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 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. Those who do not upload proof of vaccination to the University’s online registry will receive information directly about enrolling in the testing program.

In addition, all those living in residence halls, including not only students but also faculty, staff members, and their families living in University housing, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to participate in ad-hoc testing as part of the Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program, including testing upon move-in.

Note: Anyone participating in the Voluntary or Mandatory Testing Program who experiences COVID-19 symptoms should not attend their regularly scheduled testing appointment—instead call to schedule a screening with UCM (employees) or UChicago Student Wellness (students). See the Symptomatic Testing page for phone numbers and other details.

  • How to register for the Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program
    • Those who are required to participate in the Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program are automatically registered for the testing program and should have received an email in early September with more information including steps to sign consent and HIPPA authorization forms and sign up for an account in the WellnessPortal. If you did not receive an email and believe you are required to participate in the program, contact C19Testing@uchicago.edu.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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:
      • View information on testing appointments
      • Request or reschedule testing appointments (subject to testing program availability)
      • View results of completed COVID-19 tests
    • Unlike last year, COVID-19 testing appointments will be set for specific times instead of within 4-hour testing windows. Participants will be able to change their appointment times and dates via the portal’s self-service capabilities. 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.
  • 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. Starting October 19, it will also operate Tuesdays and Fridays at Chicago Booth’s downtown Gleacher Center location, in room 101. The Walker Museum test site can be accessed in two ways:
      • Main entrance: Take the stairs to the third floor and turn right to enter the test site.
      • Elevator/ADA entrance: Enter via the ground-level entrance located between Rosenwald Hall and the Walker Museum. Take the elevator or stairs to the third floor, then turn left and continue down the hallway to enter the test site.
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