Re-Entry and Mitigation Testing

The University is requiring COVID-19 re-entry and mitigation testing for students, faculty and staff living, learning and working on campus for the spring 2021 semester. 

WHY THE UNIVERSITY IS DOING THIS TESTING

  • Asymptomatic individuals may unintentionally spread the virus to others. This testing supports the University's efforts to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 and protect the health of the campus community. 

WHO IS REQUIRED TO BE TESTED

  • Resident students with active housing contracts for the spring semester.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a hybrid or face-to-face course.
  • Students with active meal plans for the spring semester.
  • Full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty teaching a hybrid or face-to-face course during the spring semester.
  • Students engaged in research activities that require regular access to campus facilities and workspaces, such as laboratories, workshops and studios.

Note: At this time, based on the guidance of the CDC and the North Carolina DHHS, COVID-19 vaccination does not exempt individuals from the Niner Health Check or mitigation testing. We will continue to assess the latest guidance and provide additional information to campus as we receive it.

Mitigation Testing

  • Phase 1 Participants: Testing started in January for all individuals identified in Phase 1.
  • Phase 2 Participants: Testing for Phase 2 began February.
  • Requirements: Participation in this testing is required, and selection will be randomized each week. 
  • Notifications: If you are randomly selected, you will receive an email from the University with your assigned testing date and instructions for making an appointment at the on-campus testing center. 
  • Frequency: You may be randomly selected multiple times for mitigation testing throughout the semester. You are expected to respond each time you are notified to be tested. 
  • Exceptions: If you are granted a rare exception for re-entry testing based on medical or religious reasons, you do not need to file another exception for mitigation testing. Exceptions for positive test results are only valid for 90 days from the date you tested positive. After that time period expires, you will be eligible for mitigation testing.

AWAITING TEST RESULTS

  • Activites: As long as you have no symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to anyone who is COVID-19 positive, you can continue with work and classes, but you should minimize your contact with others and follow physical distancing protocols. 
  • Niner Health Check: Continue to complete your Niner Health Check. You should select that you are awaiting COVID-19 test results and then select “Mitigation or Re-Entry Testing” as the reason why.  Should you begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or become exposed while you await results, please complete your health check accordingly. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU TEST POSITIVE

  • If you test positive, you will be instructed to enter isolation per CDC’s recommendations.
  • The University has housing available for that purpose if you are an on-campus student.
  • If you are an off-campus student or employee, you will isolate in your private residence. 
  • The University’s contact tracing team will also work with anyone who tests positive to notify close contacts to begin the CDC-recommended quarantine period.