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.

Last Updated: 3/9/2022

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.  

Testing Expectations for Returning from Spring Break

  1. On the morning of the day you return to campus/local area, an at home or in pharmacy RAPID test is RECOMMENDED. Do Not Return To Campus or Off-Campus Housing If Positive!
     
  2. Upon arriving back to campus, two tests are REQUIRED of all undergraduate and full-time graduate students on the Bristol campus during the first week back. All part-time graduate students on Bristol and Providence classes and all University College students must test in testing center before attending first class. University College and Law Students will receive additional testing requirement reminders from their Dean’s. The following hours and schedule will support you completing this requirement by testing a minimum of 2 days apart:
    1. Sunday, March 20th 4-8pm (PCR) Test 1, then again Tuesday or Weds (Pooled PCR) Test 2
    2. Monday 11AM to 5pm (PCR) Test 1, then again Weds or Thursday (Pooled PCR) Test 2
    3. Tuesday (PCR) Test 1 and then again Thursday (Pooled PCR) Test 2
  3. Student Life will be actively monitoring compliance with the above testing requirements. Your cooperation will make it as likely as possible to move to the Yellow Covid Operating Level. Students who are not within a 90 days no test protocol through Health Services and do not comply with return from break testing requirements will be addressed through Student Conduct and not allowed to enter classrooms the week of March 27th.  University College and Law Students will receive testing requirement information and compliance follow-up from their Dean’s.

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.