If You Test Positive

Guidance for community members who have recently tested positive for COVID-19


Community members who have tested positive within the last 10 days should file a Case Report Form. You will then receive additional guidance. If tested positive more than 10 days ago and have already recovered, you can report a positive test using this form.

When you can return to campus

  • Community members who have had a recent positive test must complete the isolation period required by our case management team or their healthcare provider.
  • If you have not been on campus and do not have guidance from your healthcare provider, at a minimum you must complete the guidance required by the CDC. This includes a 5-day isolation and continuous mask wearing for the next 5 days.
  • After 5 days, we recommend that you take a rapid antigen. If you receive a positive result, continue to isolate for 10 days. Residential students and athletes must test to be released from isolation.
  • If, after 5 days, you have been fever free for 24 hours and your symptoms are getting better, you can return to campus. Please be extra vigilant about mask wearing and distancing.
  • Residential students will have special requirements and will receive specific guidance when they complete the case report form.

Return to Campus Testing

Those with recent COVID-19 infection do not need to complete entry testing, but should report your positive test result here to be exempted from any testing for 90 days. You may test if you choose to.

When you can receive a COVID-19 Booster

According to the CDC, you can receive a vaccine once you have fully recovered from COVID and finished your isolation and masking period. Most are expected to be recovered and eligible for booster vaccination two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. If your healthcare provider requests a longer timeline, we will consider temporarily pausing the booster requirement, but you may be asked to provide that request in writing. Given the higher risk, residential students will be required to receive a booster unless they have an approved exemption.