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By Kaleigh Cortez, News Editor-
Students returning to on-campus housing can expect a near-normal semester with higher occupancy rates and more in-person events.
Following a summer of isolation as the coronavirus became more widespread, many students stayed home to take their online classes, leaving the dorms at only 80 percent occupied.
Many changes to campus life accompanied the Covid school year like social distancing protocols and smaller classroom sizes.
On-campus housing also saw alterations with a no-visitor policy and staggered move-in times and dates.
However, following an announcement from UT System President Randy Boyd, the upcoming year should feel more like pre-Covid times.
Executive Director for Residential Education and Campus Life, Valara Sample spoke about what students can expect for living on campus during the 2021-2022 year.
“We’re following the guidelines from the University in terms of the mask requirement and whether or not the campus will allow visitors,” Sample said. “I anticipate us reverting back to pre-Covid visitation policy.”
This fall’s move-in may resemble the spring move-in format with more days available to reduce hallway traffic.
“We did like the move-in over a number of days with less people so they can move around a little bit easier,” Sample said. “There may be some limitation to how many people can come and help you move since a lot of people will be moving in at the same time.”