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).

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 protocols.

TU Health Center Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines 

  • 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.
  • 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 around others.

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.

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.  

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.