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Testing and Quarantine Status

Last Updated 10/15/20 to reflect departmental best practice regarding contact assessment, quarantine, and isolation requirements for non-travel related reasons. Also includes information about COVID-19 case notifications to the housing community, as appropriate. This page may be updated regularly as local, University of Alaska, and State of Alaska guidance and/or policy changes.

Student Housing Restriction Statuses

The "minimizing interactions" level of restriction applies only to students who are new arrivals on campus during the move-in process. In order to be classified as "minimizing interactions" you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • When arriving on campus, you must not have left Alaska for more than 24 hours in the past 14 days.

  • You must not exhibit COVID symptoms.
  • You may have either a negative COVID-19 test or no COVID-19 test.

Restrictions for students who are Minimizing Interactions:

  • You may enter the Housing Lodge only when you need in person desk services, to check your mail, and to do laundry. Maintain 6 foot social distancing at all times.
  • You may not "dine-in" at the Lakeside Grill or other dining facilities when those services are offered.
  • You must wear a mask at all times outside of your Housing Unit.
  • You may reside in a unit with another individual, but you should take care to observe social distancing at all times, even when in your unit.
  • You may not be a guest within housing, nor may you host guests in your unit if one or more individuals is minimizing interactions.
  • You may attend class in-person.

You will be a quarantining student if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Students who arrive on campus on move-in day with COVID symptoms, but no test.
  • Students who arrive on campus after traveling out of Alaska for more than 24 hours in the last 14 days.
  • Students who begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while living on campus.
  • Students who are contacted by Public Health or UA staff members and told that they may have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual or an indivudal who is undergoing COVID-19 testing.

Restrictions for students who are Quarantining:

  • You must remain in your assigned housing unit at all times.
  • You may not utilize Housing Laundry facilities, nor may you utilize Dining Take Out or Dine-in services. Housing will work with you to deliver food, mail, and assist you with laundry.
  • You must reside in a unit alone. If you have a roommate or suitemate when you are placed into quarantine, Student Housing may temporarily assign you to a new space.
  • You may not be a guest within housing, nor may you host guests in your unit. 
  • You may not attend class. It is your responsibility to inform your faculty of your quarantine status and to request an accommodation.
  • Note: If you are in quarantine due to out of state travel and not because of possible exposure to COVID-19 and you have at least one negative COVID-19 test after returning to Alaska, you may spend time outside of your unit while wearing a mask. You may not utilize any interior UAS spaces and you must observe strict social distancing.

If at any time you receive a positive COVID-19 test, you will be placed in Isolation until you are medically cleared. You will work closely with Student Housing staff to track your status and you will be informed once you are no longer in need of Isolation.

Restrictions for students who are in Isolation:

  • You must remain in your assigned housing unit.
  • You may not utilize Housing Laundry facilities, nor may you utilize Dining Take Out or Dine-in services. Housing will work with you to deliver food, mail, and assist you with laundry.
  • You must reside in a unit alone. If you have a roommate when you are placed into quarantine, Student Housing may temporarily assign you to a new space.
  • You may not be a guest within housing, nor may you host guests in your unit. 
  • You may not attend class in-person. It is your responsibility to inform your faculty of your quarantine status and to request an accommodation.
  • You will be assigned a contact person in Student Housing who will check in with you daily and assist you with your various needs.

Testing during move-in or after out-of-state travel

All UAS Students are required to undergo testing and/or quarantine when moving onto campus or when returning from out-of-state travel in which the individual left Alaska for at least 24 hours. 

How Students will be Tested

  • Whenever possible, students are encouraged to be tested before arriving on campus.
  • Students arriving from outside of Alaska who are not Alaska residents must have a COVID-19 test, or must pay $250 to have a COVID test administered.

    You can avoid the $250 fee by demonstrating you are a resident of Alaska by providing a letter to testers indicating that you are traveling to Alaska for school. To generate such a letter, visit the University of Alaska Travel Verification Letter Portal.

  • Students who have not tested before arriving in Juneau should request a test at the Juneau International Airport. 
  • Students who cannot receive their first test before moving in to campus will be expected to Minimize Interactions or Quarantine for up to 14 days after their arrival.
  • Students who have been on campus for more than 14 days without COVID symptoms will not be required to undergo additional testing. 

Campus Contact Tracing Practices

Whenever University of Alaska Southeast staff receive word that a student on campus or within housing has developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested postive for COVID-19, staff members with training in basic contact tracing will reach out to the individual affected and:

  • Direct them to enter isolation or quarantine as necessary. For Housing students, staff members will work with the student to provide them a unit to reside in alone. In some cases this will result in either the individual or their roommate being moved temporarily to a new unit, based on circumstances. 
  • Conduct a contact tracing and assessment interview to determine what other individuals on campus, if any, are considered close contacts. Close contacts are defined as being within 6 feet for a cumulative time of 15 minutes or more in which both parties are not wearing a mask within 48 hours of the individual becoming symptomatic, receiving their test results, or entering quarantine/isolation, whichever is earliest. 
  • Offer the individual support to make class accommodations and assist with laundry, mail, and food services as appropriate.

If a student is named as a close contact of an indivudual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is undergoing testing:

  • The student will be directed to enter quarantine and being self-observing for up to 14 days.
  • The student will be directed to outreach to Public Health to determine if they are eligible for COVID-19 testing.
  • The student will remain in quarantine until:
    • The individual undergoing testing is informed they tested negative for COVID-19 and the close contact has no symptoms or
    • If the first individual tests positive for COVID-19, 14 days have passed

Notification of COVID-19 cases to the Student Housing population

The University of Alaska encourages all individuals on campus to presume that COVID-19 is present in our community, on our campus, and in our student housing units at any and all times. Any individual on campus could be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. Because of this expectation, UAS does not disclose all COVID-19 positive cases to the broader campus population. 

Additionally, student personally identifiable information is protected by FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Because of the sensitive nature of health information, UAS is not permitted to disclose all students who have COVID-19 on campus, nor may we provide sufficient information that would allow an individual to deduce who may have tested positive for COVID-19. Recent guidance from the Department of Education has clarified that institutions of higher education may share personally identifiable information with relevant agencies (such as public health) when a student tests positive for COVID-19. However, such information could not necessarily be shared with a students' parents, other students, or other third parties. 

When a student tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes a person under investigation for any reason, the students confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. To best protect your own confidentiality:

  • Comply with requests from UA staff that you reach out to Public Health. If you fail to do so, UA staff may need to reach out on your behalf and share personally identifiable information in order to protect the health and safety of the campus population. Such an outreach would only be to applicable public health organizations. 
  • Engage in a timely manner with requests for a contact tracing interview with UA staff. If you fail to do so, UA staff may deem it necessary to notify the campus population that individuals should determine if they have been in close contact with you and take precautions as appropriate. By providing data directly to UA staff regarding who your close contacts were, UA staff can contact those individuals and ask them to quarantine and self-observe without sharing any personally identifiable information.
  • Immediately comply with requests to quarantine or isolate and not leave your unit. If you fail to do so, UA staff may be required to notify the campus population that you are a danger to the ongoing health and safety of the population and direct others to avoid you.

If you would like to give UAS permission to discuss your specific situation with family members, parents, or specific third parties, please fill out a FERPA Release Form.

By complying with the items above, UA staff can generally ensure that your name or other personally identifiable information is not released to the general campus population as a COVID-19 positive student. 

Instances in which non-personally identifiable information may be released to the campus population:

In limited instances, non-personally identifiable information may be shared with the campus population in the form of an emergency notification if there is deemed to be an immediate threat to health and safety of the campus population. Such notifications will be determined on a case by case basis. One lone COVID positive student who immediately informs UA staff and enters isolation does not generally consitute an immediate threat to health and safety for the campus population as a whole. Some examples of why an emergency notification is shared with the campus population may include (but not necessarily be limited to):

  • An individual student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has many close contacts, and/or has generally been unable to determine who all of those close contacts are.
  • A number of cases occur in a residential facility in a short time without a clear understanding of how COVID spread between those cases.
  • A COVID-19 positive individual was present at a gathering in which appropriate precautions were not taken that may have an on-campus effect. 



Resources

UAS Winter Break Housing Information

State of Alaska COVID Travel Announcement

State of Alaska Travel Information Website

Juneau COVID-19 Website