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Self quarantine guidance

IU requires that you self-quarantine for 14 days following return to the U.S. or if you have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

You should remain at your registered self-quarantine location (generally, this should be your permanent residence), avoid congregate settings, limit public activities, refrain from attending work or school, refrain from exposing others who are coming to campus (e.g. a roommate or friend), and practice social distancing during the 14-day period.

Do not self-quarantine 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 approval of Indiana University.

  • 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.

  • Self-quarantine at your permanent residence is highly preferred. If your self-quarantine location has a shared living space (family members, roommates, etc.), it is recommended that all members of the residence self-quarantine for 14 days as well. If you have another permanent residence that does not have a shared living space, it is highly preferred that you self-quarantine at that location.

Monitor your health for 14 days, starting from your return to the US or from your last contact with a confirmed or suspectedCOVID-19 infection. Watch for these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4º F / 38ºC 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.

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 and HR FAQs. If you have questions, please email: