Testing

Important Reminder:

All employees, students, and visitors must follow the COVID protocols regardless of vaccination status.

Who Tests and Where

All employees (faculty and staff) currently working on campus must promptly obtain their own testing through their health insurance using a testing company of their choice (e.g. LabCorp, Quest) or an available testing site available in the county of residence (e.g. Montgomery County, Chester County, or Delaware County). 

Note: Montgomery County is offering free testing for anyone who lives or works in the county. These sites are weather permitting and same-day appointment required. 

Employees not currently working on campus should obtain their own testing in sufficient time ahead of their return to campus this spring so that the results are received prior to their return.

Testing is not required for employees working on campus fewer than four hours a week, but any employee working fewer than four hours a week but having regular contact with others during their work on campus should contact Mark Schneider (faculty) and Carol McMillin (staff) for further guidance.

At Home Testing Option

Submitting Results

Employees must submit the results of such testing to the following individuals, respectively:

  • Athletics Staff: Jill Fazzini, Assistant to the Director of Athletics

  • All Other Staff and Faculty : Human Resources Office – hr@ursinus.edu

Testing Positive

Employees testing positive may not return to work until the criteria for sick employees (link) are met. Employees receiving notice of a positive test while working on campus must notify their supervisor and go home immediately.

The college will follow recommended CDC guidelines that include cleaning and disinfecting affected areas, contact tracing, taking employee’s temperature prior to the start of the workday, requiring employees who don’t feel well to stay home, and practicing CDC hygiene practices.

Test Refusal

Employees who refuse to be tested must work from home; those unable to work from home will need to take a furlough or use paid time off. We will follow the same testing guidelines implemented for the fall semester. The college will continue to ensure that such required future testing will not incur an expense borne by employees.

Ongoing Testing Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

We will follow the same testing guidelines implemented for the fall semester as listed below.. The college will continue to ensure that such required future testing will not incur an expense borne by employees.

Guidance for ongoing faculty and staff testing—depending on your level of engagement with students is below.

If you:

  • have very frequent interactions* with students or campus visitors, particularly in ways that cannot reliably include physical distancing and/or student mask wearing (such as Campus Safety, Athletic Trainers, Residence Life staff). We recommend you test weekly.

  • have routine interactions* with students or campus visitors in a physically distanced manner with student mask wearing (such as in-person classroom instructors). We recommend you test every other week. This should be done in the most convenient manner for you. See testing options below.

  • are on campus at least four hours a week, have only occasional interactions* with students, or your in-person interactions are of very short duration of no more than a few minutes. We recommend you test every other week.  This should be done in the most convenient manner for you. See testing options below.

Testing options: Faculty and staff should use the testing option that works best for them opt for local testing sites or the LabCorp Pixel test described above. Faculty and staff who are working on campus and would like the on-campus antigen tests may request an appointment for Mondays between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Monday tests are by appointment only. To request an appointment on Mondays, contact Laura Moliken, associate vice president for health & wellness and director of athletics, at lmoliken@ursinus.edu

*If for any reason your interactions with students must last for more than 15 minutes at a distance closer than six feet, or if your interactions with students require physical contact, you are required to register those interactions with the Virus Task Force by emailing me at mschneider@ursinus.edu and Carol McMillin at cmcmillin@ursinus.edu. This will help prevent any erroneous identification of contacts.

Daily Assessment

In addition, faculty and staff coming to campus are encouraged to complete the self assessment each day prior to arriving on campus. The tool is accessed via the MobileU app, Safety and Emergencies tab. MobileU is available in the Google Play and Apple app stores.

Testing FAQs