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FAQ for Students and Families

Safety Precautions

Our Back on Track plans are in place for the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to Indiana State. We care deeply about the Sycamore community and have thus put measures in place honoring our values as an institution and leading by example in our community. Additionally, every individual is expected to take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for others around them.

Indiana State University will continue to foloow CDC recommendations for social distancing.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ISU has lifted the mask mandate for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • If you are FULLY VACCINATED, masks are optional for you anywhere on campus.
  • If you are NOT FULLY VACCINATED, you must continue wearing a face covering indoors. You may unmask on campus only in a private office or private residence hall room.

ISU strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated. Thanks for keeping us Sycamore strong!

How will students’ travel behavior be monitored?

University-sponsored travel for students, faculty and staff will resume.

Testing and Contact Tracing

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation  A person who has tested positive with symptoms must isolate at home for 10 days from symptom onset, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND have no symptoms. Persons who are still symptomatic 24 hours prior to the end of their isolation period should contact their assigned contact tracer. A person who has tested positive but is without symptoms must isolate at home for 10 days after the date the positive specimen was collected. 

Quarantine Close contacts who have been exposed should quarantine at home for 14 days after last date of exposure to the positive individual.  As per CDC and ISHD guidelines, we are quarantining only those individuals who have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person (not roommates of close contacts).  Our Contact Tracing Team has been through the Johns Hopkins Contact Training program and are following those practices, in addition to working with the county health department when a question arises. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 812-237-3829 or email if you have questions about your status or the contact tracing process.

How are daily health assessments and contact tracing being handled by the university?

For detailed information regarding Indiana State's assessment and contract tracing procedures, download this PDF

Will testing for COVID-19 be available on campus? Are they only seeing COVID cases?

Yes, the Student Health Center will provide COVID-19 testing. Students who are experiencing symptoms should call the SHC at 812.237.3883, as the clinic is open by appointment only. The SHC is taking appointments for both COVID and non-COVID cases.

After testing, the student will be instructed on next steps for treatment and/or testing.

Additional testing is available through the state on Monday’s and Thursday’s beginning October 8, and ending November 19 in the Sycamore Banquet Center.  This additional testing will be reevaluated over the winter break for a decision on if it will be provided in the spring semester.

How will positive COVID-19 cases be communicated to the Sycamore community?

Contact tracing will be the way most individuals will learn about positive cases. That will happen by a phone call from Student Affairs or the Vigo County Health Department on a one-on-one basis. Additionally, you may visit our reporting dashboard for reported isolation and quarantine figures.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

The Office of the Dean of Students will aid students in determining what resources and options best suit their individual situations. Students are asked to complete the Contact Tracing form they will receive automatically by email.

Residents who test positive must inform Residential Life by calling 812-237-3993. Residents who test positive will be required to move to a quarantined room. These rooms will have bed linens, pillow, towel, and private bathroom. Residential Life staff will bring daily meals from Sycamore Dining to the resident and specific items from their room. Residents should have a bag packed in preparation that they will be quarantined. 

If I get tested, who should I contact?

Students should contact the Dean of Students Office by email at

What should I do if I have been tested, but am waiting on my results?

Students should self-isolate, not go to class, nor anywhere else. If the student is an on-campus resident (residence halls, University Apartments, & 500 Wabash), they should notify Residential Life at 812-237-3993. Students should email and the Office of the Dean of Students will follow up with the student.

If I have any of the identified symptoms, what should I do?

If a student exhibits symptoms, they need to email and the Office of the Dean of Students will follow up with you.   If a student lives on campus, they need to contact Residential Life at 812-237-3993.  Residential Life will work with the student on getting them to the isolation/quarantine building (or off-campus to home if they choose that option).


Will I be contacted if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on campus?

The University is using a contract tracing protocol so if you have been identified as an individual that has been in close contact with someone that has tested positive you will be contacted.

What is a close contact?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a close contact is a person that spends greater than 15 minutes within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 person from the 48 hours prior to the positive person’s symptom onset until the date that person is isolated or, if asymptomatic, 48 hours prior to the positive test collection date until that person is isolated. While mask use decreases the risk of infection, at this time, it does not change recommendations for quarantine. Close contacts need to quarantine at home for 14 days after the date of their last exposure.

When am I able to come back if I’ve had COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has had it?

Your contact tracer should be contacted about the end of your quarantine or isolation period.

How are we assuring quarantine?

  • From an instructional perspective, Faculty Senate passed a policy to prohibit attendance policies this fall in order to eliminate pressure to continue to attend class. 
  • There is a daily survey for employees and students to complete to identify those with symptoms. 
  • On campus residents will be quarantined on campus. Residential Life staff will bring daily meals from Sycamore Dining to the resident and specific items from their room. Residents should have a bag packed in preparation that they will be quarantined.

Where will students go if they require further care or hospitalization?

Student Health Center or if off-campus to family health care provider. If hospitalization is necessary would be transferred to Union Health.


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