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Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated, should isolate and contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362 for evaluation.

Students who are living on Grounds or in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area and receive positive test results outside of Student Health and Wellness should schedule a "COVID Questions" appointment online by using the Healthy Hoos patient portal or call Student Health & Wellness at (434) 924-5362 to report the positive test, check on your health, and review public health measures. Please do not upload a positive test result to Healthy Hoos without scheduling an “COVID Questions” appointment.

Students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive should contact Student Health and Wellness for advice and follow any instructions provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Asymptomatic students who have not been a close contact of someone who tested positive but remain concerned they may have COVID-19 can schedule a test at no cost through Time2Test.

Questions about Prevalence Testing? Email prevalence-test@virginia.edu.

 


WHO: Defining “Student” for the Purposes of Policy Requirements

All students who will live, learn, or work in person at the University of Virginia during the 2021-2022 academic year must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file at Student Health and Wellness. Further details are available on the Vaccinations page.

Students who are arriving from abroad should contact the International Studies Office for guidance.
 



WHAT: Policy Requirements

Students with approved medical or religious exemptions are required to complete pre-arrival viral PCR testing on their own and weekly testing through UVA’s BeSAFE saliva testing program.

Pre-Arrival Testing: Students with approved vaccine exemptions must submit results of a viral PCR test collected within the 7-day period before their arrival through the Healthy HOOS Patient Portal. Students are responsible for obtaining their pre-arrival test; options are widely available at pharmacies and through local health departments.
 



WHY: Rationale for Policy Requirements

Like hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, the University is following public health guidance and the advice of our medical experts by mandating vaccination for students. This approach will allow us to return to in-person instruction and student residential life and keep our community safe. 

Students can request a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions will be subject to pre-arrival and weekly COVID-19 testing requirements. The purpose of this testing is to quickly identify cases, including asymptomatic carriers, and contain the virus.
 



WHEN AND WHERE

Pre-Arrival Testing: Students with approved vaccine exemptions must submit results of a viral PCR test taken within the 7-day period before their arrival through the Healthy HOOS Patient Portal. Viral PCR tests are widely available at pharmacies and through local health departments. Please consult your local health department website for more information. 

Weekly Prevalence Testing: Students with approved vaccine exemptions are required to take a weekly viral PCR saliva test through UVA’s BeSAFE saliva testing program. Students must schedule appointments through the Time2Test platform. If a student is away from Grounds when it is time for their weekly test, they must procure a viral PCR test on their own and upload the results through the Healthy HOOS Patient Portal. Viral PCR tests are widely available at pharmacies and through local health departments. Please consult your local health department website for more information.
 



HOW

Pre-Arrival Testing:  Viral PCR tests are widely available at pharmacies and through local health departments.  Once you receive your results, please upload them through the Healthy HOOS Patient Portal.

Weekly Prevalence Testing: Required weekly prevalence testing will be completed through saliva viral PCR screening. For at least 30 minutes prior to submitting a saliva sample at a testing site on Grounds, individuals should refrain from eating, drinking (including water), brushing their teeth, using mouth wash, chewing gum, and using tobacco. For details about testing procedures and how to get results, please visit the BeSAFE saliva testing program site.

Questions?

  • Domestic - 833-454-6902
  • International - +1 202 800-2408