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Testing FAQ's for Students

All students, including employees enrolled in courses, are required to participate in the routine on-campus testing protocol. The only exceptions are as follows:

  • All students who are approved for the at-home option are exempt from the UVM testing protocol for COVID-19 with the exception of students residing in Burlington, South Burlington or Winooski. Students living in these municipalities will still need to follow the UVM testing protocol. Students are able to request an exemption as long as they do not plan on coming to campus and are not living, meeting or socializing with any student, faculty or staff who are coming to campus.
  • Graduate students enrolled in internships, practica or field courses that occur outside of Chittenden County. Contact your placement coordinator to see how to qualify.
  • 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 none of these titles apply to you, you are required to participate in routine on-campus COVID-19 testing. 

COVID-19 Testing Exemption Request

If you do not meet the above requirements, but feel you should be exempt from routine COVID-19 testing, please fill out the request for exemption form.

If you know you will miss testing due to essential travel or extenuating circumstances you can also use this form to request a temporary exemption from routine on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Please note: Exemption requests entered for non-essential travel will be denied. Travel for non-essential reasons is a violation of the Green and Gold Promise ("Limit all travel out of state and within Vermont unless essential.")  See the State of Vermont Department of Health for a definition of Essential Travel.

Filling out this form does not result in an automatic exemption from testing.

Tips for Completing the Form

  1. Describe the nature of your essential travel.  See The State of Vermont Department of Health website for a definition of essential travel
  2. Indicate whether you will be traveling out of state or remaining in Vermont.
  3. If requesting an exemption due to a family emergency, please indicate whether you have included a 7-day quarantine in your request if the emergency requires travel out of state.

Request for Exemption from Routine COVID-19 Testing

Troubleshooting Steps

The Request for Exemption Form often works seamlessly for many students.  If you are experiencing any difficulty accessing the form please follow these helpful steps:

  1. Open an incognito or private internet browser window.
  2. Navigate to https://go.uvm.edu/test-exemption.  You'll be shown a Microsoft sign in form followed by the UVM WebAuth sign in page.
  3. Sign in via your @uvm.edu account (not @med.uvm.edu or any other home/business Office 365 account) and then your NetId and password.
  4. You may be faced with pop-ups asking you to authenticate. You should click the authenticate or OK buttons and you will be taken to the form.

    You can be certain you are logged into the form if the top of the form says “Hello FIRSTNAME!” and not simply “Hello !”
  5. If you are still having trouble logging in after going to the private window and see the "Hello !" message, try using Google Chrome (if you are using Safari).

    Note: the best way to get a clean browser session is to create a Private or Incognito window.  In Chrome, go to the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner of the browser window and choose New Incognito window. By default Chrome disables 3rd party cookies in incognito - go into the Settings and allow all cookies.

    Please contact UVM.Strong@uvm.edu if you are still unable to access the form after following the above instructions.

Testing Alternatives

If you do not qualify for an exemption but would prefer an alternative to testing in the Davis Center for any reason, please contact Student Health Services at (802) 656-3350.