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Student return to campus plan
Butler’s plans for an on-campus, residential experience

Health Requirements

Daily Health Checkup 

Every student is expected to monitor their health.  

All students will be required to complete an online Daily Health Checkup (COVID-19 symptom screening) and to check their temperature every day before leaving their residence. The purpose of the checkup is to help reduce the community spread of COVID-19 on campus. Students who live on campus, or in senior housing, will be required to complete the Daily Health Checkup each day, including weekends. Commuter students, and graduate students who take evening classes, need to complete the Daily Health Checkup on the days on which they will be on campus.

The Daily Health Checkup will be conducted using an online application, which will provide on-screen instructions about next steps. Results will be reported to Health Services for further evaluation. The privacy of health information will be protected.

The Daily Health Checkup is available for students on their my.butler.edu homepage, and on the Butler App, listed on the Other Links menu.

COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus and may include the following:

  • Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. For the most current COVID-19 information and updates, refer to the CDC website.

Please click on the subject areas below to learn the details about each topic.

Higher Risk Individuals

Butler is sensitive to the needs of students who are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions. We will work with any student needing accommodation in partnership with Student Disability Services and/or Health Services.

If you are in a category the CDC  has  deemed  as  higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consult the CDC’s  extra precautions site  and speak with your healthcare provider about risks and how to manage them.

If Students Become Ill

Students who are ill, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have a known COVID-19 exposure, will be required to stay home or in their residence halls or housing. If students are ill and have already traveled to campus, they will be expected to return to their on- or off-campus residence immediately.

Students should contact Health Services at 317-985-8364 or their primary care provider for further assessment and guidance on next steps. This will allow for appropriate screening, triage, and treatment, and documentation can be provided for missing classes. Students must also notify their professors, advisor, or dean of their absence.

All students who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to the virus must follow the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols established by Butler University using guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health, and Marion County Public Health Department.

COVID-19 Testing (rev 8/12)

Butler University is now requiring ALL STUDENTS to be tested on campus for COVID-19 prior to moving into on-campus housing. ALL non-residential students will be required to be tested before their first class. Butler University is covering the cost of the COVID-19 tests. Please see the Before Coming to Campus section of the plan for further information.

Butler will require anyone who tests positive to return home, to their permanent residence, and self-isolate for the appropriate period of time. Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected. If the student’s living situation is such that they cannot return to their permanent residence to self-isolate, the University is developing a comprehensive plan to isolate student residents, as needed, and to the greatest extent possible. This will include procedures for health checks, emotional support, meal delivery, and other support services. 

The University will have the ability to perform COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students on campus who have been evaluated by Health Services or will coordinate testing through an identified community healthcare partner. We are developing plans to conduct ongoing, randomized testing throughout the fall semester. Further information will be shared, once available.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The University has established a contact tracing team that will identify close contacts of anyone in the Butler community who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. The team will cooperate with local public health authorities to coordinate testing, quarantine, and isolation needs in an effort to minimize the transmission of the virus.  

Students who are identified as close contacts of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine-in-place in their current housing assignment for a minimum of 14 days. (Note that roommates/suitemates/housemates are considered close contacts.) Quarantine is used to keep students who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. This will help prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.  

Students who come in close contact with a COVID-19 case will be required to quarantine at their residential units, including Greek and senior housing. These students will receive health checks, emotional support, meal delivery (charged to their meal plans), and other support services while in quarantine.

Required Annual Flu Shot

There are many benefits from flu vaccination and preventing flu is always important, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to do everything possible to reduce illness. To help minimize risk, students are required to receive an annual flu shot when it becomes available in the fall. This will help Butler maintain a healthier community and reduce the pressure on our campus and our region’s medical systems. More information will be sent to students in the fall. Butler University acknowledges Medical and Religious Exemptions in accordance with the Indiana State Department of Health. Submit vaccination exemption requests to Health Services at healthservices@butler.edu.

Butler Health Resources

Promoting a Healthy Campus

Through BUBeWell, Butler fosters a positive environment that helps students, faculty, and staff grow, learn, and be the best version of themselves. Please visit the BUBeWell site for more information.

Butler Health Services

Health Services is available to answer any health-related questions. In-person and telemedicine appointments are available starting in mid-August. The following measures have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of students at each visit:

  • COVID-19 symptoms screening prior to a health appointment
  • Touchless temperature monitoring during clinic check-in 
  • Separate waiting areas for ‘sick’ and ‘well’ students
  • COVID-19 testing in a designated testing area
  • Enhanced cleaning of patient rooms and high-touch surfaces 
Butler Counseling and Consultation Services

Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) will be open for services in early August with touchless check-in procedures.

  • CCS continues to be available for virtual consultations throughout the summer.
  • Telemental health therapy appointments will continue to be offered. Crises requiring in-person management will be available. 
  • For in-person crisis management, a touchless check-in process will be in place and strict social distancing precautions will be taken.

Symptomatic Isolation vs. Quarantine

Symptomatic Isolation
  • What does Symptomatic Isolation mean? You are exhibiting a COVID-19 symptom (or symptoms). You have been evaluated by Butler University medical provider and are awaiting your test result, or have an appointment scheduled with Health Services.  Contact tracing will not be performed until you are confirmed positive.
  • Where do I go? Ross Hall or to your permanent residence until your results are back.  You cannot isolate in your campus residential housing or Greek house.
  • How long will it take to get my results? 2-3 days
  • What can I do while I wait? Until your test result is back, you cannot go to class and should distance yourself from others.
  • What if my test comes back negative? You can get out of isolation but then 3 days later you must return to Health Services to get a rapid COVID-19 test.
  • What if my test comes back positive? You are asked to remain in isolation for at least 10 days after your symptom(s) onset.  A contact tracer will call you to determine isolation start and end dates and provide further instructions.
Quarantine
  • What does Quarantine this mean? You have a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 and have been instructed by a medical provider or Butler contract tracer to quarantine.
  • Where do I go? You can quarantine in your Butler residential housing  
  • How long do I stay in quarantine?14 days following the last day of exposure to the person with COVID-19. A contact tracer will call you to determine isolation start and end dates and provide further instructions.
  • What can I do over these 14 days? You cannot go to class and should distance yourself from others
  • If I don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, should I get tested while in quarantine? Yes, you are required to get tested by Health Services on day 7, and again on day 14, if your day 7 test was negative.
  • If I test negative while in quarantine can I be released from quarantine? No, you must remain in quarantine even if there is negative COVID testing, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to show.
  • What should I do if I have a known exposure/came into contact with someone who tested positive? Please complete your daily health screen and select yes to the question “have you knowingly been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days”. A member of the contact tracing team with contact you with further instructions.

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