Our comprehensive testing program is based on our campus Health & Safety plan.  


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. TO REGISTER TO BE INCLUDED IN SAMPLING FOR SENTINEL TESTING: Faculty/staff – sign up with your myBama username @ua.edu email. Students – register with your myBama username @crimson.ua.edu email address.

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.