Spring Semester: Return to Campus Testing
To start the semester safely, all students and employees who will be on campus at any point are required to be tested for COVID-19 by Saturday, Jan. 16. Those who have not yet scheduled a test may do so at myhousing.wvu.edu but limited times are available.
The WVU Tech campus is conducting a free return-to-campus COVID-19 testing program separate from the Morgantown program. Information about testing has been distributed to MIX/WVU emails.
Students must be tested on campus; outside test results will not be accepted. Those who have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days are not required to be tested but must notify WVU Tech Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 are still required to complete COVID-19 testing.
Results will be available within three days of the test. Students must receive a negative test result before classes start on Jan. 19 or they will not be allowed into the classroom for instruction. Only those who receive negative results can be on campus.
Those who tested positive for COVID-19 over the winter break and have yet to notify the University must do so. Students should notify WVU Tech Student Life at 304-929-1232, email@example.com or through the CARE form. Employees should notify WVU Medical Management.
COVID-19 module for new, incoming students
New students starting at WVU this spring are required to take the COVID-19 education module by Saturday, Jan. 16. Those who are returning this spring do not need to retake the module. To complete the COVID-19 module, visit go.wvu.edu/COVIDmodule. Those required to take the module received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with more information, as well. Please check junk and spam folders for expected emails that have not been received.
Each week, at least 10% of students who will be on campus will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 as part of the University’s ongoing testing plan. Some students and employees may be asked to test more frequently due to their involvement in certain majors, programs, residence halls, sports teams, etc. Those who have been selected at random to be tested will receive an email from email@example.com.
Subsequent testing will begin on January 25 and will occur every Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Students who are randomly selected will be notified the week prior and receive a reminder on the Friday before the test.
Ongoing testing is conducted to assess the general health of the community and if spread of COVID-19 exists. Combined with other preventive safety measures, testing provides critical data to help inform the University of our overall campus safety.
University employees working in hybrid or in-person capacities will continue to have the option to receive a COVID-19 test weekly if desired throughout the spring semester. They can schedule a test by contacting WVU Tech Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-929-1232.
After Your Test
Students, faculty and staff should continue to follow the University’s safety protocols while awaiting their results. Students may leave their residence hall room but should wear a mask/face covering as mandated and stay physically distant as much as possible. Faculty and staff also should wear a mask/face covering and practice physical distancing.
Students living off campus should minimize leaving their apartments or houses, wear a mask/face covering and maintain physical distancing pending the return of their test results.
For students, failure to take a COVID-19 test by Friday, Jan. 15, will result in a $250 fee being added to the student's account. The student also will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for follow-up.
Employees who fail to take a COVID-19 test by Friday, Jan. 15, will be subject to employee disciplinary actions until they take the test. These actions include, but are not limited to, being placed on administrative leave without pay and/or being placed on administrative leave while using the employee’s annual leave.
Isolation and Quarantine Procedures
WVU’s testing program will include the use of two types of diagnostic tests during the spring semester:
- The RT-PCR test detects the virus’s genetic material – the RNA – and is sensitive enough to need only a small amount. PCR tests can take from 24-72 hours to provide results and are regarded as the gold standard testing method.
- Rapid antigen tests detect specific proteins from the virus and are particularly useful for rapidly identifying a person who is at or near peak infection. Generally, antigen tests provide faster results but can be less accurate asymptomatic screenings.
Using a combination of the two types of tests will help us identify positive cases quickly and slow the spread of COVID-19.
As with the fall semester, students living in the residence halls who have COVID-19 will be isolated in the S. Kanawha Street houses.
Those asked to quarantine for 14 days will have the opportunity to shorten their quarantine time to 10 days if they have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures - including daily symptom monitoring - through day 14.
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