The health and safety of the campus community has been and will continue to be the university’s highest priority.
Part of meeting that responsibility involves ensuring that as many students as possible have received the COVID-19 vaccine—and if not, confirming that they are not infected with COVID-19 before interacting with classmates, faculty, and staff.
We appreciate that quarantine protocols can be inconvenient and, in some instances, may impact orientation or even academic activities. Unfortunately, the risks—especially for those not yet vaccinated—are simply too great for the university to choose any other path.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions raised regarding the quarantine.
Case Western Reserve is offering weekly vaccination clinics on campus; you can access the schedule online. The vaccines are free. For more information about available vaccines and the overall process, visit case.edu/vaccine.
Area pharmacies and public health departments also are offering free COVID-19 vaccinations. If you live in Ohio, the state's Get the Shot website can help you find one near you; if you are outside Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s vaccines.gov page allows you to search for vaccination sites nationwide.
The full two doses for Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca vaccines (the last one also is known as Covishield and Vaxzevria) or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you have received the first of one of the two-dose vaccines and are scheduled for the second one in August or early September, you may submit your card to our secure health record system.
You will not be considered fully compliant until you receive and verify your second dose, but University Health Services will work with you to complete your vaccination.
With the guidance of public health and infectious disease experts, we continue to evaluate other vaccinations, including those approved by the World Health Organization. At this time, students who received Sinopharm and Sinovac will need to quarantine.
We anticipate that students will be given the opportunity to receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines after consultation with CWRU medical providers.
Please complete this form to let the university know you whether you would like to receive an approved vaccine from CWRU.
You will have to quarantine for seven days—and receive a negative COVID-19 test—before coming to campus* or participating in any university activity.
*You may come to campus to receive a vaccination dose and/or a COVID-19 test.
Please complete and submit this Quarantine Housing Request form no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, July 16.
We do not know yet, but the likelihood is quite low. Your ability to quarantine in your assigned room will depend on several factors, among them (a) whether your assigned housing space will be occupied by anyone else during the quarantine period; and (b) whether you will have access to a bathroom not used by anyone else during the quarantine period.
The university is in the process of determining how many undergraduates living on campus will need to quarantine during which dates. As this information becomes more clear, staff will designate appropriate living spaces and update students regarding their quarantine assignments.
You may quarantine for seven days in a hotel near campus but will need to let University Health Services know its location. We will update students later this month regarding the notification process.
The quarantine is required even if you have recently tested negative for COVID-19.
If you live in Cuyahoga County or one of its contiguous counties, and your housing gives you sole access to a bedroom and bathroom, you may quarantine at home.
No. You must quarantine near campus.
Students can attend classes that are offered virtually, but they may not attend classes in person while in quarantine.
Students can attend events offered virtually, but they may not attend any in-person activities while in quarantine.
If you received your vaccine in Ohio, please complete this form to request a new card. (Note: You must be logged on with your university ID to access this form).
If you received your vaccine outside Ohio, please contact your state’s department of health to get an official vaccination record or a new card. Either can be submitted via our secure health record system.