Most current, detailed COVID-19 information maintained by University Housing.
We are currently monitoring developments related to the recent COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Below are updates and FAQs related to the virus and it's impact on University Housing communities.
Move Out Information
UPDATE MARCH 20: The Move-Out process has been suspended until further notice in response to Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois.
Please do not return to campus to move out during the stay-at-home order. Your personal belongings will remain securely locked in your room. Further instruction on how to retrieve, ship, or store your belongings will be sent out via email soon as possible.
You will still be prorated for your room assignment and academic meal plan as of March 14, unless you choose to remain in University Housing as part of Continued Housing.
Why are you choosing to move residents out now?
This is an ever-evolving situation. The university is working closely with our local, state, and national public health agencies to make the best decisions for our residents and campus community. Please rest assured that this decision was thoroughly vetted, weighing all pros and cons, and that we are doing everything in our power to make the move-out process as organized and safe as we can for everyone involved.
I need to stay on campus. What are my options?
Residents who require on-campus housing, may request Continued Housing.
Continued Housing will be available in PAR, Sherman, and Daniels. Residents who currently live in these halls will be permitted to remain in their own rooms. All other undergraduate hall residents will receive a new PAR room assignment in the coming weeks and further instruction on how to relocate.
Per CDC social distancing guidelines, Continued Housing assignments will be one resident to each room. Dining options will be available in the PAR Dining Hall and Urbana South Market. Meals will be served as takeout.
As the hall consolidation process is considered essential to the operation of University Housing, and we are adhering to the CDC’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, the consolidation to PAR will begin during the stay-at-home directive.
Residents in the undergraduate halls will get a notice via email from University Housing outlining the consolidation process and date(s) of their move. Residents will pick their relocation time. University Housing staff will assist in the relocation offering transportation. The goal is to consolidate all halls within a two-three week time period.
The Ikenberry Dining Center and 57 North will remain open as long as residents are residing in the Ikenberry Commons.
Are you refunding residents who are moving out?
Residents who longer live in University Housing (i.e. permanent address is no longer with University Housing): Will be prorated for their room assignment and academic meal plan as of March 14. Please allow up to two weeks to see these changes reflected on your student account.
Residents who choose to remain in University Housing as part of Continued Housing: Will continue to be charged room and board at their existing rate. Room assignments will be prorated to the last night in Continued Housing. Meal plans will be prorated to the week of the last night in Continued Housing. Please allow up to two weeks after checking out of Continued Housing to see these changes reflected on your student account.
Other General Questions:
How can residents help to protect themselves from Coronavirus?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (within six feet).
- Stay away from others when sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
- Get adequate rest.
- Eat well.
- Get a flu shot.
How is University Housing helping to protect residents?
- We are following regular updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As new information emerges, University Housing will follow the recommended actions as directed by these entities.
- Since the beginning of flu season, University Housing has been cleaning high traffic points such as doorknobs, handrails, drinking fountains, elevators, dining locations, laundry facilities, etc. even more frequently than usual.
Dining Services Questions:
Does the closure of restaurants in Illinois mean that dining services in residence halls will be closed?
No. University dining hall facilities are exempt under the state order. The university will stop buffet-style service and move a plated system, food is plated by dining staff, and “grab and go” take out service only.
University Housing Apartment Questions:
Will the apartments remain open?
University Apartments will remain open over spring break and after.
International Travel and Admissions Questions as Related to University Housing:
If the international travel restrictions continue after the end of the semester, I may not be able to return home. Will I be able to stay in University Housing this summer?
We are currently exploring possible housing options that might be available to students unable to return home. We do not have detailed information at this time. We will communicate this information to the campus community later in the semester if the COVID-19 situation warrants.
Will international applicants from countries with COVID-19 cases be allowed to live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing during the 2020-2021 academic year?
- Yes. All first-year undergraduate students are required to live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing. First-year transfer students may be required to live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing depending on credit hours and/or experience living in a residence hall at another institution. University Housing also offers three apartment communities for upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and their family members.
- At this time, there is no change in our housing policies or procedures — residence halls, apartments, or Private Certified Housing facilities. We follow all Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization guidelines to ensure that our students are able to confidently live and study in our campus community.