Isolation and Quarantine: What to Expect

Updated August 26, 2022.
All residence hall students are required to meet the UO COVID-19 vaccination requirement which is outlined here:

We strongly encourage students to: 

  • Test for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus. If a student tests positive, they should remain home through the full isolation period.  
  • Bring COVID-19 at-home tests with you to campus to use as needed. 
  • Prior to moving in, make an isolation plan, including talking with roommates, so that everyone is prepared if/when someone has COVID-19.  

Residence hall student who tests positive for COVID-19 

Students living in the residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 will be directed to isolate in accordance with CDC guidelines, which could include:   

  1. Isolation off campus: Students are encouraged to isolate at home or at an appropriate off-campus location. The university will not reimburse costs for a student to relocate while isolating. 
  2. Isolation in place in residence hall room.
  3. Temporary room assignment: the university has a limited number of general temporary spaces that can be utilized for isolation housing, based upon availability.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 and are isolating in University Housing

  • If self-tested positive through a home test, report their test result through the Lane County home test form. They must also inform the UO Care Team at 541-346-2292 and follow University Housing isolation and quarantine protocols as directed by the UO Care Team. Current UO Care Team hours of operation are available online.  
  • The student who has tested positive for COVID-19 needs to sign an informed consent form allowing the uninfected roommates to be informed of the risks of sharing living space with an individual with COVID-19. All clinical questions should be referred to University Health Services 
  • A student who has COVID-19 must wear an N95, KN95, or other medical-grade mask when around others in their room and at all times outside of the room and while interacting, however briefly, with others.  
  • The student must remain in their room except to collect food, use restroom/shower facilities, seek medical services, or during one hour of outdoor time per day.  
  • Students should continue to follow CDC guidelines for their isolation period or any days after.  

Residence hall roommates of students who test positive for COVID-19 

Students who have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should follow these public health guidelines:   

  • Wear an N95, KN95, or other medical-grade mask around and follow CDC guidelines for exposure. 
  • We recommend students disinfect the isolation space and shared bathroom facilities and wash their hands frequently.