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How does TCU define the terms of daily self-monitoring, quarantine and isolation?

Last Updated July 23, 2021

There are several options for COVID-19 testing on or near the TCU campus. Hours, availability and requirements vary from site-to-site. For a full list of details, see Daily Self-Monitoring. Assuming that you show no symptoms, you can continue with your normal routine, following the prevention strategies.

If you are showing symptoms, please submit a report and call TCU’s Brown-Lupton Health Center at 817-257-7940. This notification will start the university’s support effort for you. You will be asked to get a COVID-19 test by TCU Health Center personnel.


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.

Quarantine means that you primarily stay in your room. For any in-person class, you will temporarily shift to an online format. You may leave your room to use the restroom, do laundry, pick up to-go food, or get outdoor exercise. We ask that you are extra vigilant with personal hygiene, physical distancing and face coverings. You will not be allowed to attend meetings or hang out with anyone other than your roommate/suitemates (distanced appropriately).

Assuming a negative test and symptoms improve, you will receive instruction to end your quarantine after 10 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 10 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.

  • Is TCU conducting contact tracing?
    TCU will complete a thorough contact tracing effort when we know someone has tested positive for COVID-19. For more information, view TCU’s Public Health Guidance.
  • How does TCU report COVID-19 cases?
    Our COVID-19 reporting has been consistent and transparent since the pandemic began its U.S. spread in March 2020. The COVID-19 dashboard provides our community with a comprehensive view of our cases and ability to support a healthy campus. The dashboard includes daily, weekly and monthly new positive cases reported, and cumulative cases for a better understanding of trends, in addition to current active cases. The dashboard is provided by the Office of Emergency Management and Office of Institutional Research and is updated daily (Monday - Friday) by 9 a.m.
  • What resources are available for TCU students to help with managing anxiety?
    College can be stressful enough, and a global pandemic has thrust us all into unusual times. We’ve elevated our counseling and mental health support services for students including counseling via Zoom, in person crisis response and virtual groups and support communities offered by TCU Counseling & Mental Health.