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Faculty return to campus testing

Posted by on Friday, December 31, 2021 in .

As a reminder, faculty must take a COVID-19 test by Jan. 14, regardless of your vaccination and booster status. You can test at home (a PCR or rapid antigen test is acceptable), at a community testing center or at Vanderbilt’s Testing Center, which is open until 5 p.m. today. Please do not eat or drink for 60 minutes prior to taking your test at the testing center.

The Vanderbilt Testing Center is on campus at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center in the auxiliary gym. Individuals can park in lot 102 and will need to enter through the large doors at the back of the Recreation and Wellness Center, by the recreation fields and lot 102. Signs will direct you to the indoor testing center.

Additionally, a limited number of drive-up testing parking places are available in reserved locations in lot 102 for those with mobility challenges or who otherwise prefer to remain in their cars.

  • If your test result is negative, you need to indicate that within the survey tool. You will NOT need to upload a picture or a copy of the results if you have indicated a negative test result. With a negative test, you are cleared to continue campus activities.
  • If your test result is positive, you need to upload a copy of your positive test in the survey tool and isolate at home in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines. You will receive further instructions.

***If you have tested at the VU Testing Center, you do not need to submit a negative or positive test result as the Command Center has the record of your test.***

We have expanded our ongoing testing programs: These different testing programs will continue after your “return to campus activities” test, and these programs include an asymptomatic testing program and a sentinel testing program based on your vaccination status. You can read about the expanded programs on the Health and Safety Protocols website. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, read your instructions at the bottom of this FAQ.

Questions about testing should be directed to

As you will recall, the university has instituted a weekly testing protocol to maximize our community’s health and well-being, wherein individuals who are not vaccinated are required to be tested weekly. This protocol has now been extended to include those individuals who have not yet received the booster. Accordingly, you must submit proof of a booster to be exempt from the regular asymptomatic testing program.   

  • Individuals who have not provided any vaccination documentation will be required to test twice a week.  
  • Individuals who have provided documentation of completed vaccination but not of a booster will be required to test once a week.  
  • Individuals who have provided documentation of completed vaccination and a booster will be exempt from asymptomatic testing.  

We also are relaunching the sentinel testing program to test randomly selected asymptomatic students, faculty, staff and postdocs, regardless of their vaccination and booster status.