UToledo to Require COVID-19 Testing for Residential Students in Spring Semester

December 17, 2020 | COVID-19, News, UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn

To promote a safe campus environment, The University of Toledo will test all residential students for COVID-19 before they move in for the spring semester.

All new and returning residential students will be scheduled for a no-cost rapid antigen test when arriving on campus. Results from the test, which is administered with a nasal swab, are expected to take approximately 30 minutes.

The test is required for all students who wish to live on campus. Students will not be permitted to move into their assigned residence hall until they have been tested and the results are negative.

“We take seriously our responsibility to limit the spread of COVID-19 on The University of Toledo Campus,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs and vice provost. “Testing students before they move in is an important measure to help protect not just UToledo’s residential students, but our entire campus community.”

After receiving their antigen test results, students who are negative for COVID-19 will be permitted to continue on to move into their residence hall.

If a student tests positive, they will receive an additional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered by The University of Toledo Medical Center to confirm the rapid test result. Those students will be required to stay off-campus or within the University’s temporary quarantine housing while awaiting their results.

Should a student require self-isolation due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, UToledo has set aside alternative housing to protect the health and safety of all students.

Additionally, UToledo will require that residential students selected as part of its weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic surveillance testing participate in the testing.

There are a limited number of exemptions to the policy, including religious and medical exemptions. Students who decline testing without documentation of a qualifying exemption may be subject to discipline under the UToledo Student Code of Conduct.

Additional information will be shared with residential students via their UToledo email addresses ahead of the spring semester.

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