Roger Babson

Isolate in Place Resources

Guidance for COVID-19 positive individuals and well roommate(s)

Students who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to isolate off campus. However, there are times when the only available option is for a student with COVID-19 to isolate in the same room as their healthy roommate.


A Roommate With  COVID-19

  • If a single bathroom is available on your floor, choose that option over a shared bathroom. Be sure to wear your mask in common spaces
  • Follow the CDC Recommendation for Ending Isolation
  • Positive students must work directly with their faculty regarding missed classes due to illness/isolation
  • Mask up and get a to-go meal from campus dining. You cannot remove your mask and eat around other students until day 11
  • Call Health Services at 781-239-6363 for additional guidance on treating your symptoms

A Roommate Without  COVID-19

  • You may still go to class and all activities
  • Minimize time spent in your room—take this time to discover a new favorite study or hangout spot on campus
  • Wear a mask indoors until 10 days after your roommate’s isolation ends
  • Test often using a self-test kit. The best time to test is 5 days after your initial exposure, but with continued exposure, you will want to be sure to test again 5 days after your roommate is no longer infectious
  • Follow the COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for the General Public if you develop symptoms

In Either  Case

  • Mask with a high-quality mask when you are in the room together
  • Request a HEPA filter from facilities
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. tables, countertops, doorknobs, faucets, smartphones, laptops, remote controls, etc.)
  • If you share a bathroom, remember that sinks could be an infection source. Totes or caddies can be used for personal items so they don’t touch the bathroom countertop; bring your tote back to your personal space rather than leaving it in a shared bathroom
  • Each person should use their own hand or face towels
  • If you share a sleeping space, arrange beds so that you have as much space between beds as possible. Consider sleeping away from each other or in opposite directions
  • If sharing food or drinks, use separate serving dishes or cups
  • If you do come in contact with shared surfaces or items, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards
  • Do not invite any guests to your room until the isolation period has ended

If you are a well roommate of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have a condition that puts you at high risk for severe illness, please contact Student Health Services at 781-239-6363. Staff is available during regular business hours. You can also call Health Services to discuss therapeutic interventions that may be available to you.