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UChicago COVID-19 Testing Program

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, the University is taking measures to test, trace, isolate, and treat cases that may emerge.

The University’s testing approach includes three programs: (1) A Symptomatic Testing Program for individuals who have potential symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19; (2) A Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program for asymptomatic students and other members of our campus community living in University residence halls, as well as student-athletes who live off campus; and (3) A Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program for faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff who will regularly be on our campus.

People who have enrolled in testing may opt out of the program if they are fully vaccinated. For more information on the requirements and on how to do so, visit the Mandatory Surveillance or Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program pages listed below.

Please see more information on the three testing programs below:

Symptomatic Testing Program

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate and call to schedule a screening with the University of Chicago Medicine or UChicago Student Wellness.

Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program

In order to understand and mitigate the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, the University is providing weekly screening for interested students, faculty, other academic appointees, and postdoctoral researchers and staff participants who will regularly be on campus.

Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program

The mandatory testing program for those living in the University residence halls, as well as student athletes who live off-campus, has ended for the 2020-21 academic year. Individuals from this program who will frequently be on campus or at another University facility in the Chicago area in Summer 2021 and can commit to regular testing have the option to participate in the Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program.

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to, even if you have not been on campus.