If You Are Sick or Exposed

Because the symptoms of COVID-19 are not yet fully understood, students, faculty and staff who are experiencing any symptoms of illness are expected to stay home, even if those symptoms do not appear to be related to COVID-19.

If you are sick, stay home.

Protect yourself. Even if you don't have COVID-19, illness makes you more susceptible to viral infections.

Protect others. Even if you have a mild case of COVID-19, you can spread it to others who may have more serious reactions.

Communicate. Employees should notify their school director and/or supervisor and complete the Illness Registry. Students should contact the Student Health Center to review their symptoms.

Be flexible. Make backup plans to cover your responsibilities if you or someone in your life gets sick. Prepare to adapt and support students and colleagues who may get sick. 

Be responsible. This is not the time to "power through" an illness. Take the time to get well.

Get Care

If you experience flu-like symptoms, call or email your primary healthcare provider. Students should contact the Student Health Center. Please do not walk into clinics without calling or emailing ahead.

Attendance Policies

Faculty must develop attendance policies for their classes that do not penalize students who are not in class due to illness or quarantine from close contact to a person with COVID-19. At this time, faculty may not require a doctor’s note to verify the student’s illness. Students are not required to seek accommodation through the Office of Access and Accommodation, but faculty may contact that office for assistance. Please see COVID-19 and Student Accommodations Document for more details.

Returning to Campus

After a non-COVID-19 Illness

If you have stayed home with symptoms of illness not related to COVID-19, you may return to campus after 24 hours symptom free (without medication)

After Symptomatic COVID-19

If you have stayed home due to a confirmed or presumed cased of COVID-19 with symptoms, you may return to campus either:

  • After at least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms and at least 24 hours have passed since symptoms have resolved without medication
  • After your symptoms have resolved without medication and you have two negative tests collected at least 24 hours apart

* These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations as of July 20, 2020 and are subject to change.

After Asymptomatic COVID-19

If you have a positive COVID-19 test but experience no symptoms of the illness, you may return to campus either:

  • After 10 days since your initial positive test
  • If required by your school or clinical site, after two negative tests collected at least 24 hours apart

* These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations as of July 20, 2020 and are subject to change.

After COVID-19 Exposure

An individual is considered to have a prolonged exposure to COVID-19 if that individual has been in close contact (less than 6 feet) with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, without a face covering, for more than 15 minutes. An individual also may learn of exposure through a campus or county public health tracing team. 

Students, report a prolonged exposure to the Student Health Center. Employees, contact your supervisor to report exposure.

Students or employees with prolonged exposure is expected to quarantine at home for 14 days since the last exposure, carefully monitoring for symptoms. You may return to campus after 14 days of quarantine with no additional or new exposure, no symptoms and no fever.

* These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations as of July 20, 2020 and are subject to change