Quarantine refers to separating someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 or has the symptoms of COVID-19 from other people. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19 typically lasts for 14 days from the last day of possible exposure.
In response to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine due to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan, Emerson College has revised its policy and procedures related to the duration of quarantine for close contacts of people with COVID-19. This went into effect beginning January 1, 2021. While the possible incubation period for COVID-19 is still 14 days, a majority of contacts or exposures have incubation periods of fewer than 10 days. Due to this, students may be released from quarantine on DAY 11 of their 14-day quarantine should they have a negative test on Day 7 or 8 AND remain asymptomatic through Day 14. More information will be shared should someone be identified as a close contact and need to enter quarantine. Someone who has tested positive must be cleared by the Center for Health and Wellness.
If you live on campus and are asked to quarantine, the College will work with you to reassign or alter your living space to ensure that you are not sharing a room or restroom with others. The Paramount Center Residence Hall has been set aside for the quarantine of on-campus students who need to be relocated. —Students in quarantine should not attend school, work, meetings, events, or any other social or religious gatherings until cleared to do so by the Center for Health and Wellness. Since the purpose of quarantine is to limit the potential for transmission, students in quarantine may not have other individuals visit their space. —If you are placed in quarantine, meals will be delivered to you. Residence hall staff will be on call if you need assistance. You should continue your classes remotely.
If you live on campus and are asked to isolate, the College will work with you to move into the Paramount Center Residence Hall during the period in which you are isolating. Once in the Paramount, you should not leave your room unless you are instructed by the Center for Health and Wellness to do so. Your meals will be brought to you. Residence hall staff will be on call if you need assistance. If you feel well enough to continue classes remotely, you should do so. If you are not able to participate due to illness for an extended period, fill in the Absence Notification to Faculty Request. If you remain ill for a further period of time and are unable to successfully complete the requirements of the course, consult with your professors and the Office of Student Success to determine whether a leave of absence, incomplete grades, or other options would be most appropriate.
While the Paramount residence hall will be utilized for quarantine and isolation for on-campus students, those that live in single occupancy spaces with sole access to a bathroom (which include most rooms in the W Hotel, and RA’s that have singles), may be permitted to quarantine or isolate in their current room assignment.
If you live off campus and are asked to quarantine or isolate, please stay in your residence. You may not return to campus until cleared to do so by the Center for Health and Wellness. If you need assistance while quarantining or isolating, please reach out to Student Affairs at 617-824-8640.