Student Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Do not invite others into your room. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

  • Students living on campus who test positive are expected to isolate in place.
  • Off-site housing – you may isolate in your own apartment or home.

Return to Campus

SAFER has partnered with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to clear you from isolation according to the following criteria. If you do not participate in an official interview. SAFER will utilize your test date to determine when you are clear to attend class and on-campus activities as a university determination. Please watch your email closely, as

  • Isolate away from others 5 days from positive test result. The date you took the test is day 0.
    • If no symptoms or symptoms resolving on day 5, return to activities WITH MASK on day 6 for additional 5 days. Note that you should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. The date symptoms begin is no longer used to determine your return.
    • If symptoms are not improving by day 5, continue to isolate until they are improving for a full 24 hr period, up to 10 days.
    • You should self-assess symptoms on day 5 and return accordingly.
    • If you feel uncomfortable returning before day 10, you may continue to stay home and should return day 11 after your positive test.
    • If you do not want to wear a mask on campus, please isolate at home and return on day 11.
    • If your symptoms are not improving beyond 10 days or your symptoms become severe, please reach out to University Health Services to schedule an appointment or see your personal physician.
    • SAFER will evaluate the details of your case and advise both return to community activities per Florida Department of Health (FDOH) guidelines and return to work according to FSU HR policy. No negative tests are required unless specifically requested by SAFER/FDOH.

Presumptive Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

Presumptive positive results are complicated and each case is considered on the basis of many complex factors. You need to discuss your case with a designated FSU clinician to determine best options for your case.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by UHS when you are cleared to return to campus activities.


Close Contact

NOTE: Issues of isolation and quarantine are under the legislatively designated authority of the local public health department. Thus, in coordination with the FL Dept of Health and the Leon County Health Department, the FSU policies for quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 are as follows:

What counts as close contact?

The CDC focuses on the proximity (within 6 ft) and duration (greater than 15 cumulative minutes) to determine close contact. Information on the highly transmissible Omicron variant is still undergoing evaluation.

All persons, especially those who may have had close contact, should routinely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and quarantine immediately, and seek testing if the following symptoms occur:

NO QUARANTINE if you do not have symptoms.

QUARANTINE if you have symptoms and seek a COVID-19 test.

  • Fever (100.40F or more) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Exception

According to the CDC, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, quarantine is not required. A test is not recommended.

FSU students can utilize FSU testing options or external providers. If you need medical attention, please call University Health Services (UHS) to make an appointment at 850-644-4567.

If you test positive, you should notify SAFER as soon as possible via the Daily Wellness Check or covid19@fsu.edu. SAFER will contact you to discuss your return to campus date.

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