Isolation for Students

The purpose of isolation is to lower the risk of spreading the illness to others. You are to restrict activities outside your residence, except for getting medical care. For both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, the isolation period is a minimum of 5 days from the date of your positive test results. After 5 days, you will be reassessed for symptoms to see if isolation must continue. 

Do not go to work or class, avoid common areas or public spaces. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing like Uber or Lyft, or taxis.

  • University Health Services (UHS) will no longer reach out immediately to coordinate isolation after you receive a positive test result (either through the campus testing program or after you have contacted communityhealth@princeton.edu to report a positive self-test).
  • Students who test positive will be expected to isolate in their bedroom, unless you need medical attention requiring you to be monitored by healthcare professionals. The UHS isolation team will be available 9 am - 5 pm seven days a week by email (isolationhelp@princeton.edu) to support these potential moves as needed.
  • Once you have received guidance to isolate, if you are doing so on-campus, register your isolation with Campus Dining at arrivalmeals.princeton.edu; you will be given instructions on how to receive your meals as of the next day. You will not be able to leave your room to go to the dining hall, restaurants, or groceries, so until the following day you will need to make your own arrangements for meals. 

Failure to comply fully with isolation is both a violation of Rights, Rules, Responsibilities as well as local and regional policies. This is not merely a University guideline. 

Some important instructions

  • Stay away from others: With the exception of retrieving meals from where you are instructed to, or receiving medical care, stay in your bedroom and away from other people.
  • Call ahead before visiting your medical provider:  If you need medical care during UHS’ operational hours, call 609-258-3141 first. If you need urgent medical care, call 911.
  • Wear a high-quality face mask: if you must leave your room (including every time you pick up your meals and when entering a medical facility), wear a high-quality face mask (such as an KN95).
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands frequently by washing them with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Follow by washing your hands.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people.
  • Clean high touch surfaces daily with disinfectant wipes. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.  

Getting medical care

  • Call ahead before visiting any medical provider(s).
  • If you need medical care during UHS’ operational hours, call 609-258-3141 to speak with the on-call physician.
  • If you need urgent medical care or are calling UHS after hours, dial 911 to be connected to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if you develop symptoms or symptoms worsen (e.g., difficulty breathing).