Quarantine & Isolation

In the last academic year, students were required to quarantine or isolate in cases where they were symptomatic, had a confirmed COVID test or were exposed to COVID in some way.

Quarantine and isolation often required an extended stay alone in order to try and avoid the risk of spreading infection.

For Fall 2021, quarantine will be required for students exposed to COVID-19. Isolation will be required for those who have viral symptoms associated with COVID-19  and for those who test COVID positive.

Voluntarily submit proof of vaccination

Currently, we anticipate that quarantine or isolation practices will adhere to the following during Fall Term for those students who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination and once the submitted vaccine documentation is reviewed and verified: 

  • Currently, fully vaccinated students, including those residing in University Housing, may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination. Once that documentation is reviewed and verified, those students will be exempt from quarantine due to exposure to COVID during the Fall Term, unless the exposed student also becomes sick/develops viral symptoms.
  • In addition, fully vaccinated students, including those residing in University Housing, may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination to be exempt from the need to isolate if they have viral symptoms associated with COVID-19 (which often resemble the symptoms for cold, flu and other illnesses) but no known exposure. However, those fully vaccinated students with such symptoms (but no known exposure) will be encouraged to limit activities, get rest, and to seek a COVID-19 test, which will be available at University Health Services for all those who are symptomatic.
  • Currently, we anticipate that students who receive a positive COVID test result will be required to isolate no matter vaccination status. In addition, those with a known exposure and subsequent viral symptoms will be required to test no matter vaccination status. 

Submit your proof of vaccination today! Don’t wait! Depending on the volume of submissions, there may be a backlog to review and verify documentation. So, don’t wait!   

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through email at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (other than proof of vaccination, and students who are required to test may also submit negative PCR tests). 

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires vaccines that are either FDA or WHO authorized. Important to remember: Full vaccination status is defined as two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

For efficiency, voluntarily submitted proof of vaccination will be confidentially maintained in the Salesforce database along with all other university COVID-19 related information and will only be accessible to UC COVID Response Team members. Documentation of vaccination status will be used as explained above and to determine any necessary action steps. 

As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions or health guidance changes.  

Important to note

It’s best to voluntarily submit your proof of vaccination as soon as possible. If you wait until you are about to enter quarantine to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination, there may be a lag time in processing, depending on volume of submissions. Quarantine requirements could potentially affect those in a variety of settings. For instance, it’s reasonable to assume that classrooms may include those who are fully vaccinated as well as those who are not. Since we do not currently anticipate social distancing within Fall Term classrooms, quarantine requirements could potentially affect any unvaccinated individual in a classroom if exposed in that space (or elsewhere) to an individual determined to be COVID positive.

Additional available exemptions

Students who voluntarily submit acceptable proof of full vaccination will be exempt from:

  • Regular COVID screening testing in the Fall Term. That testing will be required of students residing in UC Housing or coming to UC campuses for classes.
  • These students will also receive a GREEN PASS on the UC COVID Check App for the semester. In general, this will allow you to streamline access to spaces like dining halls, CRC, TUC and some libraries. See full details on the COVID Check App page

If you are traveling to campus from other states or international destinations

  • Given the low COVID rates nationally, there is no current automatic quarantine requirement for domestic students traveling from other states to move in to UC Housing in August 2021 or to return to campus classes/spaces.
  • Newly arrived fully vaccinated international students who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination will be exempted from the travel-related need to quarantine upon their arrival to campus ahead of the Fall Term. Only FDA- and WHO-authorized vaccines will be accepted.
  • Newly arrived international students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 7 to 10 days, depending on whether they obtain a COVID test and the results of that test. Those newly arrived international students who are partially vaccinated will be required to quarantine and then will be offered options to complete voluntary vaccination once quarantine is complete.
  • International students who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 days will not be required to participate in travel-related quarantine

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 who is not fully vaccinated 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).


Isolation is utilized when a student who is not fully vaccinated has symptoms or when any student is confirmed to have COVID-19 via a viral test. 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.

As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions or health guidance changes.