Isolation/Quarantine Life On Campus

Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part 

Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community.  COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid sharing drinks. 
  • Stay in your room when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.  Call the Student Health Center at 585-245-5736 for support.

What Happens if I Have to Isolate or Quarantine?

After an on-campus student (resident) has been advised that they will need to isolate, they will be advised to isolate at their permanent residence. If that is not possible (an international residence or out of state residence more than 6 hours away) residents may isolate in their own room if it is not possible to do so off campus.  

  • Students who isolate or quarantine in their own residence hall room instead of going to their permanent residence, will be contacted by a staff member from Residence Life who will talk them through the isolation/quarantine process, protocols, and policies, and provide instructions on how to obtain meals.  
  • Students will also receive an email with instructions and important information.  They will also be added to the Group Me “SUNY Geneseo QI22” to begin communication with the Residence Life staff and the Quarantine Coordinator.  
  • A snack bag with meal ordering instructions will be delivered to the isolating student's room, along with a COVID Care Kit.  More details can be found in the email. 
  • Student ID Card access to academic and administrative buildings will be turned off and residence hall access will be adjusted. 
  • Mail delivery will be arranged at the resident's request to the Mail Center.

Residents Who Isolate or Quarantine in Their Own Room

Residents will have use of bathrooms, but not common areas (kitchen, laundry, study rooms, hallways, and lounges).  Residents may have use of trash rooms.  Each time a resident leaves their room for use of a restroom or meal pick-up, they should make use of hand sanitizer, don a mask, and use a paper towel/napkin on door handles.  

While in isolation or quarantine, residents should truly be isolated from others and make every effort to stay in their rooms.  Residents must bring sanitizing supplies to wipe clean high touch surfaces. 

  • Fire Alarms: positive residents will put on a mask and go to space outdoors away from other residents
  • Meal Pick-Up: positive residents will put on a mask and go directly to the assigned dining hall to collect their meal from the designated location. Meals must be consumed in the student’s room.
  • Trash: positive residents will put on a mask and go directly to the trash room to deposit trash and return to their room.
  • Bathroom: positive residents will put on a mask and go directly to their nearest bathroom and return to their room when finished. Masks must be worn at all times with the exception of showering, teeth brushing, and face washing – residents should make every attempt to do this when there is no one else using the bathroom.
  • Laundry: If laundry service is needed, residents will need to ask a friend for support.  
  • Visitation: isolated residents are not permitted to have guests or visit other residents regardless of their COVID status.
  • Common Areas: positive residents will put on a mask and go directly through common areas to get to approved destinations, but are not permitted to linger or spend time in kitchens, laundry rooms, study rooms, hallways, and lounges.
  • Class Attendance and Library Use: residents who test positive will not be permitted to attend class or use library services in person. They must reach out to their professors and make arrangements to complete or stay up to date with their course materials and assignments. 


Residents with roommates must adhere to the following guidance:

  • Residents must include their roommate when they report close contacts to H&C. Roommates will receive detailed guidance on what to do after being exposed.
  • Residents with roommates are strongly encouraged to have a conversation with their roommate about their status and plans for isolation.  
  • Residents must wear a mask at all times  when their roommate is in the room with them and their roommate must do the same except while sleeping.
  • Roommates of positive residents have the option to remain in their current residence and take precautions or depart for an off campus location.

Roommates of Positive Residents:

  • Must wear a mask and maintain as much distance as possible from the positive roommate.  
  • If not fully vaccinated,  must quarantine if they have been in the room while  the roommate was infectious. 
  • If up-to-date with vaccinations (boosted if eligible) and have any symptoms, even mild,  must quarantine.  
  • If  up-to-date with vaccinations (boosted if eligible) and have no symptoms, may continue their daily activities with caution. Roommates must closely monitor their symptoms and test every 2-3 days.  
  • Regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, must follow CDC guidelines for close contacts
  • May choose to stay somewhere else, but are responsible for the cost and arrangement.

Things To Do While in Isolation or Quarantine

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