each move in day to sign-up. Register for your arrival by going to Web4>Student>THD4 Self Service. Under your assignment for fall 2021, you will see the sign-up fields for the days you are able to register for Drop-Off, New and Transfer Move-in, and Returning Student Move-in. Under applications you will see the sign-up fields for New and Transfer Early Arrival and Returning Student Early Arrival.

5 Days of the Fall 2021 Move-in: 

  • Day I: Drop Off Day (4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.) 
    • Wednesday, August 25
    • No overnight stay
  • Day II:  New & Transfer Early Arrival (1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
    • Sunday, August 29 
    • Begins overnight stay for New/Transfer Early Arrivals
  • Day III: New/Transfer Move-in Day (9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.)
    • Monday, August 30
    • Begins overnight stay for New/Transfer Students
    • COVID-19 vaccination available
  • Day IV: Returner Early Arrival (1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.)
    • Tuesday, August 31 
    • Begins overnight stay for Returning Students Early Arrivals
  • Day V: Returner Move-in Day (9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.)
    • Wednesday, September 1 
    • Begins overnight stay for Returning Students
    • COVID-19 vaccination available

If you arrive after 5:00 p.m./weekend/holiday; you will need to contact University Police (978.665.3111) and Housing & Residential Services on-call will be contacted to meet you at your building.

Beginning on Thursday, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. (First Day of Class) residents do not have to sign-up to check-in to their residence hall. You should report directly to your residence hall.

Drop Off Day

All residential students are invited to participate in this voluntary process on Wednesday August 25, 2021.  Residents will move in during a one hour time block. You are asked to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your time block. You are permitted to have guests assist you and there will be a $30.00 fee assessed and added to your student account bill. The time blocks are as follows:

  • 4:00 p.m. 
  • 5:30 p.m. 
  • 7:00 p.m. 

Availability is limited, and the application will close when the maximum participants have been reached, so if you are interested please log into Web4>Student>THD4 Self Service>Assignment and apply today.

New/Transfer Student Early Arrivals

We are also pleased to offer you the opportunity to be an early arrival. This program includes room access, dinner, breakfast the next morning, and a social program specifically for incoming first year students. You will move into your assigned room for the fall semester. Availability is limited, and the application will close when the maximum participants have been reached, so if you are interested please log into Web4>Student>THD4 Self Service>Applications and apply today.

  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • $70.00 Fee which will be added to your student account bill. 
    • No refunds on cancellations after Monday, August 23, 2021
  • Check in will take place at the Move-in Welcome Center
    • Wallace Civic Center Parking Lot (1000 John Fitch Highway). 
  • Dining Services for Early Arrival will begin at 5:30 p.m.  

Returning Student Early Arrivals

Students who are returning will also be offered the opportunity to be an early arrival. This program includes room access, dinner and breakfast the next morning. You will move into your assigned room for the fall semester. Availability is limited, and the application will close when the maximum participants have been reached, so if you are interested please log into Web4>Student>THD4 Self Service> Applications and apply today.

  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 
  • $30.00 Fee which will be added to your student account bill. 
    • No refunds on cancellations after Monday, August 23, 2021
  • Check in will take place at the Move-in Welcome Center
    • Wallace Civic Center Parking Lot (1000 John Fitch Highway). 
  • Dining Services will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Director
Christopher Medley
cmedley@fitchburgstate.edu
978.665.3219

Associate Director
Sean McNalley
smcnalle@fitchburgstate.edu
978.665.3879

Administrative Assistant II
Lisa Mirasolo
lmirasol@fitchburgstate.edu
978.665.3896

Russell Towers/Aubuchon Hall - Area Coordinator
Philip Fennell
pfennell@fitchburgstate.edu
978.665.3217

Mara Village 8/The Apartments - Graduate Resident Director
Marla Buffong
mbuffongt@fitchburgstate.edu
978.665.3235

Graduate Assistant of Housing Operations
Fouad Nasr
fnasr@student.fitchburgstate.edu
978.665.3219

Students will have the opportunity to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at Fitchburg State. Questions about the COVID-19 vaccination can be sent to immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu. The university’s Coronavirus Information webpage continues to be updated with all major updates and questions in regards to general immunization requirements can be found at Health Requirements.

COVID-19 vaccination opportunities currently are as follows:

  • Move-in Welcome Center
    • August 30 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • September 1 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Main Lounge
    • September 7 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • September 28 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fitchburg State University continues to monitor the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts for guidance on COVID-19. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask that complies with CDC guidelines over their mouth and nose in non-private spaces inside campus buildings, indoor facilities and university transportation. All students are required to submit a copy of their CDC or equivalent COVID-19 vaccination card to immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu by August 15. Residents will have the ability to provide hard copies of all required immunizations at check-in if they have not already emailed the documents. 

As with all required immunizations, students may apply for a religious or medical exemption. 

  • Students seeking a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine need to submit their Student ID and birth date along with a personal attestation, dated and signed by the student, via email to Maribel Pacheco, Administrative Assistant for Immunizations and Records, at immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu. Note that per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the religious exemption request must be renewed annually at the start of every school year.
  • Students seeking a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine should send information dated and signed by their medical provider, along with their Student ID via email to Maribel Pacheco, Administrative Assistant for Immunizations and Records, at immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu.

Students who have not provided documentation of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, whether by submitting an exemption request or by non-response, may be required to participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing throughout the academic year. Failure to comply with testing, will result in student conduct sanctions which could, over time, result in suspension from the University.

There are few limitations related to COVID-19 planned for fall 2021. We are, however, prepared to isolate and quarantine students who test positive for COVID-19, and strongly recommend the health practices we have been implementing such as frequent hand washing. Note that as guidance changes, we will implement changes as needed. 

The Housing & Residential Services department operates 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. We are experiencing a high volume of phone calls. When possible, e-mail us at housing@fitchburgstate.edu and include your full name, student ID (@number) and phone number to reach you. 

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