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COVID-19 Screening Testing

As a part of our ongoing measures to ensure a safe learning and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff, the University of Louisiana Monroe is implementing a mandatory random COVID-19 Screening Testing program. Faculty, staff, and students on campus must submit to random testing when notified. Screening tests will allow the University to proactively detect infection and prevent further transmission of the virus.

Those selected for testing will receive an email notification. They will have until 4:00pm Thursday to report to the testing site and undergo testing. The notification will include information about the testing location, pre-registration process, and test expectations. The notification will also provide a link to the Agreement to submit to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Form. This form is required and will allow ULM - Student Health Services, Administrative Personnel, and the Environmental, Health & Safety Officer to access employee’s COVID-19 test results. 

All who are selected to test are expected to complete the testing requirement during that week.  Those unable to complete the required testing during that week must immediately email COVIDtesting@ulm.edu.

Random COVID-19 Testing FAQ’s

Testing Site Location

The testing site is located upstairs in the Student Union Building (Hangar), near the rear of the building closest to the water fountain. Testing on campus is free and available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

COVID-19 Test (PCR) Expectations

Under observation by trained test site personnel, employees will self-administer the test by nasal swab. During the test, individuals will swab both the left and right nostrils and place the cotton swab in a tube. Testing site personnel will be available to ensure that this is done correctly. Once testing is complete, individuals will be able to resume their normal activities.

Face coverings and social distancing are required at the testing site. The only time you will not be required to wear a face-covering is during the collection of your specimen.

COVID-19 Test (PCR) Results

Approximately 3-5 days after testing, test results will be made available. If someone tests positive, they will be contacted by phone. All COVID-19 test results will be available by:

Random COVID-19 Testing FAQs

The University’s decision to randomly test employees and students on campus will help ensure a safe learning and working environment for the campus community. The goal is to bring more people back to campus as safe as possible. It aligns with our continued commitment to do all we can to ensure your health and well-being.

The COVID-19 testing site on campus administers a Molecular/PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that detects a virus' genetic material. To date, this test is the "gold standard" for diagnostic detection of the virus that causes COVID-19.

You will self-administer the test by nasal swab under the observation of trained test site personnel. During the test, you will swab your left and right nostrils and place the cotton swab in a tube.

Employees who are working remotely do not have to be tested. If selected at random, remote employees must email COVIDtesting@ulm.edu .

Employees with any on-campus presence for work, such as a hybrid work arrangement, are subject to random COVID-19 testing.

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test results within 90 days of being selected, you are not required to report for testing. Instead, you must email COVIDtesting@ulm.edu.

If you are randomly selected for COVID-19 testing, you can be selected to test again. Those who are selected at random and submit for testing will be removed from the selection pool for 3 weeks. The random selection process may result in someone being selected more than once.

Yes, as part of our effort to reduce the spread of this virus, fully vaccinated individuals are required to submit to random testing.

According to the CDC, neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

When arriving to the testing site, you must:

  • Wear a face covering;
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others; and
  • Inform the testing site personnel that you are testing for ULM to ensure the proper reference code is applied to your test.

All that are chosen must utilize the on-campus testing site located upstairs in the Student Union Building (Hangar).

The on-campus testing site is arranged to allow for physical distancing. Individuals who  are on-campus are required to wear protective face coverings at all times.

No. Those who are randomly selected for COVID-19 testing may resume their normal activities pending their test results.

Students, faculty, and staff who receive a positive test result must follow the instructions found here - https://www.ulm.edu/coronavirus/ 

Asymptomatic employees may continue to work remotely, if applicable. Employees whose job requirements must be fulfilled on campus will be placed in the appropriate leave status during their isolation period. All employees who test positive must be cleared by a health care provider prior to returning to campus. 

The Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Release Form you will sign prior to taking the COVID-19 test permits ULM - Student Health Services, Administrative Personnel, and Environmental, Health & Safety Officer to view your test result via a secure online portal. You will also be able to view your test result through the portal. The information that these staff will be able to view is limited and includes only your name, date of birth, contact information, and the current COVID-19 test result.

The Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996 ensures that personal health information is protected and may not be shared without a patient’s consent. Part of your testing requirement is to complete and submit an Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization of Release Form. The information authorized staff will be able to view is limited and includes only your name, date of birth, contact information, and the current COVID-19 test result.


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