COVID-19 Proactive Testing Program for TWU Students and Employees

A patient in a clinic getting a COVID-19 test from a nurse.

COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for all Texas Woman’s students, faculty and staff begins Monday, Sept. 13. This effort is being used to mitigate the spread of this contagious virus on our campuses, along with the recommended practices of social distancing and wearing masks indoors.

The testing program will require all TWU employees and currently enrolled students on all three campuses to be tested weekly for COVID-19 at an on-campus testing location (location details provided below).

Exemptions to the testing requirement include:

  • Non-residential students exclusively enrolled in 100% online courses or who don't come to TWU's campuses (such as student teachers)
  • Dual credit students who do not come to the TWU campus
  • Employees who fully telecommute
  • Students and faculty/staff who submit proof of vaccination* (STUDENTS | EMPLOYEES)
    • Proof of vaccination must be submitted using your TWU email address
  • Student/faculty/staff with positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days that has been reported via the COVID-19 form

*Students and employees who were vaccinated on campus need to upload their vaccination form into the system

GeneIQ, the third-party company under contract to do the testing, is reviewing the uploaded proof of vaccination. Those who are exempt due to being fully vaccinated will be notified the week of Sept. 13. You must use your TWU email address when submitting your proof of vaccination or confirming your exempt status through another qualifying factor.

These COVID-19 tests will be given at no cost to TWU students and employees, regardless of vaccination status. While testing is required for all students, faculty and staff who have not met one of the testing requirement exemptions, we encourage even those with testing requirement exemptions who work with vulnerable populations to take advantage of this testing program.

Testing procedures

Appointments for weekly testing are highly encouraged; walk-ins may be accepted as space permits due to social distancing requirements. Starting Monday, Sept. 13, you can schedule your appointment.

Schedule your testing appointment today.

You will need to bring your TWU ID with you to your testing appointment and be asked to provide your TWU email address. After checking in, you will be given a shallow nasal swab rapid antigen test. You have the option to wait 15 minutes for your test results, or leaving and receiving a text message with the results after 15 minutes. If your test is negative, your results will be counted for the calendar week.

If your test is positive, you will be offered a free PCR test to confirm the rapid results and will be instructed to immediately return to your current place of residence. You will need to report the positive rapid test result on the COVID-19 reporting form. A member of TWU’s contact tracing team will reach out to you with further instructions, including the requirement to isolate for 10 days following the date of the positive rapid test, unless the PCR results return as negative. (PCR test results should be available within 48 hours.)

 

On-campus testing locations

Denton
Brackenridge Hall, Underground (ground floor): Enter sliding doors on north side of the building and go downstairs.
Monday & Thursday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Dallas
Room 1501
Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Houston
Room 2305
Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Noncompliance with testing - Students

Students reported for failing to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements may be referred to the Office of Civility and Community Standards (OCCS) after three consecutive missed tests. This may result in the initiation of the student conduct process, the creation of a disciplinary record for the student, and appropriate disciplinary consequences.

Noncompliance with testing - Employees

Faculty and staff who are not exempt from testing will be notified by their supervisors if they do not comply with the required testing.

1st  and 2nd instance of noncompliance: Supervisors will check with the employee to see if there were extenuating circumstances* interfering with the testing requirement. If there were, the employee is excused from that week’s testing. If not, a verbal or email warning will be noted.

3rd instance of noncompliance: The third occurrence of unexcused noncompliance will result in a written warning in the employee’s personnel file. A written warning will result in ineligibility of FY2023 merit award if, after receiving the warning, there is continued noncompliance.

*Extenuating circumstances could include vacation, illness, FMLA or an off-campus work location.

Vaccinations

Need to find a vaccination clinic near you? Text your zip code to 438829. 

All of the current COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective. TWU continues to encourage all members of the TWU community to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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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 10:49 AM, September 22, 2021