Spring Arrival & Testing Schedule

Classes will begin as scheduled on Jan. 19. Given the increase in cases nationally and in Virginia, however, it is necessary to extend the spring move-in schedule in order to allow additional time for COVID-19 testing and to maximize the resources available to respond to any positive cases among arriving students. This adjustment will ensure adherence to our health and safety protocols and support a safe spring arrival to campus and the in-person, residential experience.

Please carefully consult the information below as your move-in day and time may have been adjusted, and some students will start the semester remotely. All students must re-register for a time slot for testing.

Testing Schedule & Locations

Note: This information does not apply to students planning to study fully remote in the spring. 

Friday, Jan. 8

Resident assistants, spring orientation advisors, student-athletes, and students who remained on campus for winter break

  • Location: Robins Center, Ambulatory Level
  • Parking: Students will park in lot C70
  • Students in this group only do not need to re-register for their arrival time and have already received a separate message that will provide an opportunity to sign up for testing. 

Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10

Students residing in Jeter Hall, Thomas Hall, Gateway Village Apartments, and the University Forest Apartments

  • Location: Robins Center, Ambulatory Level
  • Parking: Students will park in lot C70
  • Students in this group should sign in to StarRez and complete the Spring Return/Testing Appointment application that will be available in the top red bar of the webpage. 

Friday, Jan. 15–Sunday, Jan. 17

Students residing in Dennis Hall, Freeman Hall, Lakeview, Lora Robins Court, Marsh Hall, Moore Hall, Robins Hall, and Wood Hall

  • Location: Robins Center, Ambulatory Level
    • Testing on Saturday, Jan. 16, will take place at the Jepson Alumni Center
  • Parking: Students will park in lot C70
    • Parking on Saturday, Jan. 16, will be in lot W84
  • Students in this group should sign in to StarRez and complete the Spring Return/Testing Appointment application that will be available in the top red bar of the webpage. 

Friday, Jan. 22–Sunday, Jan. 24

Students residing in Gray Court, North Court, South Court, Westhampton Hall, and those residing off campus

  • Location: Robins Center, Ambulatory Level
    • Testing on Saturday, Jan. 23, will take place at the Jepson Alumni Center
  • Parking: Students will park in lot C70
    • Parking on Saturday, Jan. 23, will be in lot W84
  • On-campus students in this group should sign in to StarRez and complete the Spring Return/Testing Appointment application that will be available in the top red bar of the webpage. 
  • Students in this group arriving and testing between Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 will take classes remotely from Jan. 19 until they receive a negative on-campus COVID-19 test result.
  • This group will also have their room and board charges reduced accordingly to reflect the later move-in date. These adjustments will be posted to the students’ accounts within the next 7 to 10 days.
Off-campus students who are not remote and are registered to take classes in person should complete this form to sign up for testing.

New first-year and transfer students will move in according to the schedule above and will then participate in New Spider Orientation. Information on the updated New Spider Orientation will be made available in the coming weeks and will be posted on the New Spiders webpage.

Time Slots and Coordinating with Roommates

Students will be given one hour to complete their COVID-19 testing and an additional hour to get settled in their rooms. Students will register for a one-hour time slot to ensure they have adequate time to get through the testing and check-in process. Following completion of this step, each student will be given one hour to complete the move-in process to their room or apartment. At the end of the hour, all helpers (limit of one per student) will need to depart the residential areas to allow for physical distancing.

Roommates may not return and be tested during the same time slot. Students may sign up for a time slot for move-in and COVID-19 testing before they receive their housing and roommate assignment; however, students must coordinate their time slot with their roommates and change their time slot if necessary to ensure they are not arriving at the same time.

If necessary, Residence Life and Housing staff will adjust a student’s time slot to ensure appropriate health protocols. If a student needs to change a time slot, please log back into StarRez and choose a new time. Students will be permitted to change their time slot 72 hours in advance of scheduled move-in.

Additional Information

  • New first-year and transfer students will move in according to the schedule above and will then participate in new student orientation. Information on new student orientation can be found at the New Spiders webpage.
  • Returning students who have a first-year or transfer sibling may sign up for a time slot at the same time as their sibling by contacting residencelife@richmond.edu to submit a request.
  • All continuing international students should plan to arrive on campus in time for their testing time slot but, in any case, no later than Friday, Jan. 15.
    • If your arrival will be delayed beyond this timeframe or you have questions or concerns, please contact International Education at international@richmond.edu.