Move-in day different for freshman students moving onto Southern University’s campus amid pandemic

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Box by box, student by student, incoming Southern University freshmen moved into the dorms on campus Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Move-in day is usually a celebration. The Human Jukebox welcomes students back to campus and volunteers line the circle outside of the dorms waiting to help move students in.

All of that was notably absent this year, and as parents helped carry belongings inside, a noticeable nervousness was present.

“For a freshman I’m not really sure what I’m walking in to or don’t know what it is,” Jazmon Derousselle said.

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The process of moving in has also changed.

According to the Office of Residential Life and Housing, only two cars per student are allowed, everyone must wear a mask, and only two non-residents can help move the student in. Additional move-in do’s and don’ts can be found here.

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The department says, " Students should check their campus email for their housing assignment, which includes the ‘letter’ of their bedroom/suite.”

Upperclassmen are scheduled to move in Monday, Aug. 10.

“If students miss scheduled move-in times, they MUST wait until after this move-in is complete for a new time. For questions and concerns, contact Residential Life and Housing at 225-771-3590 or”

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