Student Life

The university has been working diligently on ways to continue to fulfill our missions as we look to the Fall 2020 semester.

Student Affairs staff members are working on fall programming initiatives, making adjustments to traditional programs to comply with safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the campus. For in-person programs, we will comply with social distancing guidelines (six-foot distance) and will require participants to wear a face covering. We also will offer online programs where appropriate when unable to host in-person programs. 

In-person events

Working together with the Union Board, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Illinois Student Government and other RSOs, we are announcing a new series of in-person events for students.

Students can visit go.illinois.edu/activities to learn more about new events that will be added all semester, as well as the safety rules that will be in place for every event.

Campus Recreation and intramural sports

Campus Recreation plans to reopen in the fall. The hours, activities and facilities we are able to open are contingent on many evolving factors, including those related to staff safety.

Campus Recreation will implement a variety of new safety measures, including but not limited to: 

  • Emphasizing cleaning/sanitization of high touch areas; 
  • Removing/closing machines and limiting activities to comply with social distancing guidelines in our free exercise areas;
  • Limiting activities and programs to those that comply with safety rules (gatherings of 50 or fewer);
  • Closing off spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. free weight room, locker room);
  • Postponing services that require shared equipment (e.g. towels, sports equipment);
  • Increasing ventilation rates and better HVAC air filtration;
  • COVID barriers and single entry/exit points to help protect employees and customers at our service stations.

Intramurals and club sports offering will be contingent on the nature of the activity and the ability to adhere to the standards above. For some activities, we expect that will not be possible for the fall term.

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

Fraternity and Sorority houses are all self-governed organizations that are owned and operated independent of the University. It is anticipated that most will open with some level of operation in compliance with safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. All registered student organizations will be provided information on safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the campus.

University staff will work with registered student organizations to plan their events in compliance with the guidelines.

For questions, reach out to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at fsaffairs@illinois.edu.

Gatherings by student organizations

Registered student organizations are independent of the University. However, there are expectations when using University resources (i.e. space for meeting/events, funding). All registered student organizations will be provided information on safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the campus. University staff will work with registered student organizations to plan their events in compliance with the guidelines.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support Resources

Student Affairs maintains a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for students as well as information about hours and availability for a number of resources, offices and on-campus businesses.

Visit the Student Affairs COVID-19 Resources page.


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