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COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Last updated: January 12, 2021

A quarantine and isolation team, made up of trained advocates and healthcare professionals, are ready to serve and support students who are in quarantine and isolation housing. The quarantine and isolation process, including the availability of quarantine and isolation housing, applies to all students, whether they reside on or off campus.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

  • Isolation separates people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not. You will move into isolation housing if you test positive and/or you have the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick. You will move into quarantine housing if you have had close contact with someone infected with the virus.

What happens when I enter quarantine or isolation?

Soon after you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or you are identified as a close contact, trained advocates from Hope College will begin working with you. Their role is to support you during quarantine and isolation and to make your experience as comfortable as possible. These advocates will help you move into your quarantine and isolation housing, inform you about the resources that are available to you, and check in with you to make sure you have what you need. They also will help facilitate communication with your faculty and supervisor(s) and help you understand your role in the health department’s contact tracing process. If you have any questions, concerns or needs during your quarantine or isolation, your advocates are there for you.

While in quarantine and isolation, you will need to remain in your designated housing and avoid in-person contact with others for the duration of the period. 

Can I continue taking classes during quarantine or isolation?

While in quarantine or isolation, you will participate in your classes remotely, as you will not be permitted to attend your classes in person. Hope faculty are prepared to engage you in their courses using online tools. When you enter quarantine or isolation, email your professors to ask how you can begin your remote experience. You do not need to disclose the reason for your absence, only the expected duration of time. Your advocates can help you with this communication.

How will I eat during quarantine or isolation?

Hope Dining Services has created a special menu and delivery service for students in quarantine and isolation. After you place your order online, your meal will be delivered to a location designated for contact-free pickup.

What if I get sick during quarantine or isolation?

While in quarantine or isolation, you will be asked to take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for symptoms. A healthcare provider from the Hope Health Center will connect with you regularly.


Hope College uses a symptom-based and time-based strategy, not a test-based strategy, to determine a return date for individuals diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. This strategy takes into account the time since the onset or the diagnosis of the illness and the time since recovery as well as the presence or absence of symptoms. For more information visit the Returning to Campus After Isolation or Quarantine page.