Routine Weekly Testing
UVM will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing on campus for students at the COVID-19 Information and Service Center. Students with approved COVID-19 vaccine exemptions are required to test every seven days. Students who are vaccinated may test if they wish to do so. Students are required to schedule their testing appointments through the CoVerified App. Any student who is symptomatic or believes they may have COVID-19 should contact UVM Student Health Services at email@example.com to arrange for a test. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or are confirmed positive, please stay home and do not go to class.
Our test center and administrative offices are located on the 1st floor of the Davis Center (former Advising Center/Suite 301 next to Brennan's Pub).
In order to be tested, students, faculty and staff must make an appointment – see Information on scheduling below. Appointment blocks 30 minutes long, it is best to plan for 30 minutes, but depending on lines your test will take about 3-5 minutes. It is important to have a clear nose before testing, please blow your nose before heading to the testing center.
Scheduling your COVID-19 Test Appointment
All students, faculty, and staff who complete a test at the Davis Center should schedule their appointment using the CoVerified app. More information on CoVerified is available here.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please DO NOT come to the Davis Center for your weekly test. More information for symptomatic tests is available on the symptomatic testing page.
Taking the Test
Before you enter the testing center, you will clear your nasal cavity (blow your nose) two times, using the tissues provided, and sanitize your hands. You will then register with a Test Center assistant, who will check you in and give you your testing kit (a test tube with a label on it).
Please bring your CATCard to aid this check-in process. You will be directed to a testing table where an observer will show you how to administer the test to yourself. The nasal swab process is depicted in this short video, and is described in this PDF.
Once you are done, you will sanitize your hands once more and leave the Testing Center.
Information about the Tests
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.
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.
Who Needs COVID-19 Testing
UVM will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing on campus for students at the COVID-19 Information and Service Center. Students with approved COVID-19 vaccine exemptions are required to test every seven days. Students who are vaccinated may test if they wish to do so. Students are required to schedule their testing appointments through the CoVerified App.
If you believe that you should be exempted from the on-campus testing requirement for any other reason than the exemptions listed above, please check the Exemptions page.
If you are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to someone who has tested positive, please contact Student Health Services at (802) 656-3350; they will schedule an appointment for you for testing in one of their offices. Do not proceed to the Davis Center location.
Positive Result or Exposure
If you receive a positive or inconclusive result on your COVID-19 test, you will be contacted directly by Student Health Services, who will advise you of next steps.
Currently, Vermont does not require fully vaccinated individuals to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19. Only those not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine. Any UVM student identified as a close contact through contact tracing is required to test within 48 hours of being identified as a close contact and again on day 7 whether you are vaccinated or not. UVM Student Health Services will be in touch with you to arrange testing.
Students who test positive will be required to isolate for 10 days. UVM Student Health Services will be in touch with you regarding isolation.
Students who are not fully vaccinated and are required to test every seven days and wear masks indoors on campus.
Visit the UVM Forward website for information about vaccinations and availability.