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FAQ: Quarantine Details for Students

Information for students and families

Updated January 8, 2021

Quarantining and isolating means you have to stay in separate housing while you might be or become contagious. Important things to note while you are in your quarantine/isolation (Q/I) area:

  • You cannot leave your Q/I area. You cannot go to work or school, participate in social activities, or visit any public places. You’re not allowed to leave your Q/I area any time with the strict exception of emergencies, such as fire alarms.
  • A Q/I order is a legally-enforceable health order. Violating a health order may result in charges before a court of law, in addition to potential University sanctions.
  • UHS will take care of you. University Health Services (UHS) doctors and nurses will be taking care of you while you’re in University-managed Q/I.
  • If you develop a fever (temperature measured at or above 38 degress C/100.4 degrees F), chest pain, or difficulty breathing, it’s very important that you call UHS, regardless of the time of day or night. When UHS offices are closed, a UHS physician is on-call and available by phone for urgent concerns. In an emergency, call Public Safety. UHS will provide you with a thermometer if you don’t have one.
  • You must wear a mask. If someone else, such as a health care professional or repair person, enters your Q/I space, you need to be wearing a mask to protect them as well as yourself.


If you have been in a situation that put you at risk of contracting COVID-19, then you are also at risk of passing the virus on to others. In order to prevent this, you need to stay away from those who are not immune to it—which is almost everyone.

UHS will notify you when your test results are available, usually within 48 to 72 hours.

If your test is negative, you will be released from isolation immediately.

If your test result is positive, you will need to stay in isolation for at least 10 days; you must be fever-free for 72 hours prior to moving back to campus. UHS will be in daily communication with you during this time.

This guide can help you as you prepare, and are in, quaratine or isolation at either a local hotel or Whipple Park.

A message from the Campus Culture & Care Committee may offer additional support.

Updated 1/7 Reference the spring arrival plan for more details about returning to campuses and specifics on who will need to quarantine.

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