Important Travel and Self-Quarantine Instructions

USD’s efforts to support the well-being of the university community in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve as new information is made available. This situation is dynamic and rapidly changing with new guidance and recommendations issued regularly.

Updated CDC guidance indicates that if you have traveled internationally in the past 14 days, and specifically to China, Europe, Iran, or South Korea and have a fever or symptoms of acute respiratory illness or you have been exposed to COVID-19, you need to call a medical provider right away.  After business hours, you can call a local hospital, Urgent Care Clinic or Emergency Department or USD DPS (619-260-2222) to speak to an on-call medical provider.  During business hours, you can call the Student Health Center at 619-260-4595 or your personal primary care provider.

Updated CDC guidance indicates that if you have traveled to any of the European countries (including the United Kingdom and Ireland, click here for list) — now at Level 3 Travel Health Notice — you need to take extra precautions.

Upon your return, we are requiring all USD travelers coming from China, Europe, Iran, or South Korea to self-quarantine, which includes staying home and practicing social distancing for 14 days.

The following is required during self-quarantine and self-monitoring:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your departure from China, Europe, Iran, or South Korea, and practice social distancing. 
  • Do not go to work, class, meetings, or gatherings, etc. Avoid having visitors gather in your room. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet) when possible. It is also helpful to avoid public transportation or ride shares during the time you are practicing social distancing. 
  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times per day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid sharing personal hygiene items, beverages or meals with roommates or housemates.  
  • If you experience any of the following symptoms, notify your healthcare provider or Urgent Care Clinic by phone (do NOT walk-in):
    • Your temperature is greater than 100.4F/38C or
    • You have a cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. 
    • If your symptoms are severe, call 911 and report your symptoms and recent travel information.
    • If your healthcare provider office is closed (i.e. during evenings or weekends), call your local Urgent Care Clinic or Emergency Department.

Please communicate to USD that you will be self-quarantining. Your communication will allow the university to help support your academics and work responsibilities. If you live on campus, the university will also be able to support you with meals.


If you are a student who traveled to China, Europe, Iran, or South Korea in the past 14 days, please complete this Google form as soon as possible, with your name, student ID number, current residential location, dates and location of travel and phone number. If you are an on-campus residential student you can expect communication within 24 hours to discuss your self-quarantine plans. 

Staff and Faculty

If you are a staff or faculty member who should self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources by phone at 619-260-2729 so they can work directly with your supervisor and department to create a work plan.

Thank you to all members of our community for doing your part to support campus well-being. Please continue to monitor the USD Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.