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Student Off-Campus Quarantine Instructions

Reporting and General Instructions

Any unvaccinated student who has been in close physical contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined. Vaccinated students who have come in close contact do not need to quarantine  unless they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Students will be notified that they are a close contact by the College’s COVID-19 Response Team.

Students should plan to pack enough clothing, prescription medication, and personal supplies to last seven days. They should also bring textbooks, course materials, phone and charger, laptop, and other materials so they can continue with their coursework.

Health Services will reach out to students to offer support and to answer any medical questions students might have. It is imperative that students in quarantine continue to complete their daily symptom screening in CoVerified.

Students will be asked to quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance. While in quarantine, students can neither have visitors in their room nor leave their room except:

  • To participate in the Colby testing program.
  • For outdoor exercise activities as described by the Maine CDC, “such as swimming or hiking, provided that [quarantined students] abide by physical distancing guidelines and avoid contact with other people.” Students cannot exercise with others and while outdoors, cannot enter any buildings, including the Athletics and Recreation Center. They must return to their room immediately following the completion of exercise activities.
  • In case of an emergency.

Any time a quarantined student leaves the room for permitted actions, they must wear a face covering, routinely wash their hands, and practice social distancing. Students will be given an Occupancy Agreement that extensively lists the policies and protocols regarding their stay in quarantine. Failure to comply with any of these terms is a violation of Colby policy.


Access to General Support

Students will have access to support while in quarantine. The COVID-19 Response Team can provide assistance with facilitating communications with faculty or administrative staff, personal needs, and deliveries of materials needed for academic work, as well as to answer general questions about the quarantine process. To reach them, email Medical/health questions should be directed to the Health Services at or 207- 859-4460.



Health Testing and Screening will work with quarantined students to provide COVID-19 testing. A member of the COVID testing team will directly coordinate testing times with quarantined students. Any questions regarding testing should be directed to


Access to Meals

While students are quarantined, Dining Services will deliver meals to their door three times a day. Each day, students will receive a Google form directly from Dining Services that they must fill out every day they’re in quarantine in order to receive meals.

The approximate delivery time for each meal is:

  • Breakfast: 8 a.m.
  • Lunch: Noon
  • Dinner: 5:30-6 p.m.

Dining Services will also provide students with a few snacks when they deliver meals. Should students need more, they should notify Dining Services via the form. Dining Services will then provide more snacks at the next meal delivery.

Questions or concerns about dining can be directed to or via phone at 270-830-0016.


Access to Academic Needs

For assistance acquiring textbooks or technology, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team ( to arrange for a delivery or service. In regard to courses, students are asked to reach out to their professors to coordinate any additional academic support.

Academic deliveries are made once every afternoon on weekdays. Students should plan ahead and communicate their needs in advance to ensure they receive their materials in a timely manner.


Release from Quarantine

Students are expected to be released seven days from their exposure date so long as they continue to test negative and remain asymptomatic. If a student receives a negative PCR test result from their day 6 test and a negative antigen test result on day 7 of their quarantine, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will be in touch with them shortly thereafter. Students must wait to hear from the COVID-19 Response Team before they are released and return to campus. If needed, the COVID-19 Response Team will also coordinate transportation back to campus for released students.


Returning Home

Colby and its healthcare providers strongly recommend that students remain in quarantine in the Colby-designated space and that students not leave the off-campus location to complete quarantine with family or others. If a student chooses to leave, they assume the risks of that decision, including the risk to family or others, who may be exposed to COVID-19 and the severe adverse health impacts that can result from the infection. Colby may need to notify the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention if a student leaves before a quarantine period is complete. Questions about the importance of quarantining in place should be directed to Health Services at or 207-859-4460.



CDC COVID-19 website:

Colby College COVID-19 informational webpage: