Required COVID-19 testing for all students

Students who will be on any University of Miami campus at any point during the semester will be required to take a COVID-19 test every week through the UScreen Testing Initiative.

This testing requirement applies to all students who come to campus for any reason:

  • Undergraduate students, whether residing on or off campus
  • Graduate students (including those with teaching roles)
  • School of Law students
  • Miller School of Medicine students
  • Employees who are enrolled in in-person classes

Students who are enrolled in fully remote instruction and do not come to campus for any reason are not subject to the mandatory testing requirement. Student testing is conducted weekly.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the testing process.

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  • Who is required to take a COVID-19 test?

    At this time, all undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law students residing on or coming to any campus at any time for any reason are required to test. This requirement includes employees who are enrolled in in-person classes on these campuses.

  • How are students being tested?

    Students will receive a text message and email notifying them to register for a testing appointment at the on-campus testing site. All students must schedule an appointment every week. Review this tip sheet for additional information about MyUHealthChart activation and appointment scheduling. Outside tests will not be allowed to satisfy the weekly requirement.

  • Where are the on-campus testing sites located?

    Coral Gables Campus:

    • Pavia Garage, available to graduate, undergraduate, and School of Law students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • Lakeside Village, outside of the Lakeside Village Music Rooms, available to Lakeside Village residents only, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday
    • University Village, outside of Albenga Garage, available to University Village residents only, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday

    Miller School of Medicine

    • CFS, available to Miller School students, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays

    Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

    • Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex Garage, available to Rosenstiel School graduate students, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays

    Please note that students who are required by Student Health Service to take a test separate from, or in addition to, the UScreen testing requirement should follow instructions to access the Student Health Service campus testing location.

  • I am taking my courses remotely this semester, do I still need to take a test?

    If you are coming to any University of Miami campus for any reason, then you must complete a COVID-19 test when you come to campus. If you are not, then you are not subject to the University’s mandatory testing requirement.

  • What will happen if my results are negative? What will happen if they are positive?

    • Negative result: Students with a confirmed negative result will be allowed to continue their daily actions.
    • Positive result: These students will be contacted by Student Health Service with further instructions.

  • Once I take my required test, do I have to wait for my test result before returning to my daily routine?

    Unless otherwise directed by University medical personnel, students are able to continue their daily activities as normal after taking their required test at the UScreen testing site.

  • What happens if I become ill after I submit my test?

    Students, faculty, and staff on the Coral Gables and Marine campuses who are experiencing possible symptoms consistent with, or who have been potentially exposed to, COVID-19 should contact the University’s COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U, where UHealth physicians and providers are available to answer your questions and provide telemedicine services if needed. Members of the Medical Campus should contact 305-243-8378.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions regarding this testing requirement?

    Please contact the UScreen team at 305-284-5390 or UScreen@miami.edu. Please note that UScreen is available to respond between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • I have my regular bi-weekly test scheduled, but I developed symptoms or was told that I was exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Should I still go to my test?

    No, if you have developed symptoms or been exposed you should immediately contact Student Health Service.

  • If I recently tested positive for COVID-19, do I still need to take a test every week?

    If you previously tested positive—either through a University-administered test or through a test from an outside agency with the results reported to Student Health Service—you do not need to schedule additional UScreen tests for a period of 90 days from the date of your most recent positive result. However, if you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should contact Student Health Service and may be required to have additional tests. In addition, you should continue with any care plan in place with Student Health Service or your health care provider.

  • If I recently have been immunized for COVID-19, do I still need to take a test every week?

    Yes, testing is still required for those who have been immunized for COVID-19. The University is proactively reviewing all data and studies around vaccination for COVID-19 and there is not enough data available to change our testing procedures. This will be reviewed monthly by the University with updates communicated should anything change.

  • If I am currently in quarantine, do I need to schedule a UScreen test?

    If you are currently in quarantine, you should not leave your place of quarantine until directed to do so by your medical provider.

    • Students in active quarantine are not required to schedule an on-campus test until released by Student Health Service.

    Please also refer to the question “If I recently tested positive for COVID-19, do I still need to take a test every two weeks?” in these FAQs for information regarding testing requirements for individuals with a prior positive test result.

  • If I have completed quarantine and again get identified as a close contact, what do I have to do?

    You should go for testing as required by contact tracing and have a nasal swab test and an antibody test. You should remain in quarantine until these results become available and then will be advised by Student Health Service. If you become symptomatic you should go into isolation.