Quarantine & Isolation

Quarantine is designed to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.

Protocols

On-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate in their assigned rooms for five days. 

Off-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 are also required to isolate for five days and should utilize their homes for isolation. 

All students who test positive, whether living on or off-campus, should wear a secure, medical grade N95 mask if living with roommates and always when leaving their room/residence for food or to use the restroom. 

Testing Positive

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID are required to isolate in their on or off-campus residence for five days. Assuming they are symptom-free, they may return to their normal activities after five days, while masking and monitoring their symptoms for an additional five days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID are required to isolate in their on or off-campus residence for five days and test at University Health Services (UHS) on day 5. Assuming symptoms are resolving and the day 5 test is negative, they may return to their normal activities while masking and monitoring their symptoms for the next five days. If the day 5 test is positive, an additional five days of isolation is required.

Close Contacts

  • Roommates of an individual who tests positive for COVID are considered close contacts and, regardless of vaccination status, must wear an N95 mask for five days and test at UHS on day 5.  
    • Fully vaccinated roommates may leave their residence while wearing an N95 mask and also attend classes, but are encouraged to dine outside of communal spaces for five days.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated roommates must wear an N95 mask and remain in their residence for five days. 

On-campus Students

On-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in their assigned rooms for five days, leaving only to retrieve Grab and Go meals from the dining halls or other designated facilities on campus. Students who test positive must wear a secure, medical grade N95 mask if living with roommates and always when leaving the room for food or to use the restroom. 

Off-campus quarantine space is not available to on-campus students whose roommate(s) tests positive regardless of vaccination status. Previous close contact transmission testing in our campus community has shown a low positivity rate in both vaccinated and unvaccinated students in quarantine. The risk for contracting the virus can be significantly mitigated by wearing an N95 mask, which is required of all students whose roommate(s) tests positive. 

Off-campus Students

Off-campus students should utilize their homes for quarantine or isolation.

University Accommodations Process 

If you are previously registered with Sara Bea Accessibility Services or have a diagnosed medical condition other than COVID-19 that may require other accommodations during your time in quarantine or isolation, please reach out to discuss what support is available to you.

All questions or requests can be directed to SaraBeaCenter@nd.edu to talk through available support during your time in Q&I. If you would like to speak with someone, please call 574- 631-7157 with questions.

Academic Preparation

As you prepare for your stay in isolation, you should contact your professors to discuss both how you will access course materials and make up any missed work.