Below are current college policies regarding isolation/quarantine and testing. Please follow the guidance for the situation that applies to you. 


Vaccinated/No Symptoms

  • No quarantine necessary. Monitor for symptoms for 10 days.


  • If symptoms develop, perform a rapid antigen test.
    • Students must report positive results to CHW.
    • Faculty and Staff must report positive results to covid19 [at]


  • Regardless of symptom status, quarantine for 5 days with a release on day 6.
  • Perform a rapid antigen test on day 5 and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Report positive test results to CHW

Continued Exposure

  • If unvaccinated: Perform a rapid antigen test and quarantine immediately. Report positive test results to CHW
    • Continue to quarantine until 5 days after the end of isolation for the positive case.
    • Perform a rapid antigen test again 5-6 days after the end of the positive case isolation period. If vaccinated: No quarantine is required. 
      • Perform a rapid antigen test 5-6 days after first exposure to the positive case, and 5-6 days after the end of isolation for the positive case. Report positive test results to CHW.
      • Isolate immediately if symptoms develop. 

Close Contacts

A close contact is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive case for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period or sharing a bedroom with a positive case of COVID-19. 

Reporting Contacts

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 we recommend you let your close contacts know as soon as possible so they can take appropriate precautions. One option for notifying your close contacts is to use the MASS.GOV notification system.

Isolation in Place (for the Boston campus)

The College is now using an “isolate in place model” and will no longer provide dedicated spaces on campus for students to quarantine and isolate after they have been exposed or have tested positive for COVID-19. The College’s transition to the isolation in place model is informed by the guidance of the Boston Public Health Department officials and the medical experts who have been advising the College throughout the pandemic. Individuals who test positive will remain in their assigned living space. The College strongly encourages students who test positive and who are able to return home or make alternative living arrangements, to do so for the recommended isolation period, if possible.
Students isolating on-campus will be able to leave their spaces to pick up food from the Dining Center to take with them, seek medical assistance, and other limited activities. These students must wear a well-fitting mask during their isolation time period. 

Isolating Safely

It is imperative that students in isolation respect and follow all isolation instructions, guidelines, and expectations per Emerson College Community Standards. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. 

General Guidelines and Expectations

  • Students are expected to isolate themselves in their own rooms (with the doors closed). They may not visit others, spend time in common areas, or have guests (you should not be socializing if you are isolating) during the isolation period.
  • Students may also have the option to isolate at home if the location is accessible by personal transportation (car) not public transportation (airplane, bus, train).
  • Students isolating in place on campus are expected to follow campus and community health guidelines and mask when they need to access any shared indoor spaces (ie) bathroom, hallways, etc.
  • Students who are in isolation are permitted to go outside while wearing a mask to get fresh air, to exercise, pick up food, mail, or medical appointments. 
  • Students in isolation should not attend events, classes, visit the fitness center, eat in the dining hall or participate in non-essential activities. Students should notify their professors, coaches or supervisors that they will be absent. Please work with your faculty to make up for missed work. The College’s attendance policy can be found here.
  • Students in isolation should avoid interacting with others in the community, and limit interactions to necessary tasks only such as meal pick-up, medical appointments, etc.

Isolation: Food Pick Up

The Dining Center is closed during the Summer sessions and will reopen for the Fall term. The College is considering dining options for students in the isolation period. Please check back for an update on this section. 

Informing Your Roommate 

  • If you have a roommate, inform them of your status and plans for isolation.
  • Everyone should wear a mask at all times when in the same room (even during sleep).
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate. 
  • Keep your surroundings clean. Although the virus is not currently believed to spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, please take precautions. Please clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on) with a standard household disinfectant such and paper towels. Wash your hands after cleaning the area. 

Living with a Roommate who is Isolating

  • Fully vaccinated people without symptoms may continue their daily activities while wearing a well-fitting mask. 
  • A student sharing a room with a COVID positive person has the option of remaining in the room. If a student decides to seek alternative housing, it will be at their own expense.
  • Wear a mask and maintain as much distance as possible from your roommate.
  • As you would anytime your roommate might become ill, be considerate – let them get rest and sleep, and do your best to minimize disturbances.