Student Isolation and Self-Quarantine
Common Questions and What to Expect

What Is Isolation and Self-Quarantine

    Contact tracing is the process of identifying people with whom they came in close contact, working with them to interrupt disease spread. If someone tests positive and a student has had direct contact with them, the student will receive a call from UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and will be told whether to self-quarantine.
    Isolation separates people with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have tested positive from others. Individuals should stay home and away from others who share their residence.
    Self-quarantine separates people who do not have symptoms but were in close contact with someone who tested positive, to monitor whether they become symptomatic. A person can be contagious before symptoms begin to prevent the virus from spreading.

Being placed in quarantine or isolation

How will I find out if I need to isolate or quarantine?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate. If you test positive through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect or the UF Student Health Care Center, our contract tracing team will call you to: 

  1. Initiate the isolation process.
  2. Learn more about who you have been in close contact with recently. It is imperative to the health of our community that you provide information to the contact tracers. 

If you get tested elsewhere and test positive, you should contact UF Health Screen, Test & Protect at 352-273-9790, so you can receive care and initiate the contact tracing process. 

If you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive, you will receive a phone call from a contact tracing team member with steps on how to quarantine and schedule a test. 

Is UF testing contact-traced students prior to moving them into quarantine? 

Our first goal is to move students into temporary housing assignments, as it may take a few days from contact for a student to become COVID-19 positive. Once in quarantine, we will offer an initial testing appointment and a re-testing appointment several days later.  

How much time will I have to pack? What do I need to bring?

  • We work with each student to ensure they understand the urgency of the situation, but also have enough time to gather necessary items prior to checking in to their isolation os quarantine space.  
  • We encourage you to pack enough items for 14 days. You will not have access to laundry facilities.
  • You will not be permitted to enter your permanent residence hall assignment until you are cleared to return to campus.
  • All personal items you need for the 14-day period must be packed and moved with you to the temporary space. 

How do I get from a residence hall to my temporary isolation or quarantine assignment? 

If you have your own private means of transportation, you are encouraged to use it to get to your temporary isolation or quarantine assignment. If you do not have personal transportation available, the University of Florida will provide transportation. The GatorLift Express, operated by Transportation and Parking Services, stands ready seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to transport students withheld from campus to designated isolation or quarantine sites.

If you are withheld from campus and need to be relocated, Student Affairs staff will call you to coordinate and discuss your plans for isolation or quarantine. If you are in need of transportation, they will work with you to schedule a ride.

Students will receive a clearly defined pickup location and time. A student must wear a mask throughout their transport, use the rear entry door to vehicle and practice physical distancing from the driver. Students will be responsible for all handling of luggage and belongings.

Sanitation of high-touch areas will occur between rides and complete sanitation of the vehicle will be twice a day. The driver will not have air conditioning on recirculate.

If I test positive, will I face disciplinary action?

No. Testing positive is not a conduct violation. Breaking UF policies, such as the masking and physical distancing or campus events and gathering policies may result in conduct violations.

Will I get in trouble or others in trouble by what I tell contact tracing?

Information gathered through contract tracing is not shared with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

If I’m isolated or quarantined, will I still be able to participate in classes and stay on track with my academic progress?

If you have to isolate or quarantine, you may not attend in-person classes. Staff in Student Affairs will work with you to make sure you have virtual options for any in-person course work. You will receive an email approximately four hours after your status changes to “not cleared for campus” with additional instructions.

Should you experience circumstances that impact your ability to attend class virtually or complete assignments, please complete use the following link to submit an Instructor Notification Request. Instructor Notifications are not an official excuse to miss class, but they do provide communications to faculty on a student’s behalf to request that the instructor work with the student to complete missed coursework/exams when appropriate.

Quarantine Locations  

Residence Halls

If you live on campus in a residence hall, we have quarantine and isolation spaces held for you on campus. Students who test positive will stay in a different campus location than students who had close contact with someone who tested positive. If a student staying in quarantine status tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be moved to an isolation space. Student Affairs staff will reach out to check on you and provide any additional support, including academic assistance, if needed. You will have a Student Affairs point of contact for questions throughout your temporary assignment.

What residence halls are students being quarantined in?  Are students being quarantined in Graduate Villages?

Most quarantine spaces are in vacant residence halls and a few are in Graduate and Family Housing, or GFH. The residence halls are:

A temporary housing assignment within GFH is not a primary option, and if used, would only be used for students who are in quarantine and withheld from campus for being in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. 

It is important to note that each apartment in GFH has its own bathroom and air-conditioning unit. Students in temporary assignments will not have access to common areas or laundry facilities. Staff will be providing students contactless food delivery and a clear list of instructions regarding expectations for quarantine/isolation. In addition, students will receive regular check-ins and support from Student Affairs staff to promote the adoption of healthy behaviors.  

Sororities and Fraternities

If you live in a sorority or fraternity house, you may not continue to reside in the house during your time of quarantine or isolation, unless:

  • You have moved into an independent quarantine/isolation room in accordance with CDC guidelines (that was part of the house’s reopening plan) or
  • Screen, Test & Protect officials determine alternative plans.

If you have to move out of your house, you have the option of isolating or quarantining in designated local hotels. Costs associated with the hotel stay go to you or the house corporation, depending on the chapter house. You should work with Sorority & Fraternity Affairs staff to follow procedures for obtaining an isolation or quarantine space in a hotel. Student Affairs staff will reach out to check on students and provide any additional support, including academic assistance, if needed. 

Graduate & Family Housing

If you live in Graduate & Family Housing, you will remain in your apartment for your quarantine or isolation. Staff will reach out to check on you, provide meal options and any additional support, including academic assistance, if needed. 

Off-Campus Housing

If you live off-campus, you will remain in your apartment or home for your quarantine. Staff will reach out to check on you and provide food delivery support and guidance in how to effectively quarantine. Additionally, students will receive information on resources, including academic support and check-ins. 

What To Expect in the Quarantine Residence Halls

  • Furnishings
    The rooms have twin beds, a desk, a chair and a dresser.
  • Laundry Services 
    Students in quarantine or isolation will not have access to laundry facilities. We recommend you bring two weeks’ worth of clothes with you.
  • Linens, Towels and Pillows
    You will need to bring your own linens, towels and pillows, just as you would in your primary residence hall.  
  • WiFi / Internet Access
    Students will have access to the internet and should remember to bring any charging cords, power adapters or hardware usually used to conduct remote classes.

May I use communal bathrooms and kitchens while waiting for test results? 

We have residence halls that do have communal bathrooms and kitchens. We have enhanced cleaning protocols in place in all our halls. In guidance from the UF Health experts in epidemiology, there is a very low chance of the virus spreading through bathrooms and objects that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils and furniture. 

Food and Water During Quarantine

Will I be provided food and water? 

  • Yes. We are providing contactless delivery for three meals a day, snacks and beverages with options for any dietary accommodations. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle. You will receive an email 4 hours after you are withheld from campus with your meal delivery options.
  • If you have a meal plan or declining balance, meal provisions will be coordinated for you through Gator Dining. We offer a planned menu. You should complete the Quarantine Meal Allergen and Special Dietary Request form as needed. If you are not a current meal plan holder you have the option to opt into a daily supplemental plan.
  • If you live off-campus, you will receive an email with a link to order food through our Food Assistance Program. You will be provided a weekly limit of 35 points to shop within. Similar to going to a grocery store, our Food Assistance Program offers grab-and-go options as well as ingredients to make meals. 
  • If you live in a sorority or fraternity house, your house corporation may be providing to-go meals that will be delivered to the site where you are in isolation or quarantine. If not, you will receive an email with a link to order food through our Food Assistance Program. You will be provided a weekly limit of 35 points to shop within. Similar to going to a grocery store, our Food Assistance Program offers grab-and-go options as well as ingredients to make meals. 
  • Additionally, Student Government has sponsored free delivery through Bite Squad on Fridays. You can use the code “ufstudentgov” nationwide to get free delivery.

If I am not on a dining plan, will I still get food delivered? 

Yes. All local students can have food delivered to them.

Seeking Medical Care

If I get COVID-19 and end up with more serious symptoms, am I on my own to get help/seek medical care? 

This is a partnership. We need you to monitor how you are feeling and be honest with your Student Affairs contact during regular check-ins with our team. If your symptoms become serious, we will work with you to get the medical care necessary.