Housing

Important Housing Update 03/30

Due to the Stay at Home order for the state of Illinois, students who still have belongings in the residence halls cannot return to pick those up until the Stay at Home order is lifted. We will keep all students’ belongings safe and secure during these times. A formal check-out process will be implemented and communicated at a later date.

We also know there are questions regarding housing and dining accounts. We must have WIU Board of Trustees approval before we are able to make final decisions concerning operations and account action(s) for residents. Once the Board of Trustees has made a decision on University operations, including housing and dining, we will provide updated information as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.


Housing & Dining Questions Related to COVID-19


Are the residence halls open?

While residence halls will remain open for students that are already here on campus, we are not allowing students who are off campus to pick up their belongings or to come back and live with us until the Stay at Home order is lifted for the state of Illinois. We will keep all students’ belongings safe and secure during these times. A formal check-out process will be implemented and communicated at a later date.

What if I need a new ID printed?

Any student that has lost their WIU ID and is on campus needing one for access, meals, etc. should send a request for a new ID to housing@wiu.edu. UHDS will print your new ID, and place in campus mail as soon as possible. Please note the $25 replacement fee will be charged to their student account.


How is WIU supporting students who stay on campus? Will the rest of campus remain open?

Campus will remain open, and all faculty and staff will continue their regular work schedules. Providing continuity of services for our students, faculty, staff, community and research partners is important. We will do our very best to support our normal daily activities but ask that we show one another patience. We will continue to reinforce that you should stay home if you are not feeling well.


I have an Emotional Support or Service Animal living with me, should I be concerned?

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.


Can my mail transmit the COVID-19 virus?

At this time health officials have found that there is no evidence to support the transmission of the COVID-19 through imported goods or mail.


Will I be refunded for my meal plan and room since I am not on campus?

We know there are questions regarding housing and dining accounts. We must have WIU Board of Trustees approval before we are able to make final decisions concerning operations and account action(s) for residents. Once the Board of Trustees has made a decision on University operations, including housing and dining, we will provide updated information as soon as possible.


Are dining halls open?

Dining services will continue to be provided at Corbin Hall; however, meals will be served in takeout containers.