Upon entering college, you will most likely be granted more freedom than ever before. Illinois State University is committed to sharing knowledge, searching for truth, and developing you as one of its students, so society will prosper as a result of your contribution. So you may fulfill these aspirations, you have been granted the freedoms of inquiry, expression, association, participation in government, and your right to a fair process to address your issues.
However, these are not the only rights and freedoms granted to you as an Illinois State University student - there are more. To make the most of your college and campus living experience, take the time to seek out and understand these freedoms, and always remember - with freedom comes responsibility.
Review these policies and contact the Housing office with any questions at (309) 438-8611.
Residents should be prepared to show a valid Redbird ID Card and their room key. In Watterson, residents must show two keys; one to their room and one to their suite or hall access door, as well as their ID. University Housing Staff have the right to ask anyone (resident or guest) entering the lobby and/or already in the hall to show proof of identification. Residents are expected to have their Redbird ID Card and residence hall key(s) in their possession at all times. Residents who are not in possession of their key(s) and ID when entering the building during limited access hours will be documented for violating the Key and/or ID policy and must verify their residence to gain entry to the building. All individuals who do not reside in the hall must follow the guidelines outlined in the Guest Registration policy.
Residents are issued a room key when they officially check into their residence hall. Residents living in suites are issued two keys, a room key and a suite door key. This key remains the property of the University and is loaned or licensed to residents only so long as they are the rightful occupant of the residence hall room to which this key provides access.
All guests must be registered by their host at all times. Guest registration is required 24 hours a day. Guests must provide a photo ID. Acceptable forms of identification are listed below. Guests and hosts will check in at the front desk of the building. Hosts must provide their Redbird ID Card. Guests will be issued a Guest Pass that they must keep on their person at all time. Guests must be escorted by their hosts at all times. Guests may not be left alone in a resident’s room. A resident may have a maximum of three guests at a time. Guests may stay for a maximum of 72 consecutive hours. A resident may only have a guest in the room, overnight or otherwise, if the roommate(s) are in complete voluntary agreement. Under no circumstances should a resident ever feel pressured into leaving their room because of a roommate(s) having a guest. Due to the possibility of visitation conflicts, overnight guests may not be registered for more than 72 consecutive hours in the same hall, nor may they stay for 72 consecutive hours more than once a month in the same hall or building.
Residents in need of maintenance should fill out an online work order request located online at the iService Desk website. Residents should provide specific information in the work order to facilitate an appropriate response. For emergency maintenance requests, residents should contact their residence hall front desk. Residents must inform University Housing Services of maintenance needs when necessary in order to avoid damages to property. If necessary maintenance is not reported within a reasonable timeframe, all associated damages will be billed to the student. University Housing Staff does not service vending or laundry machines. For maintenance for vending machines or washers and dryers, contact the numbers or website on the machine.
The University requires students to live in university housing their first two years out of high school.
Students who fall under the University On-Campus Housing Policy will not be able to register for classes until University Housing Services receives their residence hall contract and initial payment. These regulations are applicable to all students insofar as space is available in University residence halls.
While students who have been out of high school less than two years are required to reside in the University-operated hall for their first four semesters of residence, the University occasionally makes exceptions. Learn more about Campus Housing Exemptions.
Residence hall contracts are for the entire Academic Year or balance remaining at the time of assignment. However, residence hall contracts may be cancelled by students who have withdrawn from the University or fulfilled the requirements of the University On Campus Housing Policy. Learn more about contract cancellation policy.