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When to self-isolate

Students, faculty, and staff who self-isolate need to complete a self-isolation form.

Updated: June 26, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Understand the circumstances when self-isolation is necessary.
  • Complete the self-isolation form.
  • If symptoms develop, contact your health care provider.

Employees and students should self-isolate and complete a self-isolation form if they:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Develop symptoms of a COVID-19 infection
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Have had close contact with someone known to be diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Have recently returned to the US after traveling abroad
  • Have recently returned from a cruise (ocean or river)

Those who have recently traveled within the US should decide whether they need to self-isolate based on state and local travel restrictions and the rate of community spread to which they have been exposed. Up-to-date information and travel guidance are available from state and local health departments.

The duration of self-isolation depends on your reason for self-isolating. After you complete the self-isolation form, you will be contacted to learn more about your situation and provided guidance on how long you need to self-isolate.

Self-isolation form

All self-isolating faculty, staff, and students should immediately complete a self-isolation form. The form gives university staff the information they need to respond appropriately.

Complete the self-isolation form.

If symptoms develop

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 during their time in self-isolation should contact their health care provider or, if needed, their local emergency room. It is important to call ahead before going to a health care provider or ER.

Students can call the Student Health Center nurse triage line at 865-974-5080. For after-hours care, students should contact the UT Medical Center emergency room at 865-305-9000.

View the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms ›

Communicating to instructors

If students’ self-isolation or health condition could affect their ability to participate in classes, they should communicate directly with their instructors.

After contacting their instructors, students can complete the student absence notification form with the Office of the Dean of Students if needed. Office staff will work with students on any adjustments to their academic schedule or living arrangements.

Paid leave for employees

Supervisors should help employees understand paid leave options. Refer to the supervisor guidance provided by Human Resources.

How the university responds

Guided by expertise from public health officials and the CDC, the university staff responds quickly to reports related to COVID-19 on campus.

Learn what happens when self-isolation is reported

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