We know how important the residential experience is to you and your success as a college student. We remain committed to doing everything we can to provide an excellent housing experience, a signature of Ball State University. We also acknowledge the uncertainty you may be feeling as a result of the extraordinary public health crisis facing our country.

Therefore, we are making some important adjustments to the residence halls to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. You will find details about changes below and will also see a list of frequently asked questions. All of our decisions and policies are informed by the very best available guidance from public health authorities. Our decisions are also designed to achieve the goal of an engaged community experience for all students living and learning within the halls.

For the Fall 2020 semester, we will adjust the housing and dining contracts for our students. Consistent with the academic calendar for the Fall semester, students will only be billed for 13 weeks, as opposed to the usual 16-week contract rate. As a result of this appropriate accommodation to our students, they and their families will save approximately $5.5 million next Fall. Spring rates will remain the same. 

Fall 2020 Rates Spring 2021 Rates

FAQ

Single room requests need to be submitted by July 1. Please note, single rooms are limited and will be assigned based upon the date of request and your housing deposit date.
Our residence halls are designed to house students in double rooms. Due to the unprecedented nature of the situation and space constraints, we are only able to provide a limited number of single rooms in order to provide space for all students wanting to live on campus.
Due to the demanding nature of the situation and space constraints, students choosing to live in a single room may be placed in any of our halls. The requesting of specific halls is not possible at this time.

There are two different scenarios that can occur:

  1. You choose to live in a single and your roommate still wants a roommate.
    a. In this scenario, your housing assignment will be changed, and you will be moved to a different room (students choosing to live in a single room may be placed in any of our halls on campus). Your roommate will be given a new roommate by our office.
  2. You and your roommate both decide to live in single rooms.
    a. In this scenario, your housing assignment will be changed, and you will be moved to a different room (students choosing to live in a single room may be placed in any of our halls on campus). Your roommate will be also be moved to another room. Requests to stay in the previously assigned room will be done according to your housing deposit date.
If a request for a single room is able to be granted, the single will occur where we have the availability. We cannot guarantee students who choose to live in a single room will be placed in the same hall that they initially signed up for.
Yes, if both of you agree to live together in a double room. We still need you to complete the Modified Room Preferences form to let us know of your request to stay together.
Generally, that will be the case.  However, if your requested roommate cancels, we will work with you to identify your options.
Housing assignments will be sent to your Ball State email account in mid-July. Follow our social media channels and website to know when the email is sent.
We will work to accommodate as many specialty requests as possible, but it is not likely that this would be a possibility.
Yes. We have suspended our waitlist and implemented the modified room preferences form. Please complete the form by July 1. 
Students with chronic health conditions that would require special accommodations should first consult with their health care provider to discuss the risks of living in a residence hall.  Please reach out to our office as soon as possible so we may discuss your needs and answer your questions. There will also be a spot to identify health conditions on the Modified Room Preferences form.

Yes. All students are required to live in university housing for two semesters unless they will be 21 years of age prior to the beginning of the term for which they are enrolling, have 24 or more semester hours of Ball State University accepted credits achieved after their graduation from high school, are married or are a custodial parent of a dependent child, or are living with their parents in the parents' primary residence within a 60-mile radius of campus. The address of the parents at the time of a student's application for admission to Ball State will be considered the parents' primary residence. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life prior to signing any off-campus lease to determine their eligibility to live off-campus.

Students who qualify for an exemption from this policy include:

  • Students who live with their parents within a 60-mile radius of campus. (Proof of residency will be required.)
  • Students enrolled in fewer than 9 semester hours.
  • Students enrolled in all online course. 
  • Students with primary custody of a minor child. (Proof of custody will be required.)
  • Students who are in a marriage recognized by the State of Indiana. (Copy of the Marriage Certificate will be required.)
  • Students who will be 21 prior to the first day of classes of their first semester of enrollment at Ball State University.
  • Ball State students who have lived in university residence halls for two semesters but not achieved 24 credit hours.

*Having already signed a lease with an off-campus landlord will not be considered as a reason for an exemption.

All students who believe they qualify for an exemption for any of the reasons above must complete and apply for an exemption online. This exemption request should be received by our office no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the first semester of enrollment. You are encouraged to not make any commitments for housing until you receive a written response from this office.

For the Fall 2020 semester, we will adjust the housing and dining contracts for our students. Consistent with the academic calendar for the Fall semester, students will only be billed for 13 weeks, as opposed to the usual 16-week contract rate. As a result of this appropriate accommodation to our students, they and their families will save approximately $5.5 million next Fall. Spring rates will remain the same. 

FALL 2020 RATES

Residence Halls will be closed at the Thanksgiving break through the end of the fall semester. Students who are returning for the Spring 2021 semester will be permitted to leave their belongings in their rooms over the extended break period. In rare circumstances, a student with compelling reasons may be permitted to stay on campus with advanced special permission of the Director of Housing and Residence Life.

To reduce the possible spread of COVID-19, Housing and Residence Life will implement the following policies and protocols:

  1. All student rooms will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to move-in.
  2. Student bathrooms will be sanitized two times a day.
  3. Shared community spaces like the laundry rooms and technology labs will be furnished with supplies and instructions for users to disinfect after and before every use.
  4. Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surface areas (such as elevator panels, door handles, etc.) on a regular basis.
  5. Using ultraviolet light and other approved cleaning protocols for high risk areas.
  6. Promoting our social responsibility to help keep the each other safe by practicing good hygiene
  7. Water fountains and water bottle filling stations will be turned off. Students are encouraged to bring bottled water.
  8. Visitors are allowed but will not be permitted to stay past midnight. There will be a limit of three (3) people allowed in a residence hall room at any given time (including the resident and roommate). Visitors will not be permitted to stay overnight.
  9. Kitchenettes and some other common spaces will be closed following CDC guidelines.
We ask that all students wear a face mask when in any public areas of their residence hall to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Wearing a mask is part of the social responsibility of being on campus and protecting others.

We are preparing appropriate housing accommodations for students living in the residence halls who may need to self-quarantine or isolate during the year. If you are exposed to, or you become sick with COVID-19, we will work with you to have a room on campus while you self-quarantine or isolate. Of course, you will need to work with your health care provider to make sure that staying on campus is the best choice for you.

Quarantine housing will be provided to students who have had close contact with an individual who has had symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, and the recommendation of the Medical Director of the Health Center. The CDC defines close contact as being within six feet of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. Students will live in quarantine housing for 14 days, or until the Director of the Health Center provides authorization to leave quarantine to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19.

Isolation housing will be provided to students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Students will be required to live in isolation housing for the period of time recommended by the CDC, and until clearance is given by the Health Center to return to campus activities.

Students who need to quarantine or isolate will not be permitted to do so in their regular rooms. They will be moved into specially designated space on campus for the 14-day duration. Students will have the option to move home for the quarantine or isolation period if their health care provider and family believe it is preferable. No visitors are permitted (including family members) in quarantine or isolation housing.

 

 

We highly recommend students stay on campus during the academic year as much as possible to help reduce the possibility of coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19. If a student leaves campus and travels internationally, we ask that the student quarantines for 14 days before returning to campus.  As the COVID-19 environment continues to evolve, it is important to research any area students may seek to travel and understand the risks involved in going to various locations in the United States.

To help reduce the density of people utilizing hall entrances and elevators at any one time, we will be offering an alternative move-in process for fall.

After room assignments are sent out in mid-July, students will receive an email with directions to schedule an appointment to bring their belongings to campus. Appointments will be available starting in early August. During their scheduled appointment time, students will receive their room key and may bring their items and place them into their assigned rooms. We are unable to house students until either August 19 (Premium Plan) or August 20 (Standard Plan). Appointment slots will be scheduled by residence hall and will be coordinated to reduce the volume of people using common spaces at any given time. Anyone entering a residence hall will be asked to wear a face mask as they move belongings into their rooms. We ask all students to limit the number of personal belongings they bring to campus this year.  It is easier for students to keep their rooms cleaned and disinfected if there is less clutter.

We recognize that this approach is not feasible for each and every student due to distance, but the more individuals who take advantage of the appointment system, the less congestion and risk we will have during the days when students come back to campus to begin residency. If a student is unable to utilize the appointment system, they may move in on the appropriate contract date or on August 21, 22, or 23.

Students with a Premium Plan Contract may begin residency on August 19, while students with a Standard Plan Contract may return to campus on August 20 and stay in their residence hall room.

Our residence halls will be open based upon the university academic calendar. Exact opening and closing times will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
A full list is still be determined at this time. As soon as we have a finalized list, we will post it here.

Students will be responsible for bringing personal cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and other disinfectant products for use within their room.

Housing and Residence Life will provide the following:

  1. All student rooms will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to move-in.
  2. Student bathrooms will be sanitized two times a day.
  3. Shared community spaces like the laundry rooms and technology labs will be furnished with supplies and instructions for users to disinfect after and before every use.
  4. Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surface areas (such as elevator panels, door handles, etc.) on a regular basis.
  5. Using ultraviolet light and other approved cleaning protocols for high risk areas.
  6. A number of hand sanitizing stations will be available in residence halls and other campus buildings, but everyone is encouraged to have a personal supply for instances when one isn’t near a public supply.
Yes. Living-Learning Communities will still be happening for the upcoming academic year. Policies on the use of makerspaces are still being decided at this time. Programming will be adapted to follow physical distancing guidelines and other recommendations by the CDC.
We will do our best to place you within your living-learning community if space is available.

Yes. Meal plans can be changed until July 10.

We are still working out the logistics of the delivery of MicroFridge units. As soon as we have more information, we will post it here.