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COVID-19 Guidance for Students

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Have You or a Close Contact Tested Positive?

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Jpeg representation to the COVID Positive infographic that is linked to a downloadable PDF.

While you wait for the university to reach out to you, please contact the Resident Director or Graduate Life Office Dean On Call.

Undergraduates: Contact the Resident Director On Call at 650.504.8022

Graduate or professional students: Contact the Graduate Life Office at 650.723.7288 Pager ID #25085. Indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.

If you need immediate medical advice, call Vaden Medical Services at 650.498.2336

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from leaving your room and avoid contact with others. Professional medical staff will be reaching out to you as soon as possible, generally between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

  • If you tested in Color: Vaden Medical Services has been notified automatically and will be contacting you
  • If you tested elsewhere: update Health Check, then contact Vaden Medical Services at 650.498.2336
  • If you are a student athlete: the Sports Medicine team will contact you for further instruction

Should I notify others I am positive?

Yes. If you are comfortable doing so, let others know about your positive test result as soon as possible. Identify and make a list of your high-risk close contacts.

  • Think about who you came into contact with, starting 2 days before you received your positive COVID-19 test result or developed symptoms
  • Vaden will try to reach out to all high-risk close contacts and provide customized information and support
  • Other contacts you provide will receive a general notification

High-Risk Close Contact

You are considered a high-risk close contact if you have been indoors, unmasked and prolonged exposure (15 minutes, can be cumulative over time) to a positive case.

High-risk & fully vaccinated for COVID-19

  • You do not need quarantine housing at this time, but it is important to minimize your exposure to others
  • Submit a Color COVID-19 test immediately
  • Test again 3-5 days after your last exposure to the positive person
  • Test again 8 days after your last exposure to the positive person
  • First 3-5 days: get grab-and-go meals at the dining hall, do not go to class, contact your academic advisor to request academic support, avoid any unmasked contact with others, and maintain proper physical distancing
  • After a negative 3-5 day test, you can resume classes and other activities
  • If you develop symptoms at any point, submit a Color test immediately and follow the instructions for a symptomatic person

High-risk & not fully vaccinated for COVID-19

  • Contact Vaden Medical Services at 650.498.2336 to notify our health care professionals
  • Rest in your room, keep away from others, and wear a face covering around roommates, apartment mates, and family
  • Do not go to the dining hall, classes, and indoor gatherings
  • Contact the Resident Director On Call or the Graduate Life Office 24/7 to discuss isolation housing and meal support. 
  • Prepare to move to a temporary isolation space. Not everyone is moved.
  • Submit a Color COVID-19 test immediately 
  • Test again 3-5 days after your last exposure to the positive person
  • Test again 8 days after your last exposure to the positive person

Lower-Risk Close Contact

* A lower-risk close contact is someone who has been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case indoors or outdoors with face coverings, or outdoors without face coverings but distanced.

All lower-risk close contacts who receive an exposure notification, whether vaccinated or not should:

  • Submit a Color COVID-19 test immediately
  • Then follow your normal testing cadence

What if I Develop Symptoms?

  • Take a Color test immediately
  • While waiting for your test results, call Vaden Medical Services at 650.498.2336 if you need immediate medical advice
  • Keep away from others, and wear a face covering around roommates, apartment mates and family members
  • Do not go into the dining hall, classes, and indoor gatherings
  • Rest in your room
  • Request academic support if needed via your Undergraduate Advising Director or, for grad and professional students, your program's student services staff person, faculty advisor, or director of grad studies
  • Prepare to move to a temporary isolation space. Not everyone is moved.