Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
Last updated August 18, 2022
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.
How Students are Placed in Isolation
Students living in the residence halls may isolate or quarantine in UND Isolation and Quarantine spaces at no cost. The Director of Emergency Management or their designee will coordinate isolation and quarantine for the University.
Contacts for Students Entering Quarantine or Isolation
During Office Hours
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Director of Emergency Management
Outside of Office Hours
UND Operations Center
Students living on-campus in the residence halls are eligible to stay at a designated hotel off-campus or residence hall at no charge.
Meals Provided to Students in Residence Halls
Students living in the residence halls who go into UND Isolation and Quarantine Spaces are eligible to receive UND Dining. Students living off campus and in UND apartments are not included in this program.
- 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.
- 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 your own room in the residence halls for your isolation/quarantine 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 UND 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 North Dakota Department of Health.
- If a student checks-out of their assigned room prior to the conclusion of their quarantine or isolation time, the student is ineligible to be assigned to another room.
- The room rental rate and meals through UND Dining will be paid for by UND (or meal plan). Students are responsible for any additional charges incurred during their stay.
- Students are expected not to use any of the amenities or common spaces including laundry rooms, common spaces, exercise rooms, etc.
Employees who meet NDDoH criteria for isolation or quarantine will not be allowed on UND property or in UND workspaces (campus) during their isolation or quarantine 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. 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 quarantine or 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
School of Aerospace Sciences
School of Medicine & Health Science
Finance & Operations
President, Athletics, Student Affairs
Energy & Environmental Research Center