Testing Upon Arrival

All full-time, degree seeking students will be required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of classes. The University has engaged SecureHealth to administer viral PCR tests to full-time degree seeking students upon their arrival on campus.

This testing will take place in the west concourse of Robins Stadium, and all students must be scheduled in advance. The University will also have an on-campus location for COVID-19 testing for students throughout the semester. 

Test Information

The University of Richmond has contracted with an independent medical company, SecureHealth, to be on campus and provide COVID-19 testing for students. SecureHealth is using Next Molecular to run the test. There is no charge to students for the initial move in date lab testing done in August 2020.

  • Molecular diagnostic testing will be done with real time-PCR to identify the presence of viral RNA in respiratory samples collected by nasal-pharyngeal swab.
  • Lab results will be notified to students within 2 to 3 days after testing is completed, but depends on backlog.
  • Positive results (meaning COVID-19 virus has been detected) will be communicated to students by urgent phone call to their cell phone.
  • All students (positive or negative results) will also be sent a lab message result through their confidential student health center patient portal.
  • We are not conducting antigen testing (or "point of care" test) at this time, due to potential false negative testing and the need for a second test with molecular diagnostic real time PCR molecular lab.
  • We are not conducting antibody blood testing at this time, as is not yet reliable for strength or duration of protection.
  • More information about testing is available from the Virginia Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

Registration for Initial Testing

All students should have registered for testing. Students should report to the west concourse of Robins Stadium at their designated time. If you have not yet done so, please do so as quickly as possible.

  • Residential students will be able to sign up for testing and a move-in appointment on StarRez, our online housing software tool.
  • Undergraduate students who do not reside on campus must schedule a time for testing by August 10, 2020, using this form.

TESTING SIGN-UP FOR LATE-ARRIVALS

For students who arrive to campus late, those who will miss their designated move-in dates, and/or those who did not sign up for a time slot to be tested, please sign up for COVID-19 testing here.

Once you complete the form in full, you will receive a message about next steps and requirements.

Residential Students

Students who will reside on campus will have staggered times for testing and move-in, as described in the Move-In Guide. Residential students will be able to sign up for testing and a move-in appointment on StarRez, our online housing software tool. Residential students should report to the west concourse of Robins Stadium at their designated time. 

  • The first step in this process will be COVID-19 testing.
  • Following testing, residential students will continue through the move-in process and receive their SpiderCard, a welcome pack, and all necessary information and be permitted to move in to their assigned room.
  • Students are able to remain with their roommate while awaiting test results, but must wear a face covering in their room and practice strict social distancing until their test results are received.
  • The results of the COVID-19 test will be provided to students by the Student Health Center.
  • The time for receiving the results may vary, but we expect to have the results within 48 to 72 hours. 

If a student has a temperature or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at the testing location, they will be instructed to leave campus and quarantine with their family in a local hotel pending the receipt of test results. If that is not possible, those students will be placed in the University’s designated isolation rooms to await test results before taking any further action. Should this be necessary, the student will be provided further information about ordering meals and accessing the on-campus isolation space.

Nonresidential Students

Undergraduate students who do not reside on campus must schedule a time for testing using this form. Students are able to remain with their roommate or apartment mates while awaiting test results, but must wear a face covering in their off-campus residence and practice strict social distancing until their test results are received. The results of the COVID-19 test will be provided to students by the Student Health Center. The time for receiving the results may vary, but we expect to have the results within 48 to 72 hours.

If a nonresidential student has a temperature or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at the testing location, they will be instructed to leave campus and quarantine at their off-campus residence pending the receipt of test results. Should this be necessary, the student will be provided further guidance.

Consent to Testing and Authorization to Release Test Results

All students undergoing COVID-19 testing must sign a COVID-19 Screening and Testing Authorization for Release of Testing and Screening Results at least three days prior to their scheduled testing date. The Screening and Testing Authorization for Release of Testing and Screening Results is available in the Student Health Portal and may be signed electronically.

The parents and guardians of students under the age of 18 will receive the Screening and Testing Authorization for Release of Testing and Screening Results by email with instructions on how to execute and upload the signed document to their student’s portal.

Exemptions from Testing

A student may be exempted from initial COVID-19 testing under the following circumstances:

  • The student will be studying remotely during the fall semester and will not be on campus for other purposes (e.g., use of the library or recreation center);
  • The student has a negative viral PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and provides a copy of the lab report upon arrival at the Robins Stadium testing location; or
  • The student had a positive viral PCR test for COVID-19 not more than 90 days prior to arrival on campus, has completed their isolation, and provides a copy of the lab report upon arrival at the Robins Stadium testing location. Students who have a positive test within 10 days of arrival on campus should not come to campus until: (1) they have no fever, defined as less than 100 degrees F, for at least three days (that is 72 hours of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, such as Tylenol, Motrin, aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc.); (2) other respiratory symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath); and (3) at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared or they have and provide documentation of two negative COVID-19 PCR viral tests done at least 24 hours apart.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus and are grateful for your prompt attention to completion of the Screening and Testing Authorization for Release of Testing and Screening Results.