UW System Administration recently developed a policy that establishes COVID-19 testing requirements for all employees and students with at least one face-to-face class and/or who work on campus for the 2021 spring semester at UW System institutions. The testing program is part of a comprehensive effort to support the health and safety of the campus and the greater community.
Beginning February 1, testing for off-campus students will be in the Johnson Fieldhouse. Off-campus students will need their campus ID at the time of their test. If a student does not currently have a campus ID card, they can obtain one through the Campus Card office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Testing will be in the Johnson Fieldhouse. Students will need their campus ID at the time of their test. If an employee does not currently have a campus ID card, they can obtain one through the Campus Card office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Sign up for testing will be available through this website. Residence hall students will continue to test weekly using the same testing process they used during fall 2020.
Students with commuter permits may park in Lot 29 on the East side of the Sports and Fitness Center building for testing. This lot also has a pay station option for those without a permit. All parking policies are in effect.
Unlike the previous surge testing offered, this testing is for employees and off-campus students only and is not available for employees’ family members. The surge testing program offered in the west gym is available for community or family members. Community and family members may register for surge testing online.
Q. Do I need to be tested? If so, how often?
A. Off-campus students, who are on campus one day a week or more, need to be tested once every two weeks.
Q. Why do I need to be tested?
A. The testing requirement is due to the UW System Administrative Policy 600-01. The testing program is part of a comprehensive effort to support the health and safety of the campus and greater community.
Q. What kind of test will I be taking and what is the sample collection process like?
The testing is an antigen test. An antigen test reveals a current COVID-19 infection. An antigen test is taken using a nasal swab. A sterile swab is gently inserted into the nostril (approximately one inch into the nostril), the swab is rotated a few times against the nasal wall and then repeated in the other nostril. The swab is removed from the nostril and placed into a small tube containing the testing reagent. The specimen is moved to the lab/testing area to run the test and results are usually available within 15-20 minutes.
As of 1/29/2021, if a confirmatory COVID-19 test is required, the test is done by another nasal swab and sent to an offsite lab to process. The results are typically received within 36 hours.
Q. Do I need a second/confirmatory test?
Per the WI Department of Health Services, a person should have a second test to confirm the antigen test results in the following situations.
- Individual who is symptomatic and negative antigen test should have a second test/confirmatory test. During the “waiting period” for the confirmatory test results, the individual is required to isolate.
- Individual who is asymptomatic and positive antigen test should have a second test/confirmatory test. During the “waiting period” for the confirmatory test results, the individual is required to isolate.
If a confirmatory COVID-19 test is required, this test is done through collection of saliva or a nasal/pharyngeal swab and sent to an offsite lab to process. The results are received within 36 hours.
Q. Do I need to register for my test?
A. Yes, register for your test in advance online. Walk-ins are not permitted. You should complete the on-line screening tool 48 hours before your appointment.
Q. What do I need to bring to the testing appointment?
A. Employees must bring their campus ID card.
Q. How will tracking of testing be conducted?
A. Tracking will be completed by the tapping or swiping of your campus ID card at the testing site. This information will be collected and provided to campus.
Q.I can’t find my ID card, what should I do?
A. Please contact the Campus Card office in Price Commons to obtain a new Campus ID card.
Q. If I don’t want to be tested, what are the ramifications?
A. All students on campus at least one day a week, are expected to fully comply with the UW System policy. An effort will be made to obtain your voluntary cooperation. If that does not occur within the required two-week period, your consequences could include termination from your student employment position on campus, holds being placed on your student account, and/or university disciplinary action. Disciplinary action could include university probation, inability to attend in-person courses or to participate in co-curricular activities, and/or suspension from the university.
Q. I was recently tested for COVID-19, do I need to be tested?
A. If you have been tested in the past two weeks, you may be exempt from testing for the week at the campus location. Students should be prepared to show proof of testing to the university that they received a test elsewhere. On-campus surge testing, located in the west gym, is not available for students, and results from the surge testing is not an acceptable proof of recent test.
Q. I have already had COVID-19, am I required to be tested?
A. If you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you are not required to be tested. Students should be prepared to show proof of having had COVID-19 to the university to be exempt from testing.
Q. If I tested positive for COVID-19 or I am awaiting PCR test results and am required to isolate, what should I do?
A. First and foremost, students should respond to any phone calls from a contact tracer. Students should also contact their instructors to let them know that they will not be able to attend face-to-face classes. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with their instructors and to stay on top of their coursework.
Q. What are the testing hours?
A. Testing will be offered from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, in the Johnson Field House in the Sports & Fitness Center.
Q. I had a positive test result. Do I need a negative test result before I am able to return to campus?
A. No, students may return after the completion of their isolation period. The contact tracer will let you know the date by which you can return to campus.