Residence halls

The Department of Residential Life strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment, in which students can thrive. The risk mitigation plan has been guided by the science and data behind the pandemic and with the safety of our students, staff and communities foremost in mind. The number of students allowed in MU residential halls remains the same as previous years.

There is an expectation that all members of our community work together to keep each other safe:

Safety and expectations

Face covering guidance

Campus Facilities has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol for residential facilities. Learn more about cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Room moves

Starting Feb. 22residents may request room moves online. Requests will be approved as space is available. Priority will be given to moves needed for student health, safety and accountability (including, but not limited to, isolation/quarantine, facility repairs and student conduct sanctions). 

Common areas and space usage changes

Residential Life will be limiting or closing common space. When open, common areas, study rooms, house lounges and main lounges will be modified to encourage social distancing, including limiting furniture and posting occupancy limits. There will be no reservable space, no classroom usage and limited elevator occupancy.


Students exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19 will be instructed to isolate or quarantine in designated locations. Residential Life has identified space which can be used for quarantine/isolation, if necessary. Students who test positive will be encouraged to isolate at home if it is safe and possible to do so.

A student will be released from isolation/quarantine following receipt of a ‘release statement’ from Public Health. The student will be directed to provide Residential Life a copy of their release statement. Upon receipt of the release statement, Residential Life will work with the student on returning to their permanent housing assignment.

Visitation/hall access

To limit opportunities for close contact, visitors to Residential Life facilities are currently restricted. These restrictions will be continuously assessed and revised in phases throughout the 2020–21 academic year. Progression through these phases is based on the status of COVID-19 in our community and the recommendations of health experts. 

At this time, the following individuals may enter Residential Life facilities and must follow current MU safety guidelines and expectations: 

  • A building’s assigned occupants
  • Students from other Residential Life facilities 
  • Essential MU employees
  • Approved external service providers (including, but not limited to, delivery services and maintenance contractors)

Visitors from off campus (including family members and students living in Greek housing) are not allowed in Residential Life facilities.  

These restrictions will be reassessed, and any changes that occur will be communicated. Continued social distancing, use of face coverings and monitoring symptoms with #CampusClear may allow us to ease these restrictions.