Mitigation & Symptomatic Testing

The university will continue to refine and update testing efforts as needed.

Vaccination, testing, behaviorial 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 our community safer and healthier.  

Please note that any and all practices and policies delineated here at this time are subject to revision and updates.

Vaccination, COVID testing update

Currently, we anticipate that fully vaccinated students will have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to forego ongoing COVID testing in the Fall Term.

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through secure email at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu.

Please see more details in the Return to Campus Guide, including FDA and WHO authorized vaccines.

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.

Summer Term 2021 mitigation testing

Students residing in University Housing over the Summer Term will be required to participate in COVID-19 mitigation testing. This is a continuation of the mitigation testing efforts on campus since last spring. Testing is one component of the University of Cincinnati’s ongoing efforts to foster health and safety among our campus community. The test is free, quick and easy.

Requirement for testing: testing frequency over Summer 2021

Students residing in University Housing in Summer 2021 are expected to be tested for COVID-19 weekly during Summer Term, as recommended by the CDC based the regional COVID-19 incidence rate.

Fully vaccinated students residing in University Housing have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to participate in the required testing at a reduced frequency, and instead receive testing monthly.  

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through secure email at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (except current summer residential students may submit PCR tests).

Please see this exemption link to seek a medical or religious exemption from testing. Exemptions must be approved by the UC COVID Response Team. (Please note that those who are unvaccinated and living in congregate housing are currently considered the highest risk for contracting and spreading COVID infection and are encouraged to obtain vaccination, which is free, fast and easy.)

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires that said vaccines consist of those 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.

To be eligible for the once-a-month testing requirement (versus weekly testing requirement), you may voluntarily provide proof of your full-vaccination status by the Friday of the week you are due for your required weekly test.

For efficiency, voluntarily submitted proof of vaccination will be stored in the secure Salesforce application along with all other university COVID-19 related information and will only be accessible to UC COVID Response Team members. Documentation of vaccination status will be used to determine required testing frequency and may be used to determine necessary action steps should campus experience a public health need, such as a COVID-19 outbreak.  

Summer testing begins May 17

Summer mitigation testing begins on May 17, 2021. It will be offered each Monday throughout the Summer Term, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in West Concourse of Fifth Third Arena. (Because of holidays falling on Monday, May 31, and Monday, July 5, required mitigation testing will move to Tuesday, June 1, and Tuesday, July 6, to accommodate those holidays.) 

First step in order to participate in required summer testing is to complete brief, one-time online testing registration. After you fill out that one-time registration, you will receive email reminders on testing, and you will be able to walk-in for required summer testing.

Testing methodology

For this Summer Term 2021 mitigation testing of students residing in University Housing, University Health Services 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 is positive, in most cases, the two-swab testing process allows for the identification of the infected individual in the pool. In most cases, only that individual will require a confirmatory clinical test to be performed at University Health Services. Any individual identified as having a pooled test result of concern will be contacted by a COVID Watch nurse to arrange confirmatory testing. In addition, that individuals(s) must self-isolate until the confirmatory test result is available. If the confirmatory test is positive, isolation will last at least 10 days from the date of the pooled test.  

On-campus required mitigation testing is free

This required testing will be free to students. There will be no out-of-pocket cost to students, nor will insurance be billed for either pooled or any confirmatory testing.  

Option to submit a current PCR test from another medical provider

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

Consequences of failing to test

Failure to participate in required mitigation testing will result in a Red Pass on your UC COVID Check App, which will limit your campus access. Students with Red Passes cannot be admitted to some campus buildings, including libraries, Tangeman University Center and the Campus Recreation Center. In addition, you will not be able to dine-in at campus dining halls but will need to pick up carry-out food at On the Green, located on the ground floor of Marian Spencer Hall. 

For those who fail to obtain an exemption, do not test on UC’s campus and fail to submit a PCR COVID test from another provider, your UC COVID Check pass will turn Red at midnight on the Sunday following the Monday you were required to test on campus.

More information

Contact uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu with questions.

Testing for symptomatic or exposed students

For symptomatic students and those who have had close exposure to infected individuals, one on-campus testing option is the University Health Services Testing Center located at Commons Edge North, 57 W. Daniels Street. Students may call (513) 556-2564 for an appointment.

Also for symptomatic students and those who have had close exposure to infected individuals, University Health Services can arrange for testing at the UC Health Uptown Campus, 3120 Burnet Avenue (East Campus), which is by appointment only.

The student’s health insurance plan will be billed for symptomatic and exposure testing.

Testing FAQ

Employees who are not feeling well with COVID-related symptoms should report any expected absence from work to their supervisor, are strongly encouraged to immediately contact their health care provider and may contact the COVID Response Team via the App or web-based tool.  Employees are strongly encouraged to use the App or the web-based tool to complete their Daily Health Check when they are coming to campus. 

See the Self Report page on the Public Health web site.

If an employee’s exposure is at home or within the local community; or if an employee is symptomatic or would like to ascertain for personal reasons their COVID-19 status, employees should visit their personal healthcare provider or go to a community testing site, like those offered by Hamilton County Test and Protect.

If an employee is contacted by the UC COVID Response Team contact tracers that the employee has been identified as having had close exposure to an infected individual while at work, the employee may then be tested through UC Health Associate Health and Wellness. Or, the employee may be tested by a personal healthcare provider or a community testing site.

UC Health can also provide testing to all dually-compensated (by UC Health and UC) faculty and staff or other patient-facing UC employees who are symptomatic or exposed regardless of exposure locale.

  • Currently, the student’s health insurance plan will be billed for symptomatic and exposure testing performed in the UHS Testing Center.
  • There is no cost for testing for those students participating in the mitigation testing program on campus.
  • 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.

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.

Continuance of our previous back-to-school, move-in COVID testing requirement is currently under review and consideration for Fall Term. 

However, we anticipate that fully vaccinated students residing in University Housing will have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to forego ongoing COVID testing in the Fall Term.

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through secure email at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (except current summer residential students may submit PCR tests).

Please see this exemption link to seek a medical or religious exemption to testing. Exemptions must be approved by the UC COVID Response Team. (Please note that those who are unvaccinated and living in congregate housing are currently considered the highest risk for contracting and spreading COVID infection and are encouraged to obtain vaccination, which is free, fast and easy.)

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires that said vaccines consist of those 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 efficiency, voluntarily submitted proof of vaccination will be stored in the secure Salesforce application along with all other university COVID-19 related information and will only be accessible to UC COVID Response Team members. Documentation of vaccination status will be used to determine required testing frequency and may be used to determine necessary action steps should campus experience a public health need, such as a COVID-19 outbreak.  

As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions or health guidance changes. 

Continuing our mitigation testing requirement is currently under review and consideration for Fall Term. 

Currently, we anticipate that fully vaccinated students residing in University Housing will have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to forego ongoing COVID testing in the Fall Term.

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through secure email at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (except current summer residential students may submit PCR tests).

Please see this exemption link to seek a medical or religious exemption to testing. Exemptions must be approved by the UC COVID Response Team. (Please note that those who are unvaccinated and living in congregate housing are currently considered the highest risk for contracting and spreading COVID infection and are encouraged to obtain vaccination, which is free, fast and easy.)

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires that said vaccines consist of those 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 efficiency, voluntarily submitted proof of vaccination will be stored in the secure Salesforce application along with all other university COVID-19 related information and will only be accessible to UC COVID Response Team members. Documentation of vaccination status will be used to determine required testing frequency and may be used to determine necessary action steps should campus experience a public health need, such as a COVID-19 outbreak.  

As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions or health guidance changes.