Isolation & Quarantine Housing
On-campus life is changing significantly this year due to COVID-19. For those with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or those who have been exposed to others with confirmed cases, separation from others for a period of time is an important additional step in breaking the chain of community transmission. We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of the virus—distancing, masking, isolation, and quarantine are key steps to protect each other and our communities, especially those who are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19.
On-campus isolation and quarantine housing
Housing will provide dedicated isolation & quarantine spaces for on-campus residential students. Providing these spaces is critical to minimize interactions between residents and to avoid exposing others to COVID-19. These spaces are not available to students living off-campus, faculty, staff, or community members. Isolation is for students who have either tested positive or who have symptoms and are awaiting a test or test results. Quarantine is for students who have been determined to be a close contact (having spent at least 15 minutes or more and within 6 feet) of someone who has COVID-19.
Spaces reserved for isolation and quarantine include a private bedroom, bathroom (note: some buildings may have a reserved bathroom outside of the assigned room). Transportation will be provided if the available isolation or quarantine space is outside of your assigned building/campus area.
What is provided
The length of time that students are in isolation or quarantine varies based on individual circumstances but can be up to 10-14 days. Isolation and quarantine rooms include a mini-refrigerator and microwave, as well as the following items:
- a personal thermometer
- two disposable face masks
- a bottle of hand sanitizer
- a box of tissues
- three bottles of water (additional water will be included with your daily food delivery)
- linen packets (two sets per room)
- towel packets (two sets per room)
- pillows (two)
- blankets (two)
- cleaner and disinfectant
- paper towels
- toilet paper
- trash can liners (also used for soiled linen and towels)
What you should bring
We recommend students needing to isolate or quarantine bring enough supplies for up to two weeks. See our packing list for more suggestions.
- cell phone & charger
- laptop & charger
- textbooks, course notes, other needed supplies for courses
- toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush & paste, shampoo, body wash, etc.)
- medications (contact Boynton Pharmacy for prescription delivery options)
- personal blankets or pillows if desired
- additional face coverings
- books, video games, etc. for personal use
- preferred snacks & food to supplement provided M Dining meals
- clothing for up to two weeks
Dining and deliveries
Students completing isolation or quarantine cannot leave their space for personal and community safety reasons. Students in isolation & quarantine will receive a daily contactless delivery of meals from M Dining. Additional instructions and a link to place your daily meal order will be emailed once you start the isolation/quarantine process.
If students in isolation or quarantine receive mail or packages, those are delivered to their space by Housing staff via contactless delivery. Information Desks may only accept packages received through U.S. mail or by a bonded delivery service such as UPS, FedEx, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Do if You are Experiencing Symptoms or Have Been Exposed
If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you should fill out this Boynton screening form right away. Your responses will be reviewed by public health staff at Boynton. These staff will let HRL staff know if you need to be in isolation or quarantine.
As Housing & Residential Life can quickly isolate and quarantine roommates, this option will be considered only when a student:
As it may be difficult to stay away from others, and due to how students live and interact inside residence halls, Boynton Health and Housing & Residential Life will not be providing a 7-day quarantine option. This is in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
On-campus housing residents who have tested positive will receive guidance from Boynton Health and Housing & Residential Life. Students will be released from isolation by medical professionals when they have recovered and are no longer displaying symptoms.
University students may schedule COVID-19 testing with Boynton Health by visiting boynton.umn.edu/myboynton. Testing occurs Monday-Friday at the University Recreation & Wellness Center. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to get a test, but you do need an appointment.
Isolations and Quarantine Locations
If Boynton Health professionals determine that a student living in University housing needs to be in isolation or quarantine, that student will receive instructions and have the choice to do so on- or off-campus.
If a student chooses to complete isolation or quarantine on-campus, they will be provided a space that meets the public health needs of their situation. Students in a very limited number of circumstances are able to stay in their permanent assignment for their isolation or quarantine period. There is no additional cost to residents using these spaces during their isolation or quarantine periods.
If a student chooses to complete isolation or quarantine off-campus, they must communicate that to Housing & Residential Life staff. Students in isolation or quarantine off-campus will be contacted by HRL staff when they are approved to return to their on-campus assignment. They are not permitted to return until approved to do so.
Talk with your family about the best place for you to isolate or quarantine
We strongly encourage students to talk with their families about the isolation and quarantine plans outlined here. Students and families who prefer another place to complete isolation or quarantine, such as their family home, may choose to do so. MDH provides the following guidelines for determining whether at-home or on-campus isolation or quarantine is the best option for you and your family:
- consider whether anyone in the household is at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19
- consider whether you are able to isolate or quarantine in a way that minimizes the spread of COVID-19 to others
- consider whether you can travel back home in a way that doesn’t expose others
Bathrooms for isolation and quarantine spaces vary. Some are private in the room, some are a single-user across the hall, and some are an assigned stall in a community bathroom. Each isolation or quarantine space can meet specific needs depending on the individual situation of a resident.
You must use only your assigned bathroom during isolation or quarantine. Rest assured that you are assigned to a space that meets the needs of both you and the individuals around you.
M Dining Food Deliveries
While in isolation or quarantine, students must complete the M Dining meal order form by 5 pm the previous day.
Housing staff will deliver meals to your room via contactless delivery between 4-6 pm. Meals include a hot dinner and food that can be heated for breakfast, lunch, and a snack the following day. Bottled water will also be delivered with the meals.
There will be “pantry meals” for students beginning their isolation or quarantine outside of the meal delivery schedule. These meals include things like, soup, granola bars, and other basic foods to fill the gap between when entering isolation or quarantine and getting on the meal delivery schedule.
Students may pack/bring their own food to their isolation or quarantine space. While meals are provided, many students enjoy having some of their own selections to supplement the daily meals.
If at any point you have questions about the food you have or have not received your food, please see the “Who to Contact” section below.
Packages & Other Food Delivery
If a package arrives that you need before being released from isolation or quarantine, DO NOT attempt to retrieve it yourself. Contact the information desk or your Residence Director and it will be delivered to your room along with your next meal delivery.
If you wish to have food or anything else delivered, plan to have it delivered between 4-6 pm each day so Housing’s contactless delivery staff can bring it to your room. It is helpful if you can alert the information desk or Residence Director that you’re planning to do this in advance.
You should not leave your isolation or quarantine space to get your delivery yourself.
Staying in Your Isolation or Quarantine Space
During your isolation or quarantine period, you must remain out of public places. This includes lounges, lobbies, study spaces, the information desk, dining centers, hallways, and other common areas. The only reason to leave your space is to go to your assigned bathroom, to be tested for COVID-19, or to go to a critical medical appointment. You must wear a face-covering at all times outside of your isolation or quarantine space.
Do not interact with others in person. People with active COVID-19 or awaiting test results due to possible exposure to COVID-19 need to physically separate from others to ensure mutual health and safety. You should not use public transportation or ride-sharing.
Your isolation or quarantine period begins immediately after you are notified by a housing staff member. Once contacted by them, you should not go anywhere except a location necessary to reach your isolation or quarantine space (e.g., you can check in to get the keys to your isolation space, but you should not go to the dining center to get food).
Violation of these isolation or quarantine protocols may result in follow-up from the Office from Community Standards and could include suspension from the University.
Caring for Your Health
Boynton staff will ask you to check in daily via a Boynton Daily Symptom Monitoring Form. This check-in will help them determine your release timeline.
If you have a thermometer (one is provided in your check-in kit if you are in an on-campus isolation space), take your temperature daily and keep track of it. Generally, anything over 100.4F/38C would indicate a fever. It will be important to know when your fever subsides. If your symptoms worsen, please call Boynton's nurse line at 612-625-7900 for further instructions, or call 911 for emergency transportation to a hospital.
Please know that most Boynton services are still operating at this time such as urgent care, pharmacy services and mental health (virtually).
Who to Contact
Just because you’re in isolation or quarantine doesn’t mean there aren’t people here to answer your questions or help.
- During business hours, you can reach out to the Residence Director of the building.
- On evenings and weekends you can reach out to the CA on Duty, and our Information Desks are open 24 hours a day.
All of these contact numbers are listed on the Isolation and Quarantine info sheet you receive when you check-in (or is located in your room).
Completing Isolation & Quarantine
You are not permitted to move out of/leave your isolation or quarantine space until a Housing staff member has notified you that you are released. Boynton Health will notify HRL staff when you have completed your isolation or quarantine period and we will notify you that same day. If you have questions on your release timeline, you can contact Boynton staff at [email protected].
If you wish to transition your isolation or quarantine location from on-campus to off-campus you are welcome to do so. You should notify your Residence Director and they will help make arrangements for your checkout.
Transportation to Isolation or Quarantine Locations
If your on-campus isolation or quarantine space is some distance from your permanent room, we will provide you with a taxi ride to your isolation or quarantine building at no cost. We will also provide transportation if you have a COVID test appointment on-campus only while completing your isolation or quarantine period based on your temporary assignment.
The person who contacts you about moving to isolation or quarantine will have more information on this process.
Taking care during isolation and quarantine
Completing isolation or quarantine is not only a difficult experience physically if you are ill, but one that will likely be emotionally taxing for many. While in-person contact must be limited to avoid spreading the virus, our staff are here to support your mental health as well as your physical recovery.
You should not visit the Information Desk in person; instead use the main phone number to call if you need something. If you have non-urgent questions, use the building email account. This is monitored by a professional staff member daily Monday-Friday. Find contact information for each building on housing.umn.edu/contact.
Whenever our business office is closed there is a Community Advisor On Duty (weekdays: 4:30pm-8:00am; weekends: 24 hours). Students will receive an instruction packet with your building’s On Duty staff phone number.
Also, you do not need to be emotionally isolated from people in your support network. We encourage you to set up lots of calls and virtual hangouts with friends and family to ensure you are staying connected to your community.
Visit the following websites for additional campus resources and opportunities:
- Student Unions & Activities: Virtual Programs
- Student Wellbeing Guide
- Undergrad Update Resources
- Academic Success Centers