Campus COVID-19 Monitoring and Containment

When COVID-19 cases are confirmed on campus, the university will engage its contact tracing and quarantine protocols, summarized below.

Who will be tested for COVID?

  • At this time, all unvaccinated residential and commuter students are required to be COVID tested throughout the semester.  Students will receive further information from the COVID-19 Coordinator. 
  • COVID-19 testing will be made available on campus for this specific population. However, if any student has COVID-like symptoms, Student Health Services may determine that a test is recommended. In addition, any students who are asked to quarantine after coming into close contact with a confirmed COVID case will also be tested.
  • A list of Connecticut testing locations is available at: Commuter students or employees who have been tested off campus and received a positive COVID-19 result should contact the campus COVID Coordinator, Erin Duff at

What happens if there is a confirmed case?

  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, that individual will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until their symptoms improve.
  • Erin Duff, Southern’s COVID Coordinator, will help coordinate quarantine and isolation for residential students either on campus in designated housing or at home. 
  • Erin will also work with the Dean of Students to communicate with professors and campus supervisors to enable isolated/quarantined students to move to remote learning or be excused from work. And she will ensure that students in on-campus isolation or quarantine have the resources they need, including food, special accommodations, technology, or other supports.
  • A member of Southern’s Contact Tracing Team,  will interview the confirmed case to gather detailed information about all of their activities and interactions with others, starting two days prior to the onset of symptoms, or two days prior to a positive test. This process is designed to limit the spread of the virus.
  • The SCSU contact tracer then notifies all Southern community members who are considered to be at risk for exposure, otherwise known as close contacts. Any identified close contacts who are not SCSU-affiliated will be entered into the state contract tracing database for follow up and notification by their local health department.
  • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more. Close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last encounter with the confirmed case.
  • Faculty, staff, and off-campus students identified during this process will be required to quarantine at their private residences.

Who is considered a close contact?

  • A close contact is considered anyone who is not fully vaccinated who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

What if I am fully vaccinated?

  • Fully vaccinated people who have come in close contact with an infected person do not need to quarantine and are recommended to get tested 3-5 days following their date of exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive and self report it to the University.

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
  • Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.
  • Download a flyer that further explains the difference.