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Healthy on the Hill: Housing

 WKU Healthy on the Hill: Housing

WKU Housing & Residence Life is committed to creating a rich, robust out-of-classroom student experience where students learn about themselves and others, experience meaningful connections, and realize their peak potential. In doing so, we reinforce our primary goals of delivering quality, effective student services while caring deeply for students and investing in their personal and academic success. 

For more information about the full WKU Healthy on the Hill Plan, visit wku.edu/healthyonthehill/


WKU Housing Restart Video Preview




Self-Isolation for 10 Days Recommended Before Your Return - Spring Semester

Updated January 5, 2021

The following message was emailed to all students with recommendations as you prepare to return for Spring 2021

Dear Students,

I hope you had a restful, joyous holiday and are ready for a new year.

Congratulations on being a big reason we were able to finish the fall 2020 semester strong and on schedule. By following our Healthy on the Hill guidelines, we effectively mitigated the spread of COVID-19, allowing our campus to remain open. To remain safe and healthy, we now must remain just as vigilant as we prepare for the spring 2021 semester. And it starts before you return to the Hill.

We strongly encourage all students to practice self-isolation for at least 10 days prior to returning to campus. This means if you plan to move-in when residence halls reopen on January 15, you should begin self-isolating today. This simple precautionary measure will help ensure you do not bring COVID-19 back with you and put your campus community at risk. If you develop any of the symptoms during this period, please seek the advice of a health professional. If you test positive, notify the WKU COVID response line at 270-745-2019 so we can help you remain current in your classes.

The same basics still apply: wear a mask, maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands often and avoid large gatherings where distancing is not maintained and masks are not enforced. You can find the latest information relevant to our campus at https://www.wku.edu/healthyonthehill/.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus soon.

David Oliver Ed.D, CSP, CEM

Director of Environmental Health & Safety

Emergency Manager




WKU Housing opened for fall 2020 semester with the following considerations: 


Face Masks

Residents are required to wear a mask in all common areas of the residence hall.

Masks are not required in the residence hall bedrooms. Roommates are considered members of a “household,” in which a mask in not required.


 Each student will only be allowed to check in one guest at a time, though visitation is not limited to WKU students. Additionally, no more than four people should be present in a residence hall room at a time.

Updated September 3, 2020: All residents and guests are required to provide ID cards at the front desk at time of check-in. IDs are returned at the time of check-out.

Visitation Policy | Hilltopics Handbook

Cleaning Procedures

WKU Residence Halls will follow our facilities vendor, WKU SODEXO's cleaning and disinfection protocols, which includes increased frequency of cleaning in common areas. 

View Cleaning Procedures


Students are permitted to return home to quarantine if they desire.

Students residing on campus who elect to stay on campus for their quarantine will be housed in designated spaces on campus. WKU Housing and Residence Life has assigned a coordinator to support students required to quarantine.

Medical care will be provided by Graves Gilbert Clinic at their on-campus location or through telehealth with an on-call provider.

Aramark has developed a web-based system for students quarantined on campus to make meal selections that will be managed through the student’s meal plan or other existing university account. Meals will be packaged individually and delivered by a staff member. Other necessities, such as toiletries, that are found in campus stores will be available for delivery.

Learn More About the Quarantine Plan

Building Capacity

All buildings are open at full capacity - two residents/room. Residents will complete a revised roommate agreement in which they are able to share any concerns and agree upon conditions related to Covid-19. With the space in the room, residents will be able to social distance with the understanding that they may come in contact with their roommate - which will be considered a member of their household.

In-Hall Staffing

Staffing levels in residence halls will be based on occupancy within the hall. Professional /paraprofessional staff levels will be adjusted as needed.

Residential Student Programming

Programming to be limited to the number of individuals advisable by public health officials. All residence hall events and programs will be adjusted so that the maximum number of participants does not exceed the number of residents on a floor within the hall.

Housing Terms & Conditions Addendum

View the Addendum

Thanksgiving Break

All halls will remain open for Thanksgiving. Classes move to remote delivery November 20 while all halls* remain open until 10 a.m. December 12, 2020.

View the Full Housing Calendar

*Extended Living Halls (Hilltopper, Northeast, & Rodes) remain open through winter break.

Out-of-State Travel
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) issued an advisory for those who have traveled to/from states reporting high numbers of COVID-19. The advisory recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to any of eight states reporting positive testing rate equal to or greater than 15% for COVID-19 testing. States were identified from data reported to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. They include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. The rate of positive patient tests in Mississippi is nearing 15%, so travelers to Mississippi are also asked to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days. Puerto Rico is the U.S. Territory that has been added.


Students traveling from these states are recommended to self-quarantine at home before arriving/returning to campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

View WKU Housing Restart FAQs



 Three people move in to the residence hall


WKU Housing & Residence Life modified the move in process for all students to provide a safe and efficient experience for our students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students had three move in options to choose from and were required to sign up for a move-in timeslot. 


Move In Options 

View from the Hill: Housing & Residence Life implements safety measures for students moving back Video Preview



Housing and Residence Life implements safety measures for students moving back 


Required Housing Policy

WKU Housing & Residence Life recognizes the unique class schedules of students for the fall 2020 semester. 

The requirement for freshmen and sophomores to live on campus will continue with the same exemption process in place. However, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) may adjust the waiver requirements (e.g. increase the mileage radius to qualify for commuter status) in order to accommodate students who prefer to remain at home during this time.

Students with a primarily online-only or hybrid class schedule for fall 2020 who desire to commute from their parent/guardians’ permanent address are required to submit a housing exemption that would be considered for fall semester only.

Students who are seeking an exemption can fill out an exemption request through the Housing Portal.


Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) will be the main point of contact for students who are seeking exceptions to the mandatory housing requirements due to pre-existing medical conditions and COVID-19-related concerns.

View the Full Required Housing Policy


Questions: Contact (270)745-2100 or email required.housing@wku.edu 

M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan

We were honored and excited to welcome the WKU Class of 2024 to WKU! All M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan programs and activities were reviewed and adapted to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Learn More About M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan 2020  View Photos


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