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How does TCU define the terms of quarantine and isolation?

Last Updated January 07, 2022


TCU community members who have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-positive person will be called by a contact tracer to discuss quarantine (unless they have been fully vaccinated). This means you will be required to quarantine and get a COVID test even if you don’t have symptoms.

Assuming a negative test and symptoms improve, you will receive instruction to end your quarantine after 5 days from exposure. If you test positive, your status is moved from quarantine to isolation.


Isolation is stricter than quarantine as you will not be able to leave your room except to receive medical care due to the potential to spread the virus to others.

We expect that community members who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate in their bedroom if they have access to a private bathroom and do not share a room. Otherwise, the student will be moved to an isolation location provided by the university. Isolation space is located on campus and near TCU in off-campus apartments where TCU has secured space.

If on campus, TCU will bring meals to your isolation location, arrange for laundry, if necessary, provide telehealth assessments and offer virtual support efforts.

Off-campus students should develop a plan to accomplish isolation if a roommate becomes ill. Off-campus students will receive telehealth assessment and virtual support efforts. TCU care coordinators will assist both on-campus and off-campus students in isolation.

Isolation ends after 5 days from the onset of symptoms AND 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of a fever reducing medication) AND symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved.

Quarantining or isolating from home or away from your campus location

Some students may wish to quarantine or isolate away from their campus location. Obviously, you cannot fly if you are COVID-positive. If you wish to leave your campus location, please notify your care coordinator so we can update records.