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Testing Protocol

Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2022 5:10 pm

Rationale

Regular screening of the campus population using Hawk Check, PCR 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 the Policy?

All exempted employees and students and all partially vaccinated employees and students who reside, attend classes or otherwise will be on campus in the spring 2022 semester.

Procedures

  • Employees and students subject to this policy must complete one weekly on-campus PCR COVID-19 test until the last day of the semester. For purposes of this testing protocol, weekly testing is Monday – Sunday.
  • Partially vaccinated employees and 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.
  • This testing assumes that individuals are asymptomatic and have completed a Hawk Check daily. Individuals reporting symptoms should quarantine and wait for further test instructions from the University Health Center or the Occupational Health Office. Under this policy students and employees 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.
  • Students are required to test on campus weekly regardless of the modality of their courses that week. Students are still required to test even if their professor cancels their class. Should the University close due to inclement whether students will need to come to campus on a different day that week to test.

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.

Compliance


Compliance will be monitored by the Associate Director of Residential Support Services.

The Dean of Students will receive regular communications regarding students who are required to complete weekly testing so that they may take action to enforce this policy and request appropriate discipline.

Students Who Do Not Complete Required Weekly COVID-19 Testing

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

  • 1st Missed Test: The student will receive a hold on their account and be required to complete an on-campus test within the same week. The hold will be removed on a weekly basis.
  • 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 their NetID and Canvas access will be turned off. 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. NetID reactivation may take up to 72 hours.
    • Residential students may be removed from housing pending a negative COVID-19 on-campus test has been completed and results received.
  • 3rd Missed Test: The student will receive a notification from the Dean of Students and they will be withdrawn from their courses. They will receive a WD in all of their courses. There will be no refund of tuition/fees for courses or housing for failure to comply with this policy.

Important: Students who miss more than two (2) tests (cumulatively during a semester) may be referred to the Student Conduct process for discipline.