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Learn more about UHart's response to COVID-19: hartford.edu/healthy-hawks.

Testing for COVID-19

We implemented an expanded proactive testing program and Health Services is available for those students who feel ill.

Pre-Arrival Testing

All students are required to provide documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to moving in or, if you are a commuter, before attending your first class. 

At-Home Testing Options

If you are concerned about getting results back in time from an in-person test, there are several mail-in testing services that can be purchased for at-home collection. You mail the test kit back to the lab and some can have results back within 2-3 days. These companies include Pixel by LabCore, Vault, and EverlyWell.

Submitting Your Test Results

1: Log in to Self-Service.

2: Click on the Student tab.

3: Click on “Upload a COVID test.”

4: Fill out the form and attach your test results. The documentation must clearly show your name, the date the test was performed, and the test result.

Health Services will review your results within two business days of receiving them. You can check the status of your test approval within Self-Service by going to the same place you went to upload the result. You will also receive an email once your test result is approved. If there are issues with your test result that need to be corrected, you will receive an email from Health Services with instructions for how to correct it.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 during the last 90 days, please submit your POSITIVE results using the same process above. Health Services will review the results in order to clear you to return to campus.

Move-In and Arrival Quarantine Testing for Residential Students

Move-in testing

In accordance with new state guidelines, all students will receive a rapid test when you arrive on campus. This test will be administered in addition to the PCR test result you are required to provide from the seven days prior to move-in. Both tests are required.

If you test negative, you will be free to move into your residence.

If you test positive, and you live within 200 miles of campus, you will be asked to return home to self-isolate until you are cleared by our medical staff. If you live outside of this radius, we will work with you on alternate isolation arrangements during your self-isolation period. 

Arrival Quarantine Testing

All students will be retested before the end of the arrival quarantine. If you test negative, you will be able to leave quarantine after Feb. 7. If you test positive, you will begin a self-isolation period in a space on campus or at home, if you wish.

Arrival Testing for Commuters

More information for commuters will be shared soon.

Testing During the Spring Semester

proactive community testing

We are scaling up our asymptomatic proactive testing program this spring for both residential students and commuters. Students will be tested more frequently than they were this fall. More details will be shared in mid-January.

These tests are not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed. This test will be administered at no cost to you. If you receive an appointment for the proactive testing, you must attend. Testing will continue to be offered in convenient campus locations and it takes less than 10 minutes on average. 

Symptomatic Testing

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

See official testing policy

This policy was updated on Sept. 22, 2020.

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 

  • Each week between 20 and 25% of the residential student body will be selected for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • If you are selected, 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.
  • This test is 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 Non-residential, Commuter, and Graduate Students 

Non-residential, commuter, and graduate students may be asked to obtain an asymptomatic test due to contact tracing efforts when risk of exposure is considered high.

  • If you are selected or 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.