Quarantine and Positive Cases

Quarantine Upon Arrival to Campus

To keep our community safe, students will be required to quarantine when they arrive on campus, as well as take a COVID-19 test.

Testing Protocol.


  • Students cannot leave their room except to use the bathroom
  • Students can go for walks but they must be alone
  • Students cannot use the workrooms or lounges


Students on full meal plans will have two meal deliveries per day (receiving three full meals). Students will select their meal choices through a form on the My RISD app in advance. Lunches will arrive before noon and dinners and continental breakfasts for the next day will arrive early evening. Meals will be left outside of students’ doors. In addition, a case of water and snacks will be left in student rooms prior to arrival.

Students on a flex or connect meal plan will have the option to have meals delivered daily to your room. You have the ability to choose to have one or both meals delivered daily. These meals will be deducted from your meal plan. A snack bag and bulk water will be made available on the order form and dining points will be used if you choose this option. Alternatively you may want to bring items with you to offset what is available.


RAs and Student Affairs will be providing virtual programming via the Involved website during these two weeks, including social events, community meetings, and opportunities for community-building. Students will begin online courses via Canvas during the second week of quarantine and there will also be evening programming to offer social engagement and entertainment, as well as ongoing educational programming regarding public health.

Exposure and/or Positive Cases


Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Those who test positive for COVID-19, but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment, will be required to isolate. Those isolating will be allowed to return to classes and/or work after they have met the Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines for ending isolation.


Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Please note that a positive case does not necessarily mean that entire buildings, classes, or offices will need to quarantine.


Contact tracing



Specially-designated housing will be provided to students who must isolate or quarantine. For those students who test positive and require isolation, there will be one residential area designated for this purpose. Students who need to quarantine will be able to stay in place in single rooms. Students will be permitted to return to their on-campus housing after they have met Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines for ending isolation or quarantine. See information about quarantine and isolation housing.

Regular phone check-ins

Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services will check in with students in isolation and quarantine will ensure that students are getting what they need and following self-care guidelines.

Drop-off meals

Meals will be dropped off for students in isolation/quarantine will be prepared for lunch and dinner, with a continental breakfast provided with the dinner delivery. Our Dining staff will work with students on any dietary requirements.

Academic continuity and co-curricular engagement

Course continuity and co-curricular programming will be devised for any students in quarantine or isolation. As with other instances of illness, students should contact their faculty to arrange for coursework accommodations.


Isolate at Home

Employees should not report to work on campus until they have been approved to return to campus following a 14-day quarantine period, or other period required by law.

Notify RISD

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to report their confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 to RISD Human Resources and their supervisor or department immediately, who will arrange for substitutions to enable continuity of operations.

Expanded Leave Benefits