Fall 2020 Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus

Isolation and Quarantine

Revised August 20, 2020

Anyone exposed or symptomatic must follow CDC guidelines and either (1) self-quarantine (for those who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19) or (2) self-isolate (for those who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms) as set forth in the below flowchart. In addition, those in a unit with one or more roommates must undertake the stated isolation or quarantine procedures if a roommate is symptomatic or has been exposed. Further, the University reserves the right to instruct an individual to self-isolate or self-quarantine based on additional reasonable criteria that may emerge based on the unfolding public health landscape and as knowledge of COVID-19 develops and in light of the variable accessibility and rapidity of testing.


Self-Isolation Off Campus

Faculty and staff with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will be promptly sent home for isolation. Students with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will self-isolate as listed in the chart above, based on whether they live off campus or in a University-managed residential facility. Students may travel to a family member’s home for isolation if they can travel in a private car and social distancing and infection prevention recommendations can be maintained in the home. Students should consider all factors, such as being around persons with high-risk conditions, in where the best location would be for them to isolate.

Steps to Self-Isolation On Campus—Residence Halls

If self-isolation is implemented for a student in the residence halls, the following steps should be taken:

  • Isolation rooms will be physically separate from other residential student rooms and have private bathroom facilities stocked with soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, sanitizing wipes, and other toiletries.
  • Isolation spaces will be labeled to restrict access, but signs should not disclose the reason for restricted access.
  • Isolated, infected students will be advised to promptly seek medical services if symptoms worsen or they have concerns about their infection.
  • Meal delivery will be arranged through Dining Services and Residence and Commuter Life staff.
  • Counseling Services will be available to students via telehealth.
  • Student Affairs staff will be identified and trained to provide isolated students with personal needs (e.g., medication delivery).
  • Custodial and maintenance staff are provided with and trained to use appropriate PPE for cleaning and entering isolation spaces.
  • Those who test positive and self-isolate on campus should continue isolation for at least 10 days from symptom onset and one day after resolution of fever (without medication) and improvement in symptoms.
  • Those in quarantine are to avoid contact with others for 14 days after the last exposure to a positive case. This includes staying home from work or school, wearing a mask when around others, avoiding contact with immunocompromised persons, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. In the case that they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, they are to immediately contact SHS during operating hours and Public Safety after operating hours.  

Steps to Self-Isolation On Campus—Oak Summit and University-Managed Housing

If self-isolation is implemented for a student residing in Oak Summit or University managed housing, the following steps should be taken:

  • Students residing in Oak Summit Apartments or University-managed apartments will isolate together in their apartment. If a roommate is quarantined, students must quarantine with them for 14 days.
  • Quarantine spaces will be labeled to restrict access, but signs should not disclose the reason for restricted access.
  • Meal delivery will be arranged through Dining Services.
  • Counseling Services will be available to students who request them via telehealth.
  • Student Affairs staff will be identified and trained to provide quarantined students with personal needs (e.g., medication delivery).
  • Students are responsible for cleaning their spaces. The University will provide CDC-approved products.
  • Those who test positive and self-isolate on campus should continue isolation for at least 10 days from symptom onset and one day after resolution of fever (without medication) and improvement in symptoms.
  • Those in quarantine are to avoid contact with others for 14 days after the last exposure to a positive case. This includes staying home from work or school, wearing a mask when around others, avoiding contact with immunocompromised persons, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. In the case that they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, they are to immediately contact SHS during operating hours and Public Safety after operating hours.

Quarantine and Isolation Areas

Quarantine and isolation areas (separate physical spaces) will be spaces of high exposure and may require daily services for trash removal. PPE such as face shields, gloves, coverall, hairnets, and shoe coverings are available for Facilities staff. In the event of emergency repairs, Facilities will work with Student Affairs to notify students of any projects that may affect quarantine and isolation areas. Detail cleaning for isolation areas will take place once spaces are vacated.