Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Bradley University is committed to providing support for students who are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. It’s the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to adhere to the quarantine and isolation guidelines, as they’re critical to ensuring everyone’s safety.

Remember, students should report any positive test results obtained off campus or through a home test to Bradley Health Services. Employees should report a positive COVID-19 test result through this self-report form and report the case to your supervisor or HR.

All isolation and quarantine directives for students will come from Bradley Health Services. If you test positive off campus, with a home test, or are identified as a close contact by an outside entity you must contact Bradley Health Services at 309-677-2700. The business hours for Health Services are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and they will respond to COVID-19 reports during business hours.

Employees who are a close contact due to a case on campus will be contacted by Bradley Health Services, otherwise your local city/county health department will handle contact tracing. If you test positive off campus, you must fill out the self-report form.


Quarantine, as defined by the CDC, separates and restricts the movement of a close contact to someone with COVID-19 to see if they become sick. In accordance with the CDC, a close contact means you were within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with someone who has COVID-19.

People who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines or who have had a positive diagnosis in the previous 90-days do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms.

For those who are unvaccinated or are not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days.

Students who are identified by Bradley Health Services as a close contact (regardless of vaccination status) may get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days post exposure.

If symptoms occur, students should immediately contact Health Services. Individuals should immediately self-isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Academic Support for Isolation and Quarantine

For students in isolation and/or quarantine, Student Support Services will contact your instructors to let them know you won’t be in person for your classes. You’ll need to discuss any assignments with your instructor to ensure you’re completing all of your course requirements.

Quarantine Process for Students


Isolation, as defined by the CDC, is separating a sick person from those who aren’t sick with COVID-19. In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for isolation, people who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific sick room or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, the CDC recommends staying at home for five days. If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms resolve after five days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

The day of your positive test or at the onset of symptoms is considered day zero.

A person with COVID-19 is generally most contagious in the 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and for 2-3 days afterward.

Isolation Process for Students