Isolation and Quarantine Housing Information

We know that concern is high as we begin a new academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a member of our on-campus community, please know that the safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.  To that end, we want to provide you with as much information as we can regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the NC State on-campus community and NC State’s expectations/processes as it relates to containing the spread of COVID-19.


It is important to understand the distinction between quarantine and isolation:

  • Quarantine: Not exhibiting symptoms, but you have been exposed or there is reason to believe you may have been exposed. CDC recommends at least 14 days of quarantine from the time of the last contact with an infected person.
  • Isolation:  CDC recommends at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from the date of the test if there are no symptoms.


In accordance with recommendations from the UNC System, NC State University Housing has identified buildings on campus to serve as quarantine and isolation spaces for the 2020-2021 academic year.  These buildings were selected because they meet CDC requirements for quarantine and isolation housing, as well as allow for fully contactless moves that do not require or promote contact between other residents or university staff.  Additionally, these spaces have individual exterior doors and private bathrooms.

Student assignment to quarantine/isolation spaces

Quarantine and isolation housing will be available for on-campus residents only. There are no additional housing charges for quarantine/isolation housing.  Off-campus residents will be encouraged to go home or remain in their off-campus residence to self-quarantine or self-isolate if necessary.

When a resident(s) with an on-campus assignment is diagnosed with, is presumed positive for COVID-19, or has come in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be expected to self-isolate or self-quarantine and will be followed by the NC State COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program conducted by Student Health Services. Student Contact Tracing form

  • If a resident receives the recommendation from Student Health or a local health agency to quarantine or isolate, the first request is for that individual to go home or to some off-campus location for the identified time period.
  • If a resident is unable to stay somewhere off-campus for their quarantine or isolation period, University Housing will provide a space in one of the identified on-campus buildings.
  • For the duration of the resident’s quarantine or isolation period, they are not permitted to leave their space, except in very limited circumstances, such as in the event of a medical emergency.
  • The university will monitor residents who stay in quarantine or isolation and will provide meals and medical assistance if needed.
  • Housekeeping will go into the suite after it has been totally vacated (and after a lapsed time of at least 3 hours) to sanitize the common spaces including the hallway and the bathroom. Housekeeping will not enter or clean individual student rooms.

Remember, every member of the Wolfpack has the responsibility to act in accordance with all university policies and guidelines, including the Community Standards that have been developed specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic.  NC State expects all students to take this responsibility seriously.  Residents’ compliance with a quarantine/isolation directive is a part of these Community Standards, and failure to abide by or follow this directive could subject the resident to disciplinary or administrative action.

What to expect if you need quarantine/isolation spaces

  • Student Health Services medical provider(s) will discuss with the student the need for either quarantine or isolation housing based upon consultation with the student or the student’s off-campus provider.
  • Student Health Services will notify University Housing of the need for quarantine/isolation housing for the resident.
  • University Housing will send a joint email from University Housing and Student Health Services (sent from to the resident(s) informing them of the need to move to quarantine or isolation housing with very specific instructions regarding:
    • Specific temporary room assignment location.
    • A list of suggestions for what to pack for the limited stay.
    • Contactless access to the key for the temporary housing location.
    • How to request meal service from University Dining.
    • Use of the space (linens and well kit meal bags are provided, facility emergency protocols)
  • Student(s) should ensure they have completed the Contact Tracing Program form for Student Health Services.

Foodservice during quarantine/isolation housing

Should a student be assigned to quarantine/isolation housing, NC State Dining will provide meals as follows:

Meal plans end for the fall semester on November 24, 2020. 

Students going into quarantine or isolation during any part of the winter break will be given an enhanced “Get Well Meal” kit that includes snacks, beverages, and breakfast items. Students will also be given the option to opt-in to meal services provided by NC State Dining. Meals will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack replenishments for a total of $20/day. Students are welcome to opt in or out at any time. Special dietary needs will be reviewed by our Dietitian and prepared separately. 

For those who opt out of dining services, we have compiled a list of resources with information about how to order meals and groceries. All on-campus isolation/quarantine residence halls are equipped with a microwave and refrigerator for storing and preparing meals. Deliveries to all on-campus rooms must be contactless. Students needing dining-related assistance should contact dining at or Students needing assistance with specific dietary needs should contact Lauren Smith at

Being cleared from quarantine/isolation housing

Student Health Services will be monitoring all students who are in quarantine/isolation housing through the Contact Tracing Program.

Isolation students

  • If a student in isolation housing receives a negative test result, Student Health Services medical provider(s) will inform the student of their results. There are circumstances where even in the event of a negative test result, the health care provider may feel that continued observation is necessary and COVID-19 can not be ruled out. In those circumstances, continued isolation and quarantine will be recommended. 
  • Student Health Services will alert University Housing that the student has been cleared to leave their temporary housing location.
  • University Housing will send an email with specific instructions to the resident on how to vacate the temporary location, specifically advising on:
    • How to return the key to the contactless box
    • How to handle used linens 
    • Emailing University Housing once they have officially moved back to their regular fall assignment.

Quarantine students

  • If testing is recommended, testing will not occur until at least 5-7 days after the last exposure to someone who was symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19 or if symptoms develop.
  • Once the person who may have exposed the quarantined individual(s) has been cleared to return to their fall assignment, Student Health Services will determine the need for stopping or continuing the quarantine housing for all students.
  • SHS will alert University Housing when a student is cleared from quarantine.
  • University Housing will send an email (sent from with notice of being cleared.  If the resident has been staying off-campus, they will be permitted to return to their on-campus location at that time. If the resident has been staying in an on-campus temporary location, they will also receive specific instructions on how to vacate the temporary space, specifically advising on:
    • How to return the key to the contactless box
    • How to handle used linens 
    • Emailing University Housing once they have officially moved back to their regular fall assignment.

Please refer to for more information from the university.  Additionally, please plan to continue checking your NC State email as a primary source for communication from the university as we navigate this together.