General Housing COVID-19 Health & Safety

[Updated on 8/14/2020]

A: Watch a video of our SHaRE Residence Hall Safety Guidelines, here 


The university is implementing contact tracing technologies, which give us the ability to trace the contacts of those testing positive for COVID-19 so that we can quickly prevent spread of the virus. Here is how contact tracing works:

  • If you test positive, we will speak with you to determine with whom at USF you came into contact so we can assess potential exposures.
  • If you have been exposed to, or come in contact with, an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, either at the university or elsewhere, you must self-quarantine.
  • If necessary, you will be moved into a quarantine room within the residence halls. 
  • All personal information will be held strictly confidential. As required by law, the university may disclose the student/employee’s information to public health, school, and legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling communicable diseases.

A: Per the safety guidelines, we are assigning 1 student per bedroom to limit the exposure and transmission of COVID19. For buildings that have shared communal bathrooms, we have also accounted for a safe student to bathroom ratio of 1:5.

If you have a fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms, please stay in your residence hall, don’t go to class or work, and don’t visit public areas except to get medical care. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested for COVID-19.


If you have any symptoms or are sick

  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team
    If you test positive for COVID-19 or have any COVID-19 symptoms notify the COVID-19 Response Team at, they will help you to make arrangements for classes, meals, and if necessary moving to a quarantine room. 
    • Remember, it is a Residential Policy that you report COVID-19 symptoms or test results to the COVID-19 Response Team
  • Self-Isolate
    Please review the CDC guidelines on self-isolation. While in self isolation please do not utilize common spaced in the Residence Halls such as the laundry rooms. We will respect your privacy to the extent possible, given contact tracing requirements per state, local and CDC guidelines.

    Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

More information coming soon.