Guidance for On-Campus Living During the COVID Pandemic

Updated 6/8/21

The extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on-campus living. The health and well-being of the Truman community is our top priority, which means the following guidelines are in place. It is up to all of us at Truman to strive to align ourselves with these guidelines. As we have all become accustomed to, guidance changes, and the Residence Life protocols will adjust accordingly.

COVID-19 Daily Wellness Check

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms; ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

To help promote a healthy campus environment, please complete the daily wellness check by asking yourself:

  1. Have you been around anyone sick or diagnosed with COVID-19?
  2. Do you have a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
  3. Do you have a fever or chills?
  4. Are you fatigued?
  5. Do you have muscle aches, body aches, or a headache?
  6. Do you have a sore throat?
  7. Do you have recent loss of taste or smell?
  8. Do you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?
  9. Do you have congestion or a runny nose?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, you must consult with a medical professional.  It is important, for your own wellbeing that you follow their instructions should you be advised to self-quarantine or self-isolate.

We Are All In This Together: How to Protect Yourself and Others

The information below and more can be found at

Know How It Spreads

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another.
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Become Vaccinated

Clean your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Stay in your residence if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them:  Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection, then, use a household disinfectant.

What If I Become Ill While I Live on Campus 

  • Consult with the Student Health Center or a local health care provider to evaluate the need for testing for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing can be done at the Student Health Center or the drive-through testing clinic at the Urgent Care/Complete Family Medicine
  • Call before presenting at a medical facility.
  • Inform your roommate and suitemate so they can make choices to protect their health and wellness.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 inform Residence Life staff or the Student Health Center staff to assist you in making arrangements for isolating yourself.

Isolation Procedures

  • Ill students will be provided an on-campus living space with a private bathroom and kitchen facilities as space allows.
  • Arrangements will be made with campus Dining Services to assist in you receiving to-go meals at your living unit.

Quarantine Procedures

  • Arrangements will be made with campus Dining Services to ensure that you receive to-go meals at your living unit.
  • Students may be provided a temporary on-campus quarantine location if they and/or their roommate are not vaccinated and have been advised to quarantine by a healthcare professional.

Departing Campus for the Weekend? Pack LIGHT and BE MOBILE!

Please consider taking your computer and other essential items needed to study if you go home or travel elsewhere.  In the event you cannot return to campus as you had expected, you will have what you need to successfully continue your academic plan.

Honor Code

  •  We are all in this together.
  •  What I do impacts you.
  •  What you do impacts me.
  •  What we do impacts all of us.