Student Health Services

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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine today is the best way to help us all return to normal.

Operational Plan for the Fall 2021 Semester

COVID-19 Isolation and Self-Monitoring Protocol for Fall 2021 Semester

The campus COVID-19 vaccination rate will play a major role as we continue to work toward returning to pre-pandemic operations during the fall semester. All members of the UM campus community are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the fall semester.

According to data reported by UAB Hospital, vaccinated individuals remain largely protected from COVID-19 infection — especially serious complications — compared to those who are unvaccinated. An increasing number of unvaccinated individuals are being hospitalized and losing their lives due to COVID-19.

About 97% of people hospitalized recently from COVID-19 were unvaccinated. 


COVID-19 Isolation and Self-Monitoring Protocol for Fall 2021 Semester

Students who are isolated due to testing positive for COVID-19 should work with their faculty to discuss missed class work.

Symptomatic Confirmed Case

10-day isolation from onset of symptoms or positive test date unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be assisted with campus accommodations. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Ten days AND 24 hours fever free AND symptoms improving before return to campus. Compliance with local and public health isolation orders. Active monitoring, campus contact tracing and medical provider/employee attestation to return to campus.

Symptomatic Awaiting Test/Confirmed Negative

Immediate isolation while awaiting test results. Students are encouraged to isolate at home. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. If sick and confirmed negative, 24 hours fever free and symptoms improving before return to campus. Compliance with local and public health isolation orders. Active monitoring and medical provider/employee attestation to return to campus.

Asymptomatic Confirmed Positive

10-day isolation from positive test date unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be assisted with campus accommodations. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Compliance with local and public health isolation orders. Active monitoring, campus contact tracing and medical provider/employee attestation to return to campus.

COVID-19 Close Contact*

In accordance with state law, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine (in their room or at home) regardless of vaccination status. However, those determined by UM personnel to be a close contact will be asked to:

  1. Get a COVID-19 PCR test in 3 to 5 days after last exposure.
  2. Wear a mask and maintain physical distance of at least 3 feet from others for 14 days from last exposure.
  3. Monitor for symptoms for 14 days from last exposure and get tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.
  4. Regularly clean hands and high-touch surface areas.

*within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Exception: the close contact definition excludes individuals who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected individual indoors if both the infected and the exposed individuals wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

NOTE: All above information is intended for guidance purposes only. Appropriate protocols for isolation and quarantine will ultimately be determined by UM personnel for each individual. Individuals involved in NCAA Athletics may be subject to additional procedures and protocols.

Updated August 10, 2021