Our comprehensive testing program is based on our campus Health & Safety plan.
TYPES OF TESTING:
The Student Health Center and testing center at Coleman Coliseum offer the “rapid” or antigen COVID-19 test that provides results in a short amount of time. They do NOT provide PCR or RNA tests and cannot arrange for them.
Exit testing: One free exit test is provided for all UA students as they leave for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. Students should bring their ACT card, CWID and government-issued ID to any exit test. An appointment is required, and available time slots are filling up fast. Students should also research any testing requirements for airlines or travel destinations, which may include a negative test, and plan to schedule their test accordingly. If a PCR test is required for travel, students must find it from another source.
Exposure testing or symptomatic testing: These tests are available to students who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who may be experiencing symptoms of the virus. Exposure and symptomatic testing will be billed to students’ health insurance, which may include any patient responsibility being posted to their student accounts. In addition to their ACT card, CWID and government-issued ID, students should bring their insurance information for billing.
For-cause testing: Testing individuals in a shared geographic area, such as a residence hall floor, Greek house, student group or a class. This testing is mandatory and occurs when campus health officials determine the need based on data trends. Anyone who declines to participate will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
Sentinel testing: Involves the random sampling of all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus so we can respond promptly to outbreaks or increases in infection rates. Our goal is to test around 3% of the campus population each week. Sentinel testing is required for students who live on campus, participate in club sports, are members of a student organization holding meetings with more than 10 people, or are participating in clinical activities, provided the student also has or will have a presence on campus.
Re-entry testing: Every student and employee was required to be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result before returning to campus for the fall semester or participating in any campus activity. Among those who completed the required COVID-19 testing process before classes began, less than 1% tested positive.
Testing data is updated every Friday on the UA System dashboard.