Self-Quarantine Guidelines

NC State follows guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which sets recommendations on how to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Self-quarantine is a measure to protect people from inadvertently spreading COVID in the event they are infectious and not yet symptomatic.  It helps to protect our campus and surrounding communities.

Who needs to self-quarantine

Following international travel, anyone who enters the United States not fully vaccinated by a COVID vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization or US FDA needs to self-quarantine.  This includes individuals vaccinated with a vaccine not yet authorized  for use by WHO as well as individuals who are not vaccinated.

  • “Full vaccination” is reached two weeks after the final dose of your COVID vaccine (second dose if you’ve received a two-dose vaccine)
  • This applies to everyone regardless of nationality or citizenship

The self-quarantine period is 7 days, even if a student’s required post-travel COVID test is negative.

Vaccination Status Upon Arrival to the U.S.Self-Quarantine Required?
Arriving to the U.S. UnvaccinatedYES
Arriving to the U.S. partially or fully vaccinated by a vaccine NOT authorized for use by WHO or US FDAYES
Arriving to the U.S. partially vaccinated by a WHO or US FDA authorized  vaccineYES
Arriving to the U.S. fully vaccinated by a WHO or US FDA authorized  COVID-19 vaccineNo

Where to Self-Quarantine

We know that a number of students plan to visit relatives in the United States and complete self-quarantine with them before traveling to Raleigh.  If you self-quarantine elsewhere, note that self-quarantine is not required after domestic travel so the information below is only for students that will arrive directly to Raleigh and complete their self-quarantine here.

If you will be living off-campus for Fall 2021, you should self-quarantine in your residence and isolate yourself from any roommates or suitemates as much as possible.  Please follow the guidance below about what you can do and cannot do during your self-quarantine period.

If you will be living in an on-campus apartment complex (ES King Village, Western Manor, Wolf Village, or Wolf Ridge) for Fall 2021, you should self-quarantine in your room and isolate yourself from any roommates or suitemates as much as possible.  Please follow the guidance below about what you can do and cannot do during your self-quarantine period.

If you will be living in an on-campus residence hall for Fall 2021, you will complete your self-quarantine in quarantine housing provided by University Housing.  You will receive a separate email from housing-covid@ncsu.edu with additional instructions, including your quarantine space. Please follow the guidance below about what you can do and cannot do during your self-quarantine period.


How to Self-Quarantine

What do I do during self-quarantine?

The short answer is that you should stay home, avoid contact with roommates and other people as much as possible, and only leave your residence when absolutely necessary.  To help guide students during self-quarantine, here is a list of common activities and an indication of whether they’re allowed during self-quarantine. 

ActivityActivity Allowed During Self-Quarantine?
Get your required COVID test done on campus after international travelAllowed
Pick up NC State One Card in Talley Student UnionNot Allowed
Go to the grocery store Not Allowed
Participate in in-person campus activities Not Allowed
Attend Class (see guidance below if you will miss class) Not Allowed
Physically work on-campus (including teaching/research assistantship responsibilities) Not Allowed
Open a bank account Not Allowed
Get food (take out or dine in) from a university dining hall or restaurant Not Allowed
Attend in-person orientation activities Not Allowed
Attend an immunization clinic or immunization appointment to receive immunizations, including COVID vaccine Not Allowed

Protocol for Students Missing Class Due to Self-Quarantine:

We understand that students are anxious about the possibility of missing class because they will still be under self-quarantine after arrival to the United States.  Registration & Records is aware of this possibility and will verify any reported class absences because of the self-quarantine requirement.  
If you will miss class because of self-quarantine, you must contact the professors for your impacted classes and explain what days you will miss class because of the self-quarantine requirement.  You can direct professors to the OIS webpage as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage which both communicate this recommendation.  Ask your professors if there is a way to participate in class via Zoom or if you can schedule a virtual meeting with them to discuss missed work.  It is important to communicate with them as soon as you know you will miss class because the earlier you inform them, the more they will likely be able to assist you.

Food Delivery Suggestions for Students in Self-Quarantine:

For students completing self-quarantine off-campus, you will still be responsible for getting your own food BUT please note above that you are not allowed to visit grocery stores during self-quarantine. Here is a list of contact-free delivery options to continue getting groceries during self-quarantine. The list is provided as a courtesy to students and OIS does not endorse any of these services.

  • Instacart (delivers from a number of local stores, including grocery stores)
  • Target (delivery option for target orders, including food)
  • Harris Teeter (local grocery store that offers a delivery option)
  • Food Lion (local grocery store that offers a delivery option)