Housing & Dining Questions Related to COVID-19

Updated August 10, 2021 3:00pm - University Housing & Dining Services

What are the vaccine and testing requirements to return to campus?

Western Illinois University is currently not mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students or employees for the fall 2021 academic year, however, this could change at any time depending on federal and state requirements. The University expects members of the campus community to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. All students, faculty, and staff are required to participate in COVID-19 testing located in the University Union. Testing is required each week for those individuals who do not want to receive the vaccination or who have a medical or religious exemption. Click here to check out full vaccine and testing guidelines.

What is being done in the residence halls to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19?

Residence halls will operate at standard occupancy. Significant enhanced cleaning and other adjustments in operations will be in effect to enhance the safety of students and hall staff. Adjustments to residence hall operations include:

  • All students living in the residence halls will receive a small bottle of disinfectant and access to a free face covering upon check-in. It is recommended that students bring with them additional sanitizer, cleaning wipes/supplies, and a thermometer.
  • Building Services will increase cleaning measures.

Will residence hall rooms be single rooms only?

Residence hall occupancy will be limited to two students per room.

Will guests be allowed in the residence halls in the fall?

Until further notice, the guest policy is suspended. Non-WIU student visitors will not be allowed in the residence halls on residential floors.

What is the face covering policy in the residence halls?

Assigned roommates will be considered a “household” for purposes of contact tracing. Students will not need to wear face coverings in their assigned rooms, but they must wear face coverings in all other rooms and common spaces, including elevators, hallways, laundry rooms, dining halls, restrooms, etc.Click here to view the university face covering policy.

Will dining centers be open?

Dining service, including where and how it will be offered to residential students, is subject to the discretion of the University and is subject to modification to address public health concerns. Campus Dining Centers are adjusting their facilities and offerings in accordance with food service industry best practices.

Dining Centers will offer carryout food container options.

Indoor seating will be made available and will be set to ensure proper social distancing.

Outdoor dining will be available with grab-and-go, as well as carry-out options in each dining center.

What happens if someone gets COVID-19 in the residence halls?

University Housing and Dining Services, WIU Risk Management, and Beu Health Center have created areas on campus to assist students who test positive for COVID-19 or display symptoms. Trained University personnel will assist students with obtaining meals, contacting professors, answering questions, and any other reasonable amenities needed while the student recovers. Click here to view the full quarantine and isolation guidelines.