Self-Quarantine Guide

What Does Self-Quarantine Mean?

Self-quarantine is a precautionary measure that individuals should take if they have been, or have strong reason to believe they have potentially been, exposed to a contagious disease, such as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This most likely applies to individuals who have recently traveled to any area where there is a coronavirus outbreak or who are in close contact with other individuals who have traveled to such areas. Self-quarantine for the coronavirus should last 14 days. 

Out of an abundance of caution, the University has expanded its recommendation for self-quarantine. If any of the following situations apply to you, you should self-quarantine for 14 days and avoid returning to campus until after that time. These include effective March 16

  • Returning from any international travel
  • Being in close contact with anyone who has traveled to areas of concern for COVID-19 or has been ordered to quarantine because of exposure to the virus.

Please note: This direction has been updated because all international travel has now been elevated to a Level-2 or Level-3 CDC warning. This is in line with the University's previous instructions for all people returning from countries with a Level-2 or Level-3 warning to self-quarantine This is not retroactive but effective as of Monday, March 16. It is important to remember this situation is fluid and these instructions will continue to evolve. Please continue to check this page often for the latest information. 

If you self-quarantine
Faculty members, staff or students ordered to, or deciding to, self-quarantine must complete this form to inform the University. Please note: This is a change from calling the Student Health Center. 

  • Students who are in self-quarantine should proactively contact instructors to alert them to their situation, and request other accommodations if needed. 
  • Staff who are in self-quarantine should notify their supervisor. 

    • If a public health official orders the self-quarantine, missed time is forgiven. If you are asked by the University, or choosing to self-quarantine and not ordered by health officials, missed time should be accounted for through comp time, sick leave, vacation time or made up. 

Steps to Take if You Are Asked to Self-Quarantine

  • Complete this form to inform the University. 

  • Consult with your instructors, department head or supervisor to let them know of your condition in self-quarantine. 

  • Discuss arrangements for others you may live with.

  • Consider resources you will need during quarantine, such as food, toiletries, entertainment, etc, and seek assistance in obtaining those items.

Understanding Self-Quarantine

The CDC suggests the following actions during self-quarantine:

  • Restrict activities outside of your home except for medical visits.

  • Limit contact with other people and pets in your home.

  • Wash your hands frequently.

  • Clean all of the high-touch surfaces in your area frequently. Examples include your electronic devices, light switches, door knobs, etc. 

  • Don’t share such household items as drinking glasses, plates, utensils, bedding, towels or clothing. Wash the items you do use regularly. 

  • Pay close attention to your health. If you begin to experience symptoms, contact a medical professional.  Make sure you call in advance to let them know you have been in quarantine for coronavirus and now don’t feel well. 

  • For more information and further suggestions for cleaning, visit

Quarantine vs. Isolation according to the CDC

  • Quarantine - separates and restricts movement of an individual who has been, or potentially been, exposed to a contagious disease in order to monitor their health.

  • Isolation - separates an individual who is infected with a quarantinable contagious disease from others who are not sick.

  • In sum, an individual who has been, or potentially been, exposed to a contagious disease will be quarantined for a specific amount of time so that their health can be monitored. If that individual becomes sick with the disease, their health professionals may require them to enter into isolation.