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Student Testing Protocol

The information on this page is relevant for fall 2021.

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:42 am

Rationale

Regular screening of the campus population using Hawk Check, rapid testing, positive case investigation and contact tracing will help detect infections and minimize COVID-19 risk.

Policy

The University follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health regarding surveillance testing for unvaccinated members of the campus community.

Who Is Subject to this Protocol?

All exempted students and all partially vaccinated students who reside, attend classes or otherwise will be on campus in the fall 2021 semester.

Procedures

Students subject to this policy must complete twice weekly on-campus rapid COVID-19 testing until the last day of the semester.

Partially vaccinated students are subject to this testing policy until one month following their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or until one month after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Students must test two days per week, preferably on non-consecutive days, during the academic year. This testing assumes that these students are asymptomatic and have completed a Hawk Check. Students reporting symptoms should quarantine and wait for further test instructions from the University Health Center. Students must be tested at the University’s testing center in Webster Hall. Off campus testing will not be accepted by the University to satisfy this policy’s testing requirements and will be considered as a “missed test.” Students who miss tests are subject to discipline by the University.

One Time Registration

Anyone getting tested must register with the Navica app in order to participate in COVID-19 testing. Results are delivered to your mobile device and the University Health Center.

Registration instructions (complete prior to arrival):

  1. Go to the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone or tablet and download the Navica app (blue icon)
  2. Open the Navica app and sign up for an account. Be sure to use your montclair.edu email address and (1) for residential students, residence building & room number, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair NJ 07043, or (2) for nonresidential students, your home address when you set up your account. This is important to facilitate contact tracing.
  3. Monitor your University email account for a message from “NAVICA-noreply”<noreply@navica.abbott>.
  4. The email message will have a Connect Code (12 digits and letters, with two dashes). Important: copy the entire code.
  5. Go to your Navica app, open Account Settings (the little blue person in a circle on the top right) and select “Connect an Organization.” Then enter the connect code you copied from the email from NAVICA-noreply. This ensures that Montclair State will receive your test results.
  6. Failure to register with NAVICA as required by this policy may subject the individual to discipline.

The Montclair State University COVID-19 test site is located in Webster Hall, 1st floor. You must bring your Montclair State University ID card for access to the testing site. No appointments are necessary.

Webster Hall Testing Site Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7: 30 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m – 2 p.m.

Please Note: Monday, September 6 will be closed for Labor Day.

Testing Exemptions

The University may determine that testing is not required during a 90-day period after a person tests positive for COVID-19. Individuals must report their positive test results to Hawk Check and be evaluated by a University Health Center clinician. The student will receive an automated email to advise the student of the date to resume routine testing. This will facilitate compliance monitoring.

Students who are reporting symptoms and are placed in isolation should follow the instructions of the University Health Center about completing routine testing.

Daily Hawk Check

Every person coming to campus must take appropriate action to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 to keep the community safe. To that end, all individuals must complete a daily self-checkup to monitor their health using Hawk Check.

Compliance

Compliance will be monitored by the COVID-19 Testing Liaison.

The Dean of Students will receive regular communications regarding students who are not compliant with weekly testing so that they may take action to enforce this policy and request appropriate discipline.

Policy Regarding Students Who Do Not Complete Weekly COVID Testing

Students who are not compliant with the testing requirements in this policy will be managed as follows:

  1. 1st Missed Test – the student will receive a written warning notification by email and be required to complete an on-campus test within the same week.
  2. 2nd Missed Test – the student will receive a notification from the Dean of Students that they have failed to comply with this policy, and that they are not permitted to attend in-person classes until a negative COVID-19 on campus test has been completed. Faculty will receive a general notification that the student will not be in class.
  3. 3rd Missed Test – the student will receive a notification from the Dean of Students and is not permitted to attend in-person classes until the on-campus test has been completed and is negative. In addition:
    • Residential students will be placed in quarantine housing until tested.
    • Commuter students will not be allowed on campus until they schedule and complete their test, and the test results are negative.
  4. Students who miss more than three (3) tests (cumulatively during a semester) will be referred to the Student Conduct process for discipline.

Reference

Interim Guidance for Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2