COVID-19 Testing

The University is engaging a community health care provider to conduct COVID-19 testing and other services on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year. The provider has significant experience with COVID-19 testing and relationships with two separate testing laboratories, which will facilitate both adequate testing capacity and prompt reporting of test results.

Those with COVID-19 Symptoms and Close Contacts

Students

Any student who triggers established screening criteria based on symptoms or is a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be tested using a viral PCR test (or a rapid antigen test if available and effective).

The Student Health Center will refer students for such testing and symptomatic students will be placed in isolation space pending test results. The results of this testing will be reported to the Student Health Center, the Virginia Department of Health, and to the students who test positive. The Student Health Center will provide support for students in quarantine and isolation.

Faculty & Staff

Any faculty or staff member who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual will have the option to seek a clinical evaluation and testing through their own health care provider. For more information, see Testing for Faculty and Staff in the Return to Work Guide.

Testing for individuals identified as close contact of an infected person shall be conducted in accordance with Virginia Department of Health guidelines. The results of this testing will be reported to the University (with a signed authorization), the Virginia Department of Health, and to the individual who tests positive.

Prevalence Testing 

The University of Richmond will begin COVID-19 prevalence testing the week of Sept. 7. Prevalence testing involves testing a randomly selected group of asymptomatic people to assess the incidence of COVID-19 on campus.

Testing Procedures

Under our prevalence testing plan, we will test 15% of undergraduate students, 10% of Law, and 5% of SPCS and MBA students every two weeks. Testing for students will be limited to those who are taking classes on campus this fall. We will also test 10% of faculty and staff members who are in student- or public-facing roles, including but not limited to faculty teaching in person and certain dining and facilities staff, every two weeks. The Provost’s Office and Human Resources have identified over 1,100 faculty and staff members in student- or public-facing roles.

Student-athletes and athletics staff members in medium- or high-contact sports will be tested every two weeks in accordance with NCAA protocols. Undergraduate students will be tested one week, and everyone else subject to prevalence testing will be tested the following week.

Those selected for prevalence testing will receive an email notifying them of the test date and location. The email will include a link to sign up for a specific time slot. Under the Healthy Web Compact, students are required to take a test if selected. We strongly encourage employees, in order to benefit the health and welfare of our entire community, to participate in testing if selected.

Students in Quarantine

In addition, each student that is quarantined for 14 days will be required to take an additional test between days 5–7, per Virginia Department of Health guidelines.

Initial Screening Testing 

Students

All degree-seeking students taking classes on campus were required to undergo PCR viral testing upon arrival on campus and prior to checking in to student housing and the commencement of classes. For more information, see Testing Upon Arrival.

The results of this testing were reported to the Student Health Center, the Virginia Department of Health, and to the students who test positive.

Faculty & Staff

The University provided COVID-19 testing for all faculty and staff who will be teaching or working on campus during the fall semester, on either a full-time or part-time basis. For more information, see Testing for Faculty and Staff in the Return to Work Guide.