COVID-19 Guidelines

The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign aims to deliver its mission while promoting the health and safety of our students. We expect all members of the University Housing community to act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residential students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within University Housing. The University may require a resident to relocate to another residence hall or leave University Housing altogether if their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk to others.

COVID-19 will impact your housing experience as the university continues to make policy decisions informed by McKinley Health Center and public health authorities. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws and policies and guidance adopted by the university.

The following university policies and guidance, which applies to all residential students, will evolve with the COVID-19 public health crisis. Required health and safety measures may include, but are not limited to: physical distancing, limitations on mass gatherings, restricted access to common spaces, wearing cloth face coverings, COVID-19 diagnostic and ongoing testing, contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests at residence halls, and quarantine/isolation requirements (including before and upon arrival to campus).




  • Residential Floors: To minimize the spread of COVID-19, guests are not permitted on residential floors. Only students within a respective residence hall can visit other floors within the building. Residence hall student rooms are limited to the registered occupants of that room plus one fellow resident per occupant.
  • Overnight Guests: Overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls until further notice.
  • University Housing Main Lounge and Lobby Spaces: Only a limited number of individuals may be present at a given time in common spaces with appropriate physical distancing. Signs will be posted in common spaces to communicate the maximum number of individuals allowed in a space. Common spaces have been set up to indicate proper physical distancing. Furniture may not be moved or reconfigured at any time.


Residents and visitors must wear a face covering (cloth or disposable) at all times while outside of a resident’s room. Face coverings must be worn while in hallways and common areas such as lounges, meeting rooms, dining centers, restrooms, and lobbies. Face coverings are not required when it is not feasible (i.e. brushing your teeth, showering, eating).

Residents with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from complying with any practices required by this policy or related guidance, including but not limited to safely wearing a cloth or disposable face covering, may seek a reasonable accommodation. Students needing an accommodation should contact the division of Disability Resources & Educational Services.


Meeting spaces will be preset with a certain furniture layout to be consistent with physical distancing and to allow for six feet of distance between attendees. Individual setup requests that deviate from this preset condition will not be honored. Time in between reservations will be planned to allow facilities staff to clean in between meeting space requests. If numbers exceed predetermined attendance limits, the space usage approval will be rescinded, and the users will be asked to leave immediately.


At any time, the university may request or require a resident to leave University Housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk to community members. Residential students are required to comply with requests from University Housing to leave their assigned space due to a public health emergency, such as COVID-19. Failure to do so is a violation of Hallmarks and the Student Code and may subject a student to emergency removal from their assigned space as well as suspension from the university. 

  • 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 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.


Residential students are required to comply with any de-densifying efforts needed on campus due to a public health emergency, such as that presented by COVID-19. Such efforts may include, for example, the relocation of all or some residential students to alternative housing. If University Housing must relocate students for an extended period as part of a de-densifying strategy and alternative housing is not available, University Housing will consider fair and reasonable reimbursement as appropriate and based on information available at that time.


Residents will be offered access to their selected meal plan.  Expectations surrounding physical distancing and wearing of face coverings will apply based upon McKinley Health Center and public health guidelines and University policy.  Menus and types of access might be adjusted to accommodate current public health guidelines.


University Housing will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 or other public health emergencies in the interest of minimizing the spread of disease. University Housing will educate and inform residential students on appropriate cleaning protocols within their assigned spaces.


Upon reasonable notice, University Housing may terminate housing contracts due to public health emergency needs. Termination may be the result of non-compliance with isolation/quarantine recommendations; failure to adhere to campus directives for wearing face coverings; physical distancing; and other COVID related restrictions published in University Housing policies. 

University Housing may terminate housing contracts due to public health emergencies. University Housing will consider reimbursements for impacted students as appropriate and based on information available at that time.


Your University Housing Contract is the basic document that states the contractual rights and obligations between you and University Housing. The Hallmarks Handbook forms a part of the University Housing Contract. Under Section 11 of the contract, you have agreed to comply with all university and residence hall policies governing conduct of students, including this COVID-19 Policy.

Updates will be made to this document as they become necessary. Student residents and contract holders will be notified of material changes.