Fall 2020 - Issue 3
Housing and Residence Life
On-Campus Housing Information
Living on-campus allows students to feel connected to USI and prepares them for life beyond college. Your student will gain independence, meet new people and be able to sleep in longer! Studies show that students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate in four years.

The Housing and Residence Life Office oversees all the residence halls, apartment communities and the living learning communities on campus. The office provides both student staff and full-time staff living on campus to assist students.

Resident Assistants (RAs)  are student staff members selected for leadership skills, their ability to reach out to peers and their capacity to connect students to the resources they need to be successful. RAs are trained to help students manage any issue that may arise while living on-campus. RAs are in all of the various housing areas and there to help. 

Area Coordinators (ACs ) are professional staff members that live in a specific area of Housing and Residence Life facilities. ACs supervise the RAs, plan and implement programs, manage the area facilities, conduct meetings with students regarding policy violations and are great resources if students have questions or issues. 

Housing and Residence Life Contact Information
Fall 2020 Move In
All students will sign up online for a 45-minute time slot for move in. In order to keep traffic moving smoothly we are only allowing the 45-minute time slot for unloading and moving vehicles to designated parking lots. After a vehicle is unloaded and moved then students and their guests can move items to rooms.

Sign Up for a Move-In Time Slot
To reserve your move-in time:
  • log into myUSI
  • click on the Housing icon
  • look for the Move in Information and Forms page
  • click on the link associated with your fall 2020 assignment (e.g., if you are living in the Residence Halls, click the Residence Halls link)

What to Bring to Campus?
Check out the Housing and Residence Life packing list and tips to help plan for move in and living on campus.

Have Additional Questions?
Living on Campus Frequently Asked Questions
Fall 2020 Guest and Overnight Guests Policy
To maintain the health and safety of the USI campus, only students assigned to an apartment or residence hall room are permitted in their assigned living space . No guests are permitted in residence hall rooms or apartments. Overnight guests are not permitted. Staff may still need to enter these living spaces in performance of their job duties. The guest policy will be reviewed throughout the semester and updates made as needed.

Guest will be allowed to help students to move into their apartment or residence hall.

Housing and Residence Life Updates
Please visit the Housing and Residence Life website regarding housing updates for the fall 2020 semester. You will find information about guests, room change process, prevention measures and much more. If you have questions, please email living@usi.edu .

Something Broke or Not Working Right?
If your students need any work done that you cannot do yourself by using the  self help maintenance , please submit a  work order  online. The Fix My Home work order form can be found in the housing icon in your myUSI.
Quick Roommate Tips
  • Discuss with your student what each roommate will be responsible bringing to their new home
  • Encourage your student to keep an open mind
  • Communicate - advise your student to talk to each other and learn how each prefers to be communicated with
  • If bigger problems arise, take advantage of your student's resources. Your student's RA is a great person to mediate conflict
  • During student's first two weeks, encourage your student to call home but don't go home
Living Off-Campus
Commuting to USI
Living in off-campus housing or at home gives students the opportunity to be both independent and at USI. Consider broadening your network by meeting new people, and maybe even living with them! The quickest way to meet new people at USI is to get involved and participate.

Parking
Commuter students may park in any University lot that does not require a parking permit or that is marked restricted. Most lots in the main part of campus are available for commuter students. Commuter students do not need a parking permit to park on campus.

Time Between Classes
When your student has time before, after or between classes, make sure they connect with campus by doing some of the following. They can:
  • Go to Rice Library and study or grab a coffee
  • Relax down by Reflection Lake under the gazebo
  • Run over to the Recreation Fitness and Wellness Center to get in a quick workout
  • Take a stroll down the USI-Burdette Trail
  • Use their meal plan or Munch Money to eat on campus

Student Services
Being well can help your student do well inside and outside of the classroom. Self-care, including quality sleep, good nutrition and knowing how to cope with stress, all contribute to your student's ability to thrive at USI. Wellness is an active, continuous process of self-enhancement. Every day students make choices that influence their well-being. From locating resources on campus to needing someone to talk to about challenges in life, the following offices will help your student be successful at USI.
USI Insider Tips - USI Lingo
*Archie*:  Archibald The Eagle. USI's mascot. 

*Archie's Army*:  the student cheer block at athletic events
*C-Store*: located in the Housing and Residence Life Community Center and houses a small convenience store, pizza delivery, laundry room, and more!

*The Link*:  lounge area between the Science Center and Health Professions. It offers a lounge and food options.

*The Quad*: open green space between the Liberal Arts Center, Rice Library, University Center, and Business and Engineering Center. It is a great place to hang out with classmates and play  f risbee or football.

*Screagle*:  short for Screaming Eagles as used in #ScreaglePride
Campus Information
August 17-26, 2020
More Information Coming Soon
New Student Orientation
1) Enroll in Classes
Students submit their Personalized Enrollment Form received via email. If your student cannot locate their email, they can complete  this form  to begin the enrollment process.

Please have your student email their advising center with questions or call and leave a voicemail. A staff member will respond in one business day. If your student is unsure of their advising center,  check here

2) Complete New Student Online Orientation
Students are highly encouraged to complete the  New Student Online Orientation . They will complete this at their own pace. It will take 2-3 hours to complete. Parents and guests are welcome to review the  online orientation information .

3) Participate in Virtual Orientation Meetings and Programs
USI is offering a variety of virtual orientation meetings and programs to prepare new students and their families for the upcoming school year. These activities will give your student the opportunity to get to know other students and our orientation leaders, hear from faculty and staff, and get your questions answered.

Check out all of the opportunities on the  Virtual Orientation Meetings and Program web page .
Safe Return to Campus Plan
The University of Southern Indiana campus reopened Monday, July 6. Detailed information about the University's Safe Return to Campus Plan, developed by the  USI COVID-19 Task Force  and approved by President Rochon, can be found online. All employees and students are asked to  review the plan  prior to returning to campus.

As the University prepares for this transition, the health and safety of the USI campus community continues to be our top priority. We continue to monitor the rapidly changing and ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 daily and follow the recommendations and guidance from the State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health and local healthcare providers.

More student information will be available later this summer. Please have your student monitor their USI email for updates.
Campus Office Information
Check out the following offices for new student and campus information:
Virtual Camp Eagle: August 7 - 8
New students are invited to participate in Virtual Camp Eagle on August 7-8. Join us in our fun and interactive online adventure on Zoom and participate in challenging team-building activities, educational sessions, and learn more about USI. It is free to participate. Limited spots are available. Learn more and register online at  USI.edu/campeagle  
Student Spotlight - Hayden Martin
Hey Screagles! My name is Hayden Martin and I am a sophomore biology major. I grew up in Borden, Indiana, but this past year I found my new home at USI! When searching for colleges to attend while in high school, I only visited USI and instantly knew that it was not necessary to look at any other colleges- I knew USI was going to be the perfect fit for me. I am so proud to attend such an amazing university with such phenomenal academic and personal development opportunities. Within my first few weeks on campus I was greeted by so many brilliant, spectacular and kindhearted individuals who have continued to support me throughout my time at the University.
  
When coming to USI, one of my biggest aspirations was to excel academically while staying involved on campus. A year later, I can proudly say that I have achieved that goal. With so many opportunities on campus to get involved with it was hard to choose which organizations and clubs to pick, but with the guidance of faculty and friends I have found the perfect opportunities for me. Through my involvement on campus, I feel  deeply connected to my campus community. One of my favorite things about being on campus is that I can never walk around with headphones on because I always run into someone I know. Not only have I made lots of friends on campus, I have made so many important relationships with faculty and staff on campus as well, who  have pushed me to be the best student I can be during my time at USI. The University of Southern Indiana truly is my “home away from home”. 

To my peers, my biggest piece of advice is to get out and get involved. Build relationships with everyone around you while on campus. Talk to the fellow student who sits next to you in class, talk to the person who is making your coffee at Starbucks, take advantage of your professor’s office hours and, mostly importantly, just being kind. Involvement on campus can come in many forms. Whether it is  a club on campus, applying for a leadership position, such as Student Ambassadors or AMIGOs, attending a night of cookies and canvas, signing up for Sorority or Fraternity Recruitment, going to sporting event or simply connecting with a fellow student in the lunch line. As students at the University, we are all in this together. Get out, get involved and make USI your “home away from home”. Go Screagles! 

Tips & Reminders