Isolation Instructions

Read the Isolation FAQ for detailed information on the isolation process and duration.

  1. Submit a Covid-19 Reporting Form to indicate a positive test or symptoms
  2. Isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset and avoid contact with others per CDC guidelines. *Symptom onset date is day 0, testing date is day 0 if asymptomatic*
  3. We strongly encourage students to return home to their permanent residence or an off-campus location to isolate.
    • Students who live in University housing (Irvington House, Residential College, Fairview House, Apartment Village, South Campus Apartments, Butler Terrace Apartments) who can safely go home for isolation are strongly encouraged to do so.
      • If students remain on campus, they will be expected to remain in their assigned residence hall or apartment for the duration of their isolation and will be required to mask.
    • Students living in fraternity and sorority chapter houses will be expected to comply with their respective chapter guidelines.
    • If there are extraordinary circumstances or returning home is deemed a high-risk situation by Health Services, we have a very limited number of on-campus isolation spaces available.
  4. After a student reports a positive test, Health Services will officially notify the Dean of Students, who will send a Faculty Absence Notification to professors. Student will be copied on that notification which will also outline the process for missing class.
  5. Monitor your health daily. If symptoms worsen, contact your medical provider or contact Health Services at 317-940-9385. For after-hours urgent and emergency care near campus, please contact the following resources: Local Health Resources
  6. Order Your Meals
    • Dining will provide three meals a day on weekdays and two meals a day on weekends to students in isolation. These meals will be left outside of the door to your room.
    • You can order your meals here.
    • Meals must be requested prior to 7:00 PM the night before (unless the student is moved into isolation late in the day) or they will not be delivered.
    • Meals can only be ordered from Atherton. View the menu for today and future days here.
  7. Ending Isolation
    • Isolation may end on day 6 as long as your symptoms are improving, and you have been fever-free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication (Tylenol and/or Advil)
    • If you have a fever and/or no symptom improvement on day 5, please remain in isolation and contact Health Services at 317-940-9385 to update your isolation period
  8. There is no requirement to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to work or school.
  9. ​Wear a high-quality mask day 6-10 after isolation.

Isolation Rules and Regulations

  • Remain in isolation.
      • Students placed in isolation will need to remain in isolation for a minimum of five days.
      • Masks must be worn anytime you leave your isolation space.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if my symptoms worsen?

  • If you begin to experience symptoms or your symptoms worsen, please contact Health Services at 317-940-9385 (during business hours).
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call the BUPD emergency number (317-940-9999) and follow these steps:
    • Let them know you are COVID-19 positive, in isolation, and experiencing a medical emergency.

Contact List


  • Non-Emergency: 317-940-2873
  • Emergency: 317-940-9999

Health Services

Call the BUPD Emergency Number (317-940-9999) in the event of any emergency.