Voluntary Testing

Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program

COVID-19 testing is available on a voluntary basis during the 2021-22 academic year. Please note that isolation requirements apply for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.

To be eligible for the University’s Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program, you must be a University student, faculty member, other academic appointee, postdoctoral researcher, or staff member and cannot have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to your test date. There is no need to commit to weekly testing.

If you meet these criteria and would like to receive a test, complete the consent and HIPAA forms and schedule a test through the patient portal.

Test Location

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.

No cost to participants

Costs of the tests will be covered by the University.

New consent and HIPAA authorization forms

To apply to participate in the testing program, complete the consent and HIPAA authorization forms created specifically for this testing program. You must complete these forms prior to your first appointment, even if you completed similar forms in the past. Students under age 18 must have their legal guardian sign their consent form to complete registration.

Patient portal and testing times

The online medical patient portal for the Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program during 2021-22 academic year is the my.WellnessPortal, which is separate from UChicago Medicine’s MyChart. Accounts have already been created and students and employees can login using their CNetID and password. Through this portal, participants can:

  • Schedule or reschedule testing appointments (subject to testing program availability)

  • View information on testing appointments

  • View results of completed COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 testing appointments will be set for specific times. Participants will be able to change their testing appointment day, time, and location via self-service capabilities in the portal, subject to appointment availability.

Test type and results

For the 2021-22 academic year, the testing program will use a saliva-based COVID-19 PCR test. During their testing appointment, participants will be asked to provide 1-2 ml of saliva into a specimen vial. While medical professionals will be on site to assist, the saliva specimen is self-collected by the participant.

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 their 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 to provide a new sample.

Test results will be released within 48 hours but will normally be available faster.

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.