COVID-19 Testing Information
Testing is an important tool in assessing the spread and impact of COVID-19, enabling appropriate isolation and quarantine.
If you are symptomatic or exposed, we ask you to obtain a negative COVID test as close to your arrival date on campus as possible, either antigen/rapid or PCR. There will be additional opportunities for on campus testing during arrival. We will continue to test all symptomatic students, and employees should obtain testing through their healthcare provider.
Unvaccinated members of the community will be required to test weekly. Information about testing will be provided by email. Surveillance testing will not be required if there is proof the individual has been COVID-19 positive in the last 90 days, is currently in isolation or quarantine, is fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose), or has a fully remote schedule. Providing an exemption is required each week. Please fill out this form to request the surveillance testing exemption AND if applicable, submit a copy of your positive test result via a COVID-19 Self-Disclosure Form.
Many members of our community may have tested over the holidays before seeing loved ones. We ask that our community bring that same level of care when returning to campus. Testing before your return upholds your commitment to the ICARE pledge. If you are symptomatic or exposed, we ask you to obtain a negative COVID test as close to your arrival date on campus as possible, either antigen/rapid or PCR. There will be an opportunity for on campus testing on Jan. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the O’Pake gym.
- Unvaccinated individuals will be required to test weekly including the first week of classes. Failure to do so will result in the following after the third missed test:
- For Students: suspension for the semester without refund.
- For Staff: progressive disciplinary action up to and including suspension and termination.
- It is important to note that an individual is considered unvaccinated until they are 2 weeks past their final dose of the vaccine.
- Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is directed to call the Office of Public Safety and Security at 610-660-1111. An officer will conduct an initial screening. If it is an emergency, the student will be transported to a local hospital. All other cases will be referred to the Student Health Center for follow up.
- The Student Health Center will offer telehealth and in-person appointments.
- In collaboration with the University’s contracted healthcare provider, Main Line Health, symptomatic students will be clinically evaluated and tested for COVID-19.
- The University provides testing at the Student Health Center or Main Line Health Urgent Care for students who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- During off hours, students will be directed to the Main Line Health Urgent Care for testing and transportation will be provided.
Employees who experience symptoms should contact their health care provider for testing or guidance. Employees who test positive are asked to self-report their diagnosis to Human Resources through the self-disclosure form.
- When a trend is identified among a group of individuals, cause testing may be implemented. This could include all of the students on a particular floor of a residence hall, within a student life club or organization, employees in a department or among a specific athletics team.
- Following the latest CDC guidance, unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals who have been exposed should test at day 5. Students who are close contacts can schedule an appointment for testing at the Student Health Center.