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What You Need to Know: Student Testing

WVU will conduct random sample testing throughout the fall semester, as well as testing students who exhibit symptoms.

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Mandatory Fall Testing

Return to Campus Testing

  • If you verified your COVID-19 vaccination with the University by Aug. 1, you were not required to undergo testing at the beginning of the semester.
  • Students and employees who are on campus this fall and did not verify their vaccination by Aug. 1 were required to provide a valid negative COVID-19 test result to WVU.
    • Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days did not need to provide a test result but had to contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 and provide proof of a positive result to be exempted from testing.
  • Those who failed to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements may be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.

Submit Your Results

  • Students had until Tuesday, Aug. 24, to turn in a negative test result to Shared Services.
  • After Aug. 24, students will be asked to provide their negative test result during a Student Conduct investigation.

Accepted COVID-19 Tests

Random Sample Testing

WVU is conducting weekly random sample testing among certain groups of students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the University.

  • WVU will identify those who may be asked to participate in sample testing based on their role or academic discipline — regardless of whether the individual has a known exposure or is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Certain groups may be asked to complete testing on a weekly basis based on their potential exposure to COVID-19 and vaccination status.
  • At this time, students and employees who verified their vaccination with WVU are exempt from random sample testing.
  • Those asked to participate in sample testing will receive an email notification from with instructions to register using StarRez (WVU’s housing portal).
  • Testing will be conducted at the Student Rec Center.
  • Participants should continue to follow safety protocols while awaiting their results.
  • Results should be available within three to five days.
  • Those identified to take part in WVU’s sample testing program are required to complete COVID-19 testing. Those who fail to comply may be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.

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Optional Testing

Community Testing

WVU has partnered with the Monongalia County Health Department to hold free COVID-19 community testing at the WVU Student Rec Center during the fall term:

  • Testing will be offered in the lower gym of the Student Rec Center:
    • Mondays – 8 a.m. to noon
    • Tuesdays – noon to 4 p.m.
    • Wednesdays – noon to 4 p.m.
    • Thursdays – 8 a.m. to noon
    • Fridays – 8 a.m. to noon
  • No appointment is required.
  • Testing is open to WVU students, employees and residents of Monongalia County.
  • Those who have been identified to participate in sample testing, are symptomatic or who have been identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 also are welcome at the clinic.
  • Free parking is available in Area 49.
  • Wear a face mask and practice physical distancing.
  • Bring identification (driver's license or proof of address).
  • Students and employees who need testing outside of normal testing hours may call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200 for more information.

If You're Exposed to COVID-19

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Testing Procedures

Types of Diagnostic Tests

WVU’s fall semester testing program will use the RT-PCR diagnostic test:

  • RT-PCR tests detect 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 but are regarded as the gold standard testing method.

Please note: The recent CDC lab notice indicating the CDC will withdraw the emergency use authorization request to the FDA for the CDC 2019 nCoV Real Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel DOES NOT mean other PCR tests should not be used. PCR is still the gold standard test method for detecting COVID-19. The bulletin is only relevant to the very few labs that still use the CDC COVID PCR reagents; most labs that used these have switched to other tests (different PCR tests). WVU has never used these CDC reagent kits for our testing.

What Your Results Mean

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Positive RT-PCR test result — You have COVID-19 and will be required to isolate for at least 10 days.

If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Positive RT-PCR test result — You have COVID-19 and will be required to isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Negative result from either test (RT-PCR or antigen) — Generally means you do not have COVID-19.

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If You Test Positive

  • Students must continue to report all positive COVID-19 results to the University, including results from third-parties outside the WVU testing system, to WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or
  • Individuals reporting a positive test result will be contacted by their local health department and may also be contacted by Student Health Services.
  • Do not break isolation requirements to re-test during your isolation period.
  • Check our What to Do if ... scenarios for more guidance on what to do if you test positive.

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If You Develop Symptoms After Testing Negative

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after testing negative, you should be evaluated by a physician. You should not come to campus if you are feeling ill.

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Monitoring COVID-19 on Campus

  • The University has re-instituted its COVID-19 incident command center and will be monitoring local and campus trends throughout the 2021-22 academic year.
  • We will update campus testing data Monday-Friday by 2 p.m. Quarantine, isolation and vaccination rates will be updated each Wednesday by 2 p.m.
  • This data, along with local and regional trends, will be continually monitored by University and local and state health officials.

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