Required Testing Before Move-In for Unvaccinated Residents

To date, over 86% of our incoming residents have submitted COVID-19 vaccination records to UHS. This is an encouraging number as it serves to help protect our campus community and supports a successful academic year. We hope to see that number increase in the remaining days before fall move-in. As we continue to monitor the national public health situation, we are making adjustments to promote the safest experience for all students.

Due to increased infection rates among the unvaccinated population and concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19, we are now requiring testing before arrival for our unvaccinated residents.

Getting Vaccinated

If you are not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is widely available for free in most communities, and it is available at UW-Madison through UHS for free.

Being vaccinated reduces the chances you will face disruption due to isolation or quarantine. Vaccinated students without symptoms do not need to quarantine following exposure. All unvaccinated students will be required to quarantine if they are exposed, according to public health guidelines.

If you are vaccinated but have not yet submitted your records, please upload them to UHS by August 16 so that they are processed before you move in. If you do not submit a vaccination record by August 16, you will be required to test at move-in and weekly throughout the year until you are fully vaccinated.

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Requirements and Recommendations If You Are Not Vaccinated

REQUIRED: Get Tested at Home No More Than 5 Days Prior to Move-In

All unvaccinated residents MUST have a COVID-19 test (PCR test, not an antigen test) prior to their residence hall move-in date. Students must test no more than 5 days prior to their move-in date. These test results must be submitted in MyUHS before you arrive. Free/low-cost community testing is available in many places nationwide, and UHS offers free testing on the UW-Madison campus for those who live nearby.

  • If you test positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days.
    • You need to isolate where you are. You should not be traveling. Do not come to campus with a positive result.
    • Submit your positive results. Residents with a current/previous positive result are exempted from additional testing for a set period of time.
  • If you test negative, you can move in on your assigned date
    • You will test again on the day of your move-in
  • If you do not complete this testing and submit results prior to arrival, you will not be allowed to move in.

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REQUIRED: Get Tested on Campus at Move-In

All unvaccinated residents MUST schedule a COVID-19 test on campus for their move-in day. The appointment time can be after you move in. If appointments are not available for the day/time you’re arriving, schedule an appointment for the next available opening. If you do not have a testing appointment scheduled, it may impact your ability to move in. If you test positive at move-in or during the semester, you will be moved to temporary isolation housing for 10 days. Or, you may choose to isolate at home if you can get there without exposing others.

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RECOMMENDED: Get Tested at Home Now in Advance of Required Testing

If able, we recommend that you also get tested for COVID-19 now, in addition to the required testing described above, to see if you have been exposed to the virus without knowing it. By testing now, you can isolate at home if your result is positive with no interruptions to your move-in plans or semester.

  • If you do test positive now, you do NOT have to test again prior to move-in. Simply upload your test results to MyUHS, and you can move in at your scheduled time if you have isolated for 10 days after your test and are symptom-free.
  • If you test negative, you do not need to upload this test result. You will still be REQUIRED to test again no more than 5 days prior to move-in and upload those records.

Submitting Previous Positive Test Results

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days or test positive prior to move-in, submit your test result to MyUHS so that you are not required to test again at move-in. Inactive viral particles in your system could produce a false positive for up to three months, which could result in you being moved to isolation housing. So students with a documented positive test result are exempt from required testing for 90 days from the date of their positive COVID test.

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Residents who test positive during the academic year must leave their building and isolate for 10 days until cleared by UHS. Unvaccinated residents who are identified as a close contact of a positive case must leave their building and quarantine for 10 days until cleared by UHS. The University has a limited number of beds for isolation and quarantine. If you test positive for COVID-19 or are deemed a close contact, you may need to return home or find your own isolating/quarantining space off campus. You may not return to the residence hall or participate in any in-person University activities until you are cleared by University staff.

Mask Mandate

As a reminder, all students, employees, and visitors to campus are required to wear masks when inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In the residence halls, residents and visitors are expected to wear a face-covering at all times while outside of a resident’s room. Face coverings must be worn while in hallways and common areas such as dens and kitchens, restrooms, and in the lobby. Face coverings are not required when it is not conducive to performing a task (i.e. brushing your teeth, showering, eating, drinking, etc.).

Have Questions?

We’ll continue to share updates throughout the summer as information becomes available. Our FAQs page includes answers to common questions about vaccination and testing. For Housing questions, use our contact form. Overall campus FAQs can be found at the COVID-19 Response site.