Students who are either symptomatic and awaiting test results or confirmed to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 are required to physically isolate themselves from others as directed by University officials, DePauw Health or local and state health officials.
The University will designate specific living spaces for use by students who have been directed to isolate by the Indiana State Department of Health, Putnam County Department of Health or DePauw Health. The location of isolation will be determined by staff from Housing, Facilities Management and the COVID-19 Case Management team. The location will ensure the student will be in a single room with access to a restroom that has been specifically designated for students in isolation. Rooms for students who are in isolation will be provided in a building designated exclusively for that purpose.
The University will provide isolation housing spaces for all resident students. Students are required to wear a mask in isolation housing whenever they are in shared spaces such as hallways, common areas and kitchens.
Students placed in isolation housing will be asked to meet certain health requirements before returning to their regular living unit, and attending classes and other campus activities.
The experience of isolation may be challenging both psychologically and emotionally. Students in a state of isolation may experience a range of thoughts, emotions, and reactions. As such, a student in isolation housing will be supported by a CARE Team Manager who will ensure the student is connected to University services, including Bon Appetit, Counseling Services, and the Center for Spiritual Life, as well as a Health Manager who will monitor the student’s health under the guidance of DePauw Health. To remain in University housing, students in isolation must follow all directives of the health authorities.
Students will have access to wifi in isolation housing and are encouraged to stay connected to friends and family throughout this time with the use of technology. Students are encouraged to reach out to their CARE Team Manager to communicate any concerns, difficulties, or support needs as they arise.
These recommendations and requirements will be updated as new information about the virus develops and we monitor and evaluate data. (last updated 7.20.21)