Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Campus Housing

Email Sent to Students on July 24, 2020

Dear Students,

As we continue planning for our fall 2020 reopening, we want to provide you with a few resources to help answer your questions regarding the upcoming school year.

Moving in to the Residence Halls
Students moving into a residence hall will need to reserve a three-hour move-in slot between August 17–21. For everyone’s safety, we want to have as few people in the residence halls as possible, and everyone will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing to the greatest extent practicable. Students can bring up to two guests to help with move in.

We know some students may have a need to move into the residence halls early. A limited number of early move-in slots will be available beginning August 10. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and can be submitted by filling out the Early Arrival Form.

Arrival Quarantine Protocol
At this time, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine in accordance with Chicago Department of Public Health guidance. Though the states on the list may well change over the next few weeks, it is Illinois Tech’s expectation that the order’s quarantine requirements will be in effect for some number of states when you arrive for move in and the beginning of classes this fall. In order to comply with the order, students may either: 

  1. Quarantine for two weeks prior to coming to campus with a method of documenting adherence;
  2. Quarantine for two weeks after arrival on campus;
  3. Quarantine at home for one week prior to coming to campus with a method of documenting adherence, followed by:

a. A negative test recommended prior to coming to campus or shortly after arrival.
b. Quarantine for another week when arriving to Chicago/campus.

Based on the foregoing, if you do not reside in Illinois and will be living and/or participating in your classes in person on Illinois Tech’s campuses, we need to gather some information from you regarding your plans for arriving on campus, so we can best accommodate your individual needs and circumstances. Please fill out our Illinois Tech Returning Student Arrival and Quarantine Preferences Form to help us identify your needs.

Email from the Provost
Provost Peter Kilpatrick provided an update concerning COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine protocols mandated by the City of Chicago. You can view a copy of his email sent to the Illinois Tech community on July 16, 2020, here.

Virtual Town Hall
In partnership with President Alan Cramb and Provost Peter Kilpatrick, the Student Government Association is hosting a town hall meeting for current Illinois Tech students on July 29 from noon to 2 p.m. You can join the town hall remotely by visiting Returning Student Town Hall. To submit questions to be addressed during the meeting, please fill out this form.

Last week, a town hall for new students was also held. You may review the town hall recorded on July 16, 2020, at the following links:

Recording of Virtual Town Hall:

We have received a variety of questions about move in, housing, athletics, tuition and fees, visa requirements, online learning, and more. Detailed information to address the questions will be continually added to the Fall 2020 Reopening web page.

I look forward to your participation in the town hall.
Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Illinois Institute of Technology


Email Sent to Campus Community on July 15, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As you may know, on July 6, 2020, the City of Chicago issued an Emergency Travel Order. This order directs travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine for a 14-day period based on the last contact with the identified state. As of today, travelers from the identified states listed below are directed to self-quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. 

Identified States (as of July 14, 2020)
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. This list of states will be reviewed and amended (as appropriate) every Tuesday, starting July 14, 2020, with the order effective for those states the following Friday (three days later). For updated information, visit the City of Chicago website

Self-quarantining helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 before a person may know that they are sick. 

Self-Quarantining in Campus Housing 
Students with a current housing contract and room assignment on campus, including sorority or fraternity houses, who have traveled to any of the states listed above are expected to stay in a single, designated room for 14 days before doing any activities on campus. Students in self-quarantine are expected to separate themselves from others and check themselves for symptoms regularly. 

If your current living space has a private bathroom, microwave, refrigerator (or in-unit kitchen), and you are living alone, you can remain in that space during your self-quarantine period. Food will be delivered to you. Please fill out this form if you will need to self-quarantine. 

If you currently have a roommate or live in a community with a shared bathroom, please contact the residence hall director on duty at 312.590.3104 for a temporary room assignment and/or immediate assistance. 

For non-urgent questions, please email or call the Student Affairs leadership team at 773.819.5737.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Email sent to on-campus housing students on March 13, 2020

As you saw yesterday, the university announced that we will be moving all academic instruction online until further notice. Although students are strongly encouraged to make plans not to return to campus, the residence halls and Greek houses will not close. The Commons dining hall will also not close. The hours of operation for all food venues can be found online along with the spring break hours of operation.

Again, any student who can go home for the remainder of the semester is encouraged to do so. If you plan to stay home for the remainder of the semester, please fill out this form. If you are traveling during spring break and do plan to return to your residence hall community, please fill out this form

Student Belongings
For students who are currently living on campus, have not left yet, and do not plan to return: Please box up the belongings you are leaving and place them on your side of your room. Please put your name and current room number on each box. 
For students who have already left campus and do not plan to return for the remainder of the semester: Illinois Tech staff will be boxing up your belongings. All items will be stored by Illinois Tech. 

As of now, the Chicago Transit Authority has not issued any information indicating that your UPass will not work. You can expect your UPass to work until May 10, 2020.

Student Travel
At this time, as per Chicago Department of Public Health guidance, any student returning to campus from any location with a substantial incidence of the coronavirus (COVID-19)—such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-designated countries of risk or domestic locations such as greater New York, Seattle, and San Francisco/Sacramento—must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. If you will be returning to the residence halls or Greek houses, please email so we can communicate specific instructions upon your return.

Food Service
The Commons, Global Grounds, and 10 West will be open regularly for the remainder of the semester. The hours of operation for each venue may vary. Please check the Illinois Tech Culinary and Hospitality Services website for up-to-date information.

Family Communication
A message to parents and family members was sent via email yesterday. However, if you are able, please feel free to forward appropriate communication to your parent(s) and/or family members to ensure that they are “in the know.”

Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation from the national to the local level. The university will continue to keep the community updated. For the most up-to-date information regarding Illinois Tech’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Please send any questions to

Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students