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

Residential Students

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

  1. Create a login into the Genotox myTruth Test Portal. This link is also available on myHilltop and in the Topper Safe App. 
  2. 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).
  3. Complete your TopperSafe screening before your appointment. You must have a green badge for screening. 
  4. 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.
  5. Check in with the Genotox representative at the front desk. 
  6. Complete the self administered saliva PCR test. The university is not using nasal swab testing on campus.  
  7. Results will be provided via email within 36 hours of testing. 
  8. Positive cases will be connected with campus contract tracing for next steps.  

University Community Standards

Toppers Back Up

Social-distance signage and markings have been installed across campus, and buildings have designated entry and exit points, hallway flows and stairwell directions.

Toppers Wash Up

Improved hygiene fixtures have been installed across campus, including 115 hand sanitization and 150 surface disinfection stations.

Toppers Check Up

The entire community participates in a daily screening program and students on-campus during the Spring semester participate in asymptomatic testing.

Toppers Mask Up

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.

Testing FAQs