COVID-19 Protocols


What is Self-Isolation? Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. The latest CDC guidelines require at least 10 days of self-isolation. (See requirements below.)



What is Self-Quarantine? Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. The latest CDC guidelines require at least 14 days of self-quarantine. (See guidelines below.).


Self-quarantine and Reside-in-Place:

What is the difference between Self-Quarantine and the Reside-in-Place strategy in Martin Hall? The University instituted a four-day Reside-in-Place strategy beginning Saturday instead of an immediate full 14-day Self-quarantine for Martin Hall. Because of the high probability of exposure of residents on the 3rd and 4th floors due to the patterns of communal living, this strategy allowed the University to respond quickly to this specific situation, complete extensive contact tracing over the four days and institute daily COVID-19 rapid testing and rigorous assessment of any virus symptoms to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Safety and wisdom directed that we restrict these residents’ movement for a four-day Reside-in-Place strategy – instead of a full Quarantine – until we can determine the close contacts and conduct additional testing. If any student is a close contact (as described below), they should begin Self-Quarantine and will be contacted directly by Baylor contact tracers and given specific instructions. If they later test positive, they will be provided with specific instructions from Baylor Health Services to transition from Self-Quarantine to Self-Isolation. As the University monitors this specific situation, we are prepared to employ additional safety measures and strategies to minimize COVID-19 spread.


Close Contact:

What is a Close Contact? A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes with or without a mask. An infected (symptomatic or asymptomatic) person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.


Contact Tracing:

What is Contact Tracing? Contact tracing is a method used to find and follow up with people who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (called a case). People who were around the case, potentially exposed to COVID-19, are called contacts. By tracing the contacts of COVID-19 cases, getting them into quarantine and testing them for infection, we can slow the spread of coronavirus.


Feeling Symptoms

If a student is feeling any symptoms, they will need to be administered a COVID-19 test. Students can do this through Baylor University Health Services or through MyLabsDirect. Students who are feeling symptoms will most likely go to Isolation Housing for a minimum of 3 days until their test results are presented. Before getting your test, please pack 2 bags. The first bag will contain your school materials, entertainment, and 3 days worth of supplies. This bag should be taken with you to the test. A second bag is an extended stay of supplies including 10-14 days worth of supplies. This bag will be left in your room incase you test positive and will be delivered by University Staff.


Self-Quarantine* Guidelines

  Close contact such as a roommate or household member Other close contact as notified by a contact tracer
Required to Test? Yes Yes
(may test between 3 to 7 days)
Required to Quarantine? Yes
(even if you receive a negative test result)
(even if you receive a negative test result)

If you test positive?


Begin 10-day self-isolation (See chart below for guidance) Begin 10-day self-isolation (See chart below for guidance)
Length of Quarantine 14 Days 14 Days
Face mask required? Yes
(infected person and all roommates must wear face masks in the room or apartment)
(infected person and all roommates must wear face masks in the room or apartment)

*If you live in a residence hall and were instructed to quarantine by a Baylor Contact Tracing staff member, notify your Community Leader to receive meal delivery and support services.

Self-Isolation Requirements

Condition Length of Isolation Criteria for Return to Class/Campus
Asymptomatic 10 Days No symptoms after sample collection
Symptomatic 10 Days At least 24 hours without a fever and no fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved
Isolation and Quarantine Resources:

Please visit our Isolation and Quarantine Resources page for addition information about isolation and quarantine


Testing Information


Location: Fountain Mall Tent 4
Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
Appointment: No appointment needed


Symptomatic (or COVID-19 exposure):

Respiratory Clinic
Location: North Village Community Center
Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday
Appointment: Appointment required, please contact 710-1010


Isolation Release

If a student is asymptomatic and has no symptoms emerge during isolation the length of Isolation is 10 days


If a student is symptomatic during isolation the length of Isolation is a minimum of 10 days with the additional days being added based upon at least 24 hours without a fever and no fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.


Quarantine Release

A student has a required 14 days in quarantine. Due to symptoms appearing after a test is taken, a negative test will not remove yourself from quarantine.


Room Move Process

A Room Move Request from a student requires to approval of the student’s Residence Hall Director and a negative COVID-19 test that was administered no more than 3 days prior.