Quarantine & Isolation

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 positive with COVID-19.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to respond to UC's COVID Check Team in a timely manner to begin the contract tracing process. ​Full cooperation with contact tracers is critically important in our efforts to keep other students and members of the UC community safe.

 

Voluntarily submit proof of vaccination

Currently, we anticipate that quarantine or isolation practices will adhere to the following to start 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 Return to Campus period, unless the exposed student also becomes sick/develops viral symptoms.
  • Currently, students who receive a positive COVID test result will be required to isolate no matter vaccination status. In addition, those with a known exposure or viral symptoms (or both) 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 snapshot of your vaccination card, which you may upload using the web-based version the COVID Check app. 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.

The UC COVID Response Team will maintain the vaccination information in a secure database and will use it in accordance with FERPA and the UC Privacy Statement to monitor the health and vaccination status of the UC community.

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.

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

  • 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 8 days, dependent on a negative result from a required COVID PCR test on day 5. 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.
  • Fully vaccinated international students who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 days will not be required to participate in travel-related quarantine. If international travelers who are not fully vaccinated have been in the United States (and have fulfilled their quarantine stay or 14 days or greater in another locale within the U.S., they need not quarantine on campus.   

What are quarantine and isolation?

The COVID-19 team will work with you to ensure you are able to focus on your health, recover, and complete your coursework, though it’s important to remember that 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.  

And given that broad access to vaccines is available, on-campus quarantine and isolation housing is on reserve for student use but may be limited depending on events. Thus, on-campus quarantine and isolation housing cannot be guaranteed at any time. All students should have individual plans for isolation and quarantine housing in the event they are required to do so. Let’s remember that vaccination is currently the best way to prevent the need to quarantine or isolate.

Quarantine

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

Isolation is utilized when a student 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.  

FAQ

Generally, no.

Students in quarantine and isolation who are in Q&I due to viral symptoms, a known exposure, and/or a positive test will have food delivered to them.

As we approach the start of the school year, those international students who are quarantining due only to their status as international travelers may go out for carry-out food.

Employees with a known exposure should report any expected absence from work to their supervisor, are strongly encouraged to immediately contact their health care provider and may contact the COVID Response Team via the App or web-based tool. 

Per CDC, quarantine is currently not required for a fully vaccinated person after an exposure as long as the exposed person remains without symptoms. It is recommended that the exposed individual get tested at 5 days post exposure. As long as the person is asymptomatic before and after this test, no quarantine or isolation is required. Monitoring for symptoms is important because isolation is needed if the person develops symptoms or tests positive. See guidance from the CDC.

However, if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, you have been exposed and should quarantine. Because of the extent of exposure in many households increases transmissibility of the Delta variant, it is usually best not to apply the concept that vaccinated individuals without symptoms can self-monitor and test rather than formally quarantine. Household members with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested as soon as possible and treated as positive until a test demonstrates otherwise. Your quarantine period begins when you can separate yourself from the person in your household who tested positive for COVID-19 or when they are no longer considered contagious (after 10 days when they have completed their isolation) if separation is not possible. Our COVID Watch nurses, who can be reached at 513-556-2564, are able to help you work through individual situations as needed.  

Reporting exposures to UHS is always encouraged (513-585-6600), and you can report via the UC COVID Check App or a web-based link.  

Employees with a known exposure should report any expected absence from work to their supervisor, are strongly encouraged to immediately contact their health care provider and may contact the COVID Response Team via the App or web-based tool. 

See the CDC guidelines.

 Yes.  Per CDC, any individual who is not fully vaccinated should quarantine after an exposure to a positive individual. At day 5 they can test. If negative, they can leave quarantine after day 7. If no test or positive, they are clear after 10 days. 

Reporting exposures to UHS is always encouraged (513-585-6600), and you can report via the UC COVID Check App or a web-based link.