COVID-19 Testing

Get tested when requested. Take a test every time you’re asked, including at the beginning of the semester. You must also get tested if you’re randomly selected as part of sentinel testing. Whatever you do, don’t fail to test. 

Campus Closing Information

In the event of a physical campus closure due to weather, all University Health Center testing sites will be closed.

  • Individuals with twice weekly rapid test appointments do not need to make up missed tests and should get tested on their next required day.
  • Individuals with PCR test appointments will need to reschedule.

Sentinel Testing for Spring 2021

TU has expanded sentinel COVID-19 testing based on guidance from the University System of Maryland, the latest coronavirus research, and proven success of this method of testing. Sentinel testing is required for students, faculty and staff routinely on campus. You are considered “routinely” at TU if you live on campus, are on campus for more than four hours a week, or if you teach or attend any in-person class. 

Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccination are not exempt from required sentinel testing.

PCR Sentinel Testing

Regular PCR tests for a random sample of faculty, staff and student employees are conducted weeklyIf you are selected to be tested, you must schedule and complete a test when notified. Emails will be sent to individuals selected each week detailing when and how to complete a required test administered by the University Health Center. Failure to complete a test will result in restricted access to campus, so it’s necessary to be tested each and every time you are selected. 

The University Health Center is the test site for PCR sentinel testing. The TU Health Center's heated, outdoor COVID test site is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are required.

Rapid Sentinel Testing

Students living on campus, commuter students routinely on campus, and select faculty and staff will be notified and required to complete rapid sentinel tests twice weeklyA PCR test will follow for individuals with positive results.

Rapid testing is offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the West Village parking garage. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with final appointments scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Tests must be scheduled on assigned days only. Appointments are required.

Faculty, Staff and Students Not Routinely on Campus

Faculty, staff and students who are not routinely coming to campus are not required to be tested and will not be included in sentinel testing efforts. Weekly tests on campus will be increasing significantly from 600 in the fall to more than 5,000 this spring. Due to the volume of required weekly tests that need to be administered, the University Health Center will only be available to those requiring sentinel testing this term.

If you would like to get tested at any time for any reason, especially after you travel, you’re encouraged to take advantage of free testing sites in Baltimore County and  throughout Maryland.  

When to Self-Quarantine or Isolate

Based upon CDC guidance, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.
Individuals who are symptomatic and awaiting COVID test results should isolate for 10 days upon the onset of symptoms.

Individuals who are being tested as part of the sentinel testing procedures and who are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine.

About COVID Test Results

Positive Test Results

If you test positive but are not experiencing any symptoms, you should not come to campus. You should also contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate for at least 10 days, as long as you remain symptom free. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if symptoms do develop, discuss these symptoms along with any treatment or other recommendations, with your healthcare provider.

Negative Test Results

A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. If a person is experiencing illness symptoms at the time the sample was collected, this usually means that COVID-19 did not cause the illness.

It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect in some people with COVID-19. Your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with any symptoms and possible exposures in deciding how to best care for you.

It is also possible for this test to give a negative result when tested very early during the infection. If at any time you develop symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Keep in mind that a negative result does not mean that you cannot still acquire COVID-19 infection in the future.