This page features resources of particular interest for students. More information may be added to this page throughout the 2022-23 academic year. 

COVID Positive or Exposure Guidance for Students 

Students who test positive for COVID should: 

  • Contact 
    • Student Health through a secure message in the Student Wellness Portal
    • their faculty immediately regarding the need to be out of class. In keeping with our normal policies, the Student Health Center will not be providing notes to be out of class.
    • their on-campus work supervisor (if applicable).
  • Follow the College’s COVID Positive Isolation Guidance
    • Individuals must isolate at least 5 days from your positive test result. 
    • After day 6, individuals must be symptom free for at least 24 hours prior to ending your isolation period. Even if all symptoms have resolved by day 6, individuals must continue to wear a high-grade face covering such as a KN95 mask through day 10. Most individuals find they are ready to leave isolation between days 7 and 10. Some individuals may experience symptoms for longer than 10 days. If this occurs, please contact your primary care provider.
  • Residential students (residence halls and Oaks apartments) cannot isolate in their assigned room. Students can 1) choose to go home or to an alternative off-campus location to complete their isolation or 2) be assigned temporarily a room in Poteat. If you are a residential student and need a space to isolate on campus, please contact the ResLife Critical Response Team at 919-612-6350.
  • Contact, to the best of your ability, individuals you have been within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes within a 24 hour period during a time when you were potentially contagious (including 24 hours prior to showing symptoms or testing positive). This includes people who sat near you in class, if you have their contact information.


If you are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID:

  • If someone informs you they have tested positive for COVID and you were within 6 feet of them for more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period during a time when they were potentially contagious (24 hours prior to showing symptoms or testing positive), follow the College’s Exposure Guidance.
  • Individuals can maintain normal activities but must wear a high quality mask in all public and social settings for at least 10 days and monitor for symptoms. 
  • Individuals who are not up-to-date with vaccinations no longer need to quarantine for 5 days unless they have or develop symptoms. 
  • If symptoms develop, isolate and obtain a COVID test immediately. 
  • Students in quarantine do not need to contact Student Health or the ResLife Critical Response Team (after hours) unless you are a residential student and need an alternative place on campus to quarantine because of symptoms.


Information Sheets have been created to give an overview of Quarantine and Isolation guidelines:


Those who work with children or participate in athletics may have different quarantine and isolation guidelines. These individuals should consult with their employer or athletic trainer for guidance specific to their area. An on-campus residence hall has been designated as a quarantine/isolation space for residential students unable to return home to complete their isolation period.

College guidelines are overseen by our campus health professionals in concert with local and state health agencies and are individualized and based on our current campus environment. These guidelines are subject to change based on local and campus conditions. Students should not end or change their quarantine or isolation without being directed to do so by Student Health.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Meredith College now requires all students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As of January 2022, Meredith College is not requiring boosters, but strongly recommends boosters for eligible individuals. Learn more about Meredith’s vaccination requirement 

Flu Vaccine Recommendation
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for everyone to get a flu shot to help protect yourself and our campus community. Meredith is recommending all residential (residence hall and Oaks apartment) students to obtain a flu vaccine this year. Having two similar presenting viruses circulating at the same time can quickly overwhelm our campus systems and lead to unplanned pauses in the semester.

Medical or religious exemptions:
Consistent with approved exemptions for North Carolina immunization requirements, Meredith College allows exemptions to the required vaccines for one or both of the following reasons: medical or religious. Information about obtaining exemptions is found on the North Carolina school immunization site.