Messages & News

January 06, 2022

Tested positive? Here’s what to do

Dear U-M Student,

We know you may be experiencing a mixture of emotions with the start of the winter term, especially if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19. This message will provide you with guidance and information on what to do if you have tested positive based on whether you live on campus or off campus.

We also want to share the current status of our quarantine and isolation housing, which is currently at 11.5% with 88% capacity remaining. With the start of the term, many students moving back into the residence halls and anticipated increased need for isolation for on-campus residents, Q&I space is being prioritized for on-campus residents. If your permanent residence is local, you are encouraged to isolate there, if feasible.

Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19

You will be relocated from your residence hall. Please complete the following steps:

  • Report your positive test results here for any self administered test or testing done at a non-university facility. Do not report results from the Community Sampling and Tracking Program or the University Health Service.
  • Isolate. Remain in your room, wear a well-fitting mask at all times and limit your interactions with others as much as possible.
  • Please note: we are experiencing some delays in response time. You will be contacted as soon as possible after submitting your test results to coordinate a move to Q and I housing. Depending on timing this may mean that it is necessary for you to remain in your residence hall overnight. If you have additional questions, you can email the Coordination Center at QandICenter@umich.edu.
  • Given your roommate may have already been exposed to you, we ask that you both mask and that you limit your interactions with others as much as possible. Roommates should plan to get tested again on the fifth day following exposure to you.
  • If you are in need of a meal while still in your residence hall, please use this form to place an order before 6 pm for that day.
  • Be sure to follow the isolation process outlined here and isolate at least 5 days from your test date. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days following your isolation period.
  • Let your instructors know if you will miss any required in-person sessions as a result of testing positive.
  • Additional information about on-campus student COVID-19 scenarios is available here.

Students living off campus who test positive for COVID-19

You may be able to remain in your residence for your isolation period. Please review this living arrangements resource to determine if your residence is acceptable for isolation, and complete the following steps:

  • Report your positive test results here for any self administered test or testing done at a non-university facility. Do not report results from the Community Sampling and Tracking Program or University Health Service.
  • Be sure to isolate. Remain in your room and wear a well-fitting mask if you must spend any time around others.
  • Follow the plan you develop with your housemates about cleaning, disinfecting and avoiding shared time in common spaces, such as a kitchen.
  • Be sure to follow the isolation process outlined here and isolate at least 5 days from your test date. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days following your isolation period.
  • Let your instructors know if you will miss any required in-person sessions as a result of testing positive.
  • Additional information on off-campus student COVID-19 scenarios is available here.

Return to permanent residence

You may consider relocating to another residence, such as a permanent residence, for your quarantine/isolation period if:

  • You can drive to the location in under 1 day. Use of public transportation or ride sharing is not permitted.
  • You will have access to your own closed-door bedroom.
  • You will have access to your own bathroom.
  • Only one other person will be in the car during the drive.

Please be sure to visit the U-M Campus Maize and Blueprint website for additional information and guidance. We want to thank you for all your effort to help us start the term strong, healthy and together.

Sincerely,

Martino Harmon, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life

Robert D. Ernst, M.D.

Associate Vice President of Student Life for Health and Wellness

Clinical Assistant Professor