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

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

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 and apartment communities.

For overall campus information, visit the Illinois COVID-19 website.

Last Updated:8/17/2022

University Housing and Private Certified Housing Questions



Are first-year students required to live on campus? 

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

First-year graduate students, doctoral students or students with families are not required to live on campus, but University Housing offers three apartment communities.


How will University Housing and Private Certified Housing facilities protect residents?

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. University Housing has implemented the following safety guidelines and procedures in all of our residence halls, apartment communities and dining locations. 

This information is subject to change to remain in accordance with the the CDC

University Housing Residence Halls, Apartment Communities and Dining Locations:

  • Housing Facilities will continue rigorous sanitation processes to clean and sanitize public spaces and other high traffic touch points.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at building and dining entrances.
  • Limited space will be reserved for isolation.

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

Am I required to get vaccinated if I live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing?

It is required that all university students who are able to do so be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after the final dose of the primary series) with a university-accepted COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents who are vaccinated should submit their Vaccination Record Card in the MyMcKinley Portal and have it verified. View the Illinois COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information on vaccinations and uploading your Vaccination Record Card. 

Residents who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who have not had their record submitted and verified will be required to participate in the COVID-19 testing program. 

View the Illinois COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.

What does "fully vaccinated" mean?

"Fully vaccinated" is defined as 14 days after the final dose of the primary series.

Do I have to quarantine if I am identified as a close contact?

In accordance with CDC guidance, University Housing is not conducting contact tracing nor providing designated quarantine space for residents who may have been exposed to Covid-19. Roommates who have concerns are encouraged to get tested and wear a mask in their room.

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

Isolation is used when someone has tested positive for COVID-19. It is used to keep someone known to be contagious with COVID-19 away from others.

Isolation as directed by CUPHD, University Housing, Private Certified Housing and Certified Greek Housing is mandatory. If you choose not to follow this guidance, you could be subject to student discipline, including immediate suspension for non-compliance. 

The campus has limited resources for isolation space. Any individual who can safely travel to their permanent address to isolate will be asked to do so. ‘Safely travel’ means transportation in a private vehicle; public transportation should not be taken.

Campus isolation assignments may be in single-occupancy or double-occupancy spaces. Where we have double rooms, individuals should expect to have another individual in isolation with them. For privacy reasons we do not disclose the exact location of isolation rooms within our inventory. Please be assured the CUPHD and McKinley Health Center have approved the location of those spaces and confirmed there is appropriate separation from non-isolation spaces.

View the Illinois COVID-19 website for campus quarantine and isolation guidelines.

View the University Housing COVID-19 quarantine and isolation webpage for specific University Housing procedures. 

For Private Certified Housing quarantine and isolation procedures, please contact individual Private Certified Housing units directly.