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Ball State students gather for a Psychology 101 class at the Jo Ann Gora Student Wellness and Recreation Center Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
Buy Photo Email Twitter Facebook Share Ball State students gather for a Psychology 101 class at the Jo Ann Gora Student Wellness and Recreation Center Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
MUNCIE — Ball State University is declining to disclose how many students are in quarantine and isolation — one of the trends the school is monitoring in deciding how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

BSU isn't the only university withholding that data, but some of its peers in the Mid American Conference are publishing such information on their COVID-19 dashboards, including Northern Illinois University, University of Akron, Bowling Green State University and  University of Toledo.

Indiana State University's dashboard reports the number of students isolating on- and off-campus, the number of students quarantining on- and off-campus and the number of employees isolating and quarantining.

Isolation separates infected people, while quarantine separates and restricts people who were exposed to the disease to see if they become sick.

Indiana University's weekly COVID-19 briefing includes an update on utilization of quarantine and isolation housing, as a percentage. The most recent utilization rate of quarantine and isolation facilities available for students living in residential housing was 34% on the Bloomington campus.

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