University of Southern Indiana

Housing Move-In Volunteer

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We're very excited that you are helping with Move-In! We'll see you soon. 

Thank you for volunteering to assist in welcoming our newest Screaming Eagles! Your time will make a difference in the lives of our students. To assist you, we have created an online volunteer orientation. Please take time to review this information.

How do I find out when I'm volunteering?

You will receive an email confirmation on or before August 9 confirming when (times) you are volunteering. If you have any questions, email Melissa Burch at .

All move-in crew volunteers will attend one of two Check-In meetings to get information, a t-shirt, and a final confirmation of time(s) scheduled to volunteer. The meetings will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 16. The location of these two meetings will be sent in your confirmation email on or before August 9. 

What should I wear?

  • BE COMFORTABLE! It will most likely be warm, so shorts are appropriate.
  • Official Move-In Volunteer t-shirts that were handed out to volunteers at one of the two scheduled meetings on August 16. Please wear these shirts when you help move in as it will help identify you as a USI Volunteer. Volunteers who did not attend one of the meetings will receive their shirts when they arrive for their shifts. These shirts must be worn while volunteering, so families and students are able to easily identify you as a volunteer.
  • Closed toed shoes must be worn for safety reasons.

What if I get a question?
As you are helping students, there will no doubt be times when you are asked about move-in and housing questions. The following information will give you some basic information about typical housing questions and where to send students or parents who may need additional assistance.

Information Shared with Residents
Students received a "Move In Information" postcard in mid-July. The postcard has a lot of great information with which we recommend you make yourself familiar. 

What's the check-in process?

  • On Thursday, students begin at the PAC (Physical Activities Center), where they receive their key and maps to the different locations.
  • Signs are located throughout campus directing students to these areas of housing.
  • Students arrive, unload, and move in!

What if residents have a problem?

  • Seek out a Housing and Residence Life staff member if a student has a problem. 

What if the resident has a maintenance problem?

  • Students and parents should report any maintenance problem using FixMyHome (phone or website) or by contacting a Housing and Residence Life staff member. 
  • The maintenance problem will be communicated to the physical plant maintenance staff. 
  • Maintenance will come and fix the problem as quickly as possible.

What should I do when helping them move?

  • There will be large gray bins at the Residence Halls to help transfer items to rooms.
  • Here's the general process:
    • Introduce yourself and ask if you can help them move in.
    • Open doors for them.
    • Move them in.

Again-it can't be that easy!
Actually it is! However - please remember - if you choose to lift heavy objects - be careful!

  • Always lift with your legs - not your back.
  • Get help if something is TOO big.
  • Use dollies and carts whenever possible.

Housing and Residence Life Frequently Asked Questions
Students and parents have a lot of questions when they first arrive at USI. We recommend that you take a look at the Housing and Residence Life Frequently Asked Question site. For any question that you cannot answer for a student, please refer students to the trouble sites.

If you have any questions regarding Housing Move-In, contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at 812-468-2000 or


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