Coronavirus

Most current, detailed COVID-19 information maintained by University Housing.


We are monitoring developments related to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Below are updates and FAQs related to the virus and its impact on University Housing communities. 

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will continue on-campus instruction for the Spring 2021 semester. We plan to offer as much in-person instruction and residential occupancy as restrictions of space, health, and safety allow. For general campus information, visit the Illinois COVID-19 web page or the list of FAQs.

University Housing is following regular updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and developing plans to address the unique needs of our hall communities.

Last Updated: 10/20/2020

University Housing Residence Hall and Private Certified Housing Questions

 

CONTRACTING & BILLING

Are first-year students required to live on campus? 

With our extensive health and safety measures in place, first-year students are encouraged to live on campus in University Housing or Private Certified Housing, unless approved for exemption. 

Students who waived living on campus this fall and choose to do online courses from their permanent residence outside of Champaign-Urbana are still responsible for fulfilling this requirement and have two options to choose from, live on campus this spring or live on campus next year.

Choose to live on campus this spring. Complete the 2021 Spring Semester Contract

Prefer to wait until next year to experience life on campus? University Housing's 2021-2022 Academic Year Contract will be available November 9.

With in-person instruction ending on November 20, will fall room rates and meal plans be adjusted? 

Undergraduate Halls 

  • Residents in the undergraduate halls will only be billed for their room and meal plan through November 21.
  • Residents will have the option to remain in their hall after November 21, and will be billed a nightly fee. Visit the Continued Housing web page for more information. 

Graduate Upper-Division Halls 

  • Room rates for graduate upper-division halls includes housing over fall, winter, and spring break periods. Residents in the graduate upper-division halls will continue to have access and be billed for their room through winter break.
  • Residents with an optional meal plan will be billed for their plan through November 21, and all residents will have the option to purchase a temporary meal plan for between November 21-December 18. More information coming soon.   

Students contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit, need to contact their individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contact policies.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY:


How does University Housing and Private Certified Housing facilities plan to protect residents?

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. This fall, University Housing will implement the following safety guidelines and procedures in all of our residence halls and dining locations.  

University Housing Residence Halls:

  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all interior public spaces and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.  
  • Housing Facilities will continue rigorous sanitation processes to clean and sanitize public spaces and other high traffic touchpoints.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at building entrances.
  • To de-densify hall communities, a hybrid of double and single rooms will be offered. (The majority of room inventory will be double rooms with a select number of single rooms sprinkled throughout.)  
  • Approximately 5% of room inventory will be reserved for isolation and quarantine.
  • Room furniture will be pre-configured to allow for maximum space between roommates. (Bed Configuration Requests are suspended until further notice.)
  • Furniture in public spaces will be limited and configured in accordance with social distancing guidelines.  
  • Room Change Requests will be suspended until further notice. 
  • Hall gatherings and programs will be planned in accordance with the Restore Illinois plan guidelines.
  • Guests will not be allowed in the residence halls unless visiting a dining location. This includes day visitors and overnight visitors.

University Housing Dining Locations:

  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all dining halls and retail locations.
  • Social distancing procedures will be in place, including one-way traffic and limited dine-in seating.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to sanitize surfaces before and after eating will be available.
  • Dining hall hours will be extended. 
  • Meals will be packaged for carry-out and served by Dining Services staff dressed in PPE.
  • Similar menus will be served at all dining locations to further encourage social distancing.
  • Satellite dining locations will be available for box meal pickup.
  • Special dietary needs will continue to be met.  

University Housing Bathrooms:

Community and Individual Bathrooms:

  • Will be cleaned daily with a hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic devices.
  • Fixtures, surfaces, floors, and high touch area will be disinfected 3-4 times per day.
  • Shower walls and fixtures will be deep cleaned once per week.
  • Residents must wear a mask in the restroom, except while at the sink or in the shower.
  • Residents are encouraged to social distance while in community bathrooms and to ensure a buffer by putting an unused sink, shower, or toilet stall between themselves and others.

Suite-style, Private, and Single Bathrooms:

  • Will be cleaned weekly with a hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic devices.
  • Fixtures, surfaces, floors, and shower walls will be disinfected and deep cleaned once per week.
  • Residents will be responsible for daily cleaning.

Facilities Note: Bathroom ventilation is commonly provided by rooftop exhaust fans serving several hall bathroom locations

For Private Certified Housing health and safety information, please contact individual Private Certified Housing units directly. 

What happens if I am required to quarantine or isolate at some point during the year?

  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. Individuals must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the date they either tested positive or started to experience symptoms. They will be released from isolation by a medical provider after 10 days and being fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.
  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 but are not ill away from others. Individuals who Champaign Urbana Public Health Department determine to have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, will be placed in quarantine for a minimum mandatory 14-day period. Individuals placed in quarantine must stay for the full 14 days, as it can take this long for the virus to cause symptoms. There is no way to “test out” or shorten quarantine.

If possible, and if deemed safely to do so by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, residents may return home to complete their isolation or quarantine. If a resident is unable to return home, University Housing will provide space for the resident to isolate or quarantine.

View full isolation and quarantine instructions. 

Isolation and Quarantine Space:

  • 5% of University Housing’s room inventory has been reserved for quarantine and isolation space.
  • These single-occupancy rooms are located in select Champaign and Urbana residence halls on self-contained floors, wings, and suites.
  • Each room is equipped with a micro-fridge, cleaning supplies, fresh linens, and a medical kit.
  • Bathrooms:
    • Residents in isolation will share a single-use bathroom with a small select number of other residents also in isolation on the same floor, wing, or suite.
    • Residents in quarantine will share either single-use restrooms or a common hallway bathroom (depending on the residence hall) with other residents also in quarantine on the same floor, wing, or suite.
    • Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times per day with a hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic devices.

Isolation and Quarantine Services:

Residents in isolation or quarantine may not leave their room for the entire time of their designated stay accept to use the bathroom. When going to the bathroom a face covering must be worn unless at a sink or in the shower.

  • University Housing will provide daily meals, taking into consideration dietary needs and restrictions.
  • University Housing will complete wellness check-ins. (If needed, residents can also opt to email reshalls@housing.illinois.edu or for immediate assistance call the front/area desk.)
  • University Housing will provide clean linens as needed at the request of a resident.
  • Student Valet will offer personal laundry service.
  • Residents will have access to McKinley Health Center’s Dial-a-Nurse program.
  • Residents may authorize a fellow resident or student to pick up their packages via the Housing Package Proxy Request Form

Isolation/Quarantine Bag:

It is recommended that residents bring a prepacked COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Bag should they be required to isolate or quarantine. Recommended items include two weeks of comfortable clothes, toiletry items, over the counter and prescription medications, tissues, list of important phone numbers, additional PPE, extra chargers for electronics, and snacks.

University Housing Apartment Questions

 

LEASING & BILLING: 


Will the apartments be open this year?

Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green, and Orchard Downs are open and will remain open for residents to live in these communities.

How does University Housing plan to protect apartment residents?

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. This fall, University Housing will implement the following safety guidelines and procedures in all of our apartment communities.   

  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all interior public spaces and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.  
  • Housing Facilities will continue rigorous sanitation processes to clean and sanitize public spaces and other high traffic touchpoints.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the Family & Graduate Housing Office and Orchard Downs Community Center
  • Furniture in public spaces will be limited and configured in accordance with social distancing guidelines.  
  • Community gatherings and programs will be planned in accordance with the Restore Illinois plan guidelines.

How can I apply for an apartment?

To learn more about the criteria to live in Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green, or Orchard Downs and to apply, visit the Apartments Overview web page

Will the apartments remain open after in-person instruction ends on November 20?

After in-person instruction ends on November 20, University Housing apartment communities and select dining locations will remain open and your lease will continue.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY: 


What happens if I am required to quarantine or isolate at some point during the fall semester?

  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. Individuals must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the date they either tested positive or started to experience symptoms. They will be released from isolation by a medical provider after 10 days and being fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.
  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 but are not ill away from others. Individuals who Champaign Urbana Public Health Department determine to have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, will be placed in quarantine for a minimum mandatory 14-day period. Individuals placed in quarantine must stay for the full 14 days, as it can take this long for the virus to cause symptoms. There is no way to “test out” or shorten quarantine.

Residents in an apartment, related or not, are considered a household.This means residents may isolate or quarantine within their own apartment. Residents in isolation or quarantine may not leave their apartment for the entire time of their designated stay.  

 

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For general campus information, visit the Illinois COVID-19 web page or the list of FAQs.