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Exposure quarantine takes places when you have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive a contract tracer will call to let you know and explain what you will need to do to quarantine and keep yourself and others safe. You will quarantine for seven days, take another COVID test (with results available within 36-48 hours), and then leave quarantine once you get negative results.

Off-Campus Quarantine

If you live off campus, you will quarantine in your off-campus housing. That means you should stay in your room with the door closed and only leave it to go to the bathroom. If you have housemates please ask them to bring food to your door.

On-Campus Quarantine

If you live on campus, UVM provides separate housing for students who need to quarantine. The following information will help you learn more about what to expect from that experience. 

Packing and Transportation to Quarantine

If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, Student Health Services will transport you to the quarantine space. While some supplemental supplies are available, you should plan to bring the following with you:

Packing List:

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Laptop and charging cord
  • Phone and charger

Optional supplies:

  • Things to keep yourself entertained (art projects, puzzles, etc.)
  • Small fan if you like white noise
  • Small lamp if you don’t want to use overhead lighting

Your contact tracer will coordinate with quarantine housing to pick you up and bring you to your quarantine space. Typically, you are notified at least one hour in advance of getting picked up, but this timing may vary.

Arrival and Check-In

Once you arrive at the designated quarantine space, you will go through an intake process, sign the quarantine housing contract, and get your room assignment. After getting settled, staff will provide you with an orientation.  

Student Health Services staff will 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 confidentiality policy here.) This confidentiality policy also means we are not able to communicate with family members or friends without your written permission. 

At check in you will receive the following supplies in your welcome packet:

  • 10 medical grade face masks (to be worn in common spaces at all times) 
  • Tissues
  • Thermometer
  • Welcome booklet

Additionally, all floors and common areas have hand sanitizer and all rooms contain a large container of sanitizing wipes.

Behavioral Expectations

You play a central role in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 while you are in quarantine or isolation. The following behavioral expectations are designed with the understanding that UVM students are autonomous adults invested in keeping our community safe. The expectations of students in quarantine and isolation are in addition to the commitments you agreed to when you signed the Green and Gold Promise.

While in quarantine medical grade face masks must be worn in common spaces of the building at all times. Masks must be worn properly, covering both nose and mouth. You will be provided with 10 medical grade masks with your welcome packet. 

You can leave your room to go to the front desk, pick up meals, and use the restroom on your floor. You may not gather in groups, eenter anyone else’s room, or congregate in common areas. You are allowed to leave the building for medical appointments and re-testing as directed by Student Health Services. 

See here for a full list of responsibilities and requirements

Onsite support

In order to provide students with support and answer questions, the quarantine and isolation spaces are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students are also encouraged to participate in virtual programming and services while they are in quarantine.

View the virtual event calendar on UVM Bored. 

In addition, medical support is available through Student Health Services from 8-4:30 Monday-Friday and 9-1 on Saturdays. Outside of those hours, please call Student Health Services’ triage line at 866-878-2485 if you have urgent medical needs. 

Mental Health

Entering quarantine or isolation may be stressful or anxiety-provoking. Some students feel worried about getting sick or having COVID, overwhelmed, lonely, or out of sorts from a disruption to your routine. If you feel this way you are not alone. 

Stay connected to your support system on- and off-campus. Talk to friends who have been through quarantine or isolation about what tips they have for getting through it. Make an appointment with a CAPS counselor, drop in for a Let's Talk conversation, join a mindfulness or yoga class to help center yourself (yoga mats are available if you didn't bring one with you), or listen to a mindfulness recording

Check out mental health resources here. 

Dining Services and Food Delivery

UVM Dining delivers meals to students while in quarantine or isolation. Meals include a pantry stocked with breakfast items, cold lunch (delivered midday), and a hot dinner (delivered in the early evening). Hours for delivery are available here

If you have special dietary needs (i.e. vegetarian, vegan or food allergies/intolerances) please notify staff when you check into quarantine. This information is shared with UVM Dining. If you have questions or concerns about special dietary needs, portion sizes, or the menu please contact UVM Dining's Registered Dietitian,

The quarantine and isolation locations all have snacks available at no cost and you can also have meals or groceries delivered to your quarantine location. 


Remember how your residence hall room looked when you moved in? Your quarantine housing will be similar. Bring bedding, pillows, and anything else you need to be comfortable while living in the space. If you forget anything some supplies are available at the front desk and your friends can always drop things off for you. 

Keeping Busy

While quarantining is not the same as going to a hotel, there are some supplies and resources available for you during your stay

  • Snacks
  • Coffee bar in the lobby
  • Yoga mats that you can borrow
  • Basic art supplies
  • Weekly hall meetings

You can also participate in all of UVM’s virtual services and programming from quarantine. 

Checking-out of Quarantine

Day 7 test results may come in during the afternoon, evening or middle of the night. After getting your negative test results, you will wait for the next designated discharge period to leave. Students who would like to use Student Health Services transportation can be discharged  between 9 am and 12 pm. Discharges between 1 pm and 4 pm require that you arrange for your own transportation.

Student Health Services



Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

After Hours Service 

For immediate needs only

Updated 2/25/21