Isolation and Quarantine On-Campus Housing

Isolation or self-quarantine as directed by the UIS Testing Team is mandatory in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. If a student has been directed to isolate or self-quarantine, they should do so at their off-campus home if possible. UIS has procedures in place should the University need to work with a student who cannot return to an off-campus home to isolate or self-quarantine. For the safety of themselves and others, students must strictly adhere to isolation and quarantine directives.

Isolation is used to keep someone who is infected with the virus away from others.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and/or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you and the Department of Residence Life will be notified by Health Services of your need to isolate or quarantine. Immediately go to your room/townhouse/apartment and await further instruction from the Department of Residence Life. In the event you are unable to go home to complete your isolation or quarantine, you will be provided a temporary on-campus housing assignment for 10-14 days, or as directed by Health Services. The number of days will be determined by Health Services, not by Residence Life. If you continue to show symptoms and/or your condition worsens, you may be required to remain in your temporary housing a few additional days. Health Services will determine when you may be released. You may not leave isolation or quarantine until you are notified of your release by Health Services, even if you test negative.

Residence Life and our partners in Student Affairs are committed to providing resources and support for students in Isolation and/or Quarantine On Campus. Click here to learn more about items that can be checked out and delivered directly to your temporary space!

The FAQ section below further outlines important information regarding the COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine On-Campus Housing Process, as implemented by Health Services and the Department of Residence Life.

  • For emergencies requiring an ambulance, call UISPD at any time at 217-206-7777
  • For concerns regarding housing (including maintenance or technical issues), please contact our Administrator On Call any time at 217-206-8100
  • For questions related to your release and/or symptom tracking, please contact Health Services during normal business hours at 217-206-6676
  • For questions related to Meal Service Ordering and Delivery, please contact Director of Food Services, Geoff Evans during normal business hours at

No; once you start your isolation or quarantine period, you should remain there until officially released by Health Services. The only exception is to seek medical care or COVID-19 testing.

Yes. Students are encouraged to go home to complete their isolation or quarantine, as most students report home is more comfortable for them. Students are encouraged to call their families to discuss this option.

Depending on room availability, it is possible you will have a roommate for the duration of your isolation or quarantine period. In those cases, you will be notified you are getting a roommate and each of you will have your own private bedroom and bathrooms, per CDC recommendations.

No. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors are not allowed inside isolation or quarantine spaces. We do encourage you to stay connected to friends, family and classmates during this time via Zoom, social media or other online communications.

Once you are notified by Health Services of your need to relocate, you will have about an hour to pack your personal belongings. You will not be permitted to return to your assigned space until you have been officially released by Health Services. The on-campus housing isolation and quarantine spaces are furnished, but empty of the comforts of your home or room, so please plan to bring items of comfort with you. We recommend packing lightly, as you will personally be responsible for carrying your items to and from your isolation or quarantine space.

Here is a suggested packing list for your convenience:

  • Clothes (including pajamas, undergarments, socks to last you about 14 days)
  • computer, webcam (if available), and charger
  • phone and charger
  • prescription medications and/or over-the-counter medications (including pain/fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or cough suppressants, if available)
  • toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb, brush, hand soap, etc.
  • personal care items
  • thermometer
  • pillow/extra blanket
  • all books, notes, etc. needed to complete your coursework online
  • face mask to be worn once isolation is complete and you return to your assigned space
  • snack items (enough to last 14 days)

The following items will be available in the room:

  • bed, desk, dresser
  • refrigerator
  • microwave
  • trash can and trash bags
  • shower curtain
  • linen packet (includes sheets, blanket, 2 towels, fresh linen packets are provided weekly)

You can have food delivered to your on-campus housing space through off-campus vendors or friends/family. Deliveries must be dropped at the front door. Delivery persons should not enter your space, nor should you come out to greet them.

Meal deliveries are also available through our campus Food Services. You are not automatically enrolled in meal deliveries through campus Food Services. If you are interested in this option, you will need to set the deliveries up by contacting Geoff Evans, Director of Food Services at There will be a limited menu to choose from, but Food Services can work with you on any food allergy or dietary restrictions. If you wish to sign up for meal delivery through campus Food Services, you will need to send your email by 3:00pm that day; emails received after 3:00pm will go unanswered until the next business day and it will be up to you to provide your own meals in the meantime. Charges for these meals can by paid via your campus meal plan.

Trash is collected each week on Tuesday mornings at 9:00am. Please have all trash secured in a provided trash bag and have it on the front porch at 9:00am. Residence Life staff will come around to collect ad dispose of the trash. You should not leave your space to take trash to the dumpsters.

If you hear the fire alarm system sound, please evacuate the building immediately, wear a mask properly and be sure to maintain appropriate physical distancing in the emergency assembly point. Return to your isolation or quarantine space as soon as emergency personnel and/or Residence Life have given the signal to do so.

We encourage you to reach out to University Counseling Services at 217-206-7122 to set up an appointment to speak with a professional counselor. You can also visit their Self Care Resource Page. A counselor will also be assigned to reach out to you at various points during your stay, to ensure you are doing okay.

You will receive an email notification from Health Services letting you know that you are cleared to leave. Before being approved to leave quarantine, you must test negative for COVID-19. Once you have left your isolation or quarantine space to return to your assigned space, please call Residence Life staff at 217-206-8100 to let them know your isolation/quarantine period has officially ended.

Ensure you have completed the following steps:

  • Remove all personal items from isolation/quarantine space
  • Bag up all trash
  • Call the Residence Life Staff On Call at 217-206-8100 to set up a time to return the keys and let them know you have returned to your assigned space

Spaces that are left with damages and/or excessive trash may be subject to a $100/person cleaning fee.

You are not billed any additional cost for housing while in quarantine and isolation housing. The only costs associated with quarantine and isolation housing are the costs for meal deliveries through campus Food Services (if you sign up for this option) or any cleaning fees (charged only if spaces are left with damages or excessive trash).

We recommend that you contact your professors if your health or isolation/quarantine will prevent you from attending or participating in class. We also recommend that you alert any employers you will be unable to attend work until you are released. You are not required to share specific health information.

We encourage you to stay active and virtually engaged while in isolation and quarantine – as your health permits! Here are a number of campus resources you may find beneficial:

Campus Rec Virtual Fitness Schedule:

Campus Events: