Fall Housing FAQs
Please visit this page for updates and information about how COVID-19 impacts campus housing. The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 climate and follow the recommendations and guidance from the state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health and local healthcare providers. Housing policies and procedures will be reviewed and adjusted as needed.
Refer to COVID-19 Information and Resources for important information about the campus community.
Are you still accepting housing contracts?
Yes. Student housing will be open for the fall semester at full occupancy.
What is being done to prepare housing for the fall semester?
There will be two apartment buildings left intentionally vacant with individual bedrooms and bathrooms reserved for possible isolation or quarantine use. HRL staff have been trained in contact tracing protocols.
In an effort to return to a more normal living environment, effective July 1, 2021, Housing and Residence Life will reinstate the guest policy as it was prior to COVID-19. We want all students to have an engaging campus life experience. See below for full guest policy.
Our success depends on your continued attention to safety and following COVID procedures.
The University will continue to monitor the changing COVID-19 climate and the guest policy may need to be adjusted to ensure student safety.
Guests in University housing is a privilege and must be respected in order to maintain an environment conducive to student learning, growth and safety. Housing and Residence Life may revoke guest privileges if necessary to ensure the safety and privacy of the community. Permission must be given by the roommate(s) for a guest (housing resident or non-resident) to be present in an apartment or residence hall suite.
- Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Residents will be charged for any and all violations caused by their guests.
- Guests are prohibited from staying in the apartments or residence halls without the resident. These individuals will be asked to leave by Public Safety officers or Housing and Residence Life staff if found unescorted or unaccompanied in or around University housing property. Residents who leave guests unattended will be held responsible.
- Number of Guests - The maximum capacity of any two-bedroom apartment or residence hall suite is eight (8) persons, including both residents and guests. A one-bedroom apartment or residence hall suite has a maximum capacity of four (4) persons, including both residents and guests.
- Overnight guests can stay up to two consecutive nights (no more than once per month).
- No more than two guests per resident are allowed to stay overnight in a room and total number of occupants in a room cannot exceed the capacity listed in Number of Guests above.
- Permission must be given by roommate(s) prior to any guest staying overnight.
- Any guest staying overnight in University housing must have registered with Housing and Residence Life. Housing residents also must be registered as guests if staying overnight in another on-campus apartment or residence hall suite. To register a guest, log into myUSI, click on the Housing icon and scroll to find the form. Unregistered guests will be asked to leave University housing. Guests must be at least 16 years of age.
- Overnight guests must register their vehicle with Parking, display a temporary parking permit and park only in designated non-resident visitor parking.
- Sunday –Thursday: 7 a.m.– Midnight
- Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.– 2 a.m.
Multipurpose rooms, lounges, computer labs and other public areas within the residence hall areas are available for individuals to study together after guest hours. All guests staying past guest hours must be registered with Housing and Residence Life.
Living or staying for any pattern of time in an apartment or suite without an official current USI housing contract for that particular space will be considered cohabitation. Cohabitation is defined as a person (housing resident or non-resident) staying in an apartment or suite for more than two (2) consecutive nights, or other patterned behavior that is intended to allow an individual to stay beyond guest hours. Non-registered guests can be considered as an instance of cohabitation. The resident who allows cohabitation to occur can be held accountable. Students found responsible for a violation of the cohabitation policy may be charged a conduct fine of $50, charged for use of the facility or charged for each night the non-contracted person spent in residence.
Isolation vs. Quarantine
Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home/apartment or suite.
Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
Important Reminders About Isolation and Quarantine
These reminders are for both on and off campus students.
- Remember if you have been asked to isolate or quarantine, you SHOULD NOT be around others until your isolation or quarantine period has ended. This means no visitors and avoiding others who may live in the home with you.
- You SHOULD NOT leave your home to go anywhere unless it is to medical appointments.
- If you are in quarantine and receive a negative test result, that does not mean your quarantine time is over. You could still develop symptoms.
- You cannot leave isolation or quarantine until you are notified by USI.
- Once isolation or quarantine is over, you should continue to practice safety measures.
Prepare a COVID-19 Emergency Bag
Prepare a COVID-19 emergency bag ahead of time in case you are moved to a temporary space to isolate or quarantine. Plan to spend 10 days in isolation or quarantine. You will not be able to return to your room to retrieve personal items after relocating to a temporary space. HRL will provide some items. Make sure you include:
- Important papers/your ID/insurance information
- Sheets, blanket, pillow
- Bath and hand towels, washcloths
- Cloth face coverings
- First aid kit
- Toiletries including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste
- Soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers and fever reducers
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Multiple changes of clothing/sleep apparel
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities
- Electronic devices, charging equipment, etc.
For students relocated to a temporary space, HRL will provide the following in the room:
- Paper plates, bowls, cups, disposable utensils
- Hand sanitizer
- Trash bags, paper towels
- Toilet paper, Kleenex
The purpose of contact tracing is to slow or stop the spread of disease within a community. If you get a call from a contact tracer, please be honest and open with them. You put the USI community at risk if you are not truthful.
At USI we are a community. Do your part for your USI community by taking precautions and answering the contact tracing call should you get one.
Below is the process that USI contact tracers follow when tracing students. Note: The date of exposure, onset of symptoms or test date are always considered day 0. At home tests are not accepted as a means to end quarantine or isolation early.
Vaccinated and exposed to a positive COVID case but no symptoms.
- Student does not quarantine.
- Student must email vaccination proof to email@example.com.
- Student shall test on days 3, 4 or 5 and email test results to firstname.lastname@example.org. Test may be rapid or PCR.
- If student tests positive, they will isolate for 10 days from test date.
Vaccinated and experiencing COVID symptoms or tests positive.
- Student will isolate for 10 days.
- To be released early (only if student does not test positive), student must provide a negative rapid or PCR test to email@example.com. Dean of Students will determine if student can be released and will email official notice. Students can test at any point.
Unvaccinated and exposed to a positive COVID case but no symptoms.
- Student must quarantine for 10 days.
- Student can test on day 5 or later after exposure.
- To be released from quarantine after day 7, student must provide a negative rapid or PCR test or an alternate diagnosis to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dean of Students will determine if student can be released and will email official notice.
Unvaccinated and experiencing COVID symptoms or tests positive.
- Student must isolate for 10 days.
- To be released from isolation after day 7, (only if student does not test positive), student must provide a negative rapid or PCR test (test day 5 or later) and an alternate diagnosis to email@example.com. Dean of Students will determine if student can be released and will email official notice.