Information for Students in Quarantine

Quarantine Process

Individuals may be asked to Quarantine for various reasons: 

  • If you have been notified by Health services that you are a close contact, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days. CDC describes a “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. Please note, you must quarantine for as long as directed by Health Services, even if you receive a negative test result for COVID-19.  This is a recommendation from the Virginia Department of Health. Testing is not recommended unless the individual is symptomatic. The duration of quarantine cannot be shortened by a negative test. 
  • Quarantine is not recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but a test is required 3-5 days after the exposure to a COVID positive person.   
  • If you are returning to the College from another country you will be required to quarantine for 10 days. 

Students may quarantine in their assigned residence space or at home if they choose. Students opting to quarantine at home must notify Health Services. 

Students in quarantine should follow these guidelines: 

Caring for Others.  

If you may possibly have COVID-19, remember it is highly contagious and you have an obligation to protect others.  

  • Do not attend class, events or enter campus buildings, including dining halls. 
  • Guests will not be allowed to visit while you are in quarantine. 
  • Use your own dishes, drinking glasses and all eating utensils (do not share). 
  • Wear a facial covering and maintain physical distance if leaving your room to collect items or go to the bathroom. 
  • You may move about for necessity (using the restroom, fire alarm). 
  • Do not leave your room to do laundry if it is a shared laundry facility. 
  • Remain in your room as much as possible and practice social distancing. 


  • Dining services will deliver two meals and a continental breakfast to you once a day at between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (subject to change).  
  • Meals must be left at the entrance of the building or designated table for you to collect so as to protect those delivering. Please do your best to limit trips out of your room to collect items. 
  • Students beginning isolation after 1 p.m. will be responsible for their own meals until the lunch time drop off the next day. Students can order contactless delivery or have a friend leave meals outside their room for them to pick up. 

Mail delivery 

  • If you have mail or packages that need to be picked up, it will be delivered to you. In regards to mail delivery, every attempt will be made to get it to you as soon as possible, however it could be the following day depending on staffing. 
  • Mail will be picked up at 2 p.m. (when all mail is usually to campus). It will then be delivered to your residence hall, outside your door for contactless delivery. The staff members delivering will call you or knock to let you know the mail is in front of your door.   

Caring for Physical Well-Being: 

  • Monitor yourself for any potential symptoms of the virus (i.e, coughing, fever, chills or muscle aches, shortness of breath). Check your temperature in the morning and evening, and be prepared to report any symptoms to Health Services at 540-375-2286. 
  • Eat regular, healthy meals 
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep 
  • Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking, and vaping 

 Caring for your Mental well-being: 

  • Find a way to keep active, even if it’s in your room. 
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can.   
  • Stay in contact with friends and family via phone, Facetime, Skype, What’s App, etc. 
  • You can still participate in virtual counseling groups or sessions. 
  • Let’s Talk is virtual! 
  • Utilize TAO, a self-help tool for mental health for all Maroons! 
  • If additional support is needed, contact Student Counseling at 540-375-2286. Don’t be afraid to call and ask for help.  

Caring for your Academic well-being: 

  • Contact faculty to say you are unable to attend your classes. Ask to work with them on staying caught up or catching up on work and assignments. If you need further assistance, contact the Center for Learning and Teaching at 540-375-2247. 
  • Zoom versions of your courses will not be offered, but your instructors will work with you in other ways. 
  • If you have a job on campus or off campus, contact your employer/supervisor and inform them you will be unable to report to work until cleared to return. 
  • Take advantage of additional virtual resources, such as office hours and Subject Tutoring. 
  • If your physical health prevents you from completing your academics, please work with Student Health to notify faculty and create a plan for completion when your health is stronger. 

Stay healthy Maroons!