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Quarantine Plan for On-Campus Residents

Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 and those identified as being close contacts to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must contact the WKU COVID Helpline at 270-745-2019 within four (4) hours of being notified of the test result or contact trace.


For COVID-19 Positive Individuals:

  • The individual must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test (whichever is the earliest).

  • The individual may be released after the 10th day as long as they have had no fever or took fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol) in the previous 24 hours and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.


For Individuals Identified as Close Contacts:

  • The individual must quarantine for 10 days and may be released from quarantine after the 10th day without being tested as long as they are asymptomatic, or

  • The individual may be released after the 7th day after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on the 5th day or later).

  • An individual who has fully recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days will be exempt from quarantine requirements. A copy of the release from isolation provided by the Health Dept. or healthcare provider will be required. This is a voluntary requirement; however, failure to do so will result in the individual being directed to quarantine.

  • An individual who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be exempt from quarantine requirements. A copy of the individual’s COVID-19 vaccination record will be required. This is a voluntary requirement; however, failure to do so will result in the individual being directed to quarantine.


Students residing in on-campus housing who receive a COVID-positive test result and those identified as close contacts to a COVID-positive case will be required to move into isolation/quarantine as soon as directed by Athletics or an EH&S COVID Team member.

The WKU isolation/quarantine policy may be modified as additional guidance is released by the CDC and/or state/local public health officials.

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 who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine upon being contact traced. 


On-Campus Quarantine Eligiblity

To be eligible for on-campus isolation/quarantine, a student must be a resident of WKU's residential buildings during the current term, AND:

  • Have a permanent home address three or more hours of travel from WKU's Bowling Green campus.

  • Be too ill for immediate travel with a medical recommendation stating they do not require hospitalization and may isolate/quarantine until able to return to their permanent address.

  • Be an international student with a permanent home address outside the U.S.

  • Be an independent student, as defined by federal financial aid and WKU, where WKU is their residence of record.


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.



 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.



  • Students residing on campus who 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.

  • Aramark has 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.

  • A student may request that Housing & Residence Life (on-campus residents) or Dean of Students/ Advising & Career Development Center (off-campus residents) notify their professors that they are in quarantine/isolation. This is seen as the official notification and faculty cannot request medical documentation.



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 6/17/21