Testing Program FAQ

​​Where will the COVID-19 Proactive Testing centers be located?

Details are forthcoming, but we will have testing locations available at all three campuses.

How often will members of the community be tested?

For all students, faculty and staff who are learning and working on campus regularly and expect to have person-to-person interactions, the default expectation is for weekly testing. Students, faculty, and staff who are fully remote and will not be on campus will not be tested at TWU.

I am fully remote this semester. Do I need to sign up for COVID-19 testing and complete a screening?

No, this is not necessary for remote students, faculty, and staff. 

What if I cannot make my weekly test?

Acceptable reasons for missing a weekly test, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Illness (COVID-19 or others) that prevents you from being on campus,
  • Isolation or quarantine per public health department, clinician, or TWU Risk Management,
  • Not coming to campus at any time during the week (working or studying completely remotely)
  • A positive test within the last 90 days that has been reported via the COVID-19 form

Even if I do not need to come to campus, would I still be eligible for COVID-19 testing at TWU?

Yes, all students, faculty and staff with current IDs can be tested on one of the three TWU campuses using this program.

Do campus visitors need to be tested for COVID-19 before coming to campus?

Visitors are encouraged to wear masks at all times on campus and perform a COVID-19 self-screening prior to coming to campus.

What is the policy/procedure for COVID-19 testing for students who are commuting every day to TWU?

The procedure is the same.

How do I make my appointment for my weekly test?

No appointment will be necessary. Details on when and how to get tested are forthcoming.

Should I bring my vaccination card to campus and show my instructor?

The COVID-19 Proactive Testing program is being coordinated by Student Health Services (SHS) and Risk Management. HIPAA protocols will be followed with regard to the privacy of information you submit to SHS. You do not need to show your instructor your vaccination card. Visit the Community of Immunity website for directions for uploading a copy of your vaccination card to SHS.

I have a religious or medical exemption for the vaccine. Do I need to be tested?

While you may have an exemption for vaccination, this program covers testing, which remains a requirement.

If I have COVID-19 antibodies, do I need to do weekly testing?

The presence of antibodies is not an exemption from the testing program at this time as the individual tests can vary widely on their efficacy, sensitivity, specificity, etc. and is not currently recommended by the CDC to test for immunity in unvaccinated individuals. However, if you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, you would be exempt from the testing requirement until the 90 days has passed. 

How do I get verification that my proof of vaccination has been received?

GeneIQ, the third-party company under contract to do the testing, is reviewing the completed vaccine record submission forms and will notify those who are exempt due to being fully vaccinated.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

It must be at least two weeks following your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for you to be considered “fully vaccinated.”

Can I get tested once a week even if I submitted my vaccination record?

Yes.

Can I get a test from an off campus provider to meet these requirements?

It is preferred that you get tested at the on-campus provider and the varied hours of operation should permit on-campus testing for most TWU community members. However, if you are unable to get tested on campus, a PCR or rapid antigen test (not antibody testing) will be accepted. 

Questions or More Info

If you are a student and have other questions or need more information regarding the testing program, contact us at:

studentcovidtesting@twu.edu 

Page last updated 8:25 AM, September 27, 2021