COVID-19 Testing Frequency Change for Undergraduates

March 5, 2021

Dear Undergraduate Students,

As you know, our COVID-19 positivity rate, which has long remained well below that of the city's and state's, has held steady at a low to moderate rate for several weeks. In light of this downward trend, we have reduced our surveillance testing protocol. Going forward, all undergraduate students will be tested two times per week.

COVID-19 Student Testing Compliance

We are also closely monitoring COVID-19 testing schedules and want to remind students that not following your testing schedule is not only dangerous, but also a Student Conduct violation. Students should schedule their testing appointments after receiving their QR code via email.  

Please note: simply scheduling a COVID-19 test appointment does not make you compliant. You must schedule and complete your test, after receiving your new QR code, in order to be compliant with the surveillance testing program.

You can find more information about testing and other COVID-19 resources online.

Vaccines for Undergraduates

In accordance with state requirements, we are not yet vaccinating students. When the state has approved student vaccinations, there will be an announcement via email.

Stronger TUgether: We must all continue to do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19

It is imperative that we all continue to do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19. Everyone must remain 100% committed to following our health strategies. We are in this together – all of us need to do our part to keep our community as safe as possible.

This means each of us must continue to:

Get Tested!
Immediately schedule COVID-19 testing each time you receive a new QR code. If you have not received a QR Code please e-mail

Mask Up!
Face coverings must be worn while outside and inside a university facility or on any university property when in the presence of others (e.g., residence halls, classrooms, common workspaces, etc.). Appropriate use of face coverings is absolutely critical to minimize risks to others near you.

Maintain 6 Feet
Everyone is responsible for maintaining social distancing. This means keeping a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

Clean Up
This includes very basic steps such as:

  • Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not possible. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout all campus buildings.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, throw away used tissues and immediately wash hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with others and touching high-contact or frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share personal items such as phones, computers, food, drink, deodorant, shampoo, soap, hairbrushes or hair dryers.

Remember, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you are a close contact who needs testing, please schedule a telehealth visit with Student Health.