Screening & Symptomatic Testing

Required COVID-19 Screening Testing

Weekly COVID-19 screening testing is required beginning November 15, 2021 for faculty, staff, and students who have either received an approved exemption or are not fully compliant with the university's COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

To be considered compliant, faculty staff and students must either have received an exemption or submitted proof of full vaccination using the UC COVID Check app or via email to UCCOVIDCheck@ucmail.uc.edu.

The UC COVID Response Team will maintain the vaccination information in a database and will use it in accordance with FERPA and the UC Privacy Statement to monitor the health and vaccination status of the UC community. The university may revisit these testing practices and protocols, depending on testing needs and the changing context.

Screening Testing

COVID-19 screening testing is available for students, faculty, and staff at UC's Uptown, Blue Ash and Clermont campuses.

Campus Locations:
Uptown - Steger Student Life Center (across from Subway)
UC Blue Ash - Walter's Hall, room 100
UC Clermont  -  Snyder, room 154
 
Days and Times:
Mondays:
Uptown - 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UC Blue Ash - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays:
Uptown - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
UC Clermont - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesdays:
Uptown - 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
UC Clermont - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Thursdays:
Uptown - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
UC Blue Ash - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
It is important to note that a screening test conducted by an off-campus provider must be a PCR test and results must be submited via the UC COVID Check app or email to uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu.

 

Voluntarily submit proof of vaccination

Fully vaccinated incoming or current students have the option to voluntarily submit a photo of their vaccination card. Once that vaccine documentation is reviewed and verified and two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, the student will be exempted from testing.

Submit your proof of vaccination today! Don’t wait! Depending on the volume of submissions, there may be a backlog to review and verify documentation if you wait to submit your documentation.  

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card uploaded to UC COVID Check app or email to uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records.  Negative PCR tests may be submitted to  uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires vaccines that are either FDA or WHO authorized. Important to remember: Full vaccination status is defined as two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

For students currently voluntarily submitting proof of vaccination, review and verification require approximately 48 hours. However, depending on the volume of submissions, there may be a backlog to review and verify documentation, which may increase the time required for verification to 4 to 5 days. Students receive a confirming email when their card is verified.

COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies, including UC Health and Hamilton County Health Collaborative.

Symptomatic Testing

Individuals who are experiencing COVID symptoms can choose from several locations for COVID-19 tesing.

University Health Services: (students only)
Location: Lindner Athletic Center, Main Campus
How: Students must call (513) 556-2564 for an appointment. No walk-ins.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.

Steger Student Life Center (former App Lab):
Location: 1st level, across from Tangeman University Center (TUC) and Nippert Stadium, Main Campus. A separate designated entrance will be used for testing symptomatic students.
How: Students must complete a one-time registration form and schedule an appointment. 
Hours: Monday- Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

UC Health Uptown Campus:
Location:  3120 Burnet Avenue (East Campus)
How: Call University Health Services at 513-556-2564.
Hours: Vary. No walk-ins; by appointment only.

UC College of Medicine Center for Addiction Research (Test & Protect):
Located:  313 Harvey Ave., (East Campus)
How: https://www.tapscheduling.com/ 
Hours: Vary (Appointments for UC students after 12 noon are preferred).


The student’s health insurance plan will be billed for symptomatic and exposure testing. Students who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to respond to UC's COVID Check Team in a timely manner to begin the contract tracing process. ​Full cooperation with contact tracers is critically important in our efforts to keep other students and members of the UC community safe.

Testing methodology

For Fall Term 2021 screening testing of students will make use of pooled testing. During pooled testing, participants at the testing site will perform self-swabs to collect a nasal sample. Individual samples are then pooled together and analysis of the samples is then performed.  This testing method allows more people to be tested quickly and helps relieve the shortage of reagents needed to conduct tests.

Each swab will be pooled with others so that multiple samples can be tested together at one time. If that test is negative, then everyone in that group is presumed negative. If that pooled test detects the presence of COVID-19 virus, in most cases, the two-swab testing process allows for the identification of the infected individual in the pool. 

On-campus required screening testing is free

Required screening testing is free to students, faculty and staff. There will be no out-of-pocket cost to students for mitigation / screening testing.   

Option to submit a current PCR test from another medical provider

As an alternative to the Return to Campus testing to be required at the time of move-in during August 2021, students who do not submit proof of vaccination will have the option to submit a current negative PCR COVID test from another provider as a substitute for your on-campus test. Any substitute COVID test from another provider would be conducted at the student’s expense, and the test and negative test result must date from within one week of your move-in time. 

You may submit your negative PCR test result at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other personal information to this address, including medical records (other than proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests). 

During Fall Term, students who do not submit proof of full vaccination may continue to submit PCR tests from outside the university. To serve as a valid substitute, any PCR test from another provider must be fulfilled within the week you are required to test at UC. 

It cannot be a previous test, nor can antigen or antibody tests be submitted, as these are significantly less reliable than the PCR test. If you opt to fulfill your requirement by submitting a PCR test from an outside medical provider, you must submit your test results by 11 p.m. on the Friday during the week you were scheduled to test at UC. Make submissions to: uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu

Consequences of failing to test

For those who have not received an exemption, failure to participate in required screening testing will result in a Red Pass on your UC COVID Check App, which will limit your campus access.  

Students who fail to test when required to do so may be subject to discipline pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct.

Medical or religious exemptions

You may seek a medical or religious exemption from testing. Exemptions must be approved by the UC COVID Response Team. Please do not send exemption requests or medical/religious information via email. Seek exemptions using the online form only. 

More information

Contact uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu with questions. 

To remember

Vaccination, testing, behavioral measures (including staying home when sick), hand and surface hygiene are easy, quick and incredibly consequential ways to make sure we're each doing our part to keep ourselves and our community safer and healthier.  

The university will continue to refine and update testing efforts as needed. Please note that any and all practices and policies delineated here at this time are subject to revision and updates.

Testing FAQ

  • Currently, your insurance plan will be billed for symptomatic and exposure testing performed at UHS.
  • There is no cost for streening testing that occurs on campus.
  • As an alternative to the on-campus mitigation testing, you have the option to submit a current PCR COVID test from another provider as a substitute for your on-campus test. Any substitute COVID test from another provider would be conducted at the student’s expense.

As an alternative to the on-campus mitigation testing, students have the option to submit a current PCR COVID test from another provider as a substitute for your on-campus test. Any substitute COVID test from another provider would be conducted at the student’s expense.

To serve as a valid substitute, any PCR test from another provider must be fulfilled within the week you are required to test at UC. 

It cannot be a previous test, nor can antigen or antibody tests be submitted, as these are significantly less reliable than the PCR test. If you opt to fulfill your requirement by submitting a PCR test from an outside medical provider, you must submit your test results by 11 p.m. on the Friday during the week you were scheduled to test at UC. Make submissions  to UCCOVIDCheck@ucmail.uc.edu

You are strongly encouraged to participate in UC testing. Testing at UC helps to assure a more seamless completion of your requirement. Going through testing at an alternative, off-campus site may result in a delay, as external testing must be manually processed once submitted to University Health Services.

  • Please use ‘Exemption’ in the subject line and attach your test results.
  • Please be sure to include your full name, date of birth and M number.

Questions can be addressed to uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu

In accordance with the Faculty Senate Resolution on Class Attendance and Participation during COVID-19, faculty are encouraged to be flexible with attendance policies and other aspects of supporting academic progress – particularly for students in isolation and quarantine.

Faculty are encouraged to think beyond traditional definitions of attendance and support and provide students with opportunities to make up missed work or do commensurate work. This will allow for a positive student learning experience and a commitment to delivering exemplary instruction. An incomplete grade may be awarded in the event of a student illness, which will provide an opportunity for a student to work with faculty to complete coursework after the semester concludes.

This is the current plan around required testing: https://www.uc.edu/publichealth/testing.html This testing plan is subject to change as the semester progresses and in accordance with applicable laws.

Yes. You must fill out a  one-time registration form ahead of testing and reserve an appointment time. Appointments are 5 minutes each, since testing is fast, free and easy.

Please see information above for testing days, times and locations.