Student Information on Quarantine and Isolation

We have plans to support and care for students who are quarantined or in isolation. See this flowchart for "What happens when a student gets COVID?" (Division of Student Affairs).

For students living on campus, Housing & Residence Life has established a dedicated email account for students to identify their needs, ask questions, and get updates: housingcovid@gvsu.edu

The Grand Valley CARE team has compiled a broad collection of resources for students affected by COVID-19. Students who have concerns about their own or another student's resource needs should file a CARE report.

More information and details on the various resources and support available to students can be found in the questions below.

  • Both quarantine and isolation mean that you will remain separated from others for a period of time, either in your own room, if conditions permit (the general rule is if you have your own room and your own bathroom), or in a reserved room on campus.  
  • Isolation is required for someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test. They must not have contact with others, and they will receive support until their infection resolves.
  • A quarantine is required for anyone who is known to have been in close contact with an infected person, or has symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting for a test result. "Close contact" means within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. See the CDC's When to Quarantine guide for more information.

Your daily self-assessment will let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate, and will also connect you with resources at GVSU and Spectrum Health for COVID-19 testing and support during Q&I. The most common scenarios are:

  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test you will need to isolate. You will receive daily check-ins from health professionals who will determine when you can return to normal life.
  • If you find out that you have been in "close contact" (see previous question) with an infected person, then you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, you will report them on the self-assessment. The self-assessment will notify you that you need to quarantine. Someone from Spectrum Health and/or GVSU will be in contact (or you can call the 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line: 833-734-0020) to schedule a test and to discuss quarantine. If you receive a positive test, then you will need to isolate. If you receive a negative test, then you can return to normal life once your symptoms resolve.
  • Stay home
  • Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness
  • Practice social distancing (maintain a distance of 6 feet)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Monitor for fever and symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, state them on your self-assessment and call the 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line (833) 734-0020.
  • All residents in quarantine or isolation will be provided a kit that includes a variety of potential needs (toilet paper, utensils, trash bags, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • If you do not have your own room and your own bathroom, you will be asked to move to one of the reserved Q&I rooms.
  • All residents in Q&I will be provided a shelf stable meal kit (7 days at a time).
  • Microwaves or stoves will be provided in each unit
  • Trash pick-up, laundry services, and mail services will be offered.

Do you have additional questions?  Look here for more answers in the Housing FAQs and please be in regular contact with your Resident Assistant or Living Center Director.

  • It is recommended that you quarantine or isolate only in a space where you have your own bedroom and your own bathroom.
  • Students on a meal plan will be provided a shelf-stable meal kit (7 days at a time) that a friend can pick up. 
  • If you live off-campus, you will be responsible for staying isolated to prevent further spread of COVID-19 throughout the Grand Valley community.

Yes, the self-assessment is one gateway to trained medical staff. You can also call 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line (833) 734-0020 for any assistance. Please fill it out the self-assessment daily, so that we can best meet your needs.

  • COVID-19 Related Health Concerns: Call the 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line (833) 734-0020 for answers to health questions. Spectrum Health will conduct regular check-ins with students in quarantine/isolation. 
  • GVSU Health Centers: Make an appointment at the Campus Health Center [www.gvsu.edu] or the Family Health Center (Downtown) for COVID-19 testing, or if you need to connect with medical staff for other health concerns such as illness, injuries, immunizations, sexual health, and physical exams.  They have convenient hours and telehealth to meet your needs.
  • CARE: Are you a student who needs some addition support?  Submit a referral for yourself or others at the CARE Reporting Site if you have additional well-being or resource concerns. The CARE team has also compiled a broad collection of resources for students affected by COVID-19
  • Academic Concerns: Undergraduate student academic concerns related to academic performance or missing class can be submitted through EAB Navigate.
  • Mental Health: The University Counseling Center is available to provide support to students in quarantine or isolation through teletherapy and self-help information.
  • Physical Fitness: Recreation and Wellness has a variety of free virtual fitness programs.  Learn more at the R&W Fitness page.
  • Student Wellness: Explore more resources on student wellness, including the eight dimensions of wellness and tips for getting by when in insolation or quarantine.