Health & Safety

At Towson University, safety is shared. We’ve established protocols and guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our campus community.  

Reporting and Response Protocols

Towson University’s reporting and response procedures for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, close contact exposures and confirmed cases remain in place. They are outlined in this COVID-19 Response Flow Chart (PDF).

Contact Tracing/Case Response

TU continues to partner with the Baltimore County Health Department to conduct contact tracing for the campus community. Upon learning of a positive test result and/or COVID-19 exposure Baltimore County Health Department will conduct a formal contract tracing as per their protocols.

Positive cases are also received and reviewed by the TU COVID-19 Contact Response Team (CRT). The response team evaluates each case, makes any necessary recommendations regarding mitigation efforts, and facilitates appropriate action per health and safety protocols.

TU Health Center Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines 

View information from the University Health Center for the TU community aboutquarantine guidelines to prevent transmission of COVID-19: 

  • Definition: Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.
  • Calculating Quarantine: The date of your close contact is considered Day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.
  • Students or faculty/staff who have been in close contact with a COVID positive individual, should complete a QuickScan, and they will be contacted by the Contact Tracer Team. The Contact Tracer Team will provide details of what you need to do. You will receive an automated email with some preliminary instructions.
  • If you are a close contact to COVID-19 and you are NOT up-to-date on your COVID vaccine (including booster, if due) and you have NOT had a confirmed COVID infection in the past 90 days, you will need to quarantine for 5 full days. Residential students will self-quarantine in their currently assigned space/present residence. Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home. Get tested immediately (ASAP) and again 5-7 days after the exposure. Monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, get tested, and isolate until you get your test results.
  • If you are a close contact to COVID-19 and you are up-to-date on your COVID vaccine (including booster, if due), you do not need to quarantine, unless you develop symptoms. Wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Get tested in 5-7 days after the exposure. Residential students will get tested immediately (ASAP) and again in 5-7 days. If you develop symptoms, get tested, and isolate until you get your test results.
  • If you are a close contact to COVID-19 and you had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to quarantine, unless you develop symptoms. Wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Get tested in 5-7 days after the exposure. Residential students will get tested immediately (ASAP) and again in 5-7 days. If you develop symptoms, get tested, and isolate until you get your test results.
  • Post-exposure testing for those that do not develop symptoms will be offered at the West Village Testing Center (WVTC). These appointments will be arranged by the Contact Tracer Team, who will inform the WVTC. WVTC does not accept walk-ins or symptomatic individuals. Home testing or off-site testing will also be acceptable. Individuals who home-test or test off-campus will be asked to forward a copy of their test results to the Contact Tracer Team, if possible. For home tests, individuals can write their name and date on the home test and submit a photo of the test alongside their TU ID.  Individuals are also asked to self-report their home test result to covidlink.maryland.gov/selfreport to alert the Maryland Department of Health.

View information from the University Health Center for the TU community about isolation guidelines to prevent transmission of COVID-19: 

  • Definition: Isolation is used to separate people with COVID infection from those without.
  • Calculating Isolation: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or positive COVID test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or the day after the test was collected.
  • Students and faculty/staff who test positive for COVID-19 will complete a QuickScan and will be contacted by the Contact Tracer Team. Individuals will need to begin isolation immediately. The Contact Tracer Team will provide details of what you need to do. You will receive an automated email with some preliminary instructions.
  • For faculty/staff and non-residential students: Individuals who test positive for COVID will isolate themselves for at least 5 full days. 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. If you never had symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 full days after the day of your positive test (on Day 6). Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when you are around others. If you do not meet the criteria to end isolation after 5 days, you will need to continue to isolate until the criteria are met (fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms improving).
  • For Residential Students: Individuals who test positive will isolate for at least 5 full days. Residential students will also need to have a negative rapid antigen test after the 5 full days to be released from isolation. Individuals can choose to isolate at their home residence or if needed, isolation space will be provided by HRL. You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medication) AND your symptoms are significantly improving, AND if your rapid antigen test conducted on Day 6 or later is negative.  If you never had symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test, AND if your repeat rapid antigen test conducted on Day 6 or later is negative. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when you are around others.  Testing arrangements for students in isolation will be coordinated by the Contact Tracer Team, either at the Health Center, or with use of a home test, and will depend on test and staffing availability. If the rapid antigen test conducted after day 5 remains positive, the student will remain in isolation for a total of 10 days. 

See Towson University's protocols for residential students who are ordered to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. 

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 exposure or positive is verified to have occurred at work or is otherwise 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.

Personal Health Practices

While no longer mandated, personal health practices are encouraged to help keep the TU community safe.

Mask/Face Coverings

TU no longer requires masks to be worn by students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors inside TU buildings and facilities. However, masks continue to be required in all campus medical settings, including the University Health Center, as well as settings with preschool aged children including the TU Childcare Center.  See the TU Temporary COVID-19 Masking Protocols for additional information.

Physical Distancing

It is strongly encouraged that members of the campus community maintain distance between themselves and others to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread. While many Tigers are fully vaccinated, some are not. It is therefore important to physically distance from others when possible to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting sick. See guidance from the CDC related to prevention of COVID-19.