The Center for Health and Wellbeing supports students in protecting their health and the health of others. Our goal is to help you access health resources at UVM and to understand health policies from UVM and the Vermont Department of Health. 

Click here for information on UVM’s overall response to COVID-19. If you need an immediate response to any questions please email

Here are some answers to frequent questions and topics related to COVID-19. Please check back regularly as information may change. 

Last updated 9/20/21.


What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2-14 days after exposure, so you can spread the virus without even knowing it. These are the most common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever (100.4◦F) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you’re sick with any illness, please stay home or in your room and call Student Health Services to talk to an advice clinic.  Student Health Services will assess your symptoms to determine if you need to get tested. 

As with any sickness follow these additional guidelines to protect yourself and others:

To protect yourself:

  • Follow COVID protocols: wear masks when indoors, stay home if you don’t feel well, and limit large indoor gatherings.

  • Rest and stay hydrated.

  • Clean your hands often either with soap and water for 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

To protect others:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

  • Use a separate bathroom if available.

  • Avoid sharing personal household items (cups, dishes, utensils, towels, bedding).

  • Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces at least once a day.

  • Avoid public areas/transportation.

Where should I get tested if I have symptoms?

If you are a student and have COVID-19 symptoms please schedule an appointment to get tested by calling Student Health Services or online at Do not go to the UVM COVID Testing Center if you have symptoms.

Quarantine and Isolation

What is close contact?

Close contact means being within six feet of someone with COVID-19 during their infectious period for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Do I need to quarantine and/or isolate if I am fully vaccinated?

If you are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing any symptoms you are at low risk for developing COVID-19 and do not need to quarantine. You can continue to go to classes and be in public on campus. 

If you develop symptoms get tested immediately.  If you test positive for COVID-19 and...

  • Live on campus: you will move into a designated isolation space. You will have access to medical services as needed and meals delivered by Campus Dining. More information about the quarantine and isolation process and experience is available here.
  • Live off campus: you will isolate in your living space with access to medical services. Wear a mask if you are ever in a shared space and do not attend in-person classes or other obligations. The Vermont Department of Health describes the kinds of activities that are and are not permissible under quarantine here.

Whether you live on- or off-campus Student Health Services will communicate with your professors to request flexibility with academic expectations.

What are the quarantine and isolation processes if I am not fully vaccinated? 

If you are not fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact you will need to quarantine to limit the spread of disease.

If you live on campus please see our quarantine experience webpage for information about what to expect during quarantine or isolation.

If you live off campus and need to quarantine due exposure you will be expected to generally stay in your bedroom. Do not leave your quarantine location for any non-essential reason, including class, work, shopping, or to use public transportation. Please connect and communicate with family and friends by phone or computer. You can leave your bedroom to go to the bathroom, but you need to wear a mask and wipe down areas you used to disinfect the bathroom after each use.

If you are quarantining due to exposure you will need to monitor your symptoms. Student Health Services will also communicate with the dean of your school or college to let them know you will miss any in-person classes while you are quarantined, but we will not discuss the specifics of your situation with your professors. (See our privacy policy here).

If you experience any symptoms, please call Student Health Services 24/7. You can leave your room to seek medical care but must wear a mask to do so. Make sure you call your provider before arriving in person.

You will get tested on or after seven days of quarantine and if the test is negative you can end your quarantine.

The biggest difference between quarantining on and off campus is that if you live off campus your roommates or housemates will be expected to be your support system and help make sure you have food, hydrating beverages, and any other necessities. If your roommate or housemate is quarantined you should maintain physical distance.

Will UVM notify my family if I test positive?

For students 18 and over, UVM adheres to FERPA privacy laws. We can only share protected health information with your formal consent. We encourage you to let your family and loved ones know if you get sick.

COVID-19 Vaccine

University of Vermont requires all students to be vaccinated against COVID, with exemptions given for those with medical or religious reasons.

Vaccines are readily available in Vermont. Please see UVM Forward for more information on accessing vaccinations.