URI to reduce on-campus living for fall semester

KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE)– The University of Rhode Island released more details today on its plans for the upcoming academic year, including a major reduction in the amount of students allowed to live on campus.

The university said the number of students living in dorms would be reduced from 6,200 to 4,400, in an effort to promote social distancing due to COVID-19. The means the university “will be unable to accommodate all students who wish to live on campus,” according to a statement.

Priority for on-campus living would be given to first year students, out-of-state transfers, and returning out-of-state students. A limited number of spaces would be reserved for students with special needs, and those with exceptional circumstances, according to the statement.

As for living arrangements, no dorm would allow for more than two students to share a space. Residences that have shared bathrooms would primarily have rooms with single occupancy, the university said.

URI said students who had intended to live on campus, but are no longer able to, would be receiving a $1,500 credit to their student account for the fall 2020 and fall 2021 semesters, along with a meal plan and free on-campus parking for the fall semester.

The changes extend beyond living arrangements, with new rules in place regarding dining and class structure. All on-campus meals would be carry-out, although the school was exploring options for limited in-person dining.

The fall semester is also scheduled to end following the Thanksgiving break, with the remainder of classes and finals to be conducted remotely.

The full statement can be read on URI’s website.

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