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Modified Quarantine

Aloha BYUH students! Welcome to the Modified Quarantine (MQ) page. We hope to be able to answer your questions and give you directions regarding MQ. Welcome back to campus!

What The Modified Quarantine (MQ) Program Is

  • The Modified Quarantine (MQ) program is a limited exemption that is authorized by the State and administered by the University.
  • MQ is available beginning August 11, 2021. Students must apply for MQ participation and prepare to arrive on campus by following the steps below.
  • Students needing the MQ program should apply immediately.
  • Students accepted into the program will be issued an electronic letter that confirms their status as MQ participants. This document should be presented to screening and transportation officials when the student arrives in Hawaii.
  • Students will quarantine at the hale or apartment they have selected for the duration of their MQ. On-campus students will be in their assigned hale unit. Off-campus students will remain at the apartment they selected.
  • A detailed description of individual circumstances can be found on the Students Arriving on Campus page.

Why We’re Doing It

  • Travelers entering the State of Hawaii are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine unless they can meet the State’s Safe Travels Program requirements for an exception.
  • Travelers who can upload confirmation of having completed an accepted vaccination for COVID-19 or proof of a negative test result from a state-approved COVID-19 test, administered within 72 hours from the final leg of departure, are not required to quarantine.
  • BYU–Hawaii students who are unable to qualify for these exceptions may be eligible for BYUH’s Modified Quarantine program.

What You Need To Do and How It’s Going to Work

Pre-Travel Requirements

  1. The student must be enrolled to attend the Fall 2021 Semester. Please make sure you are enrolled in classes at BYUH!
  2. Students must apply for MQ participation within 48 business hours of their trip. Fill out your applications ASAP!
  3. Prior to arrival, the student must fill out any travel or health screening form required by the State of Hawaii including, but not limited to the mandatory Safe Travels forms. More information is available on the State of Hawaii website, as well as in this instructional video by Safe Travels. Visit our Students Arriving at Campus page or the Safe Travels FAQs for more information.
  4. The student must provide written attestation to the University that in the 14 days before travel:
    (1) They have had no fever or illness symptoms; and
    (2) They have not had any exposure to any known COVID-19 cases.
    Please send your written attestation to within 24 hours of your flight.
  5. Students accepted into the program will be issued an electronic letter that confirms their status as MQ participants. This document should be presented to screening and transportation officials when the student arrives in Hawaii. Have this letter ready to show officials when your plane lands.
  6. Students accepted into Modified Quarantine traveling to campus must coordinate with Travel Services to arrange their travel to campus. Do NOT arrange any other transportation to BYUH!

Traveling to Campus

  1. While traveling, the student must wear proper face coverings to the greatest extent possible and follow all government safety requirements.
  2. Upon exiting their plane, students will be screened by the State of Hawaii. They should present their electronic letter confirming their status as an MQ participant to the officials screening them during this process.
  3. After screening has finished and they have grabbed their luggage, students registered for MQ will travel to campus by way of a university-arranged shuttle service ONLY. Do NOT arrange any other transportation to BYUH. Travel Services will have your flight and contact information from when you called them. They will notify you of your pick-up time. Please have your phone charged so you can receive their communications!

Modified Quarantine

  1. Once on campus, arrangements will be in place for students to obtain a state-approved test for COVID-19 within 48 hours of arrival. Students will also be able to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. While awaiting the results from their state-approved COVID-19 test, students must quarantine in their residence and comply with the State’s rules pertaining to such quarantine. You will be remaining in your residence until notified.
  3. For 10 days following arrival, the student will be subject to regular wellness and MQ compliance checks conducted by the University. Contact may be done by phone, text, email, or in person. 
  4. Once a negative test result is verified for COVID-19, students will move into a Bubble Quarantine (BQ) phase that allows them to attend specified university activities on campus for the remainder of the mandated 10-day quarantine period. Face coverings must continue to be worn and social distancing maintained as required by state health guidelines. 
  5. Students will be issued a wristband that confirms them as an official BQ participant and allows them to engage in limited university activities which occur exclusively on the BYU–Hawaii campus:
    1. Class, lectures, labs
    2. Meetings, appointments, presentations
    3. Orientations, trainings
    4. Research activities
    5. Study groups
    6. Living in residence halls
    7. Meals
    8. Transactions to be a student, accessing student support services
    9. On-campus student employment
    10. Required medical attention

These are the ONLY approved university activities students are allowed to leave their residence for during the 10-day quarantine period. Students are not permitted into the general community outside of the campus BQ.

  1. Those who fail to comply with these requirements and jeopardize the health and safety of others will lose MQ privileges and be subject to consequences for violating the Honor Code, which could include suspension and dismissal from the University. Violations of the county and state COVID-19 emergency orders are also punishable by a fine of up to $5000 and/or up-to a year in prison.
  2. If at any time symptoms occur during the 10-day period following arrival, students must immediately seek medical care and may be required to fully isolate quarantine. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be required to remain in quarantine or self-isolate until cleared by BYUH Health Services.

Modified Quarantine Participation Form

Please contact the office of the director of campus life at if you have further questions about the Modified Quarantine program.