Quarantine & Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, UC has a dedicated team of staff to support your health, well-being, and academic success. From moving into your temporary room and making it a short-term home away from home to completing coursework and taking care of yourself mentally and physically, our COVID-19 team is here to help! We encourage you to review this website and reference it often to ensure you have everything you need.

What are quarantine and isolation?

Both quarantine and isolation involve the separation of students from others to help protect the health of the campus community and limit further spread of COVID-19.

In both scenarios, a dedicated team of UC medical and professional staff are here to support you. The COVID-19 team will work with you throughout the process to ensure you are able to focus on your health, recover, and complete your coursework.


Quarantine is utilized when a person has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and needs to separate from others for a period of time to see if they develop symptoms. In accordance with CDC guidelines, students who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine away from others for 10 full days after the last exposure and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. The length of quarantine may be reduced to 7 full days (with release on day 8) after the last exposure with successful completion of a negative COVID-19 test collected on day 5 of quarantine at University Health Services (UHS).

Exposure quarantine, vaccines and latest CDC guidance

The CDC has updated quarantine guidance for vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Vaccinated persons with an exposure are not required to quarantine if the meet the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, e.g., have received their single-dose vaccine or the second dose in a two-dose series at least two weeks prior to exposure;
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 expsoure.
Those who do not meet all of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.


Isolation is utilized when a student has symptoms or is confirmed to have COVID-19. In accordance with CDC guidelines, students who contract COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 full days from the onset of symptoms and until they have symptom-free for 24 hours or more.