Mandatory Testing

Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program

The University is requiring members of the campus community (students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff) who are not fully vaccinated or up to date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 and who will be in University facilities in the Chicago area for the 2021-22 academic year to participate in the University’s weekly COVID-19 Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program.

How to register for the Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program and schedule a test

  • All participants in the Mandatory Testing Program will need sign a consent form and a HIPPA authorization, which permit the release of your results to the University and UCM. Please note: All participants, regardless of whether they signed similar forms for the 2020-21 academic year, must complete new forms for the 2021-22 academic year. Students under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign their consent form to complete registration.
  • The online medical patient portal for the 2021-22 academic year is the my.WellnessPortal, separate from UChicago Medicine's MyChart. Accounts have already been created, and students and employees can login using their UChicago CNetID and password. Through this portal, participants can: 
    • Schedule or reschedule weekly testing appointments (subject to testing program availability)
    • View information on testing appointments
    • View results of completed COVID-19 tests
    • Please note: If you are unable to be tested at your regular appointment time, you must contact the testing program at C19Testing@uchicago.edu or reschedule through the portal, subject to testing availability.

    Test type, guidelines, and results

    • For the 2021-22 academic year, the testing program will utilize a saliva-based COVID-19 test. During their visit, participants will be asked to provide 1-2 ml of saliva into a specimen vial. While medical professionals will be onsite to assist, the saliva specimen is self-collected by the participant. The test is free to participants, with all costs covered by the University.

    • Important: For the sample to be viable, participants must refrain from eating, drinking, using tobacco, chewing gum, or using oral hygiene products for 60 minutes prior to your testing appointment. We recommend drinking water 60 minutes prior to your appointment to improve hydration. If a saliva sample is determined to be unviable by the laboratory, participants may be required to return to the test site and provide a new sample.

    • Test results will be released within 48 hours.

    Testing locations

    The testing program will operate on the Hyde Park campus, in the Walker Museum, Suite 309, located on the main quadrangle at 1115 E. 58th St.

    The Walker Museum test site can be accessed via the ground-level entrance located between Rosenwald Hall and the Walker Museum. Participants can either take the stairs or elevator to the third floor, then turn left and continue down the hallway to enter the test site.

    More information

    • Please view our testing FAQ web page for answers to frequently asked questions.

    • If you have questions related to registration or the testing program not addressed in the FAQs, contact C19Testing@uchicago.edu or call 773.702.8450.