Students: If you test positive

Your physical and mental well-being is our first priority. Use this page to learn more about the plans and protocols in place regarding the isolation and care for UW Oshkosh students who test positive for COVID-19.


If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, whether you are unvaccinated, vaccinated or boosted, isolation is required. Do not go to work, school or public areas.

On-campus isolation housing is available at all three UW Oshkosh campuses. Learn more below.

Residence hall students are encouraged to have a bag packed with the items they will need for a two-week stay away from their room.


Reporting Test Results

If you receive an off-campus test for COVID-19, please report the result as soon as possible through the COVID-19 Off-Campus Testing Report Form.

Further Guidance

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services collaborated with University officials to create a COVID-19 Next Steps Guide for College Students

Bias and Harrassment

Racist behaviors and stereotyping are not acceptable at UW Oshkosh. If you experience harassment or discrimination, please file a bias incident report here.

If you test positive for COVID-19

First, complete the Off-Campus COVID-19 Test Result Reporting Form if you have not already.

A Public Health Disease Investigator will get in touch with you to determine ​the appropriate next steps.


  • If you are attending face-to-face classes, email your instructors to inform them you will be unable to attend class due to COVID quarantine. You may also fill out the Out of Class letter request form through the Dean of Students office.
  • If you live on campus, isolation housing with food service is available. You are encouraged to stay in campus isolation housing to minimize additional exposures; however, you may also choose to return to your permanent residence during this time. If you need a referral to campus isolation housing, please contact or the COVID resource line at 920-424-2019.
    • If you have a roommate, they will also be contacted by a Public Health Disease Investigator. They may need to self-quarantine at their permanent residence or at our quarantine facility at Gruenhagen.
  • If you have a job on or off campus, notify your supervisor that you will be unable to report to work in person due to COVID isolation. Your Public Health Disease Investigator can also provide a letter for you if required by your employer.

  • If you are involved in other on-campus activities or extracurriculars, notify your advisor, coach or instructor that you will be unable to participate in face-to-face activities until further notice.

How long should you isolate? (Updated Jan. 2022)

Isolation guidance is the same for people who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, fully vaccinated, or boosted.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you should isolate for 5 days regardless of whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Your test date counts as day 0 for this 5-day period.

After five days, if you have no symptoms or if your symptoms are resolving, you can return to normal activities. You must wear a mask everywhere—even at home around others—for at least five more days.

If your symptoms have not improved after five days or if you still have a fever, continue isolation until you feel better and are fever free. Once you are feeling better, you must still wear a mask when around others for at least five additional days.