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Quarantine and Isolation

Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020


The general principles of quarantine and isolation apply to both employees and students regardless of residential status. Quarantine may be required to separate people who have been exposed to the virus, but remain asymptomatic, as well as symptomatic people who have been tested and are awaiting test results. In either case, individuals will need to be quarantined in their room or home until results are received.

Asymptomatic persons who are identified as direct contacts of a known COVID-19- positive will be quarantined at home or in their room. A direct contact is defined as being within six feet of someone with suspected or known COVID-19 for 15 cumulative minutes or more during a 24-hour period. Determination of direct contact is made irrespective of whether the COVID-19 positive person or the contact was wearing a face mask. Quarantine will last 14 days, since last contact with a known COVID-19-positive case. 

The roommate(s) and house members of symptomatic people will also need to be quarantined and tested. For students, roommates/housemates will remain quarantined pending test results. 

In all cases, anyone who has been placed into quarantine will require medical clearance by Health Services in order to return to campus life.

Individuals at a greater distance than six feet for longer than 10 minutes would be considered contacts of a lower risk and would not need to self-quarantine for 14 days. These individuals will continue to self- monitor for symptoms on a daily basis.

Quarantine is 14 days since last contact with a known COVID-19-positive case. Date of last contact with the COVID-positive case is considered to be day 0. Two conditions can produce
an early release option for persons in quarantine as long as they do not develop symptoms. Persons who continue to be asymptomatic may leave quarantine on day 8 if they receive a negative COVID-19 test on days 5-7. For persons who did not receive a test and remain asymptomatic, they may be released from quarantine on day 11.


Any member of the University community who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to be isolated from the uninfected population in order to contain spread of the virus. Commuter students or students living within 100 miles of campus will be directed to stay home or go home. If unable to go home, ill students will need to be placed in isolation in a designated building on campus. Students who test positive for COVID-19 and who request to stay on campus will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All students being placed into isolation, whether at home or on campus, are responsible for notifying their professors and following up on any missed assignments.

Health Services clinicians to conduct regular health monitoring via telehealth for any students who are in isolation. Health Services clinicians will monitor for worsening symptoms indicating need for hospital transport, and will make a final determination regarding transportation for advanced medical care. While in isolation, students will self-monitor temperature (using Temp-A-Dot or personal thermometer) and pulse oximetry using phone app. Mental health services will also be conducted by CPS counselors to students in isolation. 

Medical clearance will be required to return to regular campus or work activities, provided that the person has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND all other symptoms have greatly been reduced AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or COVID-19 test date.

Health Services may also provide medical clearance for commuter students and employees who received care off-campus, after presenting medical clearance documentation from their primary care providers to Health Services.

The University’s plans and protocols are subject to change in response to evolving guidance from local, state, and federal government and public health officials. We will continue to update this website regularly and encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.