Note: These procedures are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve.
While vaccination is no longer mandatory, all TU students, faculty and staff are strongly
encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Read about CDC guidance
on COVID vaccines.
The TU Health Center is again offering convenient on-campus flu and COVID vaccine
clinics for students, faculty and staff during the fall term through our partnership
Vaccines.gov is a resource for additional information on COVID vaccines and locating a community vaccination site.
Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can schedule an appointment at the Health
Center with a provider for evaluation and testing. COVID-19 testing options include
rapid antigen testing and rapid molecular testing.
Free COVID self-tests can be ordered from USPS.com, or purchased at local retailers or pharmacies.
Guidance on Isolation and Exposure
Towson University continues to follow CDC guidelines for individuals who have tested
positive or been exposed to COVID.
- If you are a close contact: You should wear a mask in public for 10 days, monitor for symptoms, and take a test
at Day 6. You are allowed to be on campus and do not need to quarantine.
- If you test positive for COVID-19: We continue to follow the CDC recommendations for isolation. Typically, 5 full days
of isolation is required, but isolation can be longer depending on your clinical course.
You can end isolation after 5 full days (on Day 6 or later) if you are fever-free
for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are significantly
improving. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days. Use the CDC Isolation and Exposure Calculator to determine your length of isolation.
Students Testing Positive for COVID
Students should notify their professors directly of their illness and need for isolation.
Students will need to make arrangements with their professors regarding class attendance
and assignments for the duration of their isolation period in accordance with the
attendance policy. Students who need further assistance with academic concerns should
contact Student Outreach and Support at 410-704-2055.
Students living in residential housing are strongly encouraged to go to their home
residence for their isolation period. If this is not possible, residential students
will isolate in their current room assignment with masking precautions in place.
COVID Guide for Residential Students Isolating in their Room
- Remain in your room with the door closed as much as possible. You are not allowed
to have visitors during this time.
- If you have a roommate, you will need to wear a well-fitting mask when you are both
in the room at the same time. Mask should be worn at all times except when eating,
sleeping, showering and brushing teeth.
- You are permitted to leave your room to use the bathroom, pick up food, attend a medical
appointment, go outside for fresh air or for a walk, pick up deliveries in the lobby
area, or in the event of a building emergency. Please wear your mask.
- Students can pick up a “grab-and-go” meal at a dining hall. Eat in your room away
from others or eat outdoors.
- You are not permitted to go to in-person classes, enter any campus building (other
than your residence hall and dining hall to pick up a grab-and-go meal), attend group
events, utilize any common areas in your residential hall or use public transportation.
- For non-emergency medical advice, contact the Health Center at 410-704-2466 or message
your provider through the Tiger Health Portal at tigerhealth.towson.edu. Telehealth
appointments are available. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. After
hours, students can call 410-704-2466 to speak to an advice nurse.
- For emergencies, please call 911 or University Police at 410-704-4444 or go to the
nearest emergency room.
- Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days. KN95 masks are available for
isolating students and their roommates at the Community Center desks.
- Students found to be in violation of any of the above procedures will be reported
to the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices.
If Your Roommate Tests Positive for COVID
- You are allowed to be on campus. You do not need to quarantine.
- You should wear a mask in public for 10 days, monitor for symptoms, and take a test
at Day 6. You can schedule a Medical Assistant visit at the Health Center for this
COVID test if you remain without symptoms. If you develop symptoms you can schedule
a sick visit with a Provider at the Health Center.
- KN95 masks are available for isolating students and their roommates at the Community
- It is highly recommended that you wear a well-fitting mask while in the room with
your roommate during their isolation period.
- If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should test immediately.
You can schedule an appointment with a Provider at the Health Center for evaluation
- Please contact the Health Center at 410-704-2466 or healthcenter AT_TOWSON if you are at high risk for severe disease and would like to be considered for emergency
Faculty and Staff Who Test Positive
Faculty and staff are expected to follow current isolation and other prevailing guidance
related to testing positive. If positive, faculty and staff members should notify
their direct supervisor of their illness and need for isolation. Their direct supervisor
may notify their HR partner for assistance as needed..
Time/Leave for Faculty/Staff During Quarantine or Isolation
COVID-related emergency leave is no longer authorized—time out on quarantine or isolation
should be charged to accrued sick leave, unless:
- The infection is verified to have occurred at work or is otherwise determined to be
work-related. In such cases, administrative leave may be granted; or
- The faculty or staff member is well enough to work, and the position is conducive
to telework. In such cases telework may be authorized in coordination with the supervisor/department.
Masking is optional for most buildings on campus, including classrooms. Masks are
still required in all campus medical settings, including the University Health Center
if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Masks will be provided to students at
the Health Center if needed.