Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
Last updated August 28, 2023
UND follows isolation and quarantine guidelines recommended by the CDC and the NDDoH.
Isolation (Positive for COVID-19)
Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.
Students and employees who are in isolation with COVID-19 (cases) should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. Generally, cases will need to isolate for at least 5-days after symptoms develop, or test date if asymptomatic.
How long do I isolate?
Please review the information below for current isolation guidance, including information about how long you should isolate.
Exposure (Close Contacts)
If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection. Learn how COVID-19 spreads and the factors that make risk of spread higher or lower.
After Being Exposed to COVID-19
- Start precautions immediately.
- Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed.
- Start counting from Day 1.
- Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to someone with COVID-19.
- Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.
- Continue precautions for 10 full days. You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
- Take precautions.
- Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public.
- Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask, including travel and public transportation settings.
- Take extra precautions if you will be around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
- Watch for symptoms:
- Get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure. Test even if you don’t develop
- If you already had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, see specific testing recommendations.
- If you test negative, continue taking precautions through day 10. You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
- If you test positive, isolate immediately.
Students can seek medical attention, which includes COVID-19 PCR testing at Student Health Services.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19:
- Consult the CDC for the latest isolation guidance.
- Email your instructors to inform them of the dates that you will be absent from in-person classes.
- Work with individual supervisors if you are a student employees on campus.
Isolation Spaces for Residence Hall Students
Students living on-campus in the residence halls are eligible to stay at a designated isolation space at no charge. The Resident Director on call or their designee will coordinate isolation for those living in residence halls who wish to have an isolation room.
Once the above request form is completed, you will receive an email with check-in, key pickup, and meal delivery sign-up instructions. Assignments are made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You will receive an email within one hour of your request (between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) with additional information and details about your isolation room assignment.
Meals Provided During Quarantine or Isolation
Students with a meal plan who go into UND Isolation Spaces are eligible to receive UND Dining at no additional cost to them.
- If a student has a meal plan, the cost of meals is covered by their meal plan. A meal swipe will be taken for each meal delivered.
- Meals start the day following checking into the space and stops with breakfast on the day of checkout.
To request meals, students need to complete the online request in the link provided in their room assignment email.
Meal Delivery to Hotels or On-Campus Housing
Students entering quarantine or isolation at a UND-designated space will receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from UND Dining. Meals are typically delivered once per day, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- The online request must be received by midnight to begin receiving UND dining service meals the following day. UND provided meals will be based on the dining center’s menus.
- Students are responsible to obtain their own meals, via delivery / Door Dash, etc. from local establishments, at their own expense, prior to the start of UND dining service meals if the student’s dining request did not meet the required time deadline.
- If you are remaining in the residence halls for your isolation period, you will need to designate a person to pick up your meals from the dining center. You are not allowed in the dining center during this time. There are two ways to do this.
- Complete the Sick Tray/Sack lunch form. A designated person will be able to come to the dining center and chose the meals for you from what is being served on the menu that day. This would be similar to using the carryout program in the dining center.
- Complete the meal request form and designate someone to pick up your meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be sent in one pick up available between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Wilkerson Dining Center. You will need to have a refrigerator and microwave in your room for this option to ensure the food is safe and within temperature limits.
- The student is responsible for finding someone to pick up their meal for them. The student can ask their Resident Assistant for assistance if they are unable to find someone to assist.
Expectations While in UND Isolation Spaces
The following expectations pertain to all students who choose to stay in UND Isolation and Quarantine Spaces.
- Students are expected to complete the dining form. Students who do not complete the form will not receive meals.
- Students will be assigned based on room availability. All room assignments are final. Requests will not be considered when making assignments.
- Only one person will be assigned to a room and roommates will not be allowed.
- Students are expected to follow the guidelines as recommended by their healthcare provider or the CDC.
- If a student checks-out of their assigned room prior to the conclusion of their isolation time, the student is ineligible to be assigned to another room.
- The room rental rate will be paid for by UND. Students are responsible for any additional charges incurred during their stay.
- Meals through UND Dining will be deducted from the student’s meal plan. Students without a meal plan will be charged the daily dining rate. Charges will be applied to the student’s university account.
- Students are expected not to utilize any of the amenities or common spaces including common areas, exercise rooms, etc.
Employees who meet CDC criteria for isolation will not be allowed on UND property or in UND workspaces (campus) during their isolation period.
Should I isolate or quarantine?
Am I required to quarantine?
|No. Employees are encouraged to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask around others at home and in public for 10 days. Get tested at least 5 days after your last exposure.|
Am I required to isolate?
|Yes. Employees are encouraged to isolate. Isolate away from other people for at least 5 full days, followed by 5 days of masking when around others at home and in public.||Not Applicable|
Can I continue to work?
|Employees are not able to be in their offices or on campus and are encouraged to speak with their supervisor about working from home if they are in a position that allows for remote work. An ill staff member may use sick leave. An ill faculty member may use short term sick leave.||Yes. Employees are able to work in person.|
Can I still get tested for COVID-19?
|The CDC recommends an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period if you want to test.||Yes. Monitor for symptoms and get tested at least 5 days after your last exposure, or if you develop symptoms. Please see testing sites.|
Can I still get vaccinated for COVID-19?
|It is recommended people not break isolation to get vaccinated.||
The North Dakota University System is no longer legally allowed to continue offer the Extended Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) or Extended Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) as a state employer. Benefited staff or faculty who are required to quarantine or isolate due to exposure to or a positive test for COVID 19 will need to use their sick or annual leave. While the employee might not necessarily be ill during quarantine, employees are permitted to use sick leave in this instance, if telework is not an option. If COVID causes a serious health issue for an employee or their family member, they might be eligible for regular Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protection and should apply for that protection accordingly.
Employee Assistance Program
Please remember that the Employee Assistance Program is available. The following is the EAP contact information:
The Village Business Institute
1201 25th St S
PO Box 9859
Fargo, ND 58106-9859
For questions regarding protected leaves and time off please contact your appropriate HR representative:
Research & Economic Development, Marketing & Communications, Student Affairs, and
Finance & Operations
School of Aerospace Sciences
School of Medicine & Health Science
President and Athletics
Energy & Environmental Research Center