Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you Need to Know

Strategic surveillance testing

Since the spring term, the University of Cincinnati has used a combination of both required and voluntary strategic surveillance testing (defined as testing that is not related to symptoms or suspected exposure) among students in order to help monitor trends and prevalence related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 rates are rising in Hamilton County and Ohio, and the public health emergency continues. Because testing is a key strategy in control of transmission, along with all-important behavioral measures of social distancing, facial coverings, hand and surface hygiene and staying home when sick, our medical experts have recommended we institute required testing to ensure we have continued participation in our campus screening test program.

Starting the week of October 19, the university will expand its required strategic surveillance testing program among students as another means to monitor trends and promote good health. Getting tested for COVID-19 and becoming an active participant in public health efforts is an important way for members of our Bearcat community to work together. Testing paired with good health habits is an easy, quick and incredibly consequential way to make sure we're each doing our part to keep our community safer and healthier. It’s one way that all of us help to protect each of us.

Students will receive notice when they have been selected to participate in ongoing, weekly random surveillance testing. Participation in such testing will be required of residential students living in UC Housing, students attending face-to-face classes or hybrid classes on the Uptown Campus, and students who work or conduct research on campus.

And even though we’re moving to require testing as outlined above, voluntary participation in testing will still be an option too.

And, testing for those exhibiting symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the virus will still be available at UC’s Testing Center.

Update on Spring Term academic calendar and study abroad

  • Spring Semester is scheduled to open on January 11, 2021. However, several adjustments have been made to the calendar to reduce travel and the potential spread of COVID-19.
  • Spring Break will not occur as originally scheduled in March. Instead, two Reading Days have been added to the calendar - February 16 and March 24.
  • Spring semester classes end April 21 and the overall semester and exams will now conclude two days earlier than originally planned, now ending on April 27, allowing for one week and three days between the spring and summer semesters.
  • Final exams will occur April 22 – April 27.
  • All study abroad is cancelled and prohibited for the entire Spring Semester 2021.

COVID symptoms, required wellness assessments and self-reporting

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the symptoms for COVID-19.  

Before coming to campus each day or leaving one’s university housing living quarters to go to other parts of campus, all members of the campus community must complete a self-administered wellness check based on CDC and ODH guidelines. The UC COVID Check app provides a simple way to conduct that self assessment and report any symptoms to University Health Services. UC's COVID Check app is free and easy to use. It can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web-based REDCap survey is also available as an alternative to using the app. Already, approximately 13,000 campus community members have downloaded the app.  

COVID Careful Dashboard

The dashboard provides a snapshot of confirmed COVID cases among members of the campus community as reported from both on-campus and off-campus testing. The reporting of aggregate data will allow the university to protect the privacy of student and employee information while enabling us to observe and understand any campus trends around spread. Nevertheless, neither testing nor testing results will stop spread. Behavior is the most important means for preventing spread and infection.


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