Isolation Protocol

If a student tests positive, how do they get to an isolation space for live-in members?

A student who receives a positive test notification should contact their house corporation board or advisor immediately. They will gather some information from the student to submit to the Fraternity and Sorority Life team. The goal is to get a student into an isolation space the same day, depending on when the FSL team can connect with students to deliver keys for isolation spaces. In the meantime, a COVID-positive student who is in their chapter house should coordinate a roommate or someone in the house to pack for them. We encourage members to have a packed bag ready to go in preparation.

The FSL team is available to answer questions by email or phone. The student guide for isolation is also a helpful resource.

Fraternity & Sorority Life has space dedicated for use by members that live in chapter facilities. Isolation is for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. This space is limited and reserved for live-in chapter members.  In order to access this space, students must contact their chapter advisor and/or house corporation board member.

Students should be in regular contact with their professors, as always, and should notify them in the event that they are unable to complete their coursework as planned. The instructor will work with the student to provide alternative ways to complete the work.

Location: Zoe Bayliss, 915 W. Johnson


  • There is a microwave on the first floor
  • Each room has a refrigerator
  • Campus WiFi is available
  • Linens
  • Common spaces are professionally cleaned

Students in isolation space will be able to have things delivered via a tent near the back of the building.  This includes, but is not limited to, meals/groceries and personal items.

Any violations of the following expectations or guidelines will result in students being removed from the facility.
  • Only leave room to use the restroom, pick up deliveries, use communal space/amenities or take out trash unless there is a facility evacuation or medical emergency.
  • Wear a face covering and wash hands prior to leaving their room.
  • Do not attend class, work, or any events/gatherings in person.
  • Do not move rooms. Students are required to stay in their assigned room.
  • Monitor symptoms and complete the COVID-19 Health Screen daily.
  • Stay in communication with UHS and contact tracers as required.
    • Call 911 or UHS at 608-265-5600 if symptoms worsen and there is need for medical attention.
    • Call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 9) if experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. This is a crisis line staffed 24/7.
  • No visitors at the isolation facility.
  • Limit deliveries to the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and essential items only.
  • Alcohol and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the isolation facility.
  • Smoking and the use of controlled substances is prohibited in the isolation facility. This includes vaping. Students may not leave the facility to smoke.
  • Residents in the isolation facility may not use cooking appliances, other than what is provided in the guest room or communal area.
  • All pets are prohibited in the isolation facility. Service animals are allowed per ADA guidelines.
  • Remove trash from room to the appropriate receptacle outside.
  • Respect the quite of hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Treat a roommate (if given one) with dignity and respect. Students isolating together should communicate boundaries, school schedules, etc., to ensure a comfortable stay in isolation.
  • Return keys on the last day of isolation before returning to the chapter facility.
  • Students are responsible for room keys and will be responsible for the cost to replace lost or damaged keys.
  • Students are responsible for the provided items in their rooms and will be responsible for the cost to replace or repair any damages caused by the student.

Questions and Answers


What are the expectations of members that live-in if they have to quarantine?

Students are requested to quarantine at their facility or permanent residence. If live-in members have to quarantine in their facility, students/members who do not live in the facility cannot visit the house. Students in quarantine should let their instructors know in cases where they will not be able to attend class so that alternate plans can be made.

If an entire chapter has to quarantine, how can its members access basic needs?

Members should talk to their house corp/advisor and student leader about what amenities their chapter facility supplies (for example, laundry, meal services, toiletries, etc.). Be clear on how food deliveries will be handled as well as drop-offs for other basic necessities.

If you need assistance beyond what your house corp/advisor can provide, contact the Dean of Students Office or University Health Services for mental health or COVID-19 support.

What are students supposed to do during a quarantine that lasts at least 14 days?

Students should remain in their residence, wear a face covering when interacting with others, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, maintain social distance, and isolate themselves if they become symptomatic. They cannot leave the house except for testing and/or medical care. Students/Members who do not live in the residence cannot visit the house.

Academically, students should be in regular contact with their professors and should notify them in the event that they are unable to complete their coursework as planned. The instructor will work with the student to provide alternative ways to complete the work.

But my tests have come back negative so far, why should I continue to quarantine?

You can test positive for up to 14 days after exposure, despite previous negative tests.

University Health Services policy follows the amended quarantine procedure, which allows for a 10-day quarantine with a negative test on day 10. Provided the test is negative, the close contact can end their quarantine. However, during the remaining four days, individuals should continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

While we recommend continued regular testing during the quarantine period, you cannot “test out” of quarantine as the quarantine period captures the incubation period of the virus.

Quarantine will be extended if continued exposure within the household occurs. If another member in the facility tests positive, the quarantine period–and in turn the badge status–will be reset to reflect a new quarantine period of 10 days. For this reason, it is important for household members to address isolation and quarantine procedures collectively as a group.

More information about UHS quarantine/isolation policy can be found here:

What can we do to prevent a whole house quarantine?

The more information Environment Health & Safety and UHS has, the clearer a picture we have of the living situation. EH&S has asked for the live-in roster, floor plans, and infection control plan (ICP) for each organization that we can refer to for decision making purposes. After notification of cases within an organization, we also gather information from a site investigation interview which is shared with the organization as a report.

We recommend implementing the corrective actions suggested in the site investigation report to help prevent future quarantines. The Outbreak Investigation Team at EH&S is also happy to help assist with the creation of an ICP and is available to answer any questions about best practices.

Some facilities will need to be treated like a household regardless of policies in place, due to facility layout and/or reports of behavior taking place within the building.


Can I go home (or pick up my student) to isolate or quarantine?

Following guidance from public health experts, we recommend that students asked to quarantine do not travel and remain at their fraternity or sorority house where they can be monitored and be with their friends. We recommend that students who are required to isolate travel in a private vehicle directly to the location where they will be isolating. However, this is an individual decision. We recommend that families assess whether household members are at higher risk before bringing their student home. The student may put family members, friends and community at risk for 14 days after exposure. The CDC reports that travel increases the chance of spreading COVID-19.

Public Health Enforcement

How do we report chapters that aren’t adhering to university policy and/or public health rules?

Collect as much detailed information as you can — date, time, observations, names, addresses, photos/videos — and fill out a COVID-19 Public Health Concern Form. You can submit the report anonymously, but not providing your name and contact information could significantly impede the university’s ability to address the incident.

Can students who don’t sign the Badger Pledge legally face disciplinary action?

Yes. Regardless of whether or not they sign the pledge, students are held responsible for their actions according to UW System Chapter 17: Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures, in particular, if “conduct indicates that the student presented or may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of himself, herself or others.”


What is a ‘close contact’?

There are several determining factors for being considered a close contact. A close contact is someone who had direct physical contact with either a positive-testing individual or that individual’s secretions, who was within six feet of the individual (masked or unmasked) for 15 minutes cumulative within a 24 hour period, and/or who shared eating or drinking utensils.

There are several resources to support these definitions and provide additional information:

What is a ‘household contact’?

A household contact is a type of close contact. Sharing a living space or spending the night with someone is considered a qualifying circumstance for being considered a close contact. While we understand that there are many different types of living situations, quarantine for household contacts is something that the CDC, local health departments, and the university support. Households often have shared kitchens or bathrooms, shared utensils or other equipment, as well as shared indoor air flow for a prolonged period of time.

It is very important to note that if a person tests positive for COVID-19, their household contacts must quarantine, and their quarantine will be extended if continued exposure occurs. If another member in the facility tests positive, the quarantine period–and in turn the badge status–will be reset to reflect a new quarantine period of 10 days. For this reason, it is important for household members to address isolation and quarantine procedures collectively as a group.


Why are some shared living spaces being treated differently than others?

Some shared living spaces are structured differently than others and have different mitigation plans. For example, some shared living spaces would be better categorized as an apartment building with shared areas being restricted to each apartment. In those cases, we can limit the quarantine scope and treat the single apartment as a household unless there is further spread. Another example is that some shared living spaces have en-suite bathrooms that are only used by the two attached bedrooms. If there are not additional shared spaces being used, we can limit the scope of who is considered a household contact to those who used the shared facilities as a starting point.

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