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. While some details and logistics are still being finalized, we wanted to provide you an update on what you can expect.
WHY THE UNIVERSITY IS DOING THIS TESTING
- Asymptomatic individuals may unintentionally spread the virus to others. This testing will support the University's efforts to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 and protect the health of the campus community.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO BE TESTED
- All students living on campus
- All students taking on-campus classes
- All students working on campus
- All students with a meal plan
- All faculty teaching on-campus classes
- All faculty and staff with jobs that require them to be regularly on campus at least three days a week or whose job requires close physical interaction with others (regardless of time on campus), as determined by their managers
Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Testing
Phase 1 -- January
- Phase 1 of testing will continue as planned in January for the following individuals:
- Students with an exception to live on campus
- Students with a meal plan to dine on campus
- Students and employees participating in the English Language Training Institute (ELTI)
- Employees whose job requires close interaction with students living or dining on campus (ex: HRL and dining employees)
Phase 2 -- Februrary (in conjunction with the return to in-person instruction)
- Phase 2 of testing will take place in February for the following individuals:
- Resident students moving in for the first time in February
- All students working on campus
- All faculty teaching in-person classes
- All students taking in-person classes
- All employees with jobs that require them to be regularly on campus at least three days a week or whose job requires close physical interaction with others (regardless of time on campus), as determined by their managers
WHERE AND WHEN YOU CAN BE TESTED
- The University will offer free on-campus COVID-19 testing.
- You may choose to get tested on campus or from any other health care provider offering the test.
- If you choose to be tested off-campus, you will be required to provide proof of your results from a molecular, PCR test prior to returning to campus.
- More information about registering for testing appointments and the requirements for off-campus testing will be sent directly to those identified for testing.
- Participation in this testing is required.
- Phase 1 Participants: Testing will start in January for all individuals indentifed in Phase 1.
- Phase 2 Participants: Testing for Phase 2 participants will begin after the return to in-person instruction.
- Participation in this testing is required, and selection will be randomized each week.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Exceptions to the re-entry and mitigation testing requirements will be granted only in extraordinarily rare circumstances, which may include:
- A medical condition that precludes your ability to be tested
- A bona fide religious belief
- A positive COVID-19 test within the last three months (documentation required)
More information about submitting a request for an exception consideration will be provided directly to those identified for 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.