All students are asked to report to VCSU if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 and are advised to isolate  
  • You have been identified as a close contact and are advised to quarantine. 

VCSU students who have been advised to isolate or quarantine are not allowed on VCSU property (classrooms, cafeteria, campus events, etc.), or in VCSU workspaces during their isolation or quarantine period, except for those living in VCSU residence halls/housing, COVID-19 testing and/or medical care. 

Students choosing to remain in their residence hall/housing will not be allowed on additional VCSU property (classrooms, cafeteria, campus events, etc.), or in VCSU workspaces during their isolation and quarantine period. Alternate accommodations and dining services will be provided.

Only those VCSU students living on campus are eligible for these alternate accommodations.


As of January 19, 2022, you can order free at-home tests online at Four tests per family will be mailed to you.

How to Report

Option 1: Complete Online Reporting form

Option 2: Call Us

VCSU Student Health Services- 701.845.7305
*Students are asked to leave a voicemail message with their name, phone number, and student ID if they call outside of normal business hours or if their call is not answered. Health Services staff will contact the student, usually within two business days.

Facts About Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation (Tested Positive)

Separate yourself from others if you have COVID-19.


Quarantine (Close Contact)

Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19.


University Support to Students in Isolation or Quarantine

Upon being notified that a student has tested positive for COVID-19 and are advised to isolate or have had close contact to a positive COVID-19 case and are advised to quarantine, Health Services staff will contact the student to determine what VCSU may do to best support them.

Information regarding how students can utilize many campus services remotely will be provided. The campus resources include, but are not limited to the University Counseling Center, Housing, Dining Services, Student Health Services, Student Academic Services, the Learning Commons (Tutoring), One-Stop Student Services, program specific contacts, and academic advisors.  

Absence due to Covid-19 will be treated like any other absence due to illness.   Students should consult the course syllabus for directions on how to handle this issue.  In general, students need to contact instructors and work out how they will make up the missed work and activities or, in some cases, participate synchronously while they are absent. 

Health Services will report positive test information to VCSU campus partners on a “need to know” basis. These partners include, but are not limited to Facilities/Safety, Housing, Dining, and Athletics. This information is shared only when public health and safety measures are indicated to protect the health and safety of the VCSU and greater community.    

How Students are Placed in Isolation or Quarantine

The Director for Student Health Services and Director for Residence Life will coordinate isolation and quarantine for students living in the Residence Halls. All University representatives will contact the director or designee to begin this process:

Betty Tykwinski
Director for Student Health Services
  Office: 701.845.7305

Erin Edinger
Director for Residence Life
 Office: 701.845.7728


Meals for On Campus Students in Quarantine or Isolation

  • Students entering quarantine or isolation at a VCSU-designated space will receive detailed meal options upon placement in quarantine or isolation based on their current meal plan. Meals will be delivered once per day. Delivery will be coordinated by Residence Life staff
  • Students are responsible for the cost of any meals/snacks not covered by their meal plan. 
  • Students can order in food from public restaurants, but they are responsible for the cost and making arrangements for the food to be delivered. 

Expectations While in Quarantine or Isolation 

The following expectations pertain to all students who stay in VCSU Isolation and Quarantine Spaces.

  1. Students are not allowed to have visitors to their room during the isolation or quarantine period.
  2. Students are expected to follow the guidelines given to them by the state of North Dakota or other health official.
  3. If a student checks-out of their assigned room prior to the conclusion of their quarantine or isolation time, the student is ineligible to be assigned to another room. 
  4. Students living on or off campus are banned from utilizing any of the amenities or common spaces on campus, including exercise rooms, the cafeteria and classrooms or attending any campus events while in isolation or quarantine. 

Leaving Your Assigned Room

Students experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

Students may leave their assigned room:

  • For medical appointments and testing.
  • For exercise and fresh air (drive a car, ride a bike, take a walk or run, etc.).
  • Students leaving their designated isolation or quarantine space are asked to:
    • Follow the instructions given to them by a Public Health Official or VCSU.
    • Remain alone.
    • Avoid coming in contact with anyone else.
    • Wear a face covering.
    • Use stairwells versus elevators to avoid close contact in confined spaces.
    • Choose early morning or later evenings when there are fewer people outside.
    • Avoid playgrounds or places with highly touched surfaces.
    • Avoid places where people may gather.
    • Avoid places that are crowded or have high traffic.

Disciplinary Action

Possible disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to:

  1. A referral to Residence Life for review under the VCSU Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Possible suspension from Valley City State University.
  3. Loss of privileges to utilize VCSU quarantine and isolation facilities.
  4. Status sanctions (conduct probation, warning probation, or written reprimand).
  5. Required educational items.
  6. Notification of family members of the violation of VCSU’s Quarantine and Isolation policies.

The University will respond immediately to students who choose to isolate or quarantine at a VCSU designated location but do not follow the above guidelines and instructions.


Contacts for Students Entering Isolation or Quarantine

During Office Hours (8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.)
Health Services

During Office Hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Director for Residence Life

Local COVID-19 Information 

Valley City Vaccine and Testing
Consult for administration of the vaccine and testing information

North Dakota Department of Health
  8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

City County Health District – Barnes County
  8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Sanford Health Clinic – Valley City – 701.845.6000

Essentia Health Clinic – Valley City – 701.845.8060

Mercy Hospital – Valley City – 701.845-6400