The residence halls are home to many students, and it is important to create a welcoming environment for all. Living in a new community offers many opportunities to meet new people and learn from a variety of experiences.
Northern Illinois University is committed to the safety and wellness of all our community members. This includes managing the complexity of public health concerns and the spread of diseases like the COVID-19 virus.
We expect that all members of the NIU Housing community—residents, staff and visitors—act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residential students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard that puts other members of the community at risk. Housing and Residential Services and other university staff may request or require a resident to leave an area if their continued presence and/or activities present a hazard to others. Persistent or reckless behavior that threatens the health and safety could be considered a violation of Housing Policy.
Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on mass gatherings, wearing a face covering, COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests into residence halls and apartments, and quarantine / isolation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus).
Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents, staff and visitors and extends to all aspects of university housing facilities, including bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, computer areas, game rooms, courtyards, and other common spaces. Students should not congregate in hallways, elevator landings, stairwells, lounges, or other areas where safe physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Any students who have COVID-19, been tested for COVID-19, are showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 screening checklist immediately to answer a series of screening questions. This information will be shared with the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD). They should also contact their health care providers. Students whose health care provider is the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU (815-306-2777) should not go to the health center without first calling. The students should self-quarantine until further guidance is given by their health care providers or the DCHD.
For the safety of our community, it is the expectation that students who have COVID-19, been tested for COVID-19, are showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will follow the guidelines listed above. The Dean of Students will email those students who fail to do so to reiterate their role in maintaining a healthy community. If the behavior is pervasive or the student is combative, the university will respond through the conduct process as it is a disruption or a failure to comply with rules/directive of a university official. The hope is that the conduct process will not be utilized but is available if needed.
Face masks are required to be worn in all public spaces of the residence halls and NIU apartments. This includes shared living rooms in New Hall and Stevenson, elevator landings, hallways, lobbies, stairwells, and lounges. Face masks should always be worn when physical distancing cannot be followed. Face masks are not required while in a student’s room, or restroom area. Persons who may need an accommodation for this requirement may reach out to the Disability Resource Center. While visiting residents from your community in their room students should practice safe distancing and are encouraged to wear face masks.
Hall public areas and grounds surrounding the halls are for the enjoyment of all residents. Behavior that endangers others or detracts from a welcoming community environment is not acceptable.
We encourage residents to use a bicycle to travel around campus. Residents can optionally register their personal bicycle with the Department of Public Safety.
Vendors or sales representatives may not sell items or take orders for items inside a residence hall or on residence hall grounds.
Residents may not conduct business inside the residence hall, sell or distribute products, permit rooms to be used for sales by any outside vendor, exchange money or personally use the residence hall as a base of a commercial enterprise.
Political canvassing (including door-to-door canvassing) is prohibited on the residential floors. However, political canvassing is allowed in the common lobbies of the residence halls. Students can reserve a room or table online. Reserved tables and political canvassing in the lobby of a residence hall must not impede the traffic flow in the residence hall.
While NIU is in COVID-19 Recovery, guests and visitors are not permitted in the residence halls and Northern View Community Apartments. Exceptions are made for building that have dining services open for campus community members during their operational hours.
Residents who live in the same residence hall may visit other residents in that hall if they are following safety guidelines, including wearing a face mask in public spaces.
Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. During courtesy hours, music, voices, or noise should not be disruptive to your community. You are expected to comply immediately with the requests of others to lessen or eliminate noise. You are expected to demonstrate courtesy and consideration toward others at all times.
Courtesy hours should also be observed in public areas where students are trying to study, such as in computer labs.
Quiet hours are specified periods of time on a residence hall floor when it is expected that noise will not interrupt the required atmosphere for living and learning. You and your guests are expected to refrain from generating any noise that transfers from room to room, room to hallway, public areas to rooms/hallways, or carries down the hallway. This includes speaking in the hallway and having TVs/stereos at an excessive volume. Residents and guests who violate this requirement may be administratively removed from the community at any time.
Musical instruments equipped with amplifiers, and other instruments that carry sound beyond the confines of resident rooms, may be used only in designated areas of residence halls.
|Quiet Hours on General Floors||Sunday – Thursday: 9 p.m. – 10 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 12 a.m. – 12 p.m.
|Quiet Hours on Living-learning Community Floors||Sunday – Thursday: 7 p.m. – 10 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 12 a.m. – 12 p.m.
|Quiet Hours on Intensive Study Floors||Sunday – Thursday: 24 hours daily
Friday and Saturday: Quiet hours are not in effect 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Residents who live on LLC or Intensive Study floors, where extended quiet hours are in effect, may be administratively removed from those floors and not permitted to live on any other floor with extended quiet hours, should they engage in multiple violations of those quiet hours.
In order to maintain a clean, healthy atmosphere for all residents and to keep pests out of our buildings, residents must deposit trash in the garbage cans located on each floor in Gilbert, Grant, Neptune, New Hall and Stevenson, or in dumpsters located in parking lots adjacent to each building in Northern View Community. Residents should ensure all garbage is bagged and put directly into the garbage cans or dumpster. Under no circumstances is trash or garbage to be left outside room/apartment doors, in the hallways or beside dumpsters.
Students are required to dispose of all medical waste (needles, syringes, etc.) in a medical waste container provided at no charge by Environmental Health and Safety. It will be their responsibility to contact Environmental Health and Safety to obtain a container. The medical waste container must be returned to Environmental Health and Safety when it becomes full. Students should never dispose of needles in regular trash.
Students, staff and student organizations may not hang their own signs in the residence halls (including dining centers). All signs to be posted should be given to the main desk in the desired location and staff will hang the signs for the individual or group, provided they have the official university poster stamp available through Student Involvement Leadership Development.
Signs will be taken down the day after the SILD stamp expires. Any signs not posted by authorized staff will be removed immediately.