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Be prepared for back-to-school season

Aug. 7, 2014

You can feel it in the air -- it’s back to school season and campus will soon welcome thousands of students back to Bloomington. Here are a few tips for navigating Move-In Day, Welcome Week and the first days of classes.

Dad helps son move in to dorm

Move-In Day 2013

Moving in

The influx of students will start on Sunday, Aug. 17, when students begin returning to on-campus residence halls and apartments. Faculty and staff can expect to see heavier than normal traffic on Fee Lane between Law Lane and 17th Street and Seventh and 10th streets between Jordan Avenue and Union Street, as well as all streets in the southeast part of campus between Union Street and Jordan Avenue and between Third Street and Jones Avenue.

The official move-in day and start of Welcome Week is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Pat Connor, executive director for residential programs and services, said he recommends faculty and staff arrive early to work that day because 50 percent of people living on campus will arrive that day.

“Plan to avoid driving around campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” he said.

Getting around

Campus will see significant traffic back-ups Wednesday afternoon because of Welcome Week induction ceremonies, beginning at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Be sure to avoid Fee Lane, 10th Street, Jordan Avenue (Law Lane to Third Street) and Woodlawn Avenue and Third Street (High Street to Jordan Avenue).

Campus buses will not have regular service on Aug. 20, so plan accordingly. Bloomington Transit will continue its normal schedule, except for the Route One and Six buses. Ian Patton, operations manager for Bloomington Public Transportation, said those routes sometimes deviate from their normal course around the Woodlawn Avenue area due to impassable obstructions.

Helping out

The first week of classes will also be a busy and confusing time for students and campus, with many students likely looking for help from faculty members during their transition into college life.

Melanie Payne, director of New Student Orientation, said one of the more common fears students have is getting to a classroom and settling in, only to discover they're in the wrong place. 

She recommends faculty write the name and section number of the class on the board so students can see it before class begins, and greet students at the door to ensure that they are in the correct classroom. 

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