Dear Huskie Families,

Thank you for your patience as things continue to evolve at NIU and across the country. Decisions are being made every hour of every day in light of new information and with the health and safety of our NIU community at the forefront.

If your student lives on-campus, they received communication today from our housing team. In light of Governor Pritzker’s press briefing today that eluded to a possible shelter in place coming soon, we are immediately opening the halls up for students to come for essential items or, if necessary at this time, move personal belongings out over the next 3 days (March 20-22). This three-day window allows us to have staff on hand to support and facilitate the proper social distancing requirements set forth by the CDC. We need students to confirm their plans to stay on campus or move-out immediately so that we may plan accordingly. Here are some other points of note:
 

  • If students are not currently on campus and want to retrieve their belongings, they need to schedule a time via our website. This will allow us to follow CDC guidelines as best as we can in order to move everyone out in a fast-paced but safe environment.
  • If your student cannot get back during these 3 days to retrieve their belongings, those items can stay in their rooms until a time when there are fewer social distancing measures in place. Please know that we will not charge students for items remaining in the halls during this time.
  • Students who are cancelling their room and board for the remainder of the spring term will receive an appropriate adjustment to their student account for housing and dining fees. Details will be provided as soon as possible.

  • Students who need to remain in the residence halls must return to campus no later than Saturday, March 21 so that we can begin the process of reassigning rooms as noted in prior communications.  
For all of the details on the current housing plan, please see the email below that was sent to on-campus students and check out our housing website with details and FAQ’s. Again, we thank you for your flexibility as we try to serve our students and also manage changing state and federal guidelines.

Forward Together,

Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Chief Student Affairs Officer
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs &
Dean of Students

Housing Update to Students
March 19, 2020

I know this moment in time is new and challenging, and you must have many questions. Above all, thank you for your patience and understanding. It is disheartening for us all to have face-to-face instruction discontinued and your academic semester interrupted. With Huskie grit, I know we can get through this together.
 
I might not be able to ease any stress or frustration you might be feeling, but I can tell you that our aim is to communicate as openly and quickly as possible. Please know we’re working tirelessly to address any unanswered questions.
 
ACTION REQUIRED today:

  • Every student currently living on campus will need to confirm their plans to stay or leave. We ask that if you are certain of your plans that you make this choice TODAY, March 19, 2020, so we can manage this process as best we can. 

It’s vital that you keep reading your emails and checking our Housing and coronavirus (COVID-19) site for updates. Urgent information follows:   

  • We will continue to offer housing in the residence halls and Northern View Apartments for students who have no alternate housing plan and must live on campus through the end of the spring semester.We know that some students will want to complete the term from home and terminate their housing contracts. We offer both options.
  • If you’re not on campus and want to retrieve your belongings, please follow the instructions on our webpage for scheduling a time. For health and safety reasons, students are asked not to return to campus without an appointment.

If you go:

  • Students who elect to cancel their housing will have to pre-schedule a check-out time through this link.You will be provided multiple appointment options to choose from through Sunday evening, March 22, 2020. We want to provide flexibility, but also ensure the safety of our students, families and staff based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding best practice for social distancing.
     
  • We will not allow residents or their families to move out without a scheduled date and time, so please follow the link to schedule your time.
     
  • Students who are cancelling for the remainder of the spring term will receive an appropriate adjustment to their student account for housing and dining fees.Details will be provided as soon as possible.

If you stay:

  • We will most likely consolidate students remaining on campus into one or two housing complexes, and this may require students to move to new locations.More information on that will come soon.
     
  • We will attempt to offer the same level of staffing and hall services, as federal and state directives allow, but have had to modify some services.Please note the Holmes Student Center will close effective at 9 p.m. tonight. Dining will only be offering to-go meals that are pre-packaged. Counseling and Consultation Services remains available, but on a remote basis via phone only.
     
  • If you are not currently on campus, have no alternative housing and wish to move back in, we ask that you complete instructions to follow in the coming days.You must return to campus no later than Saturday, March 21, 2020.
  • Students remaining on campus will see a modest credit to their accounts to reflect changes for the remainder of the term.

If you need accommodations:

  • We recognize some of you may have special accommodation needs to be considered.Please email us directly if you need assistance with those accommodations at housing@niu.edu.

Services for students will continue to exist for the remainder of the spring semester, and we encourage you to visit campus-operations updates if that will help in your decision making. 
 
We know this is a lot to take in. We’ve tried to address most questions on our website. You can also reach us at housing@niu.edu or 815-753-1525. The Center for Student Assistance at 815-753-8300 is also available as a call-in service during these uncertain times.
 
Thanks again for your patience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Housing Office

Housing and Residential Services | Division of Student Affairs
Neptune East 101 | Northern Illinois University
740 Lucinda Ave.| DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Ph: 815-753-1525 | housing@niu.edu
Fax: 815-753-9669 | niu.edu/housing


 

Northern Illinois University
Division of Student Affairs
Altgeld Hall | DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-6100
DeanofStudents@niu.edu