Spring 2021 Asymptomatic Testing
The university will begin weekly testing of all students residing on campus and/or enrolled in blended or in-person courses, as well as faculty and staff who are Covid-levels 0, 1 or 2. Asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 are common, and frequent testing will help prevent transmission within our community. All asymptomatic testing will be conducted on campus in the Health & Counseling Center, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Testing costs are covered by the university and free of charge to students and faculty and staff in eligible groups.
Asymptomatic testing is not for individuals receiving a red badge (demonstrating Covid-19 symptoms or potential exposure). The university continues to offer testing referrals to health-care professionals through Baylor Scott & White and the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP).
Who Is Required to Test
Testing 2x per 7-day period, at least 48 hours apart
Living in on-campus housing, including apartments
Commuter Students: In-Person/Blended Classes
Testing 1x per 7-day period
Graduate or undergraduate students
Who Is Optional to Test
Commuter Students: No In-Person/Blended Classes
Optional testing 1x per 7 days or less as needed
Participating in curricular and co-curricular in-person meetings and activities on campus (ex. Student Success Center services, club sports, student groups and organizations, etc.)
Weekly use of campus facilities (ex. RAC, sports fields, library, chapel, etc.)
Working on campus
Employees Regularly Accessing Campus
Optional testing 1x per 7 days or less as needed
Faculty and staff identified as Covid-levels 0, 1 or 2
Adjuncts teaching in-person or blended courses on campus
Testing Registration Steps
- Create a login into the Genotox myTruth Test Portal. This link is also available on myHilltop and in the Topper Safe App.
- Using the portal, schedule your required once or twice a week test(s) at the TRUTH Station - St. Edward's University using the university access code. Pre-register for an hour appointment window based on the available options on the schedule. You will receive a myTruth email with confirmation and QR code. See access code and scheduling instructions (university login credentials required to view).
- Complete your TopperSafe screening before your appointment. You must have a green badge for screening.
- Arrive at the Health & Counseling Center at any time during the hour window of your scheduled appointment time with your valid SEU Student ID (card or electronic wallet), green badge and myTruth QR code.
- Check in with the Genotox representative at the front desk.
- Complete the self administered saliva PCR test. The university is not using nasal swab testing on campus.
- Results will be provided via email within 36 hours of testing.
- Positive cases will be connected with campus contract tracing for next steps.
University Community Standards
Social-distance signage and markings have been installed across campus, and buildings have designated entry and exit points, hallway flows and stairwell directions.
Improved hygiene fixtures have been installed across campus, including 115 hand sanitization and 150 surface disinfection stations.
The entire community participates in a daily screening program and students on-campus during the Spring semester participate in asymptomatic testing.
Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required outside when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained and indoors in shared campus spaces at all times.
University Community Requirements
- Wear face coverings over the nose and mouth outside when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained and indoors in shared campus spaces at all times.
- Participate in asymptomatic testing throughout the semester (on-campus students only).
- Participate in a daily screening program on the TopperSafe app.
Campus Visitor Requirements
- Follow the face covering policy, including in outdoor spaces where six feet of distance is not possible.
- Adhere to closure of all fields and recreation areas. These spaces are reserved for student use.
- Use the daily Covid-19 screening on the TopperSafe app if entering campus buildings. University credentials are now required to access all buildings.
- Avoid visiting campus if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or if recently exposed to the virus.
University Face Covering Policy
- Acceptable face coverings include cloth-based face coverings that cover the mouth and nose snugly and medical-grade masks (surgical masks or N95 respirators).
- Masks of any type fitted with an exhaust valve are not acceptable and should not be used.
- Face shields alone do not satisfy the university’s face covering standard. Face shields may be worn with a face covering for additional protection.
- Only instructors and support staff when remaining socially distanced from others in an instructional space (e.g., laboratory or classroom) may utilize a qualified face shield without a face covering. Qualified face shields must be transparent in color, must extend from the forehead to below the chin, should not have a gap between the shield assembly and the forehead, and must extend and wrap laterally across the face from the front of the left ear to the front of the right ear.
When and where can I complete the required asymptomatic testing?
Testing appointments must be scheduled ahead of time in the TRUTH™ portal at the TRUTH Station - St. Edward's University location. Appointments are made at the top of the hour and students my arrive at anytime during the 60-minute window. For example, if an appointment is made at 10 a.m., a student can arrive anytime between 10 a.m. and 10:59 a.m. After scheduling your appointment, you will receive a myTruth email with confirmation of your appointment and a QR code that you will need for your appointment.
Testing will be completed at:
Lady Bird Johnson Hall, Suite 100
Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. and 3–5 p.m. (Closed 2–3 p.m. daily)
There will not be weekend appointments available. Residential students are requested to schedule their two per seven-day period appointments at least 48 hours apart. Students may schedule their weekly appointments out as far as the calendar is open and may not exceed one or two appointments per seven day period.
Can I opt out of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing?
No. The only exception for the testing requirement is for those individuals meeting CDC guidelines for testing exemption due to a prior documented infection within 90 days. Please fill out this form if you meet this exemption.
If you are not yet 18 years old, please fill out this waiver to begin testing. Please print the completed form and bring it with you to the testing site at your first appointment.
Are staff and faculty included in the surveillance testing?
Yes, based on best-practice recommendations for universities, the university has prioritized surveillance testing for faculty and staff regularly accessing campus. Employees identified as Covid-level 3 or 4 or adjuncts not teaching on-campus are currently not eligible.
I'm a commuter student without blended or in-person courses and will visit campus a few times a week. Can I receive a surveillance test?
Yes. You may schedule testing appointments as you plan to be on campus and no more than once per seven-day period.
What if I have questions or concerns with my test or appointment?
I am a student-athlete. Do I need to test with the university or continue with the Athletics Department?
Due to NCAA and Lone Star Conference testing requirements, student athletes should follow protocols provided by the Athletic Department staff. Additional testing through athletics may be required. Speak with your athletic trainer and coach for more details.
What happens if I have Covid-19 symptoms or had an exposure? Can I now be tested on campus?
No. Symptomatic individuals will continue to be connected to diagnostic testing provided by health-care professionals.
Students and employees will be referred to Baylor Scott & White Health Services or their preferred healthcare provider if they need Covid-19 testing. Referrals can be self-identified or from the daily screening process via the TopperSafe app. Students should start out with a telehealth consultation with a medical provider first, either through Baylor Scott & White Health Services or SHIP telehealth.
Employees, students, friends and family of St. Edward’s University are also eligible to utilize a discount code for Covid-19 testing from Genotox. The discount is only valid at the Austin drive-through location of 5200 Davis Lane. The coupon reduces the current $130 cost by $20 to $110. The test is a PCR test and the individual can select either a nasal swab or saliva test when registering. Results are confidential and will be sent to the individual via their secure portal and email or text if selected at registration. Download the discount code.
Austin Public Health also operates several Covid-19 testing sites in the area.
What if I need to reschedule my appointment? What if I miss my appointment?
Appointments can be rescheduled to available appointment slots on the portal up to one hour before the appointment begins.
If you will be more than 15 minutes late beyond the hour window of your scheduled appointment, contact Genotox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-419-1211 to reschedule.
If a student misses and does not reschedule more than two appointments, they will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for a follow-up conversation.
Will I be notified of my results after each test? How quickly can I expect to receive my results?
Within 36 hours of testing, students will receive an email notification of their positive/negative test result with an attached PDF lab report. Results will not be in the TRUTH Portal.
What happens if I test positive?
Individuals will be referred to Baylor Scott & White Health Services or their personal healthcare professional for follow-up. The individual will be asked to self-isolate until released by a healthcare professional to return to campus. Additionally, the university will support Austin Public Health to conduct contact tracing of all positive cases.
In addition to baseline testing, the university is implementing daily symptom screening for all employees, students, volunteers and campus visitors. When community members successfully complete the short survey via the secure TopperSafe app or website, they will receive one of two badges good for 24 hours: Approved to Be On-Campus badge or Stay Home badge. Specific indoor service areas on campus may require to see the badge to receive service, and professors may request the badge upon entering an instructional space. Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will not receive the on-campus badge until they are cleared by a healthcare professional.
If the student is an on-campus resident, the university has separate procedures for self-isolation and care, including daily check-ins, meals, and additional support. Students living off campus will be asked to self-isolate and not return to campus until receiving medical clearance.
- Employees testing positive should notify their supervisor that they will be unable to be on campus.
- Employees that are asymptomatic positive or with limited symptoms may be able to work remotely until cleared by a healthcare professional for a return to campus.
- The university’s Human Resources team will be available to discuss leave opportunities to support their recovery as necessary.
- Employees testing positive will receive a daily badge via the app used by the university community for returning to campus after providing clearance to return-to-work from a healthcare professional.
Will students receive vaccines during the Spring semester?
The university continues to monitor vaccine qualifications and distribution in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) estimates the vaccine will be available for the general public this summer, and states that it may change based on availability. We will continue to update the community as more information becomes available.
Austin Public Health and Texas DSHS provide regular updates on Covid-19 vaccine distribution and availability in our community.