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