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Testing for COVID-19

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the campus community, we are offering a robust testing program, including proactive surveillance testing and testing for students with symptoms. 

Residential Student Requirements

We will continue to test all residential students at least once a week on an ongoing basis. Some students will be tested more than once a week as part of our random surveillance testing strategy. This requirement also applies to students who have been vaccinated.

Weekly Rapid Tests

The time slot that you already have for weekly testing will continue to be your regular time slot. If you need to make a permanent change to your weekly testing time slot, please email covidtest@hartford.edu. Remember, these tests are mandatory.

Random PCR Tests

On Mondays, starting March 1, randomly selected residential students will receive PCR tests as a supplement to the weekly rapid tests. Please note that when you are selected for the additional PCR test, you will be tested twice that week: once on Monday and once during your regular time slot on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

If you are selected for a mandatory PCR test, you will be notified by email on Thursday and asked to sign up for an appointment for that coming Monday in Konover. Results from our on-campus PCR tests usually come back in two or three business days.

Commuter Student Requirements

Beginning March 1, undergraduate commuter students will not automatically be tested each week, as they were through February. Instead, you will be periodically selected for testing, which will take place on Mondays in the Konover Campus Center. If you are selected for a test, you will be notified the Thursday before and asked to choose a time slot for the following Monday. If you are chosen, it is required that you attend your appointment. This requirement also applies to students who have been vaccinated.

Commuter students living in the immediate area (Hartford, West Hartford, Bloomfield) and those with high contact on campus, such as full-time students, student workers, and members of student organizations, should expect to be selected for testing more frequently than those living farther away and having less contact with the campus community.

Graduate commuter students were only required to complete pre-arrival testing prior to the start of the semester.

Symptomatic Testing

Health services

Health Services has tests available for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms. If you are sick, do not go to class. Stay in your room and call Health Services at 860.768.6601 (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or GoHealth Urgent Care at 860.200.7701 after hours.

If you are tested off-campus and are positive, please call Health Services right away.

local testing options
  • Hartford HealthCare’s Go Health Urgent Care offers PCR tests and rapid tests seven days a week. Call 860.200.7701 to make an appointment.
  • Physician One at 21 North Main Street in West Hartford offers PCR tests and rapid tests seven days a week. Call 860.236.3911 to make an appointment.
  • Cost and time to get results may vary based on location and type of test. Results can take up to seven days for PCR tests and prices typically range from $100­ to $150.

Testing Policy

This policy was updated on Feb. 24, 2021

To maintain the health and well-being of the University community, it is essential that community members participate in initial and ongoing COVID-19 testing throughout the academic year. This policy refers to viral testing only (not antibody testing), which determines whether you have a current COVID-19 infection.

Ongoing COVID-19 Testing

For Residential Students 

  • All residential students will receive weekly rapid tests
  • On Mondays, starting March 1, randomly selected residential students will receive PCR tests as a supplement to the weekly rapid tests.
  • If you are selected for a PCR test, you will be notified by email.
  • These tests are not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed.
  • You must take the tests and agree to release your results to the University of Hartford.
  • The tests are of no cost to you.
  • If a positive test is identified, Health Services will contact you. Students should either go home or will be isolated in accordance with the quarantine and isolation policy.
  • Students who do not show up for testing will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If found responsible for breaking the testing policy, possible sanctions may include loss of housing.


For Undergraduate Commuter Students

Non-residential, Commuter, and Graduate Students 

  • If you are selected for a test, you will be notified by email.
  • This test is not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed.
  • You must take the test and agree to release your results to the University of Hartford.
  • The test is of no cost to you.
  • If a positive test is identified, health services will contact you. You should stay home to isolate.
  • Students who do not show up for testing will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If found responsible for breaking the testing policy, possible sanctions may include loss of housing.

For Faculty and Staff 

Currently, there is no on-going testing expectation for faculty and staff. Faculty and staff can request one asymptomatic test during the Fall semester, as capacity allows. Please visit HRD's website for more information and to sign up.

Students, faculty, or staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test result off campus must report to Health Services. If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, you must contact Health Services or your own physician for consult. Do not try to self-quarantine.

Definitions

Isolation

Student has the virus and must return home or stay in a designated isolation space. If remaining on campus, their food will be delivered and laundry and mail service will be provided. Classes will be taken remotely as symptoms allow. Students in isolation may room with other students in isolation.

Quarantine

Student was exposed to the virus and needs to wait and see if they develop symptoms. Quarantine is typically 14 days since the last exposure to the infected person. Students may quarantine in their own space or be moved to a separate quarantine space depending on the living situation and recommendation of Health Services. When in quarantine, food will be delivered and laundry and mail services will be provided. Students may also be asked to quarantine if they have had no known exposure, but are awaiting a COVID-19 test while exhibiting symptoms. While in quarantine, students may or may not have a roommate depending in the situation. Students should go home for quarantine when possible.