After completing the spring 2020 semester virtually, students returned to the Coral Gables Campus in August for the fall 2020 semester. PHOTO: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami

Information on arrival COVID-19 testing for students

By News@TheU

Information on arrival COVID-19 testing for students

By News@TheU
All students are required to test negative for COVID-19 before attending any in-person classes, programs, or work shifts on any University of Miami campus. With the start of classes Monday, here is the critical information students need to know.

With the start of the spring semester Monday, the University of Miami has issued important protocols for students—including arrival testing for COVID-19—that must be followed in order to attend classes and participate in other activities.

Please note: 

All students are required to test negative for COVID-19 before attending any in-person classes, programs, or work shifts on any University of Miami campus. 

Individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are still required to complete arrival testing and to participate in weekly testing throughout the semester. 

Here are details about how you can ensure you are in compliance with this mandatory testing requirement. 

NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS

  • Students who live off campus should allow sufficient time to be tested and receive their results prior to their first on-campus class, program, or work shift. Testing is available this weekend to accommodate students who need testing prior to the start of classes on Monday.
  • Walk-up testing is available, without an appointment, at Pavia Garage on Friday, Jan. 22, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25, begins weekly testing appointments for students. 

RESIDENT STUDENTS

  • Students who live on campus must test within 12 hours of their arrival and check-in.
  • Walk-up testing is available, without an appointment, at Pavia Garage on Friday, Jan. 22, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25, begins weekly testing appointments for students. 

MEDICAL CAMPUS STUDENTS

  • All first- and second-year medical students, and all graduate students on the Medical Campus regardless of year of study, will be tested by appointment only at the Center for Family Studies on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. 

SYMPTOM CHECKER AND ENFORCEMENT

  • All students planning to be present on any University of Miami campus or access any University facilities must complete the daily symptom checker each day and abide by the instructions provided.
  • A new question has been added to ensure compliance with the mandatory arrival testing requirement.
  • Students who provide false or misleading information will face disciplinary action.
  • A “Good to Go” symptom checker status will be required to enter University facilities or to attend any in-person classes, programs, or work shifts.
  • The symptom checker can be found at miami.edu/daily-symptom-checker or on the UMiami mobile app. 

STUDENTS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE SINCE NOV. 1

  • Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 on or since Nov. 1 is exempt from the arrival testing requirement.
  • Students who tested outside of the University must upload proof of their positive result to Student Health Service.

ONGOING TESTING THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER

  • Any student who will be on any University of Miami campus at any point during the spring semester will be required to take a COVID-19 test at least once every week through the UScreen Testing Initiative.
  • Students will receive email and/or text message alerts to schedule their on-campus testing appointments.
  • Testing sites will be located at the Coral Gables, Medical, and Marine campuses.
  • Additional information about spring semester testing can be found at miami.edu/health-wellness-and-testing

Visit coronavirus.miami.edu for answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 testing requirements and for the latest information about the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine will be shared with the University community as it becomes available.