Residence Life Q&A

Last updated May 4

Residence halls and dining services will remain open and available for residents who choose to stay on campus during CMU’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

In adherence to Governor Polis’s safer at home order, the Residence Life Office will not be open for in-person questions. All questions should be directed to 970.248.1536 or You can also visit the Residence Life webpage for additional information.

If you need to live on campus for the rest of the semester:
  • Check-in by completing the OrgSync Form so Residence Life knows you plan to remain.
  • Familiarize yourself with the COIVD-19 info page that is regularly updated.
  • Read all emails and documents posted in your halls.
  • Keep your room clean. Disinfectant and paper towels are available at your Residence Hall front desk. Custodial services will continue to clean common areas and community bathrooms in the Residence Halls.
  • Desk Attendants will be available a limited number of hours to assist with mail/packages.
  • RAs will be available by calling the DUTY PHONE.
Yes, please reach out to the Residence Life Offices to discuss on a case-by-case scenario at or 970.248.1536.

The Caf remains open and is offering a new Grab-n-Go customer service approach to comply with protocols from Mesa County Health and the State of Colorado.

Students must respect CMU’s social distancing goals and COVID-19 safety protocols that are posted outside the Caf. You are encouraged to take your food to any number of places across campus, where you can spread out to be safe. Hours of operation will be posted outside the Caf. If you have special dietary needs contact Shelly Duran, General Manager of Sodexo at

Complete an official checkout as soon as you have vacated and cleaned the room. We want to respect your privacy and prefer you take care of your own belongings.

  • Complete an official check-out through the Express Check-Out Form once vacated and cleaned. 
  • PLEASE practice social distancing when you do pack to leave! 
  • If you have a brass key for your room (Grand Mesa, Tolman, Rait, Orchard, Monument mailbox), please leave it on your desk so you will not be charged. 
  • Belongings must be out of your room by May 15, 2020, or they will be considered abandoned property and will be donated/disposed of. 
  • Students are responsible for the condition of their room at check out. Residence Life staff members will assess rooms for damage and cleaning charges.
    • We advise you to take pictures of your cleaned and emptied room before
      you leave.
    • To avoid charges, students should vacuum/sweep, clean all surfaces, and
      remove all belongings and trash. Vacuums and other cleaning supplies can be
      checked out at your Residence Hall front desk.
  • Change your mailing address through USPS.
  • COVID-19 is a global health crisis of unprecedented magnitude and complexity and details relative to other administrative and financial considerations relative to students who vacate campus prior to May 15 are still under review.

If you cannot return to campus (live out of state) by May 15:

  • Your belongings can be boxed up and shipped to you at your expense. Your student account will be charged for shipping costs only -the usual $50 fee will not apply.
    • You will need to contact Residence Life at to coordinate shipping and schedule a UPS or FedEx pickup. 
    • If belongings are not collected by May 15, 2020, it will be considered abandoned property and donated/disposed of.
    • Change your mailing address through USPS.

President Foster recently received clarification from the state that addresses students moving out of dorm rooms. 

“In addition to the above essential functions and personnel, postsecondary institutions are permitted to allow students to return for the limited purpose of clearing out their dorm rooms. Institutions should schedule such visits in a manner to comply with social distancing requirements.”

You are welcome to come to campus and vacate your student’s room. If you need to change your scheduled move out time, please reschedule a checkout time. When you are on campus, we ask that you follow the guidelines for social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing, and wash your hands frequently.  If you or anyone in your family is ill, please do not come to campus. Our priority will always be safety. 

The university is suspending the policy for MavMoney to expire on June 30, 2020. Those who have a remaining balance in their MavMoney will be able to use those funds through June 30, 2021.
Residential students received guidance via email. For additional details, please refer to the email sent by Residence Life Director Jody Diers on 3.23.20  
For students who are not returning to residence halls for the remainder of the semester, CMU will adjust your student account to accommodate for any direct, out-of-pocket payments (including payments made by loans or cash, but excluding grants and scholarships) made toward living on campus. For additional details, please refer to the email sent by Residence Life Director Jody Diers on 3.23.20
Yes. CMU has emergency preparedness plans in place and will activate and communicate those plans should it be necessary to close campus more broadly for public health.