Employee Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

  • Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use.
  • Seek medical care if you develop symptoms, or your current symptoms become severe. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to review the latest symptoms. Consult with your primary care physician on any recommendations.
  • FSU Return to Work policy is 10 days after the date of the positive test. SAFER will evaluate the details of your case and advise both return to community activities per FDOH guidelines and return to work according to FSU HR policy. No negative tests are required unless specifically requested by SAFER/FDOH.

  • Please maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.
    Notify those who you have been in close contact with over the last two weeks. Close contact includes less than 6 feet or prolonged contact of more than 15 minutes.

Return to Campus

Prior to returning to work you must receive clearance by SAFER and the following conditions must be met:

  • At least 24 hours has passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
  • At least 10 days have passed since positive test result; and
  • You provide a note from their health care provider or the county health department indicating you should be allowed to return to work, or they provide a negative test result obtained at least 10 days from the initial positive test result in lieu of the note from their health care provider. You may call the Leon County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center and request a letter. The number is (850) 404-6300 press 1.


In the rare cases when people become severely ill and require hospitalization or have immunosuppression, it may be necessary to isolate for 20 days or longer. These are to be decided with close consultation of your treating physician.

Close Contact

For vaccinated individuals, if you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should report this to SAFER and a test is recommended 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your PCR test result is negative. If you develop symptoms, please quarantine immediately and test for COVID-19.

NOTE: Issues of isolation and quarantine are under the legislatively designated authority of the local public health department. Thus, in coordination with the FL Dept of Health and the Leon County Health Department, the FSU policies for quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 are as follows:

What counts as close contact?

According to the CDC, for those who have not tested positive in the past 3 months, close contact is defined as:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

All persons, especially those who may have had close contact, should routinely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including:

  • Fever (100.40F or more) or chills
  • 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
  1. Routine quarantine after close contact with another person who has COVID-19 (whether infected person is symptomatic or simply has a positive test) will be for 14 days after the last contact. a. Exclusions – people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days do not need to quarantine or re-test as long as they do not develop symptoms.
  2. OPTION shortened quarantine period.

    At this time due to volume with the Delta variant, FSU will not be processing negative test results for the option for shortened quarantine in collaboration with the Leon County Health Department. Individuals asked to quarantine should complete 10 days before return to campus.

    1. 10 days - If the exposed individual has maintained careful daily monitoring for symptoms and has remained symptom-free for 10 days since exposure, they may be released from quarantine AFTER 10 days (or on Day 11 since last exposure)
    2. 7 days - If the exposed individual has maintained careful daily monitoring for symptoms and has remained symptom-free and receives a negative PCR test collected on day 6 or 7 after exposure, they may be released from quarantine AFTER 7 days (or on Day 8 since last exposure)

In both shortened option scenarios, individuals must adhere strictly to public health mitigation through Day 14, including correct and consistent use of a face mask, social distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding close contact and crowds, and self-monitoring for symptoms. Additionally, close contacts who develop symptoms within the 14 days should seek medical care and testing.

HR Resources

HR Coronavirus Task Force Contacts
General Questions Renisha Gibbs (850) 644-8082 rgibbs@fsu.edu
General Staff Issues and Staff COVID-19 Positive Reporting Tracey Pearson
Back-up contact: Julie Ritter
(850) 644-3694
(850) 645-2733
General Faculty Issues and Faculty COVID-19 Positive Reporting Rebecca Peterson
Back-up contact: Tiffany Ward
(850) 645-2202
(850) 644-0184
Payroll Questions Phaedra Harris (850) 644-7705 pharris@fsu.edu
Attendance & Leave Questions Christine Conley (850) 644-1978 caconley@fsu.edu
Communications Shelley Lopez (850) 644-6602 s.lopez@fsu.edu

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a useful resource for confidential professional and personal support and can be reached at (850) 644-2288.


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