Messiah College student move-out schedule to proceed as scheduled, starting on May 9

On May 7, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that statewide stay-at-home COVID-19 health/safety measures were extended for the state’s red counties (including Cumberland County where Messiah is located) until June 4.

We have received questions asking if the governor’s announcement impacts its current move-out schedule for undergraduate students. The College is confirming that Messiah is proceeding as planned with its most recently announced move-out schedule: 

All residential students must move out between May 20 – June 30, with the exception of Naugle residents who must move out between May 9- May 14. Students are not permitted to come to campus to check out of their rooms/apartments/houses until May 20 (except Naugle students on their scheduled days).

The College’s move-out procedures were developed to be compliant with Pennsylvania’s red-level public safety parameters including, scheduling staggered move-out time slots to limit the number of people in the building, requiring the use of protective masks, limiting each student to one person to help them move-out, ensuring social distancing and contactless move-out protocols, etc.  The full details of the checkout process can be found on the Residence Life website. 

Messiah’s process was developed to take into account (1) our need to care for and protect the health of employees and current students that remain living on campus, (2) shift students who will live on campus this summer from their current housing assignment to summer housing in Naugle, and (3) facilitate a reasonably safe and expedient checkout for all other residential students that takes into account government-issued restrictions that vary from state to state and change weekly. The process outlined above assumes no changes to the most recent statewide directive and is subject to change based on any new government-issued directives.

Questions regarding a student’s individual move-out situation may be directed to the student’s RD or to As we are in unprecedented times, we greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.