DigiPen Housing Quarantine Policy
DigiPen Housing is committed to our residents’ safety. Extra training and procedures have been put in place to address all COVID-19 related concerns. There will be extra units that will be available should students need to be quarantined.
The number of suspected and reported COVID-19 cases will change how DigiPen Housing quarantines, and supports our resident communities. A significant number of cases may result in a suspension of the housing program, which will follow our DigiPen Housing Refund Policy for changes in response to COVID-19.
Residents must be familiar with DigiPen’s Infection/Exposure Protocols.
Residents receiving a positive COVID-19 test may be removed from their unit and placed into a different Housing location (or, depending on their roommate situation, may be quarantined to their apartment) until they receive medical clearance that adheres to CDC and local health department guidelines. This procedure may change given the number of cases and the number of positive COVID-19 tests of current roommates
Residents who have roommates that are suspected to have or have tested positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined in their unit until they receive medical clearance that adheres to CDC and local health department guidelines or until they leave the housing program. Resident agreement policies and procedures will apply.
Residents must comply with all directions given to them by DigiPen Housing staff. Failure to comply with directives will result in a termination of the Resident Housing Agreement and removal from the housing program with all penalties and fees that apply. (i.e., refusing to receive a COVID-19 test).
Residents quarantined due to suspected or reported COVID-19 tests will receive support services by DigiPen Housing in the form of food/supply delivery, and routine check-ins.
Residents suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 will have their emergency contacts informed of their situation and be involved with DigiPen Housing’s response. Once test results have proven the resident is healthy, residents will send a record to housing[at]digipen[dot]edu.
DigiPen Housing will continue to assess its policies and procedures throughout the duration of this health emergency. Policy and procedure changes will be communicated to residents via email to their DigiPen email accounts at least 24 hours before changes are required to be followed. Safety is our number one priority and we appreciate your cooperation and support during these difficult times.
Steps to Take as a Resident
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call the student emergency line at (425) 785-1608. The Resident Assistant (RA) on call will get a professional staff member to connect with you via phone to ask you some questions. In addition, email Student Affairs at studentaffairs[at]digipen[dot]edu so that they can connect you with your faculty and any other academic services that you are involved in.
You will need to go get tested for COVID-19. If you have health insurance, you may choose a healthcare provider within Redmond. If this is not an option, Housing can supply you with an at-home testing kit. Your roommates will also be required to quarantine and get tested.
The professional staff member (Pro Duty) will drop by to provide thermometers. Housing will require you to take your temperature daily and Pro Duty will check in with you daily. We want to make sure that your temperature does not escalate to a high fever. If it does, it is possible that we may call for a transport to a medical facility.
Before returning to your regular activities, Housing will require that you undergo two weeks of quarantine, plus provide a negative test result. Because the virus could stay in your system for months, if you do get a positive test result, we will require a doctor’s note before you return to campus. This proof must be submitted to housing[at]digipen[dot]edu.
For those with roommates: Roommates who receive a negative COVID-19 test will be offered a hotel room. However, in the meantime, if additional roommates test positive, all roommates will quarantine together in the housing unit, with everyone following steps 1 through 4.
After quarantine is completed and everyone receives a negative COVID test, Housing will have the unit professionally cleaned and sanitized.
Please keep in mind that each situation may be different, but these are the protocols that we plan to implement in the event that anyone within DigiPen Housing tests positive. It will also be important that you order your meals for delivery or set up a grocery drop off through Safeway or QFC. Please email housing[at]digipen[dot]edu if you have any questions on how to set this up.
There will be cleanliness recommendations provided by housing for each unit. Resident Assistants and Resident Directors will be trained on guidelines and available to respond to health concerns and emergencies as they occur. Residents should contact the Resident Assistant on duty for immediate support.
For a list of required vaccinations and procedures to submit proof of vaccinations, please see the Apply for Housing page.