What is the process for quarantining or isolating for students who live in campus housing?
The university is following current guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health on COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine and Outbreak Guidelines for Colleges and Universities. The process for quarantining or isolating while living in Student Housing is outlined in the Department of Student Housing Guide to Isolation and Quarantine Process.
The university is committed to supporting students in quarantine or isolation. More information is outlined in this letter about Student Affairs Support for Student Quarantine & Isolation.
For additional information about quarantine and isolation decisions related to a positive case in housing facilities, see this flow chart.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health:
Isolation refers to the time period that an infected patient with COVID-19 must spend alone, away from others, to prevent the transmission of disease. The period of isolation is 10 days from the onset of symptoms (or the date of testing for those who are asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis). Students and staff may return to work or school after 10 days of isolation if they meet the following criteria:
- It has been 10 days past the onset of symptoms (or date of test if they were asymptomatic);
- Have been fever free for at least 24 hours; and
- Have improvement of other symptoms.
Quarantine is a 14-day period that those exposed to an infectious COVID patient must spend alone, away from others, to prevent the transmission of COVID should the person become infectious. This 14-day period is required because exposed individuals can become contagious up to 14 days after exposure and not realize it. A negative test for COVID-19 does not remove the necessity of quarantining. Essential employees (as determined by the College/University) may continue to work while under quarantine if they meet the following criteria:
- Remain asymptomatic;
- Have their temperature and symptoms monitored by the College/University;
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering the entire time at work.
Essential employees on quarantine may only attend work. All other activities (dining out, shopping, social events) are not permitted during the quarantine period.
Should students in quarantine or isolation go to a face-to-face class?
Students in quarantine or isolation should not attend a face-to-face class until the quarantine or isolation period is complete. Students should continue to attend remote and online courses.
Should students contact their instructors if they are in quarantine or isolation?
Students should contact their instructors for face-to-face courses to inform them that they are in isolation or quarantine and unable to attend the face-to-face class.
Will instructors penalize students in quarantine or isolation for missing face-to-face class?
COVID-19 safety protocols hold the highest priority, and faculty have designed attendance guidelines for students that do not penalize students for adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. Course attendance policies for face-to-face, hybrid, remote, and online allow for absences necessary for isolation, quarantine, or other COVID-19 related absences. Faculty will be flexible with assignment due dates when students have COVID-19-related absences in all courses, regardless of delivery mode.
Where can students go to learn more about remote learning if they are in quarantine or isolation?
The Keep Learning site provides advice, resources, and points of contact for students to assist in their remote learning experience.
- CDC when to quarantine
- 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result
- About COVID-19
- Health and wellness
- Where can I get tested in Oxford?
- University Health Center: 662-915-7274, healthcenter.olemiss.edu
- University Counseling Center: counseling.olemiss.edu
- UMatter: umatter.olemiss.edu
- COVID-19 Information: coronavirus.olemiss.edu
About COVID-19 Testing by Dr. Jean Gispen, Staff Physician, Employee Health
- You take a PCR COVID test because you have symptoms
- You take a PCR COVID test because you had close contact with someone who has COVID
- You take a PCR COVID test as surveillance testing
- You take a rapid (Antigen) COVID test