Facilities and Operations

This page was last updated: March 31, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

While the university is actively encouraging everyone to practice social distancing, the university is not shut down. Operations continue, but some services may be reduced or have transitioned to alternative delivery methods. Some facilities are closed and some services are unavailable.

This page will provide campus-level information about facilities and operations, but we strongly recommend that you contact a specific campus office or department for the latest information about its availability.

Offices with in-person services

The university will continue to operate, including supporting students with services such as career counseling, mental health resources, financial aid information, and the like. Some university employees will be working remotely to ensure those who need to be physically on campus will be able to avoid contact with others as much as possible. As such, some services may be limited or offered remotely. 

Many offices that would normally offer walk-up or in-person services may have either cancelled in-person appointments entirely, or are asking you to call first in order to make an appointment or set up a teleconference. You are asked to call ahead before visiting any office or facility on campus.

Facilities with Public Events

The following are some of the campus facilities that are closed to the public:

Cleaning Campus Buildings

Facilities & Services Building Services will continue to provide custodial services to campus. However, given the need to keep F&S employees, as well as students, faculty, staff, and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19, several changes were announced regarding building maintenance.

The university has created enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols for once it is confirmed that persons confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in a university facility. These protocols are available online.

Residence Halls and Dining Halls

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is requiring all students who can safely do so to return to their permanent home address to take their classes for the rest of the semester. University Housing is asking those students living in residence halls, Private Certified and Greek housing to begin making plans to move out. For those who cannot leave, we will work with you to ensure you will have a safe and supportive home here as you continue your studies.

More information about spring 2020 move out can be found on University Housing’s website.

University dining halls remain open. The university has stopped buffet-style service and has moved to a plated system—food is plated by dining staff—and grab-and-go takeout service only. All meals are served on disposable products.

Illini Union

Lounges, restaurants and the Rec Room in the Union will be closed through March 30.

All Illini Union sponsored events are canceled for the remainder of the academic year. The Illini Union is also not accepting any space requests/reservations at this time.

The latest information is available on The Illini Union’s website.

University Library

All campus libraries are currently closed to the public through April 7, 2020. The Library will endeavor to provide virtual services during this time, including online access to collections and virtual reference service. Please visit the Library’s website for further information about access to library services.

ARC, CRCE and Campus Rec Facilities

All Campus Recreation facilities, programming and events will be closed indefinitely beginning March 16.

University of Illinois Police Department

All emergency and non-emergency services offered through the University of Illinois Police Department will be available through spring break and beyond. The department remains fully staffed at all hours of the day.

Additionally, the SafeWalks service remains available for anyone who needs to travel on campus at night.

Parking

All university owned parking areas, lots, garages and meters will be open to faculty, staff and students through March 31. University Parking will continue to enforce areas that are governed by state and federal laws (fire lanes, disability spaces, etc.). Please avoid all 24-hour reserved spaces.

Parking will also continue to provide motorist assistance services, such as lockouts and jumpstarts.

Campus Mail

Effective March 23, there will be a very limited number of campus mail deliveries. With most of the campus buildings locked, departments will not be generating letters and parcels to deliver to other campus locations. A few offices have made special arrangements for critical items to be delivered. If you or your department has a critical need for transportation of campus mail or processing of outgoing US Mail, please contact Campus Mail at printing@illinois.edu to make arrangements.

More information about campus mail was provided in a massmail.