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DSU students to move out of dorms starting next week, DeLauder named Provost

Delaware Public Media

Delaware State University students can return to campus starting next week to gather their belongings from the dorms.  It’s their first time back since campus closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials laid out a three-phase plan for them to collect their belongings from the dorms after Memorial Day weekend.  DSU Vice President of Student Affairs Stacy Downing said the move will take longer than normal due to safety protocols.

“With our social distancing and the things that we’re putting in place, it’s going to be critical that we maintain a certain amount of individuals in the building and a certain amount of individuals in your rooms,” Downing said.

Downing encouraged students to contact their residential director if they can't move during their assigned time.  She noted the first two phases could take four to five weeks.  DSU President Tony Allen stressed the partial opening has no impact on decisions for the upcoming fall semester.

“We’re taking every precaution as you know to ensure the safety of all our students as they come back on campus.  And, there are scenarios that we are thinking through,” Allen said. “So, you will know more about that as we get closer to those timeframes.”

Allen hopes to have a decision on holding classes on campus this fall by early July.  The first phase of move-out begins on May 26th with graduated seniors who are in-state.  Remaining in-state students will follow in Phase Two.  Out-of-state students will move out during the final phase.  

DSU also announced a historic hire Tuesday.  Saundra DeLauder was named Provost following a nationwide search.  She is the first woman in school history to hold the position.