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Quarantine and Isolation at Fisher

Understanding the Different Reasons for Quarantine and Isolation at Fisher

There are different reasons why students may be required to quarantine or isolate during COVID-19.

Quarantine and Isolation

Mandatory Quarantine

Mandatory quarantine is for those who, while not displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Close Contact

Close Contact is determined using the following criteria in consultation with a Contact Tracer:

  • Was there contact for 10 minutes for longer
  • In a physical distance of less than 6 feet
  • With or without wearing a face mask
  • In a time period occurring within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or with no symptoms but a positive test

Mandatory Isolation

Mandatory isolation is for those who have tested or are presumed positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine and Isolation due to Saliva Screenings

Students with saliva samples that indicate the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA will be required to isolate of campus and have a diagnostic test for COVID-19 (nasopharyngeal swab).

If a student’s roommate or suitemate has a saliva sample that comes back indicating the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-29) RNA that student may be asked to quarantine until the results of the roommate/suitemates’ COVID test are determined.

Quarantine and Isolation Locations and Support

Resident Students

Resident students may be in quarantine on- or off-campus depending on the circumstances.  Resident students will isolate off-campus only.

We have a limited number of spaces off-campus in which students can quarantine or isolate.  If the student is from out of state, abroad or has a medically compromised family member living in the home we will arrange for an off-campus option.  If they do not have a car on campus, we will transport the student off-campus.

The student will receive 3 meals per day while they are in quarantining on-campus or in quarantine or isolation at our off-campus location.  If a student leaves their room during the quarantine or isolation period, parents will be contacted and they will need to make alternate arrangements for their student/take them home.

Commuting Students, Faculty, and Staff

Students, faculty, and staff who live off campus should plan to quarantine or isolate either at their permanent residence or off-campus housing.

Support for Students during Quarantine or Isolation

While they are quarantining or isolating, students will attend all classes remotely. They should consult their syllabi for instructions for remote learning. Faculty are notified through FisherLink the student is required to be in quarantine and the student receives a copy of the notice.

A Care Coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center is available to students while they are in quarantine or isolation. They can contact the Health and Wellness Center at 585-385-8280.  Full time undergraduate students can also contact FisherCare, our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.

If a student is isolating at our off-campus location, they will be monitored by our Health and Wellness Staff and/or our partners at Rochester Regional Health depending on their condition.

Faculty and staff who are in quarantine or isolation can receive support through the College’s EAP program or should seek support from their chosen medical professional.

Travel Self-Quarantine

Students, faculty, and staff who travel to any restricted states as determined by New York state during the semester are required to self-quarantine in New York State for 14 days before returning to St. John Fisher College.

Resident students will travel self-quarantine off-campus at their own expense.

Students are cautioned to make travel plans with great consideration to their academic programs. A student’s ability to participate in classes by Zoom during the self-quarantine period is only with the approval of the instructor and if the course allows for such instruction. If participating through Zoom is not approved by the instructor, or the course does not allow for it, the student will be considered absent.


Conduct-Related Self-Quarantine

Students who are involved in alleged conduct violations involving occupancy policies (on-campus) and/or local and state guidance on gatherings (on- and off-campus), in combination with the failure to maintain social distancing and not masking, will be removed from campus on an interim basis and required to self-quarantine off-campus for 14 days. Students will be expected to make their own off-campus arrangements at their expense.

See Student Conduct for more information.