Housing Physical Distancing FAQ


How will The Office of Housing implement physical distancing in the residence halls?

Ultimately, our goal is to create a welcoming community within on-campus housing while maintaining physical distancing guidelines set forth by various organizations. To that end, here are a few ways that we will be promoting physical distancing:

  • No residents will be sharing a bedroom.
  • Residents will share a bathroom with no more than one other student.
  • Common areas, such as hall offices, lobbies, elevators, and bathrooms, will be cleaned and sanitized routinely.
  • Common areas will be arranged so that students will not be able to gather in groups larger than 10.
  • Offices will have hand sanitizer for residents and staff and extra barriers to limit the potential risk for exposure.
  • As we develop new guidelines, we will keep you updated and in the loop.

Is there enough space for everyone to have their own bedroom?

Ultimately, yes, there is. It requires some puzzle-solving on our end as we look at each student's assignment, selected communities, and room/suitemates, but no one who has currently signed up for on-campus housing will be forced off-campus.

I signed up for a shared bedroom space, do I need to contact the Housing Office in order to meet this new requirement?

No, we will contact you with your new assignment. Please check out the timeline listed below.

However, you are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

I signed up to live in the Cook Honors college housing within Whitmyre Hall. How will this affect me?

Unfortunately, the community bathroom set-up of Whitmyre Hall does not allow for optimal physical distancing; as such, there will be no residential housing within Whitmyre Hall for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Cook Honors College students who signed up to live in Whitmyre Hall will remain together as a community on the 4th floor of Stephenson Hall.

Will I get the room that I signed up for?

If you selected a housing style with a private bedroom, your housing assignment will not change.

If you selected a housing style with a shared bedroom, we will make every effort to reassign you within the same building; however, some students will be relocated to the next closest building available.

Will I have to pay more because of the reassignment?

No, students will not be penalized for the changes. In the event your room type is changed to a more expensive suite-style, your housing bill will not increase.

When will I know if I have been reassigned?

Notification Timeline

June 1-June 6

  • Students who selected living arrangements within specialty communities will be notified of their new room assignments. This includes the following student groups:
    • Whitmyre Honors College Students
    • Promising Scholars
    • Student-Athletes
    • LL Certificate Programs
    • Business Community
    • Pet-Friendly
    • Upper Division Communities
  • Students and their suitemates who signed up for 4 person shared suites will be contacted to schedule a zoom call with Housing in order to discuss their options.

June 8-19

  • Students who selected a space with a shared bedroom will be contacted and notified of their new housing assignment .
  • Students and their suitemates who signed up for 4 person shared suites will have finalized new housing assignments.

I signed up to live a 4-person shared suite with my friends, will we all still get to live together?

Students who signed up for a 4-person shared suite will be contacted by Housing to set up a zoom conversation to discuss your housing options and roommate pairings, as necessary.

Every effort will be made to keep your new assignments close to one another.