Testing for COVID-19

Fall 2021 Testing Protocols

Pre-Arrival Testing

There is no pre-arrival testing requirement for vaccinated students.

students with vaccine exemptions

All students who were granted a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are required to submit a pre-arrival PCR test which must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.  

  • Residential students who have an approved vaccine exemption should bring their PCR test result to their move-in time slot during move-in weekend. Residential students who are not vaccinated will also receive a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival for move-in. 
  • Commuter students with an approved vaccine exemption should submit their PCR test to to be reviewed by a medical provider prior to the start of classes.

Routine Surveillance Testing

There is no testing requirement for vaccinated students and employees.

students and employees with vaccine exemptions

All students and employees who were granted an exemption from vaccination are required to be tested each week for COVID-19. Failure to participate in routine testing may result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution or Human Resources Development and may result in consequences up to and including loss of housing,campus access, or leave without pay.

Symptomatic Testing

local testing options
  • Hartford HealthCare’s Go Health Urgent Care in Bishop's Corner 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 July 26, 2021.

To maintain the health and well-being of the University community, it is essential that those community members with an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement participate in 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

  • All students and employees with a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement will receive weekly tests
  • 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 at no cost to you.
  • If a positive test is identified, Health Services will contact you. Students and employees should plan to go home to self-isolate. If students are not able to go home and must isolate on campus, you 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 violating the testing policy, possible sanctions may include loss of housing/access to campus. Employees will be referred to Human Resources.


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.



A student that has COVID-19 and must return home or stay in a designated isolation space. Absence from classes as a result of COVID-19 infections will be considered excused, and students will work individually with their faculty to determine the best method for making up missed work. Students who are not able to leave campus for isolation may room with other students in isolation. 


A student who was exposed to COVID-19, and is unvaccinated, needs to wait and see if they develop symptoms. Quarantine is typically 10 days since the last exposure to the infected person. Students should go home for quarantine whenever possible, but may quarantine in their own space or be moved to a separate quarantine space depending on the living situation and recommendation of Health Services. Unvaccinated students may also be asked to quarantine if they have had no known exposure, but are awaiting a COVID-19 test while exhibiting symptoms. Vaccinated students that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms may also be asked to quarantine.  While in quarantine, students may or may not have a roommate depending on the situation.