COVID-19 Guidelines

University Housing COVID-19 Guidance and Policies - Fall 2021


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: wearing cloth face coverings, COVID-19 diagnostic and ongoing testing, and quarantine/isolation requirements.



Residents who have properly uploaded their vaccination records to the MyMcKinley Portal, and have the record verified, will be granted “Building Access” on the Safer Illinois app. Residents are required only to show the building access screen, which shows compliance without specifying whether it was through COVID-19 vaccination or regular on-campus testing. This screen does not say if a person is vaccinated or not.

Residents who are not vaccinated, or have had their record verified, will need to continue COVID-19 testing at intervals announced by the Chancellor’s Office. Complying with the required testing is the only way for a resident to maintain “Building Access” status through the Safer Illinois app.

There will be no visitors who are not students, faculty or staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign until further notice.



All residents must wear face coverings when outside of their own room. Residents and visitors who have not completed the vaccination 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.



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.

  • 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;
  • 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).



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; 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.