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.


Students, staff, and patrons of SDRP/ISR are expected to eat and drink beverages in the dining hall or in their residence hall room.  Where common spaces permit it, one may remove their face covering to eat or drink.  The face covering should only be removed for the amount of time it takes to take a bite of food or drink of beverage and then immediately put back on.

Certain common spaces (such as meeting rooms and computer labs) may post that eating is not permitted.


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.

a.     Separation – If a student tests positive, or comes into contact with someone who tests positive, it is in their, and the community’s, best interest to go to their permanent residence until tests are negative.


b.     Quarantine is now 7-10 days (no longer 14).  An individual may be released from quarantine on day 7 if they complete a covid-19 test on the morning of day 7, return to quarantine, and after being notified they are negative may check out and return to their permanent space; If they do not test on day 7 (or 8-9), they will be released from quarantine on day 10, but it is highly encouraged individuals test on day 7 so that quarantine spaces can be prepared within a few days for another individual needing the space; individuals who test positive will transfer to isolation. Individuals in quarantine no longer leave on day 5 to test;

c.      Isolation is still 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test, however all individuals in isolation must participate in a covid-19 test on the morning of day 10, return to their isolation space to await the results of their CT level (whether or not their body is still shedding the virus at a level that could be contagious).



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. 


In order to minimize potential touch points, message boards (dry erase, cork board, etc.) are not to be placed on the outside of student room doors.  They are permissible on the interior of the room.



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.