Southeast Tech Housing Update

March 19, 2020

Dear Housing Community,

As you all know, Southeast Tech housing staff and administrators have been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and taking steps to combat the spread of the virus. We are working collaboratively with local, state and federal health officials to determine how we can best promote the safety and security of our campus community during this unprecedented event.

You all should have received an e-mail explaining that, until April 6, most of the campus is closed to students and to the public. This is how it will impact our housing community.

We are asking that all housing residents who have the ability to remain off campus (or leave campus) do so until Sunday, April 5. This request is not made lightly, but we believe it is necessary to help protect not only our residents, but their friends and families as well. 

I’m sure you have a lot of questions, so please read the information below carefully.

Can I come to campus to pick up books/other belongings?

Yes.  Residents can return to the complex to retrieve books and other items. Your key fob will still give you access to the building.  We ask that you come to campus only to pick up your needed items, then return home. 

What if I have to stay on campus?

If you are currently on campus and have the ability to leave, we strongly encourage you to vacate housing as soon as possible.  If you must stay on campus, or if you are currently off-campus but must return, you may do so. If you plan on staying in housing at any time from now until April 5, please reply to this e-mail detailing your reasons for staying, and the dates you are planning to be here.

Some good reasons for staying include:

  • Distance to travel home (especially if you live more than 500 miles away).
  • Lack of a means to return home (no vehicle, no local family/friends to stay with, etc.).
  • Lack of reliable Internet access at home to complete online coursework.
  • Individuals living back home are considered part of a “vulnerable population” by the CDC.
  • Other unique/emergency circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Our first priority, like yours, is the safety and security of our community. If you have any questions, housing staff is available by phone at 605-367-5769 and via e-mail at housing@southeasttech.edu.