Quarantine or Isolation

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have had significant exposure to someone with COVID-19 will need to separate themselves physically until medically cleared.

There are two types of separation, isolation and quarantine:

  • Isolation is for those with a positive test or a presumptive positive diagnosis by a physician (known as positive and probable cases).
  • Quarantine is for those, identified through contact tracing by the Butler County General Health District (BCGHD), who have had close personal contact with a person with a positive or probable case, such as a roommate.

The University has designated quarantine and isolation locations for the separation of students.

Reported cases, regardless of reporting channel, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Office of the Dean of Students in consultation with the Butler County General Health District. On-campus students will be moved to a campus space with a private bedroom and will need to remain in that space for 10-14 days. Off-campus students should quarantine or isolate at their off-campus residence. If that is not possible, the Office of the Dean of Students will work with the students to identify suitable space.

For additional information, please refer to Miami University's COVID-19 Policy.

Butler County General Health District (BCGHD) and Miami University have worked together closely to develop a robust quarantine and isolation protocol to keep all students, staff, and faculty as safe as possible during these turbulent times. The Office of the Dean of Students is prepared to assist and support students going through this process. 

General Quarantine and Isolation FAQs

How will I know if I have to enter Miami’s quarantine or isolation protocol?

You will receive an initial notice by email from either the BCGHD or the Office of the Dean of Students. You may also be notified by the staff at Student Health Services if that is your first point of contact. 

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

If you have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis (whether or not you are experiencing symptoms), a presumptive positive diagnosis from a health care provider, or are experiencing active symptoms of COVID-19, you will be required to isolate. If you have been identified through BCGHD contact tracing as having been in close contact with an ill student, and are asymptomatic, you will be required to quarantine.

Who is making decisions about if I need to isolate or quarantine?

BCGHD determines if a student needs to be placed into isolation or quarantine and will issue the official order by email to the student. In some cases, Miami officials will preemptively assign a roommate of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 to quarantine space with BCGHD following up shortly thereafter.

If I am quarantined or isolated, how long will I have to remain in my assigned space?

For isolation, the duration is typically 10 days from the onset of your symptoms. For quarantine, it is typically a 14 day period from the last known exposure.

If I’m in Oxford when I find out I have to be quarantined or isolated, can I just go home and quarantine or isolate at my permanent residence?

Updated September 17, 2020. If you are an on-campus student and you are ordered to quarantine or isolate, you may choose to quarantine or isolate at one of the following locations:

  1. A place designated by Miami University
  2. The home you lived in immediately before coming to Miami University if the following conditions are met:
    1. It is within driving distance of Oxford and you can drive there without making any stops (no use of commercial transportation options such as buses or airplanes).
    2. You have a private bedroom in which to stay until your release date.
    3. You agree to register your location with Miami University, the Butler County General Health District, and the health district where your home is located.
    4. Anyone living in your home understands the risks of having you there (they may get COVID-19 from you, and they too may need to quarantine or isolate).
    5. You agree to follow all requirements for isolation/quarantine.
    6. If you do not have access to your own vehicle, we recommend that you stay in your assigned on-campus isolation or quarantine space. However, a parent can pick you up if the above criteria are met.

Can I get a COVID-19 test instead of entering quarantine?

No. Due to the potential incubation period of the illness, BCGHD requires anyone entering quarantine to remain there for 14 days to determine whether or not they develop symptoms of the illness regardless of a negative test result.

What do I do if I am in quarantine and start experiencing symptoms?

If you are in quarantine and begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay in quarantine unless it is a medical emergency. If it is a medical emergency, call 911. If it is not a medical emergency, call Student Health Service (SHS) to make a phone consultation appointment. Tell them you are in quarantine and experiencing symptoms. SHS will schedule a phone consultation with a provider or nurse who will determine if an in-person visit is necessary. If it is deemed necessary, the provider will visit you in your quarantine space. Again, it is important that you do not leave quarantine to go to SHS.

Can I go outside to exercise if I’m in quarantine or isolation?

No, unfortunately, the orders do not permit movement outside of your assigned space.

What can I do if I am struggling with my mental health during quarantine or isolation? 

For mental health concerns, you can call Student Counseling Service during normal business hours at 513-529-4634 to schedule a virtual counseling session. For after-hours support (evening and weekends), you can call the HOPE Line at 855-249-5649 to be connected with a licensed mental health counselor 24/7.

What should I do if I’m struggling academically during my quarantine or isolation period?

Talk to your professors. It is our expectation that professors be understanding and supportive during this challenging time. If you have academic questions or needs that your professors aren’t able to address, contact the Student Success Center at 513-529-0007 or studentsuccess@MiamiOH.edu

What information will be shared with others about my quarantine/isolation status?

Personally identifiable student information is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Your privacy is important, and we will not share any personal medical information except as described below.

  • In the event of isolation, your faculty members will be informed that you are absent due to illness (will not specify the type of illness) and your expected date of return if known. You may opt out of this faculty notification.
  • Personally identifiable information may be shared as required with public health officials in order to facilitate contact tracing and notification.
  • During contract tracing, your name and identity will not be revealed to your potential contacts.

What happens if I don’t follow BCGHD’s or Miami’s guidelines for quarantine or isolation?

If you don’t follow these guidelines, you may be subject to significant consequences, including legal action through the Butler County General Health District, disciplinary action through Miami University, and/or resetting of the quarantine/isolation time period.

Are students in quarantine or isolation permitted to go outside at all for any reason?

No. If you are in quarantine or isolation, you must stay in your designated space for the duration of the quarantine/isolation period unless there is an emergency.

Can parents quarantine or isolate with their students so they are not alone?

No, quarantine and isolation, by design, are individual experiences. The Office of the Dean of Students will be checking in with students regularly and students will have access to telehealth and telecounseling while in quarantine or isolation.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

The emails you receive from BCGHD and the Office of the Dean of Students will contain contact information for a variety of resources. Upon arrival into your assigned space (for on-campus students), a flyer with additional on-campus contacts will be provided. If you have questions leading up to your arrival, please email the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@MiamiOH.edu. Please note that we will be able to respond much more quickly to email than to a phone message due to the volume of contacts we are currently receiving.

FAQs for On-Campus Residential Students

How does Miami determine my quarantine or isolation room assignment?

Miami has designated quarantine and isolation spaces across multiple locations. Upon notice of quarantine or isolation, you will be assigned one of these spaces based on current availability and informed of your room assignment.

If I receive notice requiring quarantine, can I return to my permanent room assignment to gather belongings?

Yes, if moving to quarantine - you will be permitted to make a quick visit to your room to gather belongings to accommodate you for 14 days. During the quarantine period, you will be unable to access your permanent room assignment.

If I receive notice requiring isolation, can I return to my permanent room assignment to gather belongings?

No. You should prepare accordingly. If you have a COVID-19 assessment appointment at your healthcare provider or the Student Health Services, you should take a packed bag with you. If you are assigned isolation while at Student Health Services, you will need to go directly to your assigned space to limit spread. During the isolation period, you will be unable to access your permanent room assignment.

Updated September 17, 2020. If you have a significant need for an item left in your permanent room assignment, you can contact Residence Life (at the number listed on the in-room flyer) to request assistance.

If I am quarantining or isolating on campus, how will I get food?

During your time in quarantine or isolation, food and beverage will be available to you via delivery. You can submit a daily food request using a food request form. The timeline for needing to submit your request is by noon of the day prior. You will need to choose which of the meals you would like to have delivered. Times of meal delivery will be 9 a.m. for breakfast, 12 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. for dinner. There will be a regular, rotating menu offered.

Updated September 17, 2020. You can order contactless food delivery after 7 p.m. and before 8 a.m. You must wear a mask when retrieving your food and the transaction must be contactless. The hallways must be completely clear when going to retrieve your order, to ensure Dining and Custodial staff are not exposed to ill students.

How will students in quarantine or isolation do their laundry?

Laundry facilities will not be accessible while in quarantine or isolation. Students going into quarantine/isolation will need to pack accordingly - quarantine is no less than 14 days and isolation is no less than 10 days.

What is the cleaning process for on-campus quarantine/isolation spaces?

The Physical Facilities Department (PFD) will remove all trash, linens, and towels, and then disinfect the room using CDC guidelines for cleaning protocols.

Can I receive packages or mail while in quarantine or isolation?

If you receive a package while you are in isolation you have 3 options once you receive notification of delivery from the Package Center you can:

  • Request an extension with a new date.
  • Arrange for a friend to pick it up.
  • Ask to return the package to the sender.

All of this should be arranged directly with the Package Center through email.

Can I bring my Emotional Support or Service Animal with me to quarantine or isolation?

The Office of the Dean of Students will engage with the student to determine whether the university can accommodate the presence of the ESA during any period of on-campus quarantine or isolation.

FAQs for Off-Campus Students

If I live off-campus will I be required to isolate or quarantine?

If you live off campus and are notified by BCGHD or the Office of the Dean of Students to quarantine or isolate, you will need to comply with the official county-issued quarantine or isolation orders. The letter will outline the dates of your required period as well as instructions about what you can and cannot do during your quarantine or isolation.

Non-compliance may subject you to significant consequences including legal action through the Butler County General Health District, disciplinary action through Miami University, and/or resetting of the quarantine/isolation time period.

If your living arrangements meet the criteria for suitable quarantine or isolation space (as deemed by BCGHD) you will be permitted to quarantine or isolate at your off-campus address. If you are unable to comply with the order due to your off-campus living arrangements, contact the Office of the Dean of Students and they will work to assist you in identifying suitable quarantine or isolation space.

Since I live off campus, can I just stay where I am to quarantine or isolate, or do I have to move to an on-campus location?

If your living arrangements meet the criteria for suitable quarantine or isolation space (as deemed by BCGHD) you will be permitted to quarantine or isolate at your off-campus address. If you are unable to comply with the order due to your off-campus living arrangements, contact the Office of the Dean of Students and they will work to assist you in identifying suitable quarantine or isolation space.