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. 

COVID-19 Testing for Spring 2021

  • Every student, faculty and staff member returning to campus this spring must show proof of a negative COVID PCR test within 14 days of the start of the semester on Jan. 25, 2021.
  • If you had a positive PCR test result within the last 90 days, you are exempt from required testing. Submit your results to the University Health Center using this form.
  • All residential students must be PCR tested and provide results between Jan. 6 and Jan. 20. 
  • Non-residential students routinely on campus must be PCR tested and provide results between Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. 
  • Faculty and staff routinely on campus must be PCR tested and provide results between Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. (Housing & Resident Life staff varies by position)
  • Returning students, faculty and staff can schedule an appointment for testing at the University Health Center during the dates specified. Appointments are required.
  • If you prefer to take your required test off campus, you can. You must submit your test results to the University Health Center. Individuals who take an off-campus COVID-19 PCR test and are required to pay an out-of-pocket cost can complete this form to be reimbursed. This reimbursement will apply to one PCR test taken between Jan. 11 and Jan. 25.  
  • Anyone returning to campus prior to these dates after traveling is advised to follow Maryland Department of Health Travel Guidance to test or quarantine.

On-campus Testing

COVID-19 testing is available at the University Health Center for students, faculty and staff who need initial return testing. The TU Health Center's heated, outdoor COVID test site is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reduce wait times at the tent, please bring this document, printed and completed:

Submitting Test Results from Off-Campus Sites

Use this form to submit COVID PCR test results you received from an off-campus testing site to the University Health Center. The following tests will be accepted:

  • a negative PCR test result you received within the past 14 days, or
  • a positive PCR test result you received within the last 3 months

The documentation must come from the lab or doctor’s office that administered the test, be legible and include your name, date the test was administered, and the test results. You will be contacted by the University Health Center after your results are reviewed to be cleared to return to campus, or if more information is needed.

Sentinel Testing 

  • Sentinel testing (random sample) occurs every 2 weeks and you must be tested, if selected.
  • Only those selected for sentinel testing and/or those who are requested by a medical provider — and who have scheduled an appointment — will be tested the University Health Center. 
  • If you want to get a test, but aren’t selected, you can access free testing services off campus. 

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.