Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 19 June 2020
19 June 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 28.0
A message from Lora de Lacey, Executive Vice President for Student Life:
I write to share news about residential housing for the fall semester. The university has been making plans for students to return to campus and working on preparations for our residence halls with safety as our primary concern. Here are some principal guidelines that have been established:
- We will use our normal housing capacity for residential students. So if a room is designed to be used as a double, there will be two students living in that space, and if it designed to be used as a triple, there will be three students living in the space. At the moment, student demand for housing suggests that we will be at capacity for residential students this fall.
- The move in process will be staggered in order to adhere to the current State of Illinois guidelines for social distancing and maximum number of people allowed for gatherings. Face masks will be required for everyone involved in the process. Specific move-in dates and times will be communicated soon.
- As previously announced, the last two weeks of the semester will be delivered remotely. This means that residential students will need to leave campus on Wednesday 25 November, the day before Thanksgiving. (Your belongings can remain in your room.) Exceptions will be allowed on a case-by-case basis as needed.
- Life in the residence halls will be different than in the past. Students will be expected to follow the Spartan Safety guidelines. Face masks will need to be worn in all areas outside of your assigned room. We will restrict the number of residents allowed in the restrooms at one time and you can expect to have bathroom use schedules to allow for this. We will also be restricting the number of students in common areas and in laundry areas. And we will not allow any outside guests in the halls.
- We will implement increased cleaning for restrooms and all common areas. Students will also have cleaning supplies available for their own use.
- In the event that a residential student needs to quarantine or isolate due to COVID 19, our preference is for these students to isolate or quarantine at home. However, this might not be possible for some students. The university has leased a block of rooms at a local hotel to accommodate those students unable to return home for quarantine or isolation.
- Incoming freshmen can expect to receive their room assignments via their AU email by July 4. Returning students who have already received a room assignment, please note that in accordance with your contract terms, there is a fee of $500 for room cancellations that occur July 1 or later.
- Your commitment to your housing decision is vital to helping the university plan for the year ahead. Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to cancel your housing assignment for the fall semester.
- There may be an opportunity for a limited number of students to live in a single room off campus at a local hotel on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in this option, please contact me to discuss. This option is not available to incoming freshmen.
I will continue to share updates on fall housing as the summer unfolds. I know you likely have questions about on-campus dining. We continue to work on these details and I will update you as soon as we have more information. Be sure to read your email messages and all COVID 19 updates on the AU website.
If you have any questions about fall housing, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 630-844-5510.