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Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Semester COVID-19 Testing for Spring 2022

Please read through all of the questions below. If you have a question that is not answered, email questions@uhs.utexas.edu.

The decision was made to help protect the UT Austin community by identifying and preventing new cases from being introduced to campus. Additionally, for students who spent winter break at home, testing prior to arrival on campus or in the surrounding community will allow those who are positive to isolate in their hometowns with support of family or friends.

Contact your healthcare provider or visit your local health department’s website to find the latest local information on testing. The type of viral COVID-19 tests offered may differ by location. Testing should be done within 72 hours (3 days) prior to when you return to campus or the surrounding community for in-person social activities, events, or classes.

Students should receive an antigen or molecular test, which detect the presence of active COVID-19 infections. Molecular tests are also called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) and include widely-used PCR tests. In this specific case, antigen tests are recommended over PCR tests. PCR tests can detect past infections after you have fully recovered and are no longer infectious, resulting in a false positive.

A prior positive test result is not acceptable as proof of immunity. Serology (blood) tests for COVID-19 antibodies (e.g., IgG, IgM) will not be accepted.

Please fill out this form to confirm that you have met the testing expectations.

You are only expected to fill out the form one time. Please use the test date that most closely aligns with the spirit of this expectation.

Please plan to test within 72 hours prior to returning to campus for in-person social activities, events, or classes, no later than January 18. We also recommend testing weekly at one of our free, on campus Proactive Community Testing (PCT) clinics.

No. Students residing in university owned housing should follow the process outlined in the email sent from University Housing and Dining. You will still be required to show proof of a negative test to your residence hall desk when you return to your residence hall after winter break.

View the University Housing and Dining page regarding COVID-19.

Self-collection kits/at-home antigen or molecular tests are permissible.

Routine testing is encouraged for all students, however, those who will not interact with our community (socially, in class, or through campus activities) due to not being in Austin this semester are exempt from the testing expectation.

Yes. If you will be engaging socially with other members of the campus community and participating in on- or off-campus activities, you are still expected to test and complete the form.

If you test positive, you should isolate at home. Fill out the pre-semester testing form as well as the self-report form for positive tests found on the MyUHS portal. The Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line can assist you with isolation options, class absence notification or other support.

Yes, students who test at UHS or PCT still need to complete the pre-semester testing form. However, you will not need to fill out the MyUHS self-report form for positive tests in the event that you test positive as UHS will already have records of these results.

Yes. Being fully vaccinated does not exempt you from testing due to the possibility of breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals are able to spread the virus to others.

Yes. Due to the possibility of reinfection, individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are not exempt from testing. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, it is recommended that you test using an antigen test. PCR tests can detect past infections after you have fully recovered and are no longer infectious, resulting in a false positive..

The provision of false or misleading information regarding COVID-19 test results constitutes a violation of Institutional Rules sections 11-404(a)(16)(a)(b) - Providing False and Misleading Information and 11-404(a)(3) - Harmful Behavior and may result in referral to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students for investigation and possible disciplinary proceedings.

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