Isolation and Quarantine

Mason maintains space to isolate or quarantine residential students who test positive for COVID, who might have COVID, or who are unvaccinated and have had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID. 

The Ángel Cabrera Global Center, which has private bedrooms with attached bathrooms, is Mason's Fairfax Campus isolation and quarantine space. It can hold up to 280 students, with those who have been placed in isolation potentially having roommates to maximize capacity.

Student Health Services (SHS) will make a formal determination if you’re required to quarantine or isolate. 

  • SHS will consider your vaccination status when determining if you need to quarantine after being exposed. If you’ve been vaccinated, you won’t need to go into quarantine unless you show COVID symptoms. 

  • If you’re required to isolate or quarantine, but you’re local to the area, you can choose to go home. However, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff might encourage you to stay on campus if you’d be sharing living space with vulnerable individuals, and/or you wouldn’t be able to maintain physical distance at home.  

  • If you do go home, you must vacate your on-campus room within 4 hours of contact with HRL staff. Your Mason ID will be deactivated for your residence hall until SHS approves your return.  

If you leave campus, don’t use public transportation (taxi, ride share, bus, plane, train, or Mason Shuttle). Take your personal vehicle or ask a family member or friend to pick you up.  

You can stay in your residence hall room for isolation or quarantine under certain conditions:  

  • You’re in a single or double but don’t have a roommate. 
  • You have access to a private bathroom that no one else uses. 
  • You don’t use the common area or kitchen in your unit. 
  • Mason will provide some services if you’re in quarantine/isolation on campus. 
  • University Dining Services will prepare and deliver meals. 
  • You’ll be able to continue your studies and stay connected to fellow students and faculty through Virtual Learning Communities and other resources. 

If you’re in quarantine or isolation on campus due to exposure to someone who has or tested positive for COVID, you’ll be monitored daily by the local health department through the Sara Alert™ System. You’ll need to complete Sara Alert daily and to contact SHS if you have symptoms, or your symptoms worsen. You’ll get a thermometer to track your temperature. 

SHS will care for you in quarantine/isolation via telehealth when possible, and will also conduct in-person evaluations in the clinic when medically necessary. 

You’ll have access to an after-hours nurse line. Nurses staffing the line will follow SHS COVID protocols. 

If you need a higher level of care, you’ll be referred to INOVA Hospital or the nearest emergency room. If you’re hospitalized, SHS will get updates on your status from hospital staff, if you give consent. 

SHS will determine when you can be released from quarantine or isolation and return to your residence hall room. Criteria include: 

  • You’ve completed the full quarantine as prescribed by SHS with no symptoms or need to extend the period. 
  • You’ve tested negative for COVID-19, your symptoms have subsided, and/or you’ve been formally evaluated by SHS staff. 

SHS will notify a senior HRL staffer when you’re cleared to be released from quarantine. 

Exterior view of the Global Center on Mason's Fairfax Campus

The Ángel Cabrera Global Center will house students who have COVID-19, are showing symptoms, or who have been exposed to someone with the illness.