Symptomatic Testing (read this first if you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms)
If you suspect that you have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home or in your room and call Student Health Services (656-3350) to talk to a health advisor. Student Health Services will assess your symptoms to determine if you need to get tested. If it is determined that you should be tested, you will be directed to one of two locations on campus that are set up to test individuals who suspect that they have COVID-19. You should not go to the testing location in the Davis Center.
Scheduling Day-7 and Subsequent Testing
All students took a Day-0 test during the week of August 24-29. Day-7 began on August 31. All students are required to schedule their Day-7 test and all subsequent tests using the CoVerified App. You can schedule a COVID-19 test on campus by selecting the “Testing” icon at the bottom of the app screen in CoVerified. You will be able to select a 30-minute block for testing. You can schedule your testing to easily fit into your schedule.
Students should schedule their next required routine test 7 days after their last test, unless that falls on a weekend or on Labor Day.
Testing Center Location
All routine testing (often referred to as asymptomatic testing) will take place in the Burack Game Room located on the lower level of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center. The Testing Center is open during the following hours:
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In order to be tested, students, faculty and staff must schedule an appointment. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins. Information on scheduling an appointment is below. You should plan on 30 minutes for testing. Enter through the tent located on the west side of the Davis Center near Howe Library. Please do not enter from the Olin Atrium. Six-feet physical distancing will be strictly enforced and everyone is required to wear facial coverings, consistent with University and Vermont policy. Please do not be accompanied by others who are not testing.
Prior to entering the testing area, you will register with a Test Center assistant and be provided the sample kit. You will need to use hand sanitizer before collecting the sample, and you will need to clear your nasal cavity two times, using tissues that will be provided. Please bring your CATcard to aid in the check-in process.
For Day-0 tests, positive results will be communicated through Student Health Services; if you do not receive notification from Student Health Services within 48 hours, you can assume your test results are negative. Beginning the week of August 31, negative test results will be sent to the student, faculty, or staff member directly through the CoVerified app. Positive results will be communicated to the student, faculty, or staff member by the UVM Student Health Center and will include information about isolation options, contact tracing, and quarantine measures for others who may be impacted. Information about leave options for employees is available through the Human Resource Services COVID-19 Information page.
Testing—Who Is Required to Test on Campus
All students, including employees enrolled in courses, are required to participate in the on-campus testing protocol. The only exceptions are as follows:
- Undergraduate students who have elected the at-home option.
- Graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree or a Certificate of Graduate Study who have elected the remote option.
- Graduate Students enrolled in internships, practica or field courses that occur outside of Chittenden County. Contact your placement coordinator to see how to qualify. Complete the remote option form. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified if approved.
- Continuing and Distance Education Students who have elected the at-home option.
- Medical Students enrolled in clinical rotations occurring outside of Chittenden County with no intention of physically visiting the UVM or UVM Medical Center campus(es). Contact Medical Student Services with any questions.
- Medical Students enrolled in remote curriculum with no intention of physically visiting the UVM or UVM Medical Center campus(es). Contact Medical Student Services with any questions.
If you believe that you should be exempted from the on-campus testing requirement for any other reason than the exemptions listed above, please submit your request. You will be notified if your request is approved.
All students are required to do training and complete the Green and Gold Promise.
Faculty and Staff Testing
We are pleased that many faculty and staff indicated their interest in availing themselves of the on-campus testing. Testing for faculty and staff will take place in the Davis Center as described above. To schedule a test, use the CoVerified app (see above). Employees should have completed their on-line Employee COVID-19 test registration form. The University will use registration information to order test supplies and arrange for adequate test-site staffing. Additional information about the testing option is available in the August 12 communication regarding on-campus testing.
Student Consequences for Not Testing
The Center for Student Conduct will administratively impose sanctions, without a hearing, for initial cases where undergraduate or graduate students have failed to take any required COVID-19 test. A second offense (or failure to test after the initial notice) will result in review for immediate suspension through the hearing process detailed in the Code of Student Conduct (pdf). Violations and sanctions are subject to appeal.
In all cases, administrative actions may be imposed to address the significant health and safety concerns raised by the failure to be tested in a timely manner, including restricting access to campus on an interim basis.
More information is available on the Center for Student Conduct website.
Violations by Larner College of Medicine Students will be referred to the College of Medicine Associate Dean for Students.
UVM has partnered with the Broad Institute Clinical Research Sequency Platform (CRSP) to provide routine COVID-19 testing. The CRSP SARS-CoV-2 Real-time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Assay is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs collected from individuals. The sample collection process is an observed self-administered anterior nasal swab. Samples are packaged and shipped daily to the Broad Institute for analysis. Results are typically returned to the individual within 24 hours of the receipt of the sample at the Broad Institute. The nasal swab process is depicted in this short video, and is described in this PDF.
COVID-19 testing is one aspect of the campus strategy to reduce the risk of infection. This test was validated to be 100% accurate on even low levels of viral presence. Like all tests administered in large numbers, a small fraction of inaccurate results is still possible due to a range of individual and contextual factors (such as the presence of other infections in an individual). To guard against what is expected to be a very small number of “false negatives,” face coverings, social distancing and enhanced cleaning/disinfection routines will remain in place across all UVM facilities for the entire semester.