Updated August 7, 2020

Is housing available for the upcoming academic year?

Yes. The Office of Student Life has developed plans to ensure the health and safety of our residents for the next academic year, including the reduction of occupancy in the halls. Most of our buildings will be converted to single room occupancy.

When will I receive my housing assignment for the Fall?

Housing assignments were communicated to students via email on July 16.

Is the housing contract being updated?

Yes.  We are making some updates to the housing contract to reflect options for a 12-week contract and a 16-week contract for the fall semester. Students will have to choose which contract they want by September 8. Financial adjustments will be made to the student’s account prior to the October payment due date.

What if I filled out a housing contract and agreement but no longer wish to live on campus this fall?

You can cancel your housing application here. Dominican has adjusted to August 7 the typical June 1 deadline to cancel a housing contract without a contract breakage fee.

Does my bill reflect the 16-week contact price?

Yes. Bills currently reflect the 16-week contact room and board fee. Adjustments will be made after September 8. If a 12-week contract is selected, financial aid will adjust residence life grants as well after September 8. You can learn more about room and board pricing on myDU/Student Accounts.

If I choose a 16-week contract, will I be able to travel at Thanksgiving?

Requirements for students choosing the 16-week contract will be determined mid-way during the semester. They may include limitations to travel, mandatory testing and/or quarantining. Current guidance and restrictions will be followed to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

Can you tell me more about the Meal Plan?

Dining Services is excited to announce new meal plans for the fall semester. We look forward to welcoming new students—returning students will notice a new look in our service area.

The meal plan prices noted on your fall billing statements have not changed. Due to COVID-19, we have enhanced all meal plans to provide for more flexibility and added Dining Dollars for grab-and-go options.

All resident students will receive an email the week of August 10 with more details and a link to change your plan is necessary. Dining Services will adjust your pre-selected plan from your housing application. More information about meal plans can be found on myDU/Student Accounts.

How much does it cost to do laundry on campus?

The cost of laundry is now included in your regular room and board costs. You will not have to pay at the machines to do your laundry.

What are the plans for student move-in?

Resident students will move-in to campus from Wednesday, August 26 to Sunday, August 30.

Before coming to campus, resident students must:

  • Get a COVID-19 test 7 days prior to your arrival to campus. COVID-19 testing is available free of charge at:
    • Access Community Health Network, Melrose Park Testing Site
      8323 W. North Ave
      Melrose Park, IL 60160
      1(800) 836-7633 (call to schedule a telehealth visit before visiting the site)
    • Illinois Department of Public Health, Harwood Heights site
      6959 W. Forest Preserve Road
      Chicago, IL
      (7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., while supplies last)
  • Self-quarantine at home for 7 days prior to arrival to campus.
  • If your test is positive, do not come to campus. Contact the Wellness Center.
  • Monitor your health and take your temperature twice daily before arrival. Report in #CampusClear.
  • If you experience any COVID-related symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately.
  • Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash hands frequently when traveling.
  • Bring your negative test result with you when you come to campus. For those students who received verbal results, we will have a form that will need to be completed to verify your test results.

After arriving to campus, students should:

  • Monitor your health and take your temperature twice daily for two weeks. After two weeks, take your temperature once daily. Record in #CampusClear.
  • Wear a mask, follow physical distancing and wash hands frequently.
  • Frequently clean the surfaces in your room
  • If you experience any COVID-related symptoms, contact the Wellness Center.

To reduce density on campus and create a safe move-in process for all students, we have set specific move-in dates and times, depending on your room assignment. Please arrive at your designated time—students will not be allowed to move in on a date or time that is not designated to them. Additional move-in time will be available on Sunday, August 30 for students who could not move in on their specific date and time. Contact housing@dom.edu for information.

Students who have room assignments in Coughlin, Mazzuchelli, Murray or Power halls should check in at Coughlin Commons on the east side of the Main Campus. You may park in the east lot. Students with an assignment in Aquinas Hall should report to the Priory Campus.

Students must check in before bringing in their belongings.  No guests will be allowed during the check-in process. You may have one additional person to assist with moving items. Guests will be asked to leave the residence halls after items are moved in. Masks must be worn in all common areas, including hallways, lounges and bathrooms.

What if I can’t get a COVID test in my home state due to Health Department restrictions?

Contact the Wellness Center at wellness@dom.edu so they can create a plan to get you tested.

Is the person helping me move in required to bring a test as well?

No. However, they are required to wear a mask, wash hands often and physically distance while in the building.

If I canceled my housing contract, do I still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before the first day of classes?

Commuter students are expected to monitor symptoms daily and report on the #CampusClear app but are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

What are the COVID-19 prevention measures in the residence halls?
  • Daily health monitoring and reporting on the #CampusClear app
  • Physical distancing
  • Wearing masks in hallways, lounges and bathrooms
  • Using temperature scanners at the entrance to halls
  • No guests are allowed in the residence halls
  • Custodial staff will increase their cleaning of bathrooms and community spaces
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be available
  • Occupancy in common spaces will be limited
Can I complete a housing contract for the spring 2021 semester only?

Yes. Students can complete a housing application for the spring semester only; assignments will be based on availability at the end of the fall semester. Please indicate that your application is for the spring only. At this time, the 12-week and 16-week contract is only applicable to the fall semester. Any changes to the spring semester housing will be determined based on updated guidance for the CDC, IDPH, State of Illinois or other relevant guidance.