Testing

Regular surveillance testing continues to be a critical measure for us to monitor for the presence of virus on our campuses and allow us to act quickly to isolate any positive individuals from the community. This is proving to be essential for the Delta variant, which can be present among vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. 

Last Updated: 1/21/2022

Anyone needing a Covid-19 test should schedule a test through a state testing location (covid.ri.gov/testing for R.I. locations) or other testing sites, such as urgent care centers, CVS or Walgreens, or consider at-home testing kits if available. 

Bristol Campus Testing: The Bristol campus Testing Center will reopen Monday, January 10, in the Campus Recreation Center Conference Room (second floor) with the following days and hours: 

  • Monday, Jan. 10 to Thursday, Jan 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Jan 18 to Thursday, Jan 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Providence Campus Testing: The Providence campus resumes regular testing hours for the Spring 2022 semester on January 11. Testing will be held on the second floor and signup is not required: 

  • Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
  • Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  

RWU Law Clearance Testing

RWU Law is scheduled to resume in-person classes on Wednesday, February 2. All law students will be required to return to campus on Monday, January 31 or Tuesday, February 2 to complete campus-based testing. All morning classes on Monday January 31 will be rescheduled to allow time for law students to complete testing. Testing hours are detailed below. Previously announced clearance testing during the week of January 24-27 is delayed. 

School of Law Clearance Testing Schedule
Location: Bristol Testing Center

  • Monday, January 31
    8:00 am to 11:00 am – Priority testing for law students
    11:00 am to 5:00 pm – Testing available
  • Tuesday, February 1
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Students who have already tested on campus are required to test again on these designated days prior to the start of classes. Students who have been excused from campus-based testing by Health Services due to a recent positive case will NOT participate in testing.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Testing Requirement Prior to Campus Return 

All students are required to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours (with a PCR test) or within 48 hours (with a supervised rapid antigen test) before your first day returning to the Bristol and  Providence campuses, preferably with a PCR or supervised rapid test with a printed result. Alternatively, an at-home rapid test taken on the day of departure is acceptable, provided students take a photo of the negative test result and using a pen, write their name, date of birth, and date the test was taken on the test card; you must have that photo viewable on a mobile device when you arrive at campus for check-in. A negative test result must be presented during the required student check-in process outlined below.   

Please note: Pre-arrival testing is critical because any student who lives within driving distance of campus and tests positive during arrival clearance testing will be sent home to isolate (exceptions will be made for international or students who traveled to campus by plane or train). 

This pre-arrival testing requirement applies to commuters, off-campus students, graduate students, as well as residential students.  

Employee Clearance Testing

RWU is urging all employees who are able to work remotely to continue doing so, with supervisory approval, during the week of Jan. 10. Please consult with your manager or supervisor accordingly as to this possibility. All employees are required to obtain a clearance test prior to returning to work on campus. Those employees who have been working on campus and who have continued in the university testing program during winter break are exempt from the offsite clearance test requirement. 

For employees able and authorized to work remotely during the week of Jan. 10, you are strongly encouraged to schedule an off-site test now to be conducted during your remote-work week and schedule an offsite test. In Rhode Island you can visit https://covid.ri.gov/testing to see all RI state testing locations and links to schedule appointments at area pharmacies as well. Note: Please schedule your test as soon as possible, approximately one week in advance as appointments fill quickly. Alternatively, employees can take their clearance test during testing center hours for pooled testing over the next two weeks if off-site testing is not an option for you at the following hours: 

  • Monday, Jan. 10 to Thursday, Jan 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Jan 18 to Thursday, Jan 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

As always, please report and share any positive result from off-campus testing immediately to human_resources@rwu.edu

Student Semester Check-in and Clearance Testing 

All undergraduate and graduate students will be required to participate in check-in and clearance (rapid) testing between January 21 – 24. This must be completed during the required check-in process and will be held in the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse. Students will not be allowed to move into residence halls or access any campus facilities, including classrooms, without evidence of a pre-arrival negative test AND a negative clearance test upon arrival on campus. 

More information about signing up for check-in and move-in times will be communicated from Student Life via Residence Life & Housing in a separate email. 

If You Tested Positive Over Winter Break 

University members who tested positive for Covid-19 during winter break are asked to submit that information to RWU. Students should submit the test results to health@rwu.edu.  Employees should submit test results to human_resources@rwu.edu

Although the CDC has recently changed its isolation period recommendations, RWU is taking a more careful approach by requiring Covid-positive individuals to isolate for 8 days. Individuals who test positive must complete the 8-day isolation followed by diligent masking in the presence of others. The 8-day isolation period, as well as any quarantine implications for vaccinated and unvaccinated close contacts, will be reviewed and adjusted by our Covid committees as necessary before and during the semester. 

Booster Guidance 

As we communicated in the Dec. 21 email, RWU is requiring Covid boosters for employees by Feb. 1 and for students by March 1. If you have not yet gotten your booster and are eligible, please do so immediately. Do not wait until the deadline. Individuals are eligible for a booster shot 2 months after receiving the J&J vaccine, 5 months after a Pfizer sequence, and 6 months after a Moderna sequence. 

Students: Submit your booster information via Health Services Student Portal, using these instructions. Employees: Email a copy or photo of your vaccination card to human_resources@rwu.edu. 

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, this may affect your ability to schedule your booster dose. Contact your doctor or ask a pharmacist for a recommendation on when you will be eligible.  

Regular Semester Testing  

Regular semester testing will begin the week of Jan. 24. Every person who is learning and working on our campuses is required to receive regular Covid testing at one of our campuses. We are continuing with our testing requirements as follows: 

  • Fully vaccinated students and employees will be required to test once per week.  
  • Students and employees with vaccine exemptions or are not fully vaccinated will be required to test twice per week.  
  • Additional testing requirements for in-season student athletes, as necessary, will be communicated by the Athletic Director.  

Bristol campus members must sign up for their first regular testing day(s) and time(s), starting with the week of Jan. 24. Providence campus members are not required to schedule a testing time but are expected to follow the same testing guidelines that are outlined above. 

The Testing Center will be closed March 14-17 for Spring Break. You do not need to schedule a test during this week. Faculty and staff are encouraged to schedule an offsite test during this week.

Scheduling Regular Semester Testing

  1.  Log in at app.beacontesting.com  
  2. Click on your name at top of page and select “Your Dashboard” 
  3. On the dashboard, Select “Schedule Test”  
  4. Select “RWU Surveillance Testing” 
  5. Select your preferred weekly test days and times for the full semester. 

The Beacon scheduling system allows you to schedule up to 90 days at a time, though this length may vary depending on your selected time. When you select an appointment time, press "repeat every week" to schedule a recurring appointment, and take note of the end date. Be sure to revisit the Beacon site before your last scheduled test to sign up for your testing through the rest of the semester.

Please email covid19@rwu.edu if these steps do not work.

It is important that you activate your Beacon account and sign the consent form on the platform before you show up for campus testing. This platform will be in use throughout fall semester and is the place where you can review your testing results. All community members will receive an activation email from support@beacontesting.com – this is not a spam or phishing message. A link in the email will bring you to their website, where you will digitally agree to the testing consent form and schedule your tests.  

Need to Be Setup in the Beacon System?

If you are new to RWU for the spring semester and need to be set up in the Beacon system, please email covid19@rwu.edu.

image of Beacon login page indicating 'Resend Activation Code' optionIf Your Beacon Link Has Expired

Follow these steps to activate:

  1. Visit app.beacontesting.com
     
  2. On the login page, select the “Resend Activation Code” option. (Do not select “Register For An Account” at this step, since you must receive a registration link first.)
     
  3. Once you receive the email from Beacon Support with your activation code, follow that link to create your account and sign up for a testing schedule.

The university will continue to communicate any changes in the frequency of testing required of individuals throughout the semester. Be sure to check your RWU email regularly.

All other students, including commuters, off-campus students, graduate students and law students, must sign up for and receive a clearance test prior to the first day of classes. Keep an eye on your email for a communication regarding the check-in process required of all students coming soon.