[Last updated Sept. 30] 

Students may need to be: 1) isolated as a result of a COVID-19 positive test result, 2) isolated when symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test results; or 3) quarantined as a result of contact tracing.

There will be dedicated quarantine and isolation spaces on campus for students who test positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms and awaiting test results, or were identified as an unvaccinated close contact.
 

Symptomatic Students

Students who are symptomatic and/or are concerned about possible infection, regardless of their vaccination status, should immediately contact the SWC for further guidance.
 

Contact Tracing

The Student Wellness Center (SWC) will conduct contact tracing on any student who tests positive through ongoing weekly testing, clinical testing at the SWC, or through outside testing (students who test positive through an outside testing provider must notify the Student Wellness Center). 

  • The student who tests positive will provide a list of close contacts to the SWC. The SWC will then reach out to the identified individuals within 24 hours to discuss next steps according to the contact's state of health at the time of contact and vaccination status.  Only campus contacts will be contacted by the SWC. The PA Department of Health is responsible for non-campus contact tracing.

  • For close contacts who are fully vaccinated:

    • Asymptomatic vaccinated students who are identified close contacts do not need to formally quarantine, but should wear a mask in public indoor spaces for at least 14 days after exposure.

    • They should monitor themselves for any symptom development and be evaluated and tested should symptoms develop.

    • Vaccinated close contacts should be tested for COVID 3-5 days after their last exposure to the positive individual to decrease potential asymptomatic spread. This testing can be done through the SWC.  

  • For close contacts who are not fully vaccinated:

    • Unvaccinated students who are identified close contacts will be required to formally quarantine.

    • Formal quarantine lasts 14 days following the date of the last exposure to the positive individual. There is a potential for early release if the close contact remains asymptomatic and with a negative PCR test at least 7 days from last exposure. The ultimate release date will be determined by the SWC based on all of the above information.

    • Unvaccinated students can continue their regularly scheduled testing during their quarantine provided they remain asymptomatic.

  • If you are not contacted by the SWC within 24 hours of possible exposure but feel you may be a close contact, please call the SWC to discuss your concerns.

 

Quarantine and Isolation Protocol

Students are strongly encouraged to contact their parents or guardian if they are moved into quarantine or isolation. If a student is quarantining or isolating, House Deans will be notified and a short term health leave will be processed, if necessary. Students in quarantine and isolation should contact their faculty about how best to continue to participate in their courses. Professors will not be notified of specific diagnosis and test results for individual students. Professors may be notified if they are found to be a close contact, but the individual student's name will not be released during this process.
 

Students living in on- or off-campus housing who are not fully vaccinated and identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine:
  • on campus in a designated quarantine space.

    OR

  • In their single apartment if doing so does not impact the health and safety of others.

    OR

  • at home if traveling does not impact the health and safety of the public. If you choose to return home for your quarantine period, please notify the College at COVID19testing@fandm.edu.
     

Students living in on- or off-campus housing who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to isolate:
  • on campus in a designated isolation space.

    OR

  • In their single apartment if doing so does not impact the health and safety of others.

    OR

  • at home if they feel well enough to travel and if traveling does not impact the health and safety of the public. If you choose to return home for your isolation period, please notify the College at COVID19testing@fandm.edu.
     

Commuters will need to quarantine and isolate at home.

 

On Campus Quarantine & Isolation

During quarantine, students will be able to leave their rooms only to use the bathroom, get their meals from the delivery point, or in case of an emergency. It is critical that during the quarantine period all protocols for physical distancing, masking, and hand hygiene are followed.

Release from Quarantine occurs 14 days after last exposure to the individual. Options for earlier release per CDC guidelines can be discussed with the SWC.

Release from Isolation occurs when an individual has improving symptoms, is fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours, and has been at least 10 days from either positive test or start of symptoms.