Testing Questions

How often do I have to get tested for COVID?

Students must be tested by UVM’s COVID-19 Information and Service Center every 7 days.  If, for some reason, you need to miss your next 7 day test, you can submit an extension request using this form. You may also elect to test prior to day 7.  As long as you do not exceed 7 days between tests, you will remain in compliance.

I plan to travel outside of Vermont which will affect my ability to test. What do I do?

If you elect to travel to a location that requires you to observe a period of quarantine, you should complete the Request for Temporary Exemption from Routine COVID-19 Testing form in advance and be sure to quarantine properly.  Questions about quarantine should be directed to the Student Health Center.

Where do I get tested?

All routine testing takes place in the Burack Game Room located on the lower level of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center.  Enter through the tent located on the west side of the Davis Center across from Howe Library. (Please do not enter from the Olin Atrium.)

What are the Testing Center Hours?

The Testing Center is currently open:
Monday, Thursday, and Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Any changes to these hours will be posted on the COVID-19 Information and Service Center website.

Can I WALK-In to the Testing Center?

While appointments are strongly encouraged, Walk-ins are permitted. Appointments can be made using the CoVerified App.  If you are having trouble logging into CoVerified, please contact the UVM ETS Tech Team (802-656-2604).

I am taking classes entirely remotely and will not be on campus for any reason. Do I have to test?

All students who did not select the at-home option by the August 30, 2020 deadline are required to take a COVID-19 test on campus every seven days, absent an approved exemption. If you believe you qualify for an exemption from testing, please complete the Request for Exemption from Routine On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Form. Students will be notified by email of the decision.

My request for an exemption was not granted. What do I do now?

If your request to be exempted from testing was not granted, you need to immediately comply with the testing requirements.

What if I am experiencing COVID symptoms or think I may have been exposed to someone who tested positive?

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 for symptomatic testing. You should not go to the testing location in the Davis Center.

I don't feel well, but it's not due to COVID. What do I do?

Please stay home or in your room and call Student Health Services (656-3350) to talk to a health advisor. Student Health Services will offer appropriate support.  You should also complete the Request for Temporary Exemption from Routine COVID-19 Testing form.

Conduct Process Questions

I missed a required test and have been sanctioned. What do I need to do?

First, get a make-up test right away! 

You can make an appointment using the CoVerified App or you can just walk in.  If you are not / will not be on campus, immediately complete the Request for Temporary Exemption from Routine COVID-19 Testing form for consideration.  This will ensure you are not identified for a second alleged violation for missing another test.  The sanctions for missing the initial test remain in place.

Can I appeal the sanction for a missed test? What do I need to do?

Once you’ve taken one of the steps listed above related to missing a test, you may also elect to appeal a decision rendered by the Center for Student Conduct by emailing COVID.Appeal@uvm.edu.  [Larner College of Medicine appeals should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Students  by emailing studentCOMservices@med.uvm.edu]

Appeals will be considered for good cause showing (1) an error in our records or the process of notifying you, (2) new information that was not available at the time of the decision, or (3) Hearing Officer was somehow biased against you. 

Please include as much information in your appeal email as possible to allow the Testing Appeals Team to fully assess and respond to your request.

I got tested or completed an exemption request form as soon as I received a sanction letter. Am I still sanctioned?

If you got tested or completed an exemption form after being late and were sent a decision letter, those sanctions remain in place. Your new test or exemption filing (assuming it is approved) brings you back into compliance, but it does not negate the prior decision absent a successful appeal.

Probation? What does that mean?

Probation serves as a reminder to you of the need to avoid further conduct violations – especially those pertaining to the Green and Gold Promise. Probation does not appear on a student’s permanent academic record..  As described in the Code of Student Conduct, probation is “An official notice indicating that subsequent violations of university policy will result in a review for suspension or dismissal from the University.”  Probation is not itself punitive; it is, rather, simply a notice to you, and to the Center for Student Conduct, that you have a prior violation, a fact that is already known.  If in the future you are found responsible for another conduct violation, you will be subject to the same range of sanctions, including suspension and dismissal, that would face any student who violates university policy.

Will probation last forever?

The probationary period assigned as the result of a missed COVID-19 test will be in effect for the duration of the Green & Gold Promise.

What is the purpose of a Green and Gold fine?

Fines are intended to motivate compliance with testing expectations. The fine that is associated with violating the Green and Gold Promise supports the educational and administrative processes of the Center for Student Conduct and Office of Medical Student Education that are needed to process sanctions, hearings, and appeals.

I had no idea I needed to get tested or submit an exemption form. Now I know. Am I still sanctioned?

There have been a number of campus communications detailing required actions, and students are sent personalized email reminders prior to their testing deadline to get tested or submit an exemption form for review through UVM Strong.  Absent a successful appeal, sanctions remain in place.

I just got tested yesterday, and it was on time. Why am I being sanctioned?

If you believe you have been mistakenly sanctioned due to incorrect testing data, you can request a PDF of your testing history from UVM.Strong@uvm.edu for use in the appeal process.

Why is UVM imposing significant sanctions for missing a COVID-19 test?

We are in the middle of a pandemic, which is why we are making sure students comply with the testing protocols. A person who remains untested may unknowingly spread the disease. This requires a stern and swift response that spurs students to address their obligations.

Campus Support Questions

I'm confused and overwhelmed. I want to do the right thing. Is there someone I can talk to?

Depending on your specific concerns, you may choose to utilize these University resources.