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What if...?

As we all strive to get back to a more typical campus experience, there are still many “what if's”. Being prepared with knowledge and a plan can help you manage this uncertainty.

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What if I'm having symptoms or feeling sick

What if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you're having symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home, self-isolate and get tested. Don't go to class or anywhere else.

Start with IU's symptom checker to schedule a symptomatic test. You'll receive an email with a link to schedule if you have symptoms of COVID-19. All symptomatic testing is held outdoors and is drive up / walk up to ensure safety.

What if I need to report a positive COVID-19 test or that I'm a close contact?

If you've been notified that you're a close contact (within 6 ft of someone who tested positive for 15 minutes or more, within a 24-hour period) or were tested outside of IU and received a positive COVID-19 test, you need to report it via the COVID-19 Self Report Form.

What if I'm notified that I'm a close contact of someone positive for COVID-19?

If you are identified as a close contact and you are fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask and get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after your exposure. If your test is negative, you can go back to your normal routine and masking. You do not need to quarantine, but should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and schedule a symptomatic test.

If you are not fully vaccinated and are a close contact, you will quarantine for 10 days from your last known exposure. During this time, you'll need to stay home and away from others. If you live in on-campus housing, you'll move into quarantine housing.

Regardless of vaccination status, all close contacts are entered into IU's COVIDCheck self-monitoring program for 10 days from their exposure.

What if I have to quarantine or isolate?

If you're not fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you'll be given instructions for quarantine.

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you'll be given instructions for isolating.

If you live in on-campus housing, there are options for quarantine and isolation on campus or you may return to your permanent residence. If you live off-campus, you'll be given instructions and tips for quarantining or isolating at home.

What if my roommate is sick?

First, the person with symptoms should isolate themselves (a bedroom and bathroom to themselves), wear a mask and schedule a symptomatic test.

If you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you can continue with your normal routine. You may choose to wear a mask or stay more distanced in the days following your last exposure. If your roommate tests positive, you will be considered a close contact. If that's the case, you should wear a mask and get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after exposure. If you test negative, you can go back to your normal routine and masking. You do not need to quarantine.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you should quarantine in your residence until you know for sure if your roommate has tested positive. If they test positive, you will be considered a close contact and be given further information about quarantine by a contact tracer. You will need to quarantine for 10 days since you were last exposed to your roommate.

What if I have COVID-19 symptoms and need to miss class?

You should first discuss this with your instructors. It's your responsibility to inform your instructor in writing that you will miss class(es) so that arrangements can be made. IU gives instructors the flexibility to determine their own attendance policies. Generally, faculty will allow for a certain number of missed classes.

If you are too ill to keep up with classwork or attend classes remotely, you should contact your campus's Student Affairs or Student Advocates Office, which will assist you in contacting instructors and making arrangements to make up any work you miss.

Testing

What if I'm asymptomatic but want to be tested for COVID-19?

You can sign up for free, voluntary asymptomatic testing through IU. You can also talk with your primary care provider about getting tested.

What if I get selected for COVID check testing?

Those who have an approved exemption or are not yet fully vaccinated will be selected for regular COVID check testing. You will be notified via email if you're selected for COVID check testing. Follow the directions in the email to schedule your testing appointment. All campuses will offer testing locations on campus. If you believe you cannot or shouldn't participate, there will be a link to an exemption request form in the email you receive.

What if I test positive?

As soon as you receive a positive test result, isolate yourself for at least 10 days from the time of your positive test. This applies to everyone, both those fully vaccinated and those with an approved exemption or not yet fully vaccinated.

Stay home and away from others. Do not attend class, run errands or grab food out at a restaurant. If your test was done through IU, you will be contacted by a contact tracer with further instructions and information for isolation. If your test was done by a provider outside of IU, submit your positive test result via the COVID-19 Self Report Form and continue isolating until you are contacted with further instructions.

Contact tracing

What if I'm contacted by a contact tracer?

Answer the call (or call back if you miss the call), fully participate and answer the questions the contact tracer has for you. Be honest about where you've been and who your close contacts are. The information you provide to the contact tracer is confidential and will only be used to help control the spread of COVID-19. Members of the IU community are required to cooperate with the contact tracing process and failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures.

What if I'm told I'm a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Anyone can be a close contact; both those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not.

If you are identified as a close contact and you are fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after your exposure. You do not need to quarantine, but should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and schedule a symptomatic test.

If you are not fully vaccinated and are a close contact, you will quarantine for 10 days from your last exposure. During this time, you'll need to stay home and away from others. If you live in on-campus housing, you'll move into quarantine housing.

Regardless of vaccination status, all close contacts are entered into IU's COVIDCheck self-monitoring program for 10 days from their exposure.

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