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Testing Protocol


Testing Before Returning to Campus

Regardless of vaccination status, all students must get tested for COVID-19 before arriving back on campus. If you tested positive while away from campus, please report your positive test result, observe all isolation protocols and precautions, and only return to campus after you complete your isolation period and are symptom free.

Entry Testing

All students must get tested for COVID-19 twice whenever they return to campus. Students must self-administer a Color test once at the beginning of the week, and once at the end of the week (e.g., Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday). For students who have tested positive in the last 90 days, rapid antigen tests will be available.

Weekly Testing

After April 1, 2022: For students who are fully vaccinated and boosted, SCU will suspend the requirement of weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing

Rapid antigen tests will be available for students, faculty, and staff who are symptomatic, or who have been exposed to a known case. Anyone with COVID symptoms must test before attending class or work. Rapid tests will be available primarily from the Health Ambassadors outside of the Learning Commons. 

Weekly testing, via Color, will continue to be required for students, faculty, and staff that have approved COVID-19 vaccine exemptions, and those who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations (boosted). Mandatory weekly testing via Color will be required for new hires whose vaccination or booster are in progress. Voluntary (optional) testing through Color will be available to all students, faculty, and staff throughout the spring.  

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 testing, please contact the COVID-19 Operations team at

Rapid Antigen Tests Availability

Students, faculty, and staff who suspect that they have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or who have COVID-like symptoms may now use a rapid antigen test to achieve faster results.You may obtain rapid antigen tests and KN-95 masks at the Health Ambassador table outside of the Learning Commons.


Self-Administered Testing from Color

On-campus PCR testing is done exclusively by a no-cost, self-administered nasal swab from
Color. Here’s how it works:


  1. Create an account with Color.
  2. Pick up a testing kit in your residence hall, Benson Memorial Center, or in other buildings around campus.
  3. Activate your testing kit and collect your sample.
  4. Drop off your test at a collection bin (found at the same locations where you pick up the testing kits).
  5. Receive your results within 24-36 hours through your Color account.


Color test kits can be picked up in residence halls, Benson Memorial Center, or the lobbies of the following buildings around campus: St. Joseph’s, Dowd, Vari, Lucas, SCDI, and Guadalupe. 


Completed samples can be dropped off at these same locations. Generally, tests are picked up for delivery, Monday - Saturday, to the lab by 11AM each day. 

Jesuit School of Theology (JST) Berkeley Campus

  • Covid-19 testing kits can be picked up at the Front Desk on Tuesdays between 8 AM and 8 PM and Wednesdays between 8 AM and 1:00 PM. 
  • Ask the staff member at the desk and they will give you a testing kit.
  • The collected sample must be dropped off at the Front Desk before 1:00 PM on Wednesdays.

If You Test Positive During the Quarter 

When the University becomes aware that an individual has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the SCU COVID Support Team works to ensure the individual is isolated and, as appropriate, that close contacts are quarantined.

In order to provide support and protect the health of our community, individuals who test positive through Color will receive a short survey from the COVID Support Team, COVID-19 Case Self-Report (Qualtrics), requesting information pertaining to which campus buildings the individual visited during the 48 hours prior to the test date.

Individuals who have a positive test result from a rapid test or an off-campus testing facility must complete the COVID-19 Case Self-Report (Qualtrics) survey in order to notify the SCU COVID Support Team.

The CDC recommends that people not take a PCR test for 90 days after a positive test, as it is possible to continue to test positive despite being non-infectious after the isolation period. In these cases, please take a rapid antigen test instead.

For more information, please read the University’s isolation and quarantine guidelines.


Tips for Taking Care

You've got this. SCU can help. If you live on campus please respond to SCU's COVID-19 support emails or calls to receive isolation details and get help.

number one Isolate for at least 5 days

Even if you have no COVID-19 symptoms, you must isolate to prevent spreading the virus. If you live on campus, SCU’s COVID-19 support team will reach out to arrange isolation. If you live off-campus, talk with your housemates. Have roommates bring you food or get delivery, make sure everyone masks up when you are out of your room, and open windows for better ventilation. Even if you are vaccinated, you can still spread COVID-19.

Take a rapid test on day 5. If you live on campus, a test will be delivered to you. If you live off-campus, come pick one up from the Health Ambassadors outside the library. Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a rapid antigen test (not a PCR laboratory based test) done on day 5 is negative. If the rapid antigen test taken on day 5 is positive, you must remain in isolation until day 7. On day 7, isolation can end if symptoms are not present and a rapid antigen test done on day 7 is negative. If the rapid antigen test taken on day 7 is positive, you must remain in isolation until after day 10. If you leave isolation before 10 days, you must wear a mask until day 10.

number two Take care of yourself

Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines to help you feel better. Call Cowell at 408-554-4501 or your doctor if your symptoms worsen or if you need medical advice.

number three Take care of your friends 

Contact the people you’ve been hanging out with in the past couple of days (even if you all were wearing masks), tell them you tested positive and encourage them to get tested too (preferably 3-5 days after they last saw you). They should minimize interactions with others until they receive a negative test.

number four Take care of your mental health

Video chat with friends & family to stay connected! Get productive—apply for jobs, internships, grad programs, or just catch up on studying. If you feel overwhelmed, take a break to meditate or try an online yoga class. Treat yourself to a sweet treat or decadent meal and watch movies.

number five Take care of your academics

Reach out to your professors for extensions/help as needed. Let your professors know that you won’t be in class, and make sure you can access class recordings or live streams. They are here to help, they expect students to miss class for isolation.