Hendrick House has built a reputation on providing for the safety and security of students and clients for decades. Management and support staff have worked through many different challenges in the past and understand the importance of diligence, communication, and care in these types of situations. The COVID-19 virus will be no different as we plan to mitigate its effects on those to whom we provide services as well as to our staff who play an important role in navigating our way through the current potential threat. The safety and well-being of our residents and staff are our highest priority.
Hendrick House continues to monitor this situation closely, keeping those who are affected in any way close to our hearts. As most are aware, this is a very fluid situation which requires an ability to make prudent adjustments based on accurate and timely information as it becomes available. Hendrick House continues to communicate with the University of Illinois, local city government, as well as staying abreast of both regional, national, and world news/resources. In addition, routine meetings and education will be an ongoing part of our daily business for the foreseeable future.
Current efforts include periodic email updates and creating communication vehicles such as this website to stay in touch and provide information to those in the Hendrick House community. At the Hendrick House dorm, efforts include informing students of appropriate habits including frequent hand washing with soap, eating healthy, getting plenty of rest, minimizing stress as well as the appropriate channels available for other issues that might arise. More specifically, we have and are taking the following preventative measures the to follow CDC recommendations for social distancing as well as doing what we can to protect our residents and staff to reduce the spread of germs and protect the health of all:
- Hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations are available in all common areas of the buildings.
- Requiring everyone to wear masks when away from their individual rooms, or office areas.
- Regular cleaning of our building by our Housekeeping and Maintenance services, making sure to pay special attention to commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, etc.
- Food will be served as opposed to self-serve.
- You will see a difference in the way we serve the food, but you will not see a difference in quality and customer service.
- To serve our students quickly and efficiently, we will not be able to have as many choices as in recent semesters. Still, we will continue to communicate with students on their requests and accommodate dietary needs.
- There will be limited seating in the dining areas, but we will be providing meals that will be convenient to take with you.
- Unfortunately, all reciprocal agreements for dining between Hendrick House, Newman Hall & Armory House will not be available this semester. We have done this to limit exposure to those in each facility from others. As soon as we feel it is safe, we will open halls to guests.
- We will not be selling new Meal-Plan agreements for Spring 2021. Check back with us for possible changes for the fall!
No outside guests will be allowed in the building.
Maintaining clean living and dining conditions is a paramount goal. Of course, within this process, we will continue to foster a culture of respect, tolerance, and caring among all. Please continue to visit this website for up-to-date information.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this ever-evolving situation.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
More information about the University’s procedures and information can be found here.
Additional University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign links:
Frequently Asked Questions
U of I Self-Quarantine Protocol
Information for students living in university housing
Information for international students studying at the University of Illinois
Information for students studying abroad