Is testing required this summer for students, faculty and staff on campus?

May 21, 2021

Students, faculty and staff coming to campus at least one day each week must be tested every other week for COVID-19. All students living in residence halls must be tested weekly.

The requirements apply to students, faculty and staff at all three UWM campuses. There is no charge for testing at UWM.

Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated can request a testing exemption. Those who meet the testing criteria can request an exemption from the requirement by completing this form. Someone is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose. Visit this FAQ for more details about the testing exemption.

See below for information on testing at individual campuses, and for alternatives for those not able to make it during campus testing hours.

Milwaukee

Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or primary exposure should call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716, and the center will schedule a free PCR test for them.

Employees with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their personal health care provider for a test. The Milwaukee campus testing facility is not intended for employees with symptoms.

Students and employees who do not have COVID-19 symptoms should get tested in the UWM Wisconsin Room Lounge from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Testing will not be available Friday, May 28, or on legal holidays — May 31 and July 5. All students and employees must make an appointment at www.doineedacovid19test.com.

Rapid-results antigen test results will be provided electronically to students and employees. If students test positive, they will be advised to go to Norris Health Center for PCR confirmation.

Employees who have symptoms but test negative should get a confirmatory PCR test. They will be offered a free PCR test at the site with results made electronically available in the next two to three days.

If students and employees test positive and do not have a follow-up test, they are considered positive for COVID-19.

Washington County and Waukesha

Rapid-results testing for students and employees is available at the UWM at Washington County gymnasium and UWM at Waukesha Field House on the following schedule:

Washington County campus:

  • May 24-27: Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Starting June 1: Mondays, 7-11 a.m.

Waukesha campus:

  • May 24-27: Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Starting June 1: Mondays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Testing will not be available Friday, May 28, or on legal holidays — May 31 and July 5.

All students and employees must make an appointment at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Those who develop COVID-19 symptoms should not wait for an appointment and should instead get tested as soon as possible, whether that is on campus, at a community site or with their personal health care provider.

Once registered for a test on campus, students and employees will go to the testing site, show their UWM ID, self-administer a rapid-results antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals and wait about 15 minutes to retrieve their results by logging into the same website on their smartphone.

Confirmatory PCR tests will be provided to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive.

Other options

For students: If students cannot make it to campus during testing hours, they can request a free test kit from the state of Wisconsin. Also, there are many pharmacies and other community sites that offer free testing. Check out these options from the state and city health departments.

If you get your test through any of these other options, please submit results here.

For employees: Due to their work schedules, some employees who meet the testing requirements may find it more convenient to be tested at a community site or with their health care provider. Employees may request an exception to be tested off-campus and submit their test results. The COVID-19 Testing Exception Request Form and related forms also can be found on Human Resources’ COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 reporting requirement

All students who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19 based on symptoms must self-report their illness with the Dean of Students Office.

All employees who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19 based on symptoms must self-report their illness.

Resuming testing after testing positive

Students and employees who receive a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 do not have to be tested again for 90 days because research shows reinfection is uncommon during that time and a positive test is more likely to represent pieces of the virus still in their system than a new infection. Anyone who tests positive again after 90 days must isolate for another 10-day period.

Students and employees who receive a positive antigen test result for COVID-19 but do not get a confirmatory PCR test must continue to be tested because antigen results are considered probable, not confirmed.