COVID-19 Testing Policy - Students
Consistent with our guiding principle, which is the health and safety of our campus community, and in recognition of the increasing levels of COVID-19 infections in many parts of the country, the COVID-19 Task Force is requiring that all students must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to their arrival on campus for the start of the Fall 2020 term.
Students returning to campus activities and classwork (whether residing on or off campus):
- Must have the test administered 7-10 days prior to the student’s arrival date on campus. The test may not be administered earlier than 7 days nor later than 10 days before the student’s arrival date. This timeframe has been chosen to honor testing result delays present in many areas of the world.
- If a student is unable to receive a testing result by the expected time for a return to campus, then the student may either:
- remain at home and quarantine until the test result is received, OR
- return to campus and quarantine in an assigned residence hall room until the test result is received.
- The academic needs of students who remain at home and students in quarantine on campus will be accommodated. Students should contact their academic advisor and course instructors for assistance.
- The COVID-19 test may be any of the current FDA-approved virus modalities. Positive antibody tests will not be accepted.
- Written documentation of the test result must be obtained and given to the Health and Wellness Center via mail, fax or email.
- For pending results, students should contact the Health and Wellness Center with the date of the test, notification of plans to quarantine at home or on campus and the date of arrival on campus.
- If a student receives a negative test result, the documentation should be provided to the Health and Wellness Center and the student should come to campus.
If you receive a positive test result and have or had symptoms, you may return to campus when:
- at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
- at least 24 hours with no fever, without using fever-reducing medications (Advil, ibuprofen, paracetamol, acetaminophen, Tylenol), AND
- symptoms have improved
All three conditions must be met for a return to campus.
If you receive a positive test result and had no symptoms, you may return to campus when:
- 10 days have passed since the test was performed.
If you develop symptoms during this 10 day period then follow the directions above for a positive test with symptoms.
*The above recommendations reflect CDC guidelines “When you can be around others after you had or likely had COVID-19”.
Students must adhere to all campus protective practices for 14 days before arriving on campus. These include:
- staying home as much as possible,
- wearing masks/face coverings when out in public
- physical distancing of six (6) feet or more at all times.
- washing your hands or using hand sanitizer regularly
- avoiding physical contact and avoiding touching your face
Students who have been residing on campus throughout the spring and summer
- These students will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 test on campus.
- The cost of the test will be the student’s responsibility.
- The Health and Wellness Center will follow up with these students to communicate dates and times for testing.