COVID Resources

USI employees, students and guests/visitors to campus are asked to self-monitor and check daily for symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has side effects 48 hours after a vaccination, should fill out the self-reporting form, remain off campus and contact their primary care physician for evaluation. Exposure and contact tracing plans have been developed and will be implemented when needed.


(Including Student Workers)



Vaccination Information

The University strongly encourages all students and employees be vaccinated. In addition to protecting yourself and others, vaccination may also affect length of quarantine required in some situations. The FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine is available at the University Health Center. Due to the federal vaccine mandate, employees and students may be required to get COVID-19 vaccinations, here’s why.

Testing Information

On-campus COVID-19 testing is available for USI students and employees by appointment only - see COVID-19 Testing page for more information.

Travel Information

The University has issued guidance and resources for study abroad, international students, employee travel and international travel protocols. Read more information if you fall within one of these groups or plan to travel internationally. 

Guidance for Students and Employees

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How to Self Screen / Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if you have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19

What happens after submitting a Self Report form

How to prevent spread

Coping with stress

How to Self Screen / Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

Visit the CDC website for a list of symptoms for COVID-19 and active variants. They also have a symptom self-checker tool for website visitors.

CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker

What to do if you have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19

  • Complete the Self-Report Form linked at the top of this page.
  • Employees notify Human Resources at 812-464-1990 or email
  • Students notify the Dean of Students office at 812-464-1862

Get Care

get help if sickIf you are on campus for class or work - GO HOME.

Call your health care provider for advice. Call BEFORE going in for care. You may be able to receive care by a virtual, telehealth option.

If you do not have a health care provider, you may contact the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

On-campus COVID-19 testing is available for USI students and employees by appointment only - see COVID-19 Testing page for more information.

When to Seek EMERGENCY Medical Care

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19.

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

If you are sick with COVID-19, or think you may be sick, follow the steps below and to protect other people in your home and community.

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

Use ride-sharing, or taxis.

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Visit the CDC website for a list of symptoms for COVID-19 and active variants. They also have a symptom self-checker tool for website visitors.

Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

What happens after you submit a Self-Report form

Persons who have been exposed or are ill with COVID-19 symptoms/confirmed infection will be contacted by someone from the University for additional information.

Expect to provide the following:

  • Information about where you have been 
  • Who you have been in recent contact with 
  • Whether or not social distancing and cloth face coverings were being worn
  • Vaccination status

This information is needed to determine if others may have been at risk of exposure to the ill person.

Your personal information will not be shared with others. Your confidentiality will be protected.

Contact Tracing Information for Students and Employees

When to return to class/work?

After completing the self-report form, a contact tracer will follow up with you to ask you about your vaccination status, symptoms, test results and any other factors that may impact your quarantine timeline. Your contact tracer will let you know when you may return to class or work.

Face Covering RequiredHow to prevent spread

  • Wash your hands (or apply sanitizer) often. 
  • Keep frequently touched surfaces clean.
  • Practice cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Maintain physical (social) distancing.
  • Self-screen for infection EVERY day.
  • Report if you are sick.
  • Stay home until you get well.

Routine Cleaning

Routinely clean: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics, etc. with EPA approved disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

For electronics follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products:

  • Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics.
  • If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based
      wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens.
  • Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.

Cough and Sneeze Etiquette

SneezeTo help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Remember to immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Cloth and Face Coverings

  • Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Even when wearing the face covering, CDC still recommends that you stay at least 3 feet away from other people (social distancing), frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.
  • A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms.

face maskCloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Care of cloth face coverings:

  • Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. 
  • Wash in a washing machine. 
  • Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their cloth face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

When to wear cloth face coverings:

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing is difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus, and not know it, from transmitting it to others. Do not place on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance. 

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Social or Physical Distancing

Social distancing, also called "physical distancing," means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 3 feet from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally, across the country and the world.

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms.

Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Coping with stress

The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.  

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy meals and snacks.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Seek professional help. 

Professional Help

  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
  • People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.

Contact the USI Counseling Center for help. 
Phone: 812-464-1867 or Email:

The Counseling Center office is located in the Orr Center, Room 1051 and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The University provides a confidential employee assistance program through Deaconess CONCERN which provides assessment, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up services for eligible employees and members of their household. Employees and members of their household are eligible for up to eight free visits; additional visits are covered by most health plans. The cost of the EAP is paid by the University.

Contact Deaconess CONCERN: Toll-free: 800-874-7104 or Local: 812-471-4611