Updated April 30, 2021

If you are notified by Bailey Health Center or an outside provider that you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must isolate until cleared by a provider at the Bailey Health Center or your personal provider. You may choose to isolate at home or be assigned to a designated on-campus space.

If you are assigned to isolate or quarantine, the Office of Advising will notify your in-person faculty via email that you are not cleared to attend in-person classes. This notification will not include any information regarding your specific health status, simply that you are not able to attend in-person classes. You should contact your instructor to ask about ways to participate remotely. As long as your health allows, please plan on continuing to participate remotely in your classes while in quarantine or isolation. Upon your release from isolation or quarantine, your in-person faculty will be notified you are cleared to resume attendance.

What can I expect while isolating?

  • Students will be required to move to isolation housing in College-owned facilities designated for this purpose.
  • Three meals per day will be delivered, regardless of meal plan. Meals will be left in containers immediately outside the isolation hall. It is important to retrieve your meals soon after delivery to ensure food safety and to prevent small animals from accessing it (squirrels, for example, really enjoy human food).  
  • Students in isolation may move about their assigned floor freely, including kitchens and common spaces.  
  • Facilities Operations will collect trash from outside the building at 9 a.m. each morning. Someone on the floor will need to place trash outside for collection.
  • Bailey Health Center will check in daily via phone call, and any symptoms and/or change in symptoms must be reported.
  • Students should not leave their floor for any reason except during designated time outdoors, when they are seeking necessary or emergency medical care, or in case of an emergency.
  • Students must receive official clearance from Bailey Health Center to end isolation.
  • All isolation areas have been designated substance free. Consumption of alcohol, regardless of age, and/or other drugs is prohibited.

Receiving test results

After each round of weekly surveillance testing, results will be emailed to students on a rolling basis. Test results can be posted at all hours. Any student who tests positive will receive phone calls from Bailey Health Center, a contact tracer, and Campus Life between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If a student’s test result comes back positive outside those hours, they should begin to self-isolate immediately and call Public Safety to be put in touch with the dean on call, who can assign them to isolation housing immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I isolate?

Students will be reassigned to College-owned isolation housing by a Campus Life staff member.

How can I prepare for a potential isolation or quarantine period?

Students should bring a quarantine/isolation kit with them to campus. This kit should include things like shelf-stable food and drinks they may wish to have in addition to their meal plan, entertainment like crossword puzzles, books, magazines, or easily transportable video games, over-the-counter medications like aspirin or Tylenol, a thermometer, comfort items like a blanket or stuffed animal, etc. Linens will be provided in rooms, but students may prefer to bring their own. Beds will be XL twin size. Cleaning supplies will be provided, but students may prefer to bring their own.

Students also should ensure they have two weeks’ worth of clothing and prescription medication ready to go.  Do not let laundry pile up nor prescriptions get empty before refilling.

Students should consider asking their faculty how remote learning will be handled in the event of quarantine or isolation if it is not addressed in the syllabus.

If you have accessibility accommodations, have a plan for continuing them while you are isolated. If you need assistance in planning, contact the Office of Accessibility Services.

Will I be re-tested while isolated? If I get a negative test may I leave isolation?

Students who received a positive antigen test will be re-tested. Students who received a positive PCR test will not be re-tested. Students who had COVID-19 will be exempt from surveillance testing for three months. Students may only leave isolation housing with official clearance from Bailey Health Center.

If I live on campus can I isolate off campus?

You may request to quarantine at home by speaking with a member of the COVID-19 housing team. If you are approved to isolate off campus, you must follow isolation guidelines and restrictions set by Lafayette College, the state of Pennsylvania, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Please note:
To return to campus, you will need to be approved by Bailey Health Center. If you travel outside the state, you must adhere to any guidelines outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You may need to take an asymptomatic COVID-19 test when you return to campus and quarantine until you’ve received a negative result, similar to the travel requirements when students arrived on campus for the fall. The states included on the list can change, so please check before traveling. Bailey Health Center will provide specific instructions based on the dates and locations of travel.

What should I do during isolation?

Students in isolation are free to move about their floor, including in communal kitchens and common areas.  Light maintenance cleaning will be students’ responsibility to supplement regular (not daily) cleanings done by Facilities Operations. Meals will be delivered three times a day and should be retrieved in a timely manner to ensure food safety and to limit small animal interference (squirrels, for example, really enjoy human food). Facilities will collect trash from outside the building at 9 a.m. each morning. Someone on the floor will need to place trash outside for collection. Bailey Health Center will check in daily via phone call, and any symptoms and/or change in symptoms must be reported.

There will be a designated hour for supervised time outdoors each weekday. Otherwise, students may not leave their floor for any reason except in a life-threatening emergency.

Can I go outside if I’m in isolation?

You can go outside during designated times, which will be once per weekday, weather permitting. Otherwise, students in isolation must remain on their assigned isolation floor with no exceptions other than a life-threatening emergency.

Can I see other students in person during isolation?

No. Students in isolation must remain on their assigned isolation floor with no exceptions other than a life-threatening emergency. Students in isolation are encouraged to connect virtually with family and friends.

Does Lafayette offer any virtual events for students in isolation?

Yes. Many activities will remain virtual for the spring semester. Counseling appointments, social programming, recreational activities, etc., are all available virtually.

How will I know when it's OK to leave isolation?

You must continue to isolate until you are officially cleared by Bailey Health Center to leave. Students will be cleared to leave after 10 days and several days of resolving symptoms, if symptoms were present.  

What do I need to know if my roommate or suitemate is required to isolate?

Upon receiving notice that a student in College-owned housing has tested positive, Facilities Operations sanitizes shared spaces such as shared and communal bathrooms immediately. Single bedrooms will be cleaned after several days to lessen staff exposure to the virus. Students living in private off-campus houses will be responsible for their own cleaning. All students should bring cleaning supplies with them at move-in. Isolation is for a minimum of 10 days, and release from isolation is determined by a healthcare professional. 

If you are identified as a close contact, a contact tracer will be in touch with you about quarantining. Read more about contact tracing and quarantine.