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While living at SAU, you'll experience community during late-night study sessions and in deep conversations with friends and suitemates; as you meet classmates for a cup of coffee or for lunch in Cosgrove; as you jump into a sand volleyball game outside Franklin Hall; or as you join (or lead) a floor activity.

Our goal is to foster a safe, supportive, and empowering community that will challenge and support you to grow and develop holistically. Not only will you live in the best college housing in the Midwest, but you can also join in the recreational, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs that define and grow our community.

Please scroll down for Move-In Day details. This information was sent via email to resident students and parents this week.

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Fall 2020

Move-In Details

SAU Resident Students and their parents received the following information via email July 9-10:

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world around us, Residence Life is working diligently to create processes and procedures aimed at making St. Ambrose as safe and as welcoming as ever. With safety in mind, Residence Life has created a check-in and move-in procedure aimed at getting students into their rooms as quickly and as safely as possible.

Though details are still being finalized, we want to provide everyone with the framework of how check-in and move-in will work. One big change that we are implementing is a multi-day, staggered check-in. Early Move-In for approved athletes, leaders, and employees will be communicated through the coach/advisor separately. Check-in will be held over three days; the first day will be for all first year and new transfer students. The remaining two days will be for returning students, by hall. The following buildings will be checking in on the following days:

Friday, August 14 – Bechtel Hall, Cosgrove Hall, North Hall (First Year), Davis Hall (First Year), and Rohlman Hall (First Year). All new transfer students, regardless of building, will be moving in on this day as well.

Saturday, August 15 – Franklin, Hagen, Tiedemann, Rohlman, and North (Sophomore and Preferred).

Sunday, August 16 – Davis (non First Year/Transfer), Campus-owned houses, Townhouses, and McCarthy.

*Students who come to campus to move-in on a day they are not assigned will not be checked-in. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of students, student staff, and professional staff members.*

Any request outside of these dates will be carefully examined on a case by case basis.

Important Updates:

  • Each resident can have up to 2 helpers for move-in. Masks are required for all.
  • We will host a drive-thru check-in to limit contact. You will be notified of your check-in location.
  • All guests will be screened at Check-In from their vehicles.
  • To follow guidelines, we are capping at 16 residents per building per time slot. (16 + 2 helpers each = 48 total people per building per time slot)
  • You will sign up for your time slot, first-come, first-served, using a link in an email coming soon.
  • You have one hour to check-in and move your belongings from your vehicle to your room, and park the vehicle in a parking space. You and your helpers can stay in your room to unpack after your time slot, but public areas and driving lanes of parking lots should be clear for those moving in next. Helpers cannot stay overnight.
  • We strongly urge you to pack lightly and be thoughtful about what is necessary to bring.
  • We are encouraging only those with mobility needs to use the elevators.
  • Be sure to include any items necessary to follow SAU COVID-19 guidelines for Fall 2020, including face masks and a thermometer. 
  • No mattresses may be brought into any campus residence.
  • The University discourages students from bringing their own furniture in order to prevent the introduction of pests to the residence hall.

More information will be coming soon. Please understand our office is experiencing high volumes of communication. Thank you for your patience!

Residence Life Staff

Directors and Area Coordinators

Matt Hansen, Assistant Dean of Students and Housing and Operations Manager
Anjie Sorenson, Residential Education and Conduct Manager

Devorah Alexander, Administrative Assistant
Dan Dankert, Area Coordinator for Cosgrove, North and Bechtel
Heather Emery-Cunningham, Area Coordinator for Hagen, Tiedemann, McCarthy, Townhouses, and Houses
Daneel Gayle, Area Coordinator for Davis, Franklin, and Rohlman


Matt Hansen, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life

Residence Life
Rogalski Center, 2nd floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6256 fax

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