Guidance for Self-Isolation

Anyone in our community who experiences COVID-like symptoms or is waiting for a test result, needs to assume they are positive and enter a period of self-isolation. This can feel overwhelming or even scary, but these guidelines will help you know what to do.

When to Self-Isolate

If you experience COVID-like symptoms, you need to enter a period of self-isolation to protect others. Remember that it is very common for people infected with COVID-19 to be asymptomatic, so it is important that you consider yourself a positive case until proven otherwise. While you are waiting for a consultation about your symptoms or waiting for a test result to confirm your status, you need to:

  • Stay home (if you do not live on campus), or in your room/apartment (if you live on campus).
  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Monitor for symptoms daily:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting

What to Do Next

Our self-isolation protocols for students have been updated for summer session 2022. 

Students attending summer session or living in residence this summer should follow this guidance.

Faculty and staff who are self-isolating should consult with their health care provider and contact HR ( or their contract employer (A&A, Bon App├ętit, etc.).

When to Stop Self-Isolating

  • Your self-isolation period is over and you may resume your normal activities when you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your other symptoms are improving, and you meet either of the following criteria: You receive a negative molecular (e.g., PCR) COVID test
  • You have self-isolated for 48 hours and then receive a negative result from a rapid antigen test.

If, however, you test positive for COVID, you will need to enter a period of isolation. Note that the guidance for isolation is written for students, but may contain information of interest to staff and faculty as well.