Quarantine & Isolation Housing
Quarantine/Isolation housing is being offered for residential students who have:
- Tested positive for COVID-19
- Have been exposed to an individual positive for COVID-19.
- Limited options for Quarantine required due to Travel Advisories
Currently, we are housing individuals in designated buildings within the West Apartments.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, you will not be permitted to remain in your residence hall space and you must move to Quarantine/Isolation housing. In consultation with Student Health Services/ the NYS Department of Health, you may choose to complete your quarantine or isolation period off-campus, but this is not recommended as you may place others at risk for contracting COVID-19.
The buildings are staffed by Derek Wills, George Hores, & James Carr. One of these individuals is available 24/7 via a phone number posted on the back of every bedroom door and emailed to students when they are placed into Quarantine or Isolation. You may reach out to them with any questions or concerns that you may have about your stay in Quarantine or Isolation housing.
Please review the FAQ below and if you have any questions, please contact the Quarantine/Isolation housing team at the phone number or email address provided.
Frequently Asked Questions
New York State has recently updated the guidelines regarding travel quarantine from out of New York State, effective November 4th. Please expect that our policies and procedures for Spring 2021 arrival will also be adjusted. Below you can find initial information regarding Spring 2021, which will be updated in the coming days/weeks.
There will be limited on-campus options for Quarantine required due to the Travel Advisories. Based on available space, we will only accommodate individuals under the following circumstances:
- Students who are taking a Winter Term online class that starts on January 5, 2021. Students who fit this criteria will need to arrive on January 3rd/4th.
- New students for Spring 2021 may quarantine on-campus. New students who wish to use this option must arrive on January 21st or 22nd, only.
Space for on-campus quarantine is limited and priority will be given to new Spring 2021 admits. Additionally, no late or early arrivals will be allowed for either option above. If you indicated interest via the housing portal, staff will reach out to communicate availability, ask for additional information, and provide next steps in the process.
Due to space limitations, if you are a Fall 2020 resident who travels to a restricted state or country, you need to notify the University no later than December 11, 2020 if you will require quarantine housing upon return. Space in quarantine housing will be limited and is not assured of being available. Students who indicate a need for quarantine housing by the December 11, 2020 deadline must plan to arrive for quarantine housing on January 21st or January 22nd only, if notified that a space in quarantine housing is available for them.
Residents seeking quarantine housing will only be considered for a space if they are hoping to test out of quarantine (negative Covid PCR test prior to arrival, enter quarantine for three (3) days. Take a Covid-19 test on day 4 and upon notification of a non positive Covid-19 test (averaging 5-7 days), may leave quarantine housing and transition to their Spring 2021 housing assignment. Based on this estime, the quarantine period could average approximately 8-10 days in total, pending COVID-19 test notification.
Residents returning that are not seeking to test out of quarantine must complete a 14 day quarantine off campus. Space will not be available in University housing. These students must provide proof of a negative Covid test and completion of their 14 day quarantine before they will be permitted to return to on campus housing for the Spring 2021 semester.
Once you are notified that you must enter Quarantine/Isolation, you should pack what you need for a 14 day quarantine/isolation period.
In your room, a landline telephone, thermometer and face mask, and a microfridge are provided. Upon request, the following items can be provided to you (they will not already be in the room):
- 1 Pillow
- 1 Sheet Set (Fitted Sheet, Top Sheet, Pillow Case)
- 1 Fleece Blanket
- Travel Size Shampoo/Conditioner
- Travel size bar of soap
- Travel Size Toothbrush & Toothpaste
While the items above can be provided, you may opt to bring your own so that you can be more comfortable. If you wish to have any of the above items please let the team member on call know; we will work to leave the items in a bag outside of your apartment door.
In the kitchen of each apartment, there is sanitizer to wipe down the bathroom after each use and extra garbage bags.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of items that students commonly wish to bring with them to Quarantine/Isolation to help you pack:
- Cell Phone/Charger
- Books/ School Work
- Reusable Masks
- Any Prescription & Over the counter medications that you may need.
Due to the nature of Quarantine/Isolation Housing, you may not leave, nor may anyone drop items off to you once you are in your building and throughout the duration of quarantine/isolation housing.
Please note that for new students arriving on January 14th/15th, these instructions may be slightly different. When the specific check-in procedures are finalized, they will be shared accordingly.
Please note that, as per campus policy, you are required to maintain a safe distance from others and wear a secure cloth face covering or face mask over your nose and mouth at all times while outside upon arrival for check-in and while walking into the building (hallways and staircases) to your room. Please do your part to protect other students and staff members by wearing a face covering at all times when you are not inside your individual bedroom.
There are multiple bedrooms within each apartment. Some are single occupancy and others double occupancy. If you are assigned to a double occupancy room and are not paired with another student, you may only occupy one bed in the room and should not use any of the other furnishings or supplies provided for the second space.
You will be provided with linens and sample size toiletries (in the event that you did not bring your own to the room). You will also find a micro-fridge and in most locations, a landline phone in your bedroom. Since a refrigerator and microwave are provided, you may not use the appliances in the apartment kitchen to avoid the spread of contagious substances. The landline phone, if present, must remain plugged in and will be used by the Student Health Services staff to check on your health status every day. You must answer this phone when it rings in your room. Each resident will find a care package that has a thermometer and isolation instructions that you will need to follow while in quarantine/isolation.
When you are placed in Quarantine/Isolation Housing, your student ID card will be activated for the appropriate building for the day you are scheduled to move-in. Once you are in your space, your ID card access will be turned off as you are not permitted to leave your apartment except in the case of an emergency.
Once you have entered the appropriate building, please report to the apartment you are assigned to. On the door to the apartment will be an envelope with the key to the room you are assigned. Do not touch the keys for any other rooms, including those within the same apartment. You should have this key on you when you go to the bathroom or have to exit your apartment in the case of an emergency.
Once you are in your assigned room, you should call the Quarantine/Isolation Housing coordinator phone from the landline in your room to confirm you are in the right space.
Students who reside in Quarantine/Isolation Housing are expected to follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of other students, and the staff working in the building:
- Facial coverings fully covering the nose & mouth are required anytime you are not in your bedroom or apartment bathroom. Please ensure you follow this to maintain the safety of students & building staff.
- Facial coverings must be worn by residents to and from the bathroom but can be removed while in the bathroom.
- Once you return to your room, you need to communicate with the other residents of the apartment again with an “all clear”. Door knocks and/or group chat are good options for communicating with one another.
- Any surface you touch, including bathroom and suite doors, bathroom fixtures, etc need to be wiped with cleaning wipes after each use. Wipes and disinfectants are provided to each resident.
- While in quarantine or isolation, you may only leave your bedroom to use the bathroom(s) in your apartments and to pick up your daily meals. You may not be present in the hallways or other common areas of the building except during your move in and departure from quarantine/isolation housing and during emergencies (see below).
- You may only open the apartment door to pick up your daily meals which will be left on a table outside your apartment door.
- In the event of a fire alarm, quickly exit the building wearing your face covering over your nose and mouth, and maintain at least six feet of distance while outside. Remember to bring your room key with you.
- Please follow all signage posted on exterior doors to get back in the building. Re-entrance will only be granted via specific doors which will be noted on all exterior doors.
- No visitors are permitted at any time, including family members or friends.
- Residents in quarantine/isolation may not commingle in the apartment or in other apartments with one another.
- No one is permitted to utilize the kitchen/living room space in the apartment for any reason.
- You are not permitted to enter any other bedroom in your assigned apartment beside the one that Quarantine/Isolation staff have assigned to you.
- You can communicate with one another (group chat is a good tool to use) by phone, text, and/or knocking on each other's door when you leave your bedroom to go to the bathroom or to retrieve meals left outside the apartment door.
- You should only use the bathroom that is assigned to your bedroom.
- West A & B:
- Bathroom 1 (closest to the kitchen): A & B Bedrooms
- Bathroom 2 (closest to Back of Apt.): C & D Bedrooms
- West H:
- Bathroom 1 (closest to the kitchen): A, B, C Bedrooms
- Bathroom 2 (closest to Back of Apt.): D, E, F Bedrooms
- You are required to bag all garbage, including food containers, in the provided garbage bags, and place it outside of your apartment following a meal delivery.
- It is important that you fully understand and follow these guidelines. Based on current guidance from the SUNY Chancellor’s office, violations of the Quarantine/Isolation expectations will result in a minimum 1-year suspension from on-campus housing. The maximum sanction for violations of the policy is permanent dismissal from the institution. Those guidelines can be found here .
Campus Dining will provide meals for the duration of your stay.
- Campus Dining will provide an initial welcome basket of snacks and sundries to each resident until food service begins.
- Campus Dining will be delivering meals twice daily, typically between 11:30 am-12:30 pm and between 4:30 pm-6 pm.
- A continental breakfast will be delivered with the dinner meal.
- Meals will be delivered to the small desk outside your apartment door and the servers will knock on your door after food is placed on the desk.
- All food will be delivered in microwaveable containers. All containers are disposable and should be bagged in a clear plastic bag once finished eating. After bagging, garbage should be placed directly outside the apartment door in tied bags.
- Custodial staff will pick up food from outside your apartment door one hour after delivery and clean all surfaces in the hallways outside of each apartment. If you do not pick up a meal within an hour of delivery, it will be discarded and no other meal can be provided until the next meal delivery time.
Laundry service can be provided once during the 14-day quarantine period - typically at or near the end of the first week of quarantine housing. Laundry is done by an outside vendor. If this is an option that you wish to utilize, you should contact the Quarantine/Isolation Housing team at the posted number between the hours of 10AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday. If you are utilizing the laundry service, please be aware of the following:
- Laundry needs to be bagged and labeled by any resident needing items laundered.
- Labels and markers will be provided to each resident.
- Guests should leave these bags outside their apartment door on scheduled laundry days.
- Laundry will be picked up once during the quarantine period (schedule will be provided) and returned to the desk outside each apartment (schedule to be provided).
- Laundry should not be placed outside the apartment door at the same time that garbage is placed outside the door to avoid confusing the items as trash.
Since laundry is being provided, residents in quarantine/isolation may not use the laundry facilities within the building to avoid cross-contamination and spreading illness to others.
In the event of an emergency (fire alarm, bomb threat, facilities emergency,etc.) that requires an evacuation from the building, all occupants of West A, B or H must immediately evacuate the building.
Masks must be worn and social distancing must occur. Residents must gather at the designated meeting location no closer than 25’ to the building. Residents must wear masks and appropriately social distance. Signage in the building will indicate the location of the designated meeting spot. Individuals will be required to remain outside the building, at the designated meeting spot, until University Police, the Fire Marshal, or another University official gives the all-clear to reenter the building.
While in self-quarantine for 14 days, you will need to monitor and report your health condition to medical staff in the Student Health Service each day. The landline phone in your room is used for this purpose. You must answer this phone when a call is received. You must do the following each day:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees celsius. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Use this temperature log to monitor your temperature. CDC Temperature & Symptom Log for Contact Tracing
- Avoid contact with others. You should not leave your bedroom space except in the case of an emergency or to use the bathroom.
Staff may need to visit your apartment during an emergency, including individual bedrooms, for the following reasons (from terms of occupancy):
- Occupancy verification
- Health & safety inspection
- Maintenance prevention & repairs
- Custodial emergency cleaning
- Environmental Conditions Assessments
- Follow up with concerns previously reported
Additionally, in the event that student health services cannot reach you, staff may have to enter to conduct a wellness check to ensure you are okay.
In the event of staff needing to enter your space, you must put a face covering on.
Students with an active booking (currently in-room) can quarantine or isolate on-campus for no additional cost. Please note that you continue to pay for your Fall/Spring assignment while you are in Quarantine/Isolation Housing.
On the day you are cleared to leave quarantine/isolation, please do the following:
- Double-check your room for any of your personal belongings.
- Any items left in the room will be discarded when the room is disinfected
- Place your linens on the floor in the middle of the room--even if you did not use them.
- Take your provided toiletries, thermometer, and folder with you or discard them in the trash
- Leave your room unlocked and the door open
- Return your key to the building express check-out box.
- The box is near the main entrance of the building and is a black box with yellow envelopes on top.
- Fill out the envelope fully and seal the key inside.
- If you have any questions or concerns regarding check-out, please contact a Quarantine/Isolation Housing team member.
Please call University Police at (631) 632-3333 for any emergencies.
Housing Questions or Concerns:
The Quarantine/Isolation Housing Team Consists of:
Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators
Assistant Director of Campus Residences for Safety and Support Services
- Jim (James) Carr ( James.Carr@stonybrook.edu )
At times, these staff members may call you or email you with updates.
Do not email the team in the event of emergency situations as emails are not monitored at all times.
For General Questions, Laundry Issues, or Concerns that are not emergencies:
- Please call the phone number provided on the quick contact sheet in your bedroom between 10 AM and 5 PM, Monday-Friday.
For Lockouts, Facility related Issues, Provided Linen/Toiletry Issues:
- Please call the phone number provided on the quick contact sheet in your bedroom. A staff member will have the phone associated with this phone number 24/7.
- For health-related concerns during working hours please call the Student Health Services COVID sick line; the phone number is provided in welcome emails and is posted on the back of each bedroom door. This is for use exclusively by students in quarantine/isolation housing and should not be shared. You will need to identify yourself by ID number and state that you are in isolation or quarantine when you call.
- After hours you can call the medical advice line which is option 3 on the Student Health phone number of 631-632-6740.
- If you are not well (sick and can't wait) seek transport to University Hospital by calling University Police at 631-632-3333.
- All questions about the duration of quarantine/isolation housing should be directed to these phone numbers.
Personal & Academic Support Issues:
- For items including contacting professors and other academic administrators, contact the Student Support Team:
Dietary & Food Service Issues:
- Including special dietary needs, missed meals, please contact:
- Dawn Villacci, FSA Manager of Campus Dining
- Lisa Battiste, Director of Operations for Culinart Catering
- The phone numbers for both Dawn and Lisa can be found on the back of the bedroom doors in all rooms in Quarantine & Isolation Housing. If you cannot locate that number, please reach out to one of the Quarantine/Isolation Housing coordinators.
- For Wifi problems, phone problems, cable problems, etc.
- Please submit a help desk ticket HERE for IT staff to assist.
- If it is during the day, you can also call 631-632-9800.
- For Routine Maintenance Concerns (light bulb burns out, a loose screw on a cabinet, etc):
- Please submit a work order HERE
- For Emergency items (ie. water leaks, handicap doors not working, gas odors, loss of power, etc.)
- Please call the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Team Member number provided
Please note that in many cases you may be relocated if there is a facility issue. In general, maintenance concerns are addressed when a full apartment is emptied and has been sanitized.
You must be familiar with your rights and responsibilities as a student, and especially as a resident. See the following links for Stony Brook University policies:
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of following this 14-day self-quarantine period. By following the guidelines and timeline noted above, you are doing your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our campus community’s health and safety. If you have any questions, please visit the Student Health & Safety FAQs or contact Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740
Failure to comply with COVID-19 isolation/quarantine requirements will result in immediate removal from the building and referral to Residential Conduct and Community Standards that may lead to housing suspension or expulsion.