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Self Isolation Procedures

If you have a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 IU requires you to self-isolate following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious (in this case COVID-19) from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

You should remain at your self-isolation location (generally, this should be your permanent residence), avoid group or social settings, engage in no public activities if possible, refrain from attending work or school, refrain from exposing others and practice social distancing during the isolation period.

Do not self-isolate on campus or in large shared housing settings, such as residence halls and Greek houses that may have shared living, sleeping, and/or restroom areas, without the prior written approval of the designated Indiana University office for your campus.

  • Regardless of where you stay, the location should have a private room and private bath.
  • If this presents a short-term housing burden, please contact us at

You should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others.

  • If you have roommates, they should self-quarantine in another location. IU may require the self-quarantine of all members of the residence in an effort to limit any potential exposure to the IU community. Stay in your room as much as possible, limit your movement in shared living spaces. For meals or other items, you may need to have your roommates bring those things to the outside of your door as opposed to making a meal yourself in the kitchen or leaving your isolation location to pick things up. Self-isolation at your permanent residence is highly preferred.

Monitor your health in accordance with the CDC guidelines for isolation. Watch for these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4º F / 38º C or above), take and record your temperature twice a day.
  • Coughing.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.

If you develop a fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away. Please call ahead so the provider can take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Tell the provider your symptoms and recent travel or that you had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If available, it is also advised that you wear a surgical mask once symptoms arise, to limit the potential transmission to others.

Students who do not follow these requirements will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be subject to student conduct charges. Additionally, the local health department has the authority to issue mandated, court-ordered quarantine or isolation for anyone who refuses to self-quarantine or self-isolate.

Protect Yourself from Respiratory Infections

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • For more information please visit IU’s COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions, please email: