Quarantine and Isolation Protocols

As we cooperate with Jefferson County Public Health and consider CDC, county, and state public health guidance, Colorado School of Mines will have the following quarantine and isolation protocols in place to start the Spring 2022 semester.

NOTE: Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks since the completion of the vaccine – one dose for Johnson & Johnson or two doses for Pfizer/Moderna.

Unvaccinated or Not Yet Fully Vaccinated Individuals

  • If you test positive for COVID-19: You will be required to isolate for 5-10 days.
  • If you have a close contact exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19: You will be required to quarantine.
    • The minimum quarantine duration is five days, assuming you do not develop symptoms.

Fully Vaccinated Individuals

  • If you test positive for COVID-19: You will be required to isolate for 5-10 days.
  • If you have a close contact exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19: You will not be required to quarantine.
    • You should get a COVID-19 test 5 days after your exposure and wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result.

Anyone required to quarantine or isolate will not be permitted to attend in-person classes or in-person campus activities for the duration of their quarantine/isolation period.

With our move back to full in-person learning, there will be no remote option for in-person classes this year. However, faculty will excuse student absences and will work with students to provide opportunities to make up the missed material, coursework or tests due to quarantine/isolation.

Protocol Update for Quarantine & Isolation in Campus Housing (Jan. 21, 2022) 

Like most of the U.S. and Colorado, Mines has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among our campus community since the start of the spring semester. See Mines’ COVID dashboard for the latest numbers. 

Mines continues to evaluate and adjust the protocols in place to address public health and safety needs on campus. Among those protocols is a contingency plan for students living in residence halls, apartments and fraternity/sorority houses who may need to quarantine or isolate. Mines’ COVID-19 Response Initiator Team (CRIT) and Residence Life will follow the latest CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine. 

Currently, students living in fraternity or sorority houses who test positive for COVID-19 or meet criteria for quarantine are directed to quarantine or isolate in place, just as students who live off-campus currently do. This practice has been in place and will not change. 

Additionally, students living in Mines Park apartments (similar to fraternity/sorority houses) who test positive for COVID-19 or meet criteria for quarantine will be directed to quarantine or isolate in place, regardless of case counts. 

Campus housing isolate- or quarantine-in-place protocol for surge in cases

Summary: CRIT and Residence Life will instruct students who live in campus housing to quarantine-in-place or isolate-in-place when the occupancy of dedicated on-campus isolation and quarantine spaces exceeds 50 percent. This means that those students will remain in their assigned rooms for their entire isolation or quarantine time frame. 


  • Currently, the university has dedicated spaces set aside for quarantine and isolation, which have been used since the onset of the pandemic for students who live on campus. 
  • CRIT and Residence Life will shift from asking students to move to the designated quarantine and isolation floors to isolate-in-place or quarantine-in-place if: 
    • More than 50 percent of those designated spaces are in use OR 
    • Residence Life staffing levels necessitate a different approach to supporting students’ needs, due to staff vacancies or absenteeism 
  • Students with unique circumstances may be accommodated within the remaining designated quarantine and isolation spaces.  
  • Students whose permanent residence is within driving distance (up to 4-6 hours) will have the option to go home to quarantine or isolate. 
  • Isolate-in-place means that students who test positive will isolate in their assigned room for five days, or longer if symptoms persist. 
  • Roommates who are fully vaccinated and do not develop symptoms are not required to quarantine and will remain in their current room. 
  • Mines Dining will provide meals for students in isolation/quarantine who have meal plans through pre-packaged to-go meals and snacks available for pick-up during each meal period. These students will be required to pick up their meals from a designated separate entrance to Mines Market, following specific protocols to minimize exposure to others. Students who are unable to pick up their meals due to severe symptoms or illness may request delivery of their meals through Residence Life. 
  • Dining hours and services for all students may change to accommodate staffing demands to serve students in isolation or quarantine, as well as the broader campus population.