Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Residential and Hospitality Services has announced the decision to develop isolation and quarantine housing for on-campus residents, should students need it this fall. Currently students who need to isolate or quarantine will either remain in their private rooms or move to Hubbard Hall, if they do not choose to return to their permanent residence.

While the thought of students needing to self-isolate or self-quarantine may seem alarming, it is imperative that we support students that may contract COVID-19.

MSU Residents: What to do if you're concerned about COVID-19.

What is Isolation Housing?

Isolation Housing is used to keep someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms, away from others. MSU will encourage on-campus residents to return to their permanent home to isolate, to isolate in their private room that includes a private bathroom, or to use separate university isolation housing.

Students in isolation housing will be expected to stay mainly in their room for the duration of their stay, outside of collecting essential supplies or attending to medical needs. Contact with others will be extremely limited and potentially distressing, so we encourage students to take care of themselves by engaging with others virtually and practicing physical activity within the unit.

What is Quarantine Housing?

Quarantine Housing is used to keep someone who has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others, for students arriving to campus from high-risk out-of-state or international areas, and as recommended by health professionals. Since quarantining will be recommended based on travel or when someone learns they have been in close contact or exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is possible that some students may find themselves needing to quarantine more than once. 

Student Expectations for Isolation and Quarantine:

  • Students will follow all orders from the Office of the University Physician and the Ingham County Health Department, including the length of isolation and when it is deemed safe to return to regular housing and day-to-day schedules.
  • Students may not leave the living wing and should stay in their rooms as much as possible. Students must continue to practice social distancing and wear face coverings when outside of their room for any amount of time. Guests are not permitted in rooms during isolation or quarantine.
  • Meals will be delivered daily to students’ rooms. Students must submit their online order form the day prior.
  • Students will be double bag their trash and take it to the appropriate trash chute. They can use the service request process if they need additional trash bags.
  • Students will self-monitor symptoms for 14 days.
    • Students in quarantine should seek medical attention if they begin to exhibit any COVID-related symptoms.
    • Students feeling ill or who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have questions should contact MSU's COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 or their primary health care provider. Call 911 for any medical emergencies.
  • Students will continue to complete the MSU health screening form daily.
  • Students remain responsible for communicating with medical personnel, the health department, professors, family members, etc. If a student tests positive, they should call the RHS COVID-19 Response Hotline at 517-884-6862 so we can provide additional support.

RHS Isolation and Quarantine Housing Process:

  • Any requests for isolation housing (positive or presumed positive) should be sent to the RHS COVID-19 Response Hotline at 517-884-6862. The hotline hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday - Sunday. 
    • If RHS becomes aware of a potential need for isolation housing, they will document and share with the University Physician’s Office.
    • Isolation location options will be reviewed with students. 
  • An RHS team member will complete a check-in call or email with residents during their time in isolation or quarantine. If a friend of family member is concerned about a student’s safety and needs an immediate check completed on the resident, they should contact MSU Police.
  • If a student is using separate isolation housing from their spring assignment:
    • Students should pack clothing for two weeks, any needed electronics, their academic supplies (books, school supplies, etc.), insurance and ID cards, and any specific medications or toiletries they need beyond the basics we provide.
    • Students receive personal care kits (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste) and linen packets (blanket, sheets, pillow, bath towel, washcloth).
    • Once medically cleared, students can return to their spring assignment.
    • At the end of isolation stays, a cleaning team will perform the cleaning and sanitization of the room to prepare for a potential new resident.

Can I leave isolation and/or quarantine housing if I feel better or test negative?

Everyone experiences COVID-19 differently, and it can spread whether symptomatic or not. Students will need to complete their entire quarantine and isolation period, even if they receive negative test results during that period of time.

Quarantine Guidance After Travel:

Per the current Ingham County Health Department guidance, students are strongly urged to self-quarantine for 10-14 days if they return to campus from high-risk areas. Please learn more on the Office of International Health and Safety website

Our team members are working around the clock with university, state and local officials to develop a plan that adheres to the guidelines set forth by our public health officials. It is critically important to MSU that as we plan for a return of students to campus that we make available these isolation and quarantine rooms to help mitigate risk to others and provide a safe place for students who test positive to recover without further compromising the health of others.


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