Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Housing FAQ’s
Campus Housing Options During COVID-19 Response
We are monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are updates and FAQs related to the virus and its impact on Campus Housing communities.
As announced, the University of Illinois at Chicago will resume on-campus instruction for the Fall 2020 semester.
UIC Campus Housing is following regular updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), city of Chicago and state of Illinois, and our partners with UI Health in developing plans to address the unique needs of our hall communities. For general campus information, visit the UIC COVID-19 web page.
Please check back often as this page is updated frequently.
Campus Housing COVID-19 Response Questions
Are new UIC students required to live on campus?
With our extensive health and safety measures in place, new UIC students are encouraged to live on campus in Campus Housing. They are not, however, required to live on campus.
How does Campus Housing 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.
Campus Housing Residence Halls:
- Roommates will be considered household units.
- Face coverings and masks that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all interior public spaces and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Campus Housing Facilities will continue rigorous sanitation processes to clean and sanitize public spaces and other high traffic touchpoints.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at high traffic touchpoints.
- To reduce occupancy density in residence hall communities, a hybrid of double and single rooms will be offered.
- A residence hall building will be reserved for isolation and quarantine purposes.
- 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. This includes both day visitors and overnight visitors. This policy will be revisited as public health considerations allow.
Are there changes in housing options at UIC for the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19?
Yes. Campus Housing is taking several steps to address concerns related to occupancy and COVID-19. They are as follows:
- Any triple occupancy bedroom in a traditional style residence hall will be used as a double room at maximum capacity.
- Increased sanitation measures include multiple daily cleaning of high touch, high traffic areas and increased access to sanitation stations.
- As part of Campus Housing efforts focused on safety and well-being, residents will be required to participate in social distancing and other prevention measures based on guidelines provided by U of I Health, the State of Illinois, and the CDC.
I will be a new UIC student this Fall, but I have not yet made housing arrangements. What is my next step?
If you are interested in living on campus in Campus Housing, complete your Housing Application as soon as possible. We’ll then pick a room and roommate for you based on available space and your location and roommate preferences between June 15th and July 15th. An email confirming your room and roommate will be sent to you at your UIC email address once the assignment is made, with a link to sign the housing contract.
I am a new UIC student and I have completed a Campus Housing Application. What is my next step?
Campus Housing Assignments will be made in batches between June 15th and July 15th by our Customer Service Team Members. Once you are assigned, an email confirming your room and roommate will be sent to you, as well as a link to go sign your Housing Contract in the MyContract Portal. Keep an eye out for additional communication sent to your UIC Email Address.
Room placement is based on location, Living Learning Community (LLC), and roommate preferences you submit in the application.
If you complete your Campus Housing Application after July 15th, you will be assigned as quickly as possible.
If a student (new or returning) signs a Housing contract and decides not to move into Campus Housing, will the contract be canceled and the student not charged?
Students who have signed a contract with Campus Housing and wish to do all online courses in the fall semester and not relocate to campus, will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org. A Housing Representative will provide additional information regarding penalties and fees if applicable.
If a student (new or returning) signs a Housing contract and chooses to defer their enrollment, will the contract be canceled and the student not charged?
Currently, the Campus Housing Contract requires residents to be enrolled in order to live in university housing facilities. Students who defer their enrollment will be covered by the contract release provisions.
What are the plans for the Fall 2020 Move-In?
Additional details regarding Campus Housing Move-In will be shared soon on the Move In page. During Move-In, you’ll find electronic maps and directions, a packing list, helpful tips, and handy resources.
City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order
Residents coming from states the City of Chicago has directed to quarantine for 14-days upon arrival.
The Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner has issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
If you are arriving from a state listed in the Emergency Travel Order, contact email@example.com to determine 14-day quarantine options.
Resident Responsibilities During COVID-19 Response
As part of our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment conducive to your success, we are mindful of the communal effort needed to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Residents will be required to participate in social distancing and other prevention measures based on guidelines provided by U of I Hospitals, the State of Illinois, and the CDC. We have taken the recommendations and expertise of these bodies and applied them to the Campus Housing environment. Please see some of these adapted guidelines below.
Resident Responsibilities During COVID-19 Response
- It is the University’s intention that students will remain in their assigned room/unit during any stay-at-home or sheltering order issued by either the city of Chicago, state of Illinois, federal government, or the university. In the event it becomes necessary to relocate students for health and safety purposes, students will be expected to do so quickly and on short notice under direction from the University.
- Students found in violation of Student Code of Conduct or Residence Life Community Living Guide policies will be subject to the Student Conduct process and will likely be asked to find alternative housing accommodations for the remainder of the semester.
- To limit the exposure on campus, students are not allowed guests including those with a university i-card. In the event that our staff become aware that you are hosting a guest, you will be asked to immediately to escort them out. If you have an approved LOA on file for a Personal Assistant, contact Campus Housing directly regarding arrangements.
- Gatherings within residence halls have been temporarily suspended while under CDC guidelines for social distancing or state of Illinois direction. All students should refrain from social gatherings, are encouraged to stay in their own room/unit, and should practice social distancing of 6 feet or more. All CDC guidelines and/or state of Illinois directions regarding social distancing are expected to be followed by students.
- Kitchen areas and laundry facilities will be limited in use. Students will need to sanitize all cookware and remove personal belongings from commons paces immediately after use. Students are required to practice social distancing guidelines at all times. Lounges and Learning Resource Centers are closed.
- Students may enter the building only by swiping their valid UIC ID at the desk. Residents are expected to keep track of their keys at all times and keep both their keys and i-Card on them to minimize lock-out assistance needed. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that non-residents do not follow inside.
- Students agree to measures determined neccesary to protect the health and safety of our resident students upon entry to the building including temperature checks and other measures that may be determined by the CDC, Illinois Department of Health, and/or University officials.
- Face masks or covering must be worn at all times outside of the residence hall room/unit. Additionally, residents must also wear a face mask if a UIC employee must enter their assigned room or unit for any reason (ex: Facilities Services employees, Campus Housing staff).
- In the event that students start experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and/or it becomes necessary for a student to self-isolate, the University requires that the student immediately report symptoms to Student Health Services (312-996-2901). Students are not permitted to visit public spaces in the residence halls, go to work, or leave their housing assignment if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Front Desk hours are subject to change on short notice.
- Preferred communication between residents and staff are phone calls and emails in an effort to limit person-to-person exposure. For this reason, it is necessary to provide a working cell phone number that Housing staff can use to reach you. Please reach out to your Resident Director via email to set up an appointment if you require non-emergency assistance.