Student Reporting Procedures

Students should complete this form if they have 

  • tested positive for COVID-19 (students who are tested at NDSU Student Health Service do not need to complete this form), or they have 
  • been notified that they have been identified as a close contact to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Student Reporting Form

The purpose of this form is to provide support to students and to assist the North Dakota Department of Health with Contract Tracing. After completing the form students can expect a call from a nurse in the Student Health Service and possibly a call from the Dean of Students Office. These phone calls are designed to gather information to best guide students on the best course of action for their situation.

What if you feel sick?
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
    • Students should check their temperature each day before coming to campus and stay home if they have a fever. Normal temperature should be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Check the CDC website for a current list of symptoms

Contact health care
If you are experiencing symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, contact Student Health Service at 701-231-7331 or your health care provider. Do not go to a facility without calling first. Student Health Service staff will ask you screening questions and determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing – How it works in North Dakota
Student Health Service offers COVID-19 testing to enrolled and eligible students who meet state and CDC guidelines. Tests are sent to the ND Department of Health to determine if it is positive or negative. There is currently no charge for the test, however, this is subject to change without notice. Please call Student Health Service for current pricing.

Test results and contact tracing

NOTE NEW PROCESS What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?
The ND Department of Health will conduct contact tracing for positive cases of the virus in an employee or student. When the Department of Health is notified of a positive test by the testing laboratory, the testing laboratory notifies the health care provider that collected the patient sample.  The health care provider then notifies the patient of the positive result. The Health Department, after waiting a sufficient amount of time for the patient contact to occur, will also contact the patient to start the epidemiological contact tracing. They will inform the patient of the required isolation and then begin investigating possible contacts.

The contact tracer will ask the patient where they traveled and who they were near/around 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms through the date of the contact tracer's call. When the patient shares this data, they will dig in to find out more specifics, such as how close they were to the other individuals or groups of people and for what duration. The criteria they are using to consider contacts as ‘close’ is spending time within six feet for 15 minutes or more. Anyone who falls within those criteria are then notified that they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and informed of their duty to voluntarily quarantine themselves for 14 days. However, if both the person who tested positive and people who are close contacts wore face coverings (not face shields) during the exposure encounter, then the close contacts are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

People who are considered to be close contacts must monitor their symptoms, and if necessary, get connected with a medical provider should they start to experience symptoms.

As described above, the way the epidemiology science works is that the public health officials, through their investigations, determine who needs to be contacted. They also actually contact the identified individuals. This contact tracing provides the official method of notification for affected individuals.

Instructor Notification
If a student reports to an instructor that they are positive for COVID-19, the instructor should ask the student to complete the online reporting form so that NDSU can reach out to the student and offer support. If all students were wearing masks in the classroom there is no requirement for anyone in the classroom to quarantine. Instructors should notify students of their possible exposure and refer them to the North Dakota Department of Health website which directs them to monitor for symptoms and seeking testing in the case of symptoms being present. To notify exposed students, please use the approved email template.

What if you have tested positive or are awaiting test results? 
If you have tested positive, please use this link to notify NDSU. The information will be used to support you, and assist with contact tracing. 

  • If you are unable to attend class, you should email your instructors to let them know and ask how you can make up the missed time or whether a hyflex option will be available.
  • If you are unable to contact your instructors due to a personal emergency or severe illness, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 701-231-7701 and request a Class Absence Notification to inform your instructors. 
  • If you have other questions not answered here, please contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance.


If you live in an NDSU residence hall:
Detailed information about quarantine and isolation procedures for students living in on-campus housing.

Students who have proactively taken a test for COVID-19 and are not symptomatic are not required to quarantine while waiting for test results.

Students who are awaiting results of a test for COVID-19 due to being symptomatic, along with their roommates/suitemates, are asked to remain in their units in quarantine until test results are known. If the test result is positive, the roommate or suitemates are asked to continue quarantine and the student who tested positive will be asked to move to isolation.

In addition, students are asked to remain in their units in quarantine status if through contact tracing they have been identified as being in close contact with another individual who has tested positive.  

When in quarantine status: 

  • Students on meal plan are permitted to use To Go Meals from any dining center but should wear face covering while picking up their meals. 
  • Where available in the low-rise halls, the private accessible bathrooms located on every floor will be locked and available only to students in quarantine.
  • Residence Life will do daily virtual wellness checks for students in quarantine. 

In cases where the test result is positive, 

  • Students who live in a Residence Hall will be asked to move to an isolation room in Johnson Hall. Their roommate(s) or suite mates will be asked to quarantine in their room. Students who live in a studio in Mathew Living Learning Center or those who live in an NDSU apartment may isolate in their own apartment.

When in isolation status:

  • Rooms will be set with bedding and basic toiletries. 
  • Dining Services will stock a common are kitchen with a variety of meals, snacks and drinks (students with allergies will be appropriately accommodated).
  • Contactless meal delivery will be utilized for students having more severe symptoms.
  • Custodial, maintenance, dining, and live-in staff will be provided with necessary training and PPE (per CDC guidelines) when cleaning and entering these spaces. 
  • Residence Life will attempt daily virtual wellness checks to assist with any issues they may be having and refer for additional support as needed.

If you live in an NDSU apartment or off campus: 
Follow all instructions given by your health provider and North Dakota Department of Health. 

When in isolation or quarantine status:
NDSU Apartments

  • Students on a 5 or 7 day meal plan will receive delivered meals from NDSU Dining Services. Meals will be delivered once daily.
  • Students will receive a periodic wellness check from a Residence Life staff member.

Off Campus Housing

  • Students on a 5 or 7 day meal plan will receive delivered meals. A 3 day supply will be delivered until their quarantine or isolation is complete.