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Spring 2022 Pre-Arrival Test Requirement

This page provides information about the pre-arrival COVID-19 test requirement for students.

If you have questions not listed here, please email covid@geneseo.edu.

When do I need to take a test?

On-campus Students: You must take a test before you leave home to return to campus. If you take a PCR test, take it no more than 72 hours prior to your return. If you take an over-the-counter rapid antigen test, take it no more than six hours before your return. YOU MUST TEST BEFORE RETURNING TO CAMPUS. (If you fail to test at home, and test positive on campus, you will have to return home immediately, regardless of where you live.) A negative test result must be uploaded before you arrive on campus. Students who don’t upload test results are in jeopardy of losing course access.

Off-campus Students: You must take the test prior to the first day of classes on January 26. If you take a PCR test, you must take it no more than 72 hours prior (i.e., no earlier than January 23). If you take a rapid antigen test, you must take no more than 6 hours before returning to campus and uploaded the results by January 26 at 8 a.m. Students who don’t upload test results are in jeopardy of losing course access.

What kind of test is acceptable?

On-campus Students: You may obtain a PCR test (click here for a list of testing facilities or here for a list of SUNY-based testing centers) or a rapid antigen test, available at drugstores. Make an appointment ASAP for a PCR test, but ensure that it is no more than 72 hours before your return. Rapid tests are also accepted. Use it no more than six hours before your return to campus.

Off-campus Students: You may obtain a PCR test (click here for a list of testing facilities or here for a list of SUNY-based testing centers) or a rapid antigen test, available at drugstores. Make an appointment ASAP for a PCR test no earlier than January 23. Rapid tests should be taken on the night before the first day of classes and uploaded by January 26 at 8 a.m.

How do I upload my result?

Full instructions on how to upload test results are on our COVID guidelines website.

What if I can’t get an appointment for a PCR and I can’t find a rapid test?

Don’t wait. We understand that due to the high volume of individuals seeking tests some communities are experiencing demand. We encourage you to start looking for a rapid test now or make a PCR appointment as soon as possible.

What if I don’t get my PCR test results back in time for my return?

If you take a PCR test but do not receive your results in time for your scheduled return, please contact Megan Syfrett at syfrett@geneseo.edu.

What if I test positive?

On-campus Students: If you test positive, immediately isolate and do not return to campus until you complete your required isolation. Your local Department of Health will send you a letter confirming your isolation dates. Please forward this letter to Megan Syfrett at syfrett@geneseo.edu. If you have difficulty connecting with your local Department of Health or receiving this confirmation, please email Megan Syfrett.

Off-campus Students: If you test positive, please follow the protocols on our COVID–19 website.

What if I had COVID-19 over break?

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of arrival are exempt from pre-arrival testing but must upload evidence of the positive test result to their health portal.

We need to know the status of every student, and you will not be in compliance if you do not upload your positive test result.

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