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If you test positive and live in a residence hall

For up-to-date COVID information and University policies, please visit our WVU Return to Campus website.


I f you are tested for COVID and receive a positive test result, you are required to let the University know by emailing us at

During this time, we ask that you stay calm and use the following guidance. As a member of the community, it is critical that you take these necessary measures to keep everyone safe. You are expected to follow all University rules and policies.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, must isolate for at least 5 days.  This includes any positive PCR test or any positive rapid antigen test.  You should remain in isolation until the following criteria are met:

  • You are at lease 5 full days from symptom onset and those symptoms have significantly improved, AND
  • You have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
  • Persons who continue to have fevers and/or symptoms that do not improve within 5 days should remain in isolation until they meet the two criteria described above.
  • Persons who test positive who never develop symptoms may discontinue self-isolation 5 days after the date of their first positive test.
  • All individuals should wear a well-fitted face mask for an additional 5 days following the completion of their isolation period when around other people, practice social distancing when possible, and avoid large social gatherings. 
You should immediately return to your residence hall room. Soon, you will move to our isolation spaces to begin your isolation period. You should not go to class or be on campus outside of your place of isolation during this time, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared.

If you fail to comply with this isolation requirement, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include interim suspension, educational requirements, removal from courses, a campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, University probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion.


  • You will be contacted by the Raleigh County Health Department and/or the Dean of Students Office and provided isolation guidelines, medical guidance and begin contact tracing efforts. 
    • Please be prepared to provide accurate information for the contact tracing process so we can work quickly to notify close contacts (those who have been within 6 feet of you for more than 15 minutes) and mitigate further spread of COVID-19. It may help to review your calendar and travel to remember locations and close contacts. If it helps, write this down so you can give the most accurate picture to those conducting the contact tracing process.
    • We know that during this time you may tell those who are determined to be close contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19. Those people may very well receive information to quarantine as a result of the contact tracing process, but we ask that you and those close contacts allow time for us to accurately conduct contact tracing and alert them on their next steps.
  • A representative from Housing and Residence Life will contact you to provide resources for your personal and care needs. 
  • You are expected to contact your instructor(s) for direction on how to keep up with the content and required work in your course(s).
  • You will receive information that includes the isolation process, a packing list and instructions to move from your residence hall to our isolation spaces.
  • Your Resident Director will be notified that you have a COVID-19 related situation that requires you to isolate, and they will be provided with information that can be helpful to you and your peers around you.
  • If you have a roommate/suitemates, they will receive email notification that they have been exposed to COVID-19. If your roommate/suitemates have been fully vaccinated, they will not be required to quarantine. If your roommate/suitemates have not been fully vaccinated, they will be required to quarantine.
  • You will receive a phone call from a Housing and Residence Life representative to identify any special needs or accommodations you may need during your isolation period. They will also confirm with you a pick-up time for you and your belongings to be transported to our isolation spaces. 
  • You will receive a packing list, three packing boxes, labels and a moving cart from a member of Housing and Residence Hall, and you’ll have at least one hour to pack. You may bring additional items or use your own luggage, as well, but please note that any items that cannot be transported with you will be picked up and delivered at a later time.
  • If you decide to leave campus for your isolation period, you must notify the Residence Life and Housing representative. You will be provided additional guidance for this situation.

Packing List

  • Clothes for at least one week.
  • All your academic resources: books, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, camera, headphones, etc.
  • Computer and necessary electronics; don’t forget charging cords, etc.
  • Prescriptions and other daily medications.
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash or soap, shampoo, deodorant, razor, brush/comb and hair dryer.
  • We will provide linens which includes sheets and a pillow. You are welcome to bring your own too.
  • Any personal protective equipment that you have, including masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting spray.

Your Room and Meals

  • A refrigerator is provided, so no need to bring yours. You can bring food and snacks if you'd like.
  • You will likely have a roommate assigned to you during your isolation.
  • Food from WVU Tech Dining will be delivered daily according the schedule that you will be provided.
  • You will receive additional instructions and information when you check into your isolation space.


  • You cannot return to your hall until you are released from isolation.
  • Remember, this is temporary and not a FULL move to the isolation space. 


  • Once you arrive at the isolation location, you will be notified of your room and be provided once again with a cart to move your belongings into your isolation space. You will also be provided keys and linens.
  • You will be provided with daily meal options, provided by Dining Services. You will select your meals prior to each day.
  • Your meals may arrive during this time each day:
    • Lunch Noon to 1 p.m.
    • Dinner 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • You will receive an email from Dining Services each night with the meal options for the next day. Please respond to that email with your protein.  
      • If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please notify them of this as well in that same email.
      • Please include your building and room number.
  • You will receive daily check-in phone calls from the CARE Team.
  • If symptoms worsen:
    • You should contact Student Health via phone at 304.929.1241 or contact your primary care physician. 
    • If you are having breathing problems, extremely high body temperature or other acute symptoms, you should call 911. Please let them know that you are in isolation for COVID-19 and make sure to wear a mask/face covering if emergency medical services attend to you in any way.


  • The Raleigh County Health Department and University will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from isolation. You must meet the criteria of 5 days in isolation after your positive test or symptom onset, plus improvement in symptoms and no fever for 24 hours (without using fever reducing medication) as long as the illness is mild to moderate. Student Health and/or the Raleigh County Health Department will notify you that you have met the criteria to return to their assigned residence hall and class.
  • You will receive a phone call from a representative from Housing & Residence Life with information on leaving your isolation space and returning to your residence hall. You will coordinate a transportation time, and this representative will give you information on how to check out of your isolation space.
  • You and your belongings will be picked up dropped off at a designated safe spot at your residence hall, where you will be provided another moving card to return to your residence hall room.
  • There is a chance that you would return from your isolation period prior to the completion of your roommate’s quarantine. In this scenario, it’s important to note that you and your roommate would not pose a great risk of infection to one another.