Indiana University freshman Helen Pilkington, middle, moves out of Eigenmann Hall March 16 with the help of friend Carlin James, left, both of Mooresville. (Laura Lane / Hoosier Times)
Indiana University freshman Helen Pilkington, middle, moves out of Eigenmann Hall March 16 with the help of friend Carlin James, left, both of Mooresville. (Laura Lane / Hoosier Times)

Indiana University has postponed its official move out due to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order to stay at home.

The move-out is part of the university’s efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. IU announced earlier this month in-person classes would be suspended for the semester. With classes taking place online, the university also planned to close most on-campus housing. A few exceptions were made for students who didn’t have another place to go.

Students who would not be staying and did not move out before or in the early days of spring break were asked to make an appointment to retrieve their belongings. The first appointments were slated for today. The move-out period was to conclude April 7.

But Holcomb on Monday asked Hoosiers to mostly stay at home from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday until 11:59 p.m. April 6. The only exception is for travel deemed essential, such as trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or essential jobs.

The idea behind scheduling move-out appointments was to ensure large groups of people weren’t gathering in close quarters, increasing the possibility of spreading the virus. With about 12,000 students living in university housing on IU’s Bloomington campus this semester, that took some planning.

Many students moved out immediately following IU’s announcement about closing residence halls. For those who didn’t, an algorithm was used so that no more than 300 people would come to retrieve their belongings in one day, said Chuck Carney, IU spokesman.

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