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Quarantine Plan for On-Campus Residents

Updated 1/12/2021

Who Should Quarantine 

Students living in on-campus housing who are contacted by a public health official with a notification of a positive test or advised that they are part of a contact trace process and are told to quarantine will be contacted by WKU's Quarantine Liaison to discuss the next steps in the process. 

Students must report their positive Covid-19 test result or contract trace to the WKU Covid-19 Assistance Line within four (4) hours:
Important Revisions to WKU Policy EHS-002 Protective Measures in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

It is imperative that any person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19, tests positive for the virus, or has been in close contact with someone confirmed to having COVID-19, immediately self-quarantine.

All faculty, staff, students and contract employees who work or attend classes on any WKU campus are required to contact the WKU COVID-19 Assistance Line (270-745-2019) immediately upon:  

  • Receiving a positive test result; or
  • Being made aware that they are a close contact with a person testing positive. 

Important Note for Close Contact Quarantine: If a person is a close contact with a positive case, they must quarantine for 14 days. A negative test result for COVID-19 DOES NOT change the 14-day requirement. 

The EHS-002 policy has been revised to address this direction and prescribes a maximum reporting window of four hours. 

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Where to Quarantine 

Students will have the option to return home OR stay on-campus in a designated quarantine location. 

Contacted students are required to remain in their room until assessed by the WKU Quarantine Liason by phone.

Students living in a community-style residence hall will relocate to a quarantine approved location. 

The quarantine liaison will assess students living a suite-style hall, hotel-style hall, or an on-campus apartment to determine if they will be required to transition to an approved quarantine location.


Process & Expectations for Students Who Choose to Quarantine On Campus

 During your initial call with the WKU Quarantine Liaison, you will discuss:

  • Isolation/quarantine requirements,
  • Expectations of your stay,
  • Where you will stay.


You will also receive an email with:

  • A recommended packing list
  • Instructions regarding a daily survey to provide your meal options, academic services, and counseling needs.


Any student notified of a positive test or advised that they are part of a contact trace process is required to follow quarantine guidelines, which are provided to you in your initial quarantine email and outlined in your Housing contract addendum, which can be found at https://www.wku.edu/housing/policies/terms-conditions.php.


Support Services 

  • Students residing on campus who elect to stay on campus for their quarantine will be housed in designated spaces on campus. WKU Housing and Residence Life has assigned a coordinator to support students required to quarantine.

  • Medical care will be provided by Graves Gilbert Clinic at their on-campus location or through telehealth with an on-call provider.

  • Aramarkhas developed a web-based system for students quarantined on campus to make meal selections that will be managed through the student’s meal plan or other existing university account. Students will order meals for a seven day period which are packaged and delivered by a staff member.



What should students do if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms?

  1. Students who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have COVID-19 symptoms should immediately self-quarantine in their residence hall or off-campus housing location. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 911. 

  2. Contact WKU’s COVID-19 Response Team at 270-745-2019 or covid.help@wku.edu for guidance on your next steps. 

  3. COVID-19 testing is available at WKU’s Graves Gilbert Clinic. For more information, visit the GGC@WKU website or call (270) 745-2273. You can also contact your personal healthcare provider to arrange an appointment or Telehealth session.


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 Last Modified 1/12/21