WIU suspends dorm check-outs during Pritzker’s order

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Western Illinois University officials said a recent mandate by state officials will force a suspension of residence hall check-outs during the next few weeks.

This comes after WIU Housing and Dining Services said the school must follow Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “stay at home” order issued for all Illinois residents until April 7.

“We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause families that had signed up for later check out times this weekend,” staff said in an email to students. “Once the shelter in place mandate has expired, halls will open for students to schedule a check out time.”

Officials said any student currently living on campus will be able to schedule a check out time before 5 p.m. Saturday.

WIU said students on campus will be allowed to stay in the residence halls and dining services will continue in Corbin-Olson. Officials said students remaining on campus will be required to follow all state mandates during this time.

“Again, we regret that the previous plan set in place cannot be honored, but in keeping with the guidance and directives of the state, the need to change is essential,” officials said. “As always, we are keeping the safety, health, and well-being of our campus community at the forefront of our decisions.”

WIU Housing and Dining Services encourages anyone with questions to email them at housing@wiu.edu or call 309-298-3000.

In the last week, WIU canceled in-person classes through the rest of the semester and canceled the WIU Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies due to recommendations from the CDC surrounding the coronavirus.