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Dear Residential Student,

As Eastern prepares the campus for the fall semester, there are some critical steps that need to be taken by students.

  • On Monday, July 13, 2020, all residential students will receive an email explaining the process for signing up for a day and time to drop off belongings to their room. Please be on the look-out for this email and respond.
  • During the week of July 13, students will also receive information regarding forms and paperwork that are necessary to check-in to the residence halls. Please complete the forms online and submit so that your residence hall check-in process can go smoothly.
  • Most importantly, it has been mandated by the Connecticut State College and University System that all residential students be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their arrival on campus. All residential students at Eastern will need to be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days of the official August 23 move-in date for first-year/transfer students and the August 24–25 move-in dates for returning students. That means in most instances, students would need to be tested between August 10–21.
  • Note the following COVID-19 testing requirements for residential students:
    • The COVID-19 test that is required is the transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test., a simple nasal-swab test that is the most common being performed.
    • There are a variety of testing sites in Connecticut and other states where COVID-19 tests can be obtained. A list of testing site options can be found at
    • Students are responsible for the costs associated with their COVID-19 tests (i.e. insurance, out-of-pocket payments, etc.).
    • Once the COVID-19 test has been administered, it may take 2-5 days to obtain the results, so please plan accordingly.
    • To comply with the COVID-19 testing requirement, all students will need to submit their test results to Eastern’s Student Health Services Office prior to their arrival for move-in on August 23 (first-year/transfer students) and August 24-25 (returning students).
    • You should request the results in paper format or you should be able to print the results if they are sent to you electronically. The results can be scanned and emailed to Janine Allevo at or sent to Health Services via fax at (860) 465-4560.
    • Even after submitting their COVID-19 test results to Student Health Services, students should still save and bring a copy of the test results with them when they report to campus for their official move-in date.
    • Students who do not have their COVID-19 test results by the date of their official move-in, should NOT report to campus until they have the documentation showing the results of their COVID-19 test.
    • Students who test positive for COVID-19 should NOT report to campus until they have received proper medical treatment and are able to obtain test results showing a negative result for COVID-19.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 testing requirement for students, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Student Health Services at (860) 465-5263 or Feel free to also contact the Office of Housing & Residential Life at (860) 465-5297 or with any questions or concerns related to housing and on-campus living.

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