In response to feedback from faculty and students, University Health Services, the Office of the Registrar and the Student Information Systems in IST have developed a process for notifying instructors and students of potential exposures in the classroom. If a student or instructor tests positive after attending a class during the infectious period, everyone who is registered for the class will receive an email notification.
This new email notification will be in addition to the usual contact-tracing process, during which we identify and notify close contacts by phone and/or text. It is very important to note that a “potential exposure” notification is different from being identified as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. Given campus vaccination rates and face-covering policies, you are likely to be at a lower risk than an identified contact, and no greater risk than, for example, visiting a supermarket.
To protect privacy, the notification will not include details about the course or the individual who tested positive. The potential exposure notification will include instructions and suggested actions. No one will need to quarantine as a result of a potential exposure notification. Testing is optional for fully vaccinated individuals and advised for not fully vaccinated individuals.
For more information on what to expect when someone tests positive, please visit the positive cases page.