Community of Care: Testing

As Sun Devils, we assume fundamental responsibility for our shared local and global community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, this means taking intentional steps to protect our own health and the health of others. Make a commitment to following ASU’s Community of Care guidelines conscientiously and getting tested regularly.

Thanks for doing your part to keep our community healthy

By now you are probably already aware of the actions you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. Another important way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to get tested for the virus periodically, even in the absence of symptoms.

ASU offers Devils' drop-off a free, individual, easy drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing option to all students, faculty and staff. No appointments are required — pick up a kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. To learn more, visit Devils' drop-off.

Early testing is key to community health

Early testing for the virus allows individuals to get treated and connected to support quickly. Those who test positive will be asked to self-isolate, which further prevents the virus from spreading in the community. Any close contacts of the person who tests positive will be identified and asked to quarantine for a two-week time period to ensure they do not contract the virus.

If you do test positive, it is important to provide as much information as possible about who you have been in contact with in order to prevent further spread. By doing so, you are taking responsibility for the health of our community, and contributing to an environment where all are healthy, happy and safe. Additionally, if someone from ASU contacts you regarding your possible exposure to the virus, be sure to answer the call and talk through what your next steps are to keep yourself and others healthy and well.

If selected, get tested

Community Assessment Testing involves testing a random sample of ASU students, employees and business partner populations on campus. Testing a random sample of our community, whether or not they have symptoms, allows us to determine what proportion of our community has been infected. With this information we can take steps to manage the spread of infection according to ASU’s COVID-19 Management Strategy.

If you receive an email saying you have been selected, get tested. Because this is so important to the health of our community at large, it is required. By participating in Community Assessment Testing, you are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19, which ultimately can help our community move towards safe, in-person interactions. If barriers come up, such as being unable to get tested in the time frame requested, communicate about your situation to the Dean of Students Office. Remember, you do not need to get selected for Community Assessment Testing in order to schedule a free test.

Our Community of Care extends beyond our campuses

With classes going virtual following Thanksgiving Break, many Sun Devils will be traveling to other parts of the country and world to spend winter holidays with others. As Sun Devils, we assume fundamental responsibility for our shared local and global communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that means we help protect the health of all, regardless of whether we are on campus or off. One of the ways we can do this is by getting tested prior to leaving for home or elsewhere for Thanksgiving and winter break. By getting tested before leaving, you are bringing home a peace of mind and preventing spread to family, friends and the larger community you are traveling to.

Make a commitment

Make a commitment to the health and well-being of our broader community. Remember, many people, especially young people, will show no symptoms of the virus but can still be infected. Since COVID-19 is highly transmissible, you could become infected even if you have been doing your best to follow preventative measures. While some individuals are not concerned about getting sick themselves, it is especially important that we all look beyond ourselves in support of those who are most vulnerable.

Plan in advance

Consider the ideal time to be tested, based on your travel plans and ability to quarantine following your test. Ideally, you should get tested 48 hours prior to leaving to ensure you are not infected when you travel home. As you are waiting for your results, remember to continue to stay committed to washing your hands, practicing physical distancing, staying home as much as possible, and wearing a face covering when you do go out.

Regardless of how soon you choose to get tested before your travels, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected by making the commitment to quarantine when your class and work circumstances allow you to do so. By limiting your social interactions and following public health recommendations, you will be more confident that you are not taking COVID-19 home for the holidays

Get tested

ASU encourages families who will be spending time together during the holidays to get tested for COVID-19 before getting together. Those living in or visiting Arizona can take advantage of free testing through one of our community testing sites. For those living outside of Arizona, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information about how to locate community testing sites in your state. The CDC offers advice and guidance on how to reduce your risk of contracting and spreading the virus during holiday celebrations. While connecting with family and friends during the break, remember the importance of wearing a face covering and physical distancing.

Students can schedule their test through their ASU Health Services Patient Portal and faculty and staff can visit the Biodesign Institute to schedule a test.

Get the support you need

We’re all in this together. If getting tested or awaiting the results raises concerns for you, talk to someone. Consider having a candid conversation with your peers through Devils 4 Devils community circles or ASU Counseling Support Circles. No appointment needed, just drop in and connect to any one or more of the options, at no cost to you. You can also consider an individual counseling session with ASU Counseling Services. There are also resources available to you through ASU Wellness.

Spring 2021 COVID-19 testing for students

Is there a testing requirement for the spring semester?

ASU will require a test of all students living on campus for the spring semester. Additionally, students may be randomly selected as part of our community assessment testing protocol throughout the spring semester regardless of if they live on campus or not.

Do I need to get tested if I live off campus?

You will not be required to get a COVID-19 test if you live off campus unless you are randomly selected to test through our community assessment testing protocol.

Can I get tested at home prior to coming to ASU or does it have to be at ASU

All students living on campus will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test on file before moving into the residence halls. We recommend Arizona students to test through our testing facilities, but we will accept a PCR test taken within a week of your scheduled arrival back on campus.

What is the timeframe for getting tested?

Students will need a negative test result to move back into the residence halls. Students living on campus throughout the break will be required to test the first week of January as will all Arizona residents. Out of state students will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test submitted within a week of their planned return to the residence halls.

Will my family be able to help me move-in at the start of the spring semester?

If you are a brand new resident to our residence halls, your family will be allowed to assist you with the move-in process.

Will there be weekend appointments for testing?

Yes, COVID-19 testing will be available during the two weekends prior to the start of the spring semester.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive during the spring semester our health services team will reach out to you for next steps. Depending on a variety of factors, we will work with you to ensure your safety and the safety of your roommates.

Will I have to get tested again after the initial January test?

At this time, we will only require a single test for residential students, before the start of the spring semester, as part of our spring testing protocol. Random selection of testing for the community assessment testing protocol will occur throughout the spring semester.

If my family wants to get tested while in town, can they get tested at ASU?

There are many testing sites throughout Arizona that families have free access to by registering for general public saliva testing. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome families to our ASU specific, on-campus testing sites.

Will I have to do the health check over winter break?

Yes, students, faculty and staff will all need to continue to do their daily health checks over winter break. We recommend students use the 3-month calendar option to indicate the days they will be on campus. If you indicate on the calendar you are not coming to campus, you will not need to do a health check on those days.

Thank you for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 at ASU and in the broader community. By helping to keep others healthy, you are contributing to our Community of Care.