Phases for Return to Campus

Roosevelt’s plan for the return to campus will follow closely with state and local authorities. The expected timings and guidelines are dependent on the status of public health and are subject to change.

Phase 1: Essential Workers
Phase 2: Preparation for Fall
Phase 3: Move-in and Beginning of Fall Classes

Roosevelt University is currently in Phase 3.

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3

Essential Employees Only.

Approximate Timing

  • All campus facilities remain closed to non-essential workers until June 26.

People on Campus

  • Essential employees and approved contractors.

Approximate Timing

  • June 27 until August 2 on all campus locations.

People on Campus

  • Essential employees and contractors approved to be on campus.
  • Employees must continue to work from home until the buildings are prepared for a safe return to work. However, employees are able to make temporary visits (90 minutes maximum) to their offices to collect needed items and check mail. All visits must be approved by the supervisors and/or department chairs, and further approved by the Chief of Staff and Campus Safety. Requests to visit campus must be made at least a day in advance.

Student Orientation Modifications

  • New Student Orientation will be held virtually. For students who are present on campus, there will be an opportunity to gather together to attend sessions. This will be done at reduced capacity in alignment with state and local guidance as well as room capacity limits set by facilities staff.
  • All students attending in-person sessions will be required to wear a face covering at all times and will remain socially distanced for the duration of each session. Students planning to attend in person will need to RSVP ahead of time for appropriate accommodations.

Approximate Timing

  • Beginning August 3 on all campus locations.

People on Campus

  • Residential students.
  • Athletes.
  • Students attending limited class/lab sessions.
  • Students with appointments or utilizing other campus resources.
  • Faculty teaching on-campus courses.
  • Essential employees and contractors.
  • Staff required for in-person job functions as identified by supervisors.

Student Housing Modifications
To ensure social distancing guidelines are followed, the following move-in process is proposed.

  • Move-in 2020 
    • Move-in will occur between August 19 and August 30.
    • Residents will be assigned a move-in appointment date and time. Five residents will be allowed to move in per hour, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • All residents moving in must wear a face covering and gloves.
    • Residents moving in will only be allowed a maximum of two guests for a 2-hour period of time. Guests must also wear face coverings and gloves.
    • All staff members helping will be wearing face coverings and gloves.
    • Staff will distribute keys in the Wabash Building lobby (1M) to limit students' travel to unnecessary parts of the building.
    • Staff members will be at tables behind plexiglass.
    • The check-in process will be streamlined so that students receive NO paper forms and the only item given to the student will be their key.
    • Speed Packs will be disinfected as they are returned.
    • Keys will be packaged in pre-sealed envelopes to prevent contact prior to handing them to the student.

  • Academic Year Housing 
    There will be a limited number of Roosevelt students who can share a room for the Fall 2020 term. A maximum of two students will be allowed per bedroom, even though some rooms can house three or four students. Modifications to the number of students in a room may be made throughout the year.

    Throughout the residence hall, we will implement the following steps:  

    • Modify how many guests are allowed to be checked in by each resident. Moving forward (for the upcoming academic year), only one guest will be allowed per resident. In the past, residents could check in up to three guests. There will also be a limit on how many guests can be in a suite at a time.
    • Limit the number of people that can congregate in common lounges/spaces (for example: the community kitchen, recreation room, social lounges, etc.). We will follow public health and institutional guidance on this.
    • Develop a meal delivery service to help alleviate traffic and help students who may feel uncomfortable waiting in line in person in the dining center. Students will be able to place an order for food from the dining hall and get it delivered to their residence hall room.
    • Provide every resident a cloth face covering. Hand sanitizer provided throughout campus.