Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Bradley University is committed to providing support for students who are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. It’s the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to adhere to the quarantine and isolation guidelines, as they’re critical to ensure everyone’s safety.

Remember, students should report any positive test results obtained off campus to Health Services. Employees should report a positive COVID-19 test through this self- report form and report the case to their supervisor or HR.

If you are fully vaccinated and have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are identified as a close contact and are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, you should self-quarantine, which means stay at home and limit exposure to others until the test is returned. Most tests are returned within a day or two. If you test negative on a screening test (initial rapid test) within the health center and are waiting on the results of a confirmatory test, you do not need to self-quarantine.


Isolation, as defined by the CDC, is separating a sick person from those who aren’t sick with COVID-19. In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for isolation, if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until you’ve been symptom-free for at least 24 hours; regardless of your vaccination status.

Isolation Process for Students


Quarantine, as defined by the CDC, separates and restricts the movement of anyone exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for quarantine, if you’ve been identified as a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you’re required to quarantine for 10 days.

For those who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, you don’t need to quarantine. If you don’t exhibit symptoms, we recommend you get tested 3-5 days after your exposure. If you exhibit symptoms, you should get tested and follow protocols based on your test result.

Academic Support for Isolation and Quarantine

For students in isolation and/or quarantine, Student Support Services will contact your instructors to let them know you won’t be in person for your classes. You’ll need to discuss any assignments with your instructor to ensure you’re completing all of your course requirements.

Quarantine Process for Students