Isolation Guidelines

Bradley University is committed to providing support for students who are in isolation due to COVID-19. It’s the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to adhere to the isolation guidelines, as they’re critical to ensuring everyone’s safety.

Remember, students should report any positive test results obtained through a home test to Bradley Health Services. Employees should report a positive COVID-19 test result to their supervisor to make appropriate arrangements to be away from campus.

All isolation instructions for students will come from Bradley Health Services. If you test positive off campus or with a home test you must contact Bradley Health Services at 309-677-2700. The business hours for Health Services are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and they will respond to COVID-19 reports during business hours.


Isolation, as defined by the CDC, is separating a sick person from those who aren’t sick with COVID-19. In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for isolation, people who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific sick room or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, the CDC recommends staying at home for five days. If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms resolve after five days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

The day of your positive test or at the onset of symptoms is considered day zero.

A person with COVID-19 is generally most contagious in the 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and for 2-3 days afterward.

Isolation Process for Students

Academic Support for Isolation

For students in isolation, Student Support Services will contact your instructors to let them know you won’t be in person for your classes. You’ll need to discuss any assignments with your instructor to ensure you’re completing all of your course requirements.