Considerations for Out-of-State Students and the Travel Order

In response to the changing dynamics of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to support Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City has issued a Travel Order applicable to anyone coming into the City of Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to

  • Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago, OR
  • Quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).

For those traveling from a state on the Yellow list

  • No quarantine or pre-arrival test is required,
  • Maintain strict masking and social distancing, AND
  • Avoid non-essential travel

Steps to Follow the Order

  • When planning, review the CDPH Travel Order state list. Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Prior to arrival, Orange list travelers must:
    • Receive a negative COVID-19 test result no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival and have proof of negative results, OR
    • Plan to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
  • Upon arrival in Chicago, Orange list travelers should:
    • Maintain a copy of negative test result with them while in Chicago, OR
    • Quarantine for 10 days if they chose not to take a test.

If you have any questions about campus housing, please call 312.567.3025 or email

First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Therefore, we plan to make spaces available to this population first. Students will have the ability to choose a single-room accommodation in addition to double and triple rooms. Students will also be able to request a roommate(s). There will be no additional cost for a single room accommodation for the fall 2020. The decision to room with someone will be at the discretion of the students seeking to do so, and both must be willing to assume the responsibilities and risks of having a roommate. Accordingly, students are encouraged to consider carefully whether they prefer to have a roommate.

New students moving into a residence hall will need to reserve a three-hour move-in slot between January 4–18. 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. Classes start on January 19.

All students can request a change in room accommodation, but the university cannot guarantee that it will be able to grant the requests. Decisions regarding changes will be made based on individual circumstance and availability of space.

All cancellation of room and board contracts must be sent to We will review each case individually, but the baseline cancellation terms for spring contracts as described in the signed residential contract are listed below. 
• Cancellation Prior to December 13, 2020 there is no cost to cancel
• December 14-27, 2020 a $600 cancellation fee will be assessed to the students account. 
• December 28, 2020 - January 31, 2021 25% of the room contract will be owed and a prorated board charge will be assessed based on the date of cancellation. 
• Anytime on or after February 1, 2021 100% of the room contract will be owed and a prorated board charge will be assessed based on the date of cancellation. 

General public health guidance states that staff access to student rooms should be limited. Cleaning supplies will be made available to students upon request and will be in common areas.

The university has designated rooms for students who may need to self-isolate or be quarantined. These spaces include private bathrooms and kitchens. Students who self-isolate will be given disposable thermometers, masks, and gloves. A health care provider will also communicate with students in quarantine daily during the allotted time.

Dining Services will prepare food for students in quarantine/self-isolation. The residence hall staff will manage delivery to each student as needed.

Students in self-isolation/quarantine will be given the CDC guidelines to assist them with staying safe and keeping the community safe. Quarantine/self-isolation spaces will be designed to have one person per unit with a private kitchen and bathroom. A health care provider will also monitor each student in quarantine/self-isolation daily by phone health screenings and temperature checks. It is incumbent upon anyone in self-isolation/quarantine to adhere to the guidance for the benefit of the entire campus community.

First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Contract cancellations for this group of students will be issued if there is appropriate medical documentation to support the request or if the student lives with a family member within 20 miles of the campus. Students should submit a waiver by emailing For those students not required to live on campus, cancellation fees will be waived during the fall 2020 semester to allow students greater flexibility in finalizing their housing arrangement for the upcoming academic year.

Students who are living on campus are expected to submit documentation that they have been tested for COVID-19 by Monday, August 24. Students who are registered for in-class instruction and/or plan to visit campus are expected to submit their documentation by September 4. 

Gary Walley and his team in the SHWC will be checking up on all quarantined students on a daily basis.

We are giving students windows for check-in times that start as early as January 4.

Currently, we are expecting approximately 960 students to live in our campus housing this spring, not including fraternities. The estimated breakdown by hall is 200 students in Kacek Hall, 250 in Rowe Village, 240 in student apartments (Gunsaulus and Carman), 250 in MSV, and 40 in sorority housing.

Most on-campus students will be living in two-bed standard double rooms. Students can request to live as a single in a double room at the same cost. Student gatherings in individual rooms will be limited to ensure the university complies with city and state current guidelines.

Sororities and fraternities will be expected to follow the same guidelines as other residence facilities on campus. These include mask wearing in common areas; frequent hand washing; and social distancing in rooms, common areas, hallways, elevators, and other public spaces.

Only registered Illinois Tech students who have proof of a negative test will be allowed on campus and, therefore, in the residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses.

Occupancy in residential spaces is limited to the number of beds in each room. For example, if you live in a room with two beds, then no more than two people are allowed in that space at any given time. This capacity applies to any residential guests from another hall.