Community Tracing Protocols

Contact tracing is an important piece of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. By identifying those who have had close contact with an infected individual, and placing those contacts in quarantine, it’s possible to further limit the spread of the virus.

The CDC defines “close contact” as having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

Your Responsibilities

It is your responsibility as a member of the Brandeis community to work truthfully, cooperatively and respectfully with Brandeis Community Tracing Program staff. Your cooperation is mandated by both university and state guidelines. In addition, the program cannot work unless the information provided to contact tracers is accurate and complete. Anyone who harrasses, ignores, or refuses to cooperate when contacted by case tracers may face disciplinary action.


To encourage honesty and collaboration, any information received during the contact tracing process that may be in violation of COVID-19 policies will be covered under the COVID Amnesty Policy, and the university will not pursue conduct action.

The Brandeis University Community Tracing Program

The Brandeis University’s Community Tracing Program work as follows:


Any Brandeis community member who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days. Guidance, support and resources for isolation will be provided by a clinician, the Brandeis Community Tracing Program and the Dean of Students Office. 

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Identifying Close Contacts

The Brandeis Community Tracing Program (BCTP) staff will interview the person with COVID-19 to identify any close contacts. Brandeis community tracers will reach out to close contacts who are Brandeis community members. The BCTP collaborates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to notify close contacts outside the Brandeis community.


Those identified as having been in close contact must quarantine. Close contacts cannot be tested at on-campus testing sites while in quarantine. 

Individuals in quarantine will be instructed to make an appointment at the Health Center or with their primary care provider. Brandeis community tracers will monitor close contacts and check for symptoms with follow-up calls every two days. Continue to follow mask-wearing protocols even while in quarantine.

An individual may be released from quarantine as early as day 11 (following 10 days in quarantine) following an asymptomatic, negative test on day 8 or later, and at the determination of the person's health care provider or clinician.

Resuming Full-Campus Activities

A close contact can resume full campus activities after being released from quarantine, and then following on-campus testing per Brandeis protocols.


Brandeis maintains an online COVID-19 Dashboard containing information about the number of individuals tested, positive cases on campus, and additional COVID-19 statistics in Massachusetts. The dashboard is updated every weekday.