Carnegie Mellon University

Isolation & Quarantine Housing

Updated 5-11-2022 for CMU Summer Housing Residents

As we wind down to the end of the Spring semester, and the summer move-over/move-in dates approach, we wanted to make sure that all summer residents are aware of the planned approach regarding COVID isolation and quarantine for our summer resident population.

As was the case for residential students beginning in early April, and consistent with recent CDC guidance for colleges and universities, summer housing residential students who test positive for COVID will be generally instructed to isolate in place in their currently assigned room or apartment. With support from the university, we are confident that our residents can navigate their COVID diagnosis and recovery in-place in a resilient manner that is in keeping with how residents have historically navigated communicable illnesses such as the flu or mononucleosis.

Students who are instructed to isolate-in-place will be asked to adhere to the following expectations:

  • While isolating, you may only leave your room to use the bathroom, pick up meals, or go to an appointment with UHS. When doing so, you must wear a high-quality well-fitting facial covering.
  • You may not attend classes, lab experiences, or other in-person gatherings of any kind. Your faculty or research lead will be ready to assist you in making flexible academic or research plans during your isolation.
  • You may not utilize residence hall spaces such as lounges, fitness rooms, and laundry facilities.
  • You (and your roommates) may not have visitors to your room, and you may not visit others’ rooms.
  • You must remain isolating-in-place until you have received an email from University Health Services or Community Health and Well-Being staff indicating that you have been cleared to end your isolation period.

We assume that most residential students living in apartments will continue to cook for themselves, and the summer housefellow and resident assistants can provide direction and support about acquiring supplemental groceries if needed.

Upon being instructed to isolate in place, you will be provided with a support guide that outlines the resources available to you on a 24/7 basis to assist you in the event that you need it.  When in doubt, contact the summer housefellow.

Residents with a local permanent address who prefer to travel home in a private vehicle and complete the isolation period there are permitted to do so after notifying Housing Services.

We understand that this isolate-in-place arrangement may present concerns for roommates who have not yet tested positive and are asymptomatic. Unfortunately, given the highly transmissible nature of the current variants, and the fact that most people who test positive were contagious two days before symptoms appeared, it is likely that roommates have already been exposed to the virus. For this reason, we will generally only be providing alternate accommodations for a “well” summer resident whose roommate tests positive if that resident is in an at-risk group as determined by UHS.  Roommates of a resident that tested positive will be provided with information on recommended or required masking and testing by the contact tracing team.

4-15-2022

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus requires all students to make some adjustments to their daily lives to prioritize the health and safety of our community. This includes the possibility of needing to participate in an isolation or quarantine period where one is separated from the broader campus community to avoid transmitting the virus. For example, regardless of vaccination status, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate.

Please keep in mind, isolation or quarantine is only temporary and you will receive support throughout the entire process. Student Affairs staff in University Health Services (UHS), Residential Education, Dining Services, and Housing Services partner to provide support to students who are isolating with items such as healthcare, meals, missing classes and accessing resources.

Residential students are expected to follow the university protocols related to symptoms and reporting. Those who need to engage in isolation or quarantine will be provided instruction by University Health Services (UHS) staff or Community Health and Wellbeing (CHWB) staff on where and how to isolate. Additionally, the housefellow will be notified and provide support and assistance to you in navigating the isolation or quarantine period that is determined by these staff.

Consistent with recent CDC guidance for colleges and universities, and to preserve dedicated isolation and quarantine (IQ) housing inventory for more severe cases, most of our residential students who test positive and are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms will be instructed to isolate-in-place in their currently-assigned rooms, suites or apartments. With support from the university, we are confident that our residents can navigate their COVID diagnosis and recovery in-place in a resilient manner that is in keeping with how residents have historically navigated communicable illnesses such as the flu or mononucleosis. Residential students at higher risk and/or with moderate-to-severe symptoms will be temporarily relocated to our dedicated IQ housing locations.

Information for Students Who Are Instructed to Isolate in Place

Students who are instructed to isolate-in-place are asked to adhere to the following expectations:

  • While isolating, you may only leave your room to use the bathroom, pickup isolation meals (see below), or go to an appointment with UHS. When doing so, you must wear a high-quality well-fitting facial covering.
  • You may not attend classes or other in-person gatherings of any kind. Your faculty will be ready to assist you in making flexible academic plans during your isolation, as will your academic advisor, associate dean and housefellow.
  • You may not utilize residence hall spaces such as lounges, fitness rooms and laundry facilities.
  • You (and your roommates) may not have visitors to your room, and you may not visit others’ rooms.
  • You must remain isolating-in-place until you have received an email from UHS or CHWB staff indicating that you have been cleared to end your isolation period.

Everyone isolating-in-place will receive information regarding access to meals. We assume that most residential students living in apartments will continue to cook for themselves, and housefellows and resident assistants can provide direction and support about acquiring supplemental groceries if needed. Residents who do not have access to a private kitchen will be provided with information about how to order and pick-up grab-and-go meals from a central campus location that has been set up for students who are isolating-in-place. Students who are not well enough to do so themselves can make arrangements for a roommate, friend or residential staff member to assist with the pickup process.

Upon being instructed to isolate-in-place, you will be provided with a support guide that outlines the resources available to you on a 24/7 basis to assist you in the event that you need it. When in doubt, contact your housefellow.

Residents with a local permanent address who prefer to travel home in a private vehicle and complete the isolation period there are permitted to do so after consulting with their housefellow.

Information for Students Who Are Instructed to Relocate to Isolation and Quarantine Housing (IQ)

IQ Housing for students living on campus is located in Shirley Apartments and Margaret Morrison #101 (as well as some overflow spaces in Fairfax Apartments). Students may be required to isolate in groups and have a roommate or two. Housing Services will manage all IQ Housing assignments; students are not able to indicate an IQ Housing preference. Any student in IQ Housing will receive daily symptom monitoring surveys that they must reply to and must wear a facial covering if transferring from their room to IQ housing assignments.

Your Temporary IQ Housing Room Assignment 
If you are required to move to IQ Housing, you will receive an email to your Andrew account with your new building and room number, along with your one-use temporary passcode. (Make sure to press the "#" symbol on the keypad first before putting in the passcode.) This one-time temporary code is for initial access to your temporary IQ housing room. Access will be added to your CMU ID card soon after. Room changes are not permitted.  

Guidelines for Your IQ Housing Stay 
Once in your new IQ Housing assignment, you must stay in this room for the duration of your IQ period (usually about 10 days). Common spaces are unavailable, and you must not leave your room. Once notified by contact tracers that you are cleared from IQ Housing, you can move back to your originally assigned room and move freely about campus.

Be Prepared for IQ Housing
All students should pack an emergency bag in case IQ Housing is required at any point during the year. Please have this bag available and ready to always go with 10-days’ worth of supplies. Some suggested items include:

  • Minimum of four days’ -worth of clothing (as laundry service is provided in IQ housing)
  • Medication and self-care items including all needed toiletry items

Please also make sure you have your supplies organized such as computers, phones, chargers, books, and school supplies. Students are not able to go back to their room for forgotten items. Students will also need to personally carry all items they are bringing with them to their IQ Housing location. Each room will come with a set of linen that includes a blanket, a sheet, a pillow, and towels.

Move-in Timeframe
We understand that you will need time to gather your belongings for your IQ Housing stay, but we ask that you be as swift as possible with your relocation process. If you are unable to move in directly after your appointment/communication with University Health Services, we ask that you move-in as soon as you possibly can. Please note, students will not be able to attend upcoming events, classes, study groups, athletic practices/game, etc. on the day they are notified that they must move to IQ Housing.

Snacks, Toiletries & More 
Housing Services will provide some beverages, food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and an activities book with crayons or colored pencils in your room upon your arrival. If you need any of these in-room items restocked, please contact us at IQHOUSING@andrew.cmu.edu. For emergency requests, please call the Housefellow on call.

Meals
Once you've settled in, please scan the QR code on the dining sheet located in your room; this will bring you to a Smartsheet, which will be how you order food in IQ housing. Fill in all the information including dietary restrictions, food allergens and your contact information to ensure your orders are delivered accurately and safely. Here is a tutorial on how to order.

Trash Collection
Housing Services provides trash removal service during your stay in IQ Housing. Whenever you fill a bag of trash, please secure and close the bag and leave it outside of your door. Staff will collect this during their next rounds. 

Laundry
Housing Services will provide laundry service twice a week.

Classes
Given that nearly all classes for the semester will be in-person, students will need to be prepared to miss classes while in IQ housing. Students will be encouraged to work directly with their faculty to make alternate arrangements, and if needed, connect with Diane Dawson in University Health Services at 412-268-9171 or dd4p@andrew.cmu.edu for a short-term, academic accommodation.  

Additional Support
Your Housefellow, University Health Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) will all be able to assist you with other support needs you may have during your IQ Housing stay.

Check Out
CMU’s University Health Services will send you a "Cleared from IQ Housing" message in the afternoon/evening one day before you are cleared to move out. You may return to your residence hall the following day. You can expect your access to campus buildings to be restored by the next morning.