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Return-to-Campus Protocol

Quarantine & Isolation Policies | Winter and Spring 2021 Terms

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected.

Guidance is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Quarantine Related to Travel Restrictions

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) requires any person traveling to Kansas from a KDHE travel and exposure locations to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival to Kansas. Please note this list is periodically updated. This mandate applies to students and anyone traveling with students to help them move back to campus.

Voluntary Travel During the Academic Term

Travel Related to Athletics

COVID-19 Testing

All students will be tested for COVID upon their return to the Baldwin City campus. Students will be assigned a test date based on their participation with an athletic team or winterterm course or if they are a member of Residence Life staff.

The assigned testing date will be emailed directly to the student from the dean of students. Students testing with their athletic team will be tested by the Department of Sports Medicine. All other students will be tested by Student Affairs.

General Guidelines

Expectations for Face-to-Face Classes

Quarantine Related to Potential Covid-19 Exposure

Any student who meets the CDC and KDHE definition below of having close direct contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 10 days and will not be allowed back to campus during that time. The time frame is from two days of when symptoms began through the Isolation period.


CDC & KDHE Contact Definition

What to Do in the Case of Possible Direct Exposure


COVID-19 Symptomatic Students Waiting for COVID-19 Test

COVID-19 Positive Students Protocol

Recovered Students’ Return-to-Campus Protocol

Recovered students will be allowed to return to campus according to CDC guidelines.

Students will be required to sign the COVID-19 student affidavit confirming the criteria below has been met before returning to campus and residential or fraternity or sorority chapter housing and provide a copy to the Dean of Students Office.

Symptomatic Students With Positive COVID-19 Test

Asymptomatic Students With Positive COVID-19 Test

Students Who Receive Covid-19 Vaccination Protocol

Students who receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccination (2 doses) may be exempted from the university quarantine policies starting one week after the second dose of the vaccine.

Students may register their vaccinations with the Dean of Students Office using this form. Records from student-athletes will be shared with the Office of Sports Medicine.