Student Self-Quarantine and Isolation

View from the quad at sunset


If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the following steps will be taken to move the student to the Stowe Inn—our isolation building—where they will occupy a single room with a private bathroom until they are released from isolation. Once a student receives a positive test from the Broad Institute, they will be asked to immediately isolate in their bedroom until they are able to move to Stowe Inn. In this time, students will be asked to pack necessary belongings to be moved. The student will be assisted to Stowe Inn by a security officer. While in isolation, students are not allowed to leave their room in Stowe Inn. All meals will be delivered to them, and Bowdoin Health Services will monitor their symptoms and progress via telehealth. Students will be allowed to return to their original residence hall only when they have been cleared by Health Services. In addition to monitoring and supporting students’ physical well-being during isolation, Bowdoin will deploy a care team of professionals from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Residential Life, Counseling Services, and others as necessary to ensure that isolated students receive the help and advocacy they need.


Any student identified through contact tracing as a close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 is required to be in quarantine for fourteen days as mandated by the Maine CDC. A close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet for a duration of longer than fifteen minutes with an individual who tested positive starting from two days before symptom onset or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days before positive test specimen collection. Students in quarantine will be moved to a residence hall set up for this purpose. Food will be delivered by Dining Services, and a care coordinator will be assigned to each student in quarantine. Health Services will work with students in quarantine to perform follow-up COVID-19 tests as necessary.

UPDATE FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO LEAVE CAMPUS DURING THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16–21, 2020: While strongly encouraging students in quarantine to complete their fourteen-day quarantine on campus, the Maine CDC provided new guidance to the College on Sunday, November 15, stating that students are permitted to quarantine elsewhere. In issuing this guidance, the Maine CDC noted that "anyone returning to their home state or quarantining elsewhere should be aware of the risk it poses to others in that household." The Maine CDC stated further that those who choose to quarantine elsewhere should monitor themselves daily for signs and symptoms, and seek testing if any symptom appears; refrain from participating in holiday activities; and consider issues around traveling to their home state (how to safely get home without using public transport like buses, trains, or planes). Additional information about the quarantine process is available on the Maine CDC website.