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Winter Quarter FAQ

​​​​​​​​Last Updated: November 19, 2020

On October 5, DePaul sent a communication to all students announcing that Winter Quarter would look much like Fall Quarter, but with some increased in-person class offerings and a modest increase in housing availability. Details about the additional housing are being released shortly. Please see information on timelines in related FAQs below. You may refer to Fall Quarter FAQs​ (where relevant).

Housing Agreements & Assignments

DePaul Housing and Residential Education will send an email to all students with an active housing agreement on Monday, October 19. This communication will include more details about Winter Quarter housing, the process for requesting housing, and an action list with due dates.

An email was sent from DePaul Housing on October 5 to all students with an active housing agreement to go to and complete their Agreement Review. This review will allow students to cancel their active agreement, with no cancellation fee, or keep their agreement active for Winter Quarter consideration.

DePaul Housing and Residential Education will communicate decisions about Winter Quarter Housing with all students who have requested an exception, approved or unapproved, the week of November 9.

If you are approved for on-campus housing, DePaul Housing will send your Winter Quarter housing assignment the week of November 9.

Just as we have done for Fall Quarter, all students living on campus for Winter Quarter will be assigned their own single room, as well as their own single bathroom. This allows for significantly increased safety protocols within housing.

All students currently living on campus and who remain in good standing may continue to live on campus Winter Quarter as well. DePaul Housing and Residential Education do not intend to re-assign current residents to a different unit.

For safety reasons related to cleaning and disinfecting, we do not intend to move any current residents to another unit or building. All students have a single room already, so changes are not necessary. If a student feels they have a compelling reason to change rooms, they should contact their building Residence Director. For more information, please refer to our Terms and Conditions (Section 8).

Students currently on campus and will NOT be returning to campus housing for Winter Quarter MUST cancel in writing (email with their intent to cancel by Wednesday, November 18 (soft deadline). They MUST be completely moved out of their Fall unit no later than 12:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 25 (hard deadline). This is the process for students to adhere to and avoid cancellation charges.

Students who have a Fall Quarter housing assignment and cancel after 12:00 p.m. CST on November 25 and prior to January 2, will be charged a $1,500 cancellation fee. For those living in a closed building over Winter Break, please email to make move-out arrangements.

Students who cancel after January 2 will be responsible for the full Winter Quarter charges and possibly other cancellation charges.

Students approved for Winter Quarter housing must cancel in writing (email prior to the start of Winter Quarter, January 2, 2021, to avoid being charged for the full Winter Quarter housing charges. This is ONLY for students who DO NOT have a Fall Quarter housing assignment. Those who cancel after January 2, 2021, will be responsible for the full Winter Quarter charges and possible other cancellation charges.

All 2020-21 Housing and meal plan rates have been established and will not change. 

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Return​ / Move-In (after Winter Break)​

Due to the Emergency Travel Order, the first two weeks of Winter Quarter classes (January 4-18) will be conducted remotely to accommodate students who are expected to quarantine or isolate. DePaul Housing and Residential Education are arranging scheduled move-ins on January 2 and January 3, and requiring all on-campus residents to quarantine until Sunday, January 17, out of an abundance of caution. 

Visit the Winter Break Closure webpage for additional details, as instructions differ for new Winter Quarter residents, returning residents from traditional halls, and returning residents from on-campus apartments. Please note that information may be subject to change, due to any new COVID-19 guidance provided by the university, city, state, and/or CDC. DePaul Housing will email updates to all incoming Winter Quarter residents.

For information about the quarantine or isolation period on campus, please refer to our Quarantine & Isolation Guide.

All residents, including those who stayed on campus during the Winter Break, must quarantine in their unit until Sunday, January 17. DePaul University feels it is necessary to take these mandatory measures in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

On-Campus Policies & Procedures

We will NOT allow any visitors for the first two weeks of Winter Quarter (January 2-18), including parents/guardians. Students who are new residents arriving Winter Quarter may have assistance with their move, 
but nothing beyond their scheduled move-in day. 

After January 18, the previous Fall Quarter visitor policies will be in effect for the remainder of Winter Quarter. If there comes a time when it is safe to allow visitors into our residence halls, we will update our guidelines and notify residents.