All individuals are required to “mask up” with a facial covering while on the CBU campus. In addition, all individuals are expected to maintain safe social distancing in classrooms and public areas across the campus. Traffic flows into, within and from campus buildings have been clearly marked for one-way flows wherever physically possible. For all courses and labs, assigned seating charts have been developed and are being used by faculty to maintain safe social distancing and facilitate contact tracking and tracing, if needed.

All employees working on campus, all students taking classes on campus, and all visitors to the campus are required to complete a daily “CBU COVID Health Check” before being allowed on campus. Results are available immediately via email or in a web browser to display on one’s phone. If an individual is unable to complete the online assessment, paper forms will be available at each of the campus safety booths located at the campus entrances.

Quarantine and Self-Isolation

Quarantine and self-isolation are two methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19 by separating a person away from others.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others and, per CDC-issued protocols, quarantine is also required for international students who have recently traveled to the United States. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their doctor, the CBU Health Services Center, or Shelby County public health officials.

Quarantine means staying in one’s home — not going to work, classes, athletic events, or other social gatherings — for 14 days. During this period, individuals should limit contact as much as possible, maintaining six feet of social distance from other individuals — including other residents of the home — at all times.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.

Isolation also means staying in one’s home — not going to work, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings — but this practice is for a varying amount of time. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should isolate by separating themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

If it becomes necessary to do so, students currently in on-campus housing will quarantine or self-isolate in off-campus housing such as a family home or in spaces designated by and/or provided through the University. A team of CBU staff is serving as liaisons to students in these spaces. This team will assist impacted students in coordinating move-in and move-out as well as access to food and will be assisting with health and wellness needs that arise. The team will also liaise with Academic Services and CBU faculty to ensure that any necessary academic support or accommodation will be provided the student.

If it becomes necessary to do so, students who do not live in campus housing will be required to self-isolate or quarantine in their off-campus housing or another suitable location. The University will provide health monitoring to off-campus students in isolation or quarantine, but will not provide housing or dining for those purposes. For off-campus students, CBU staff will also liaise with Academic Services and CBU faculty to ensure that any necessary academic support or accommodation will be provided the student.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing involves identifying people who have come into close contact with someone known to be positive because of a positive COVID-19 test administered onsite at the CBU Health Services Center, through an offsite referral, or via screening administered by Methodist Le Bonheur. Close contact is defined as being in physical proximity of less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes and without masking. 

Once CBU is made aware of a positive case involving a student or employee, the CBU Health Services Center will notify the Shelby County Health Department so that contact tracking and tracing activities can commence.

When a positive case occurs, the impacted individual will be promptly contacted by a member of the Shelby County Health Department contact tracing team. The contact tracer works with the individual to determine anyone in the CBU community with whom they have been in close contact with during the prior two weeks. The contact tracer coordinates with the University to identify other CBU community members who may be potential close contacts. The contact tracer reaches out to identified close contacts in accordance with public health protocols.


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