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).
Positive COVID-19 Case Response
Positive COVID-19 cases are received and reviewed by the TU Health Center Outbreak
Response Team. The response team evaluates each case, makes any necessary recommendations
regarding mitigation efforts and facilitates appropriate action per health and safety
TU Health Center Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
What are the guidelines related to quarantine 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, faculty and staff who have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual
should complete a QuickScan, and they will be contacted by the Health Center nursing
staff (Outbreak Response Team). The nursing staff will provide details of what you
need to do. You will also receive an automated email with instructions.
- If you are a close contact to COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine, unless you develop symptoms. Wear a well-fitting mask if you are around others and
monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Get tested in 5 days after the exposure. If you
develop symptoms, get tested, and isolate until you get your test results.
- Post-exposure testing for those who do not develop symptoms will be offered via at-home
test kits, to be distributed at the Health Center. The Health Center nursing staff
will coordinate the distribution of the kits. Students can also schedule a medical
assistant visit at the Health Center for a test. 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 Health Center nursing staff, 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.
What are the guidelines related to isolation to prevent transmission of COVID-19 at
- 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.
- If you test positive: Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will complete a QuickScan
and will be contacted by the Health Center nursing staff. Individuals will need to begin isolation immediately. The nursing staff 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. Starting in the fall 2022 term, residential students will no longer 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 Housing & Residence
Life. 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. If
you never had symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 full days after your
positive test. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when you are
Are there additional isolation protocols for residential students?
See Towson University's protocols for residential students who are ordered to isolate 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.
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.
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.