Testing Information

Below you will find information about Oxy’s current COVID-19 testing policies and protocols.

Last updated 9/30/21

Emmons staff is currently conducting COVID testing on the 2nd floor of the AGC Administrative building (enter through Cannon Rotunda). Testing hours are 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fall 2021 Testing Protocols | COVID-19 Tests Currently UtilizedTesting FAQs

Fall 2021 Testing Protocols

New Randomized Testing

Starting Monday October 4, we will begin randomized COVID-19 surveillance testing of Oxy community members who are not already being tested regularly through required testing, opt-in testing and/or cohort-based testing. Every Monday, several hundred randomly selected students, faculty and staff will receive an email from Emmons letting them know they need to test that week. Consistent with our original plan, our testing protocols continue to adapt as conditions evolve.

If you receive a message from Emmons regarding randomized testing: Oxy’s testing site is centrally located on the second floor of the Arthur G. Coons (AGC) Administrative Center. Please come for your test from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. at a time that is convenient for you. You may come any day of the week, no appointment necessary. Please do not eat, drink or smoke at least one hour before testing. Testing, which uses a salivary sample, should take you 10 minutes to complete and you will receive your results the following day via a message from the myhealth.oxy.edu portal.

Unvaccinated Community Members

  • All unvaccinated individuals living, studying and working on campus will be required to test twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Students who miss their scheduled test will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and will be required to take a make-up test within 24 hours. A second no-showed test will also result in loss of eligibility to live on campus.
  • Employees who miss their scheduled test will be referred to Human Resources and will be required to take a make-up test within 24 hours. A second no-showed test will result in progressive disciplinary action.

Vaccinated Students

  • Vaccinated students are not required to get tested unless displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or when exposed to a confirmed positive case or when called for randomized testing.
  • Students experiencing symptoms may get a rapid COVID-19 test during daily testing hours. Follow-up with a primary care provider may be recommended based on test results.
  • Students exposed to a confirmed positive case will be required to take a modified quarantine and get tested 3-5 days post contact.
  • Any faculty, staff or student may “opt in” for once-weekly testing (see additional information below).

Vaccinated Employees

  • Vaccinated employees are not required to get tested unless displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or when exposed to a confirmed positive case or when called for randomized testing.
  • Employees experiencing symptoms while at work may get a rapid COVID-19 test during daily testing hours. Follow-up with a primary care provider may be recommended based on test results.
  • Employees experiencing symptoms outside of campus should get tested with their primary care provider, a city testing site or a local pharmacy.
  • Employees exposed to a confirmed positive case will be required to take a modified quarantine and get tested 3-5 days post contact.
  • Any faculty, staff or student may “opt in” for once-weekly testing (see additional information below).

Additional Weekly Testing Protocols

  • Any faculty, staff or student may “opt in” for once-weekly testing. No appointment is necessary, and you may come to the testing center, currently located on the 2nd floor of AGC in the Cannon Rotunda, any day during posted testing hours. To help us with staffing and scheduling, we ask that any community member interested in this option complete the opt-in COVID testing form to indicate your preferred testing days. Opt-in testing will begin Monday 8/30 for faculty and staff, and Monday 9/14 for students.

  • Cohorts that participate in Oxy-sponsored activities that by their nature are required to be performed unmasked will be included in weekly testing until further notice. Student athletes (during their competitive season), and some music and theater students among others, will likely fall into this category. The College will be working with Athletics, as well as faculty in charge of these particular programs, to finalize these protocols.

If you are vaccinated, please complete the vaccine verification on myhealth.oxy.edu (instructions below).

COVID-19 Tests Currently Utilized

ShieldT3 Laboratory-based PCR test

PCR test offered through mobile lab located in Northern CA.

  • Salivary test offers self administration with personnel oversight.
  • Test requires the patient to provide 1ml saliva after 1 hour without eating, drinking or smoking. Personnel ensures the sample is clean and sufficient.
  • Labs are sent at the end of the day and results are returned by 7pm the following day.
  • System is computerized and will be integrated with college records. Individuals are texted with testing reminders and test results.
Abbott Binax Now rapid test

In-office antigen test given to patients presenting with symptoms.

  • Provider-administered lower nasal swab.
  • Results in 15 minutes.

Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form

  • Log into myhealth.oxy.edu using your Oxy credentials.
  • Complete 2-step verification
  • On the front page, choose: Enter My COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Upload a picture of your vaccination card (requested, not required)
  • Enter the date vaccinated and type of vaccine received (may add to this form after each dose)
  • Click “Done”

FAQs: COVID Testing & Related Policies

What if I test positive for COVID-19? (Faculty)

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you will need to quarantine away from campus for 10 days. Emmons will work with you to conduct contact tracing and test all those exposed. If you are not experiencing symptoms, you may teach remotely during this period, or make other accommodations, such as scheduling make-up classes upon your return. 

If you do become ill for any extended period of time (as with other illnesses), you should coordinate with your department chair / associate dean for faculty affairs and with Human Resources to utilize the sick leave provided in the Faculty Handbook and arrange for substitute coverage, alternative assignments, or make-up classes.

What if I test positive for COVID-19? (Staff)

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you will need to immediately notify Emmons and quarantine away from campus for 10 days. Emmons will work with you to conduct contact tracing and test all those exposed. You may be able to work remotely, if you are physically able to and your job function is one that can be performed remotely. If you do become ill for any extended period of time (as with other illnesses) and cannot work, you should coordinate with your manager/supervisor and Human Resources to discuss available options.

What if I test positive for COVID-19? (Students)

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you will be placed in isolation for a period of 10 days. Emmons will work with you to conduct contact tracing and test all those exposed. Emmons will arrange isolation housing with REHS, will notify the Office of Disability Services to arrange accommodations for missed classes (without identifying the nature of excusal for the purposes of patient confidentiality), and will connect you to Campus Dining for meal delivery.

If I am vaccinated, under what conditions may I request a COVID-19 test?

Any faculty, staff or student may “opt in” for once-weekly testing. No appointment is necessary, and you may come to the testing center, currently located on the 2nd floor of AGC in the Cannon Rotunda, any day during posted testing hours. To help us with staffing and scheduling, we ask that any community member interested in this option complete the opt-in COVID testing form to indicate your preferred testing days. Opt-in testing will begin Monday 8/30 for faculty and staff, and Monday 9/14 for students.

In cases of suspected exposure, individuals who believe they have come into contact with a COVID+ individual on campus may request a COVID-19 test, regardless of the presence of symptoms. Individuals who have not had close contact with a COVID+ individual through college community contact or who do not show symptoms consistent with COVID-19 can access testing through an L.A. County testing site, their medical provider, or can purchase at-home tests at many local pharmacies.

Does Oxy notify the general community about positive tests among community members?

Yes. Weekly test results have been regularly updated and are available online throughout the last academic year. Due to federal privacy laws, the medical circumstances of an individual are private and protected, so names and identifying information for individuals who test positive cannot be shared.

Who will be notified when an individual is required to quarantine or isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to a COVID+ individual?

The individual who is positive or exposed to a confirmed positive will be notified. For students, arrangements for isolation and quarantine will be arranged with REHS, The Office of Disability Services, and Campus Dining. Our existing quarantine and isolation plans are also being reviewed and updated to reflect the evolving guidance for vaccinated individuals.

Should I quarantine if a member of my household tested positive for COVID or is exhibiting symptoms?

Current guidance requires unvaccinated individuals to quarantine for 10 days after exposure, or after day 7, after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later). Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine, but are required to monitor any emerging symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after exposure.

Will I be allowed to work remotely while quarantining?

If you are subject to quarantine but are not experiencing severe symptoms, you may be able to work remotely during that time. You should consult with your supervisor regarding the possibility of working remotely or taking sick leave.

If a student tests positive for COVID, will there be any way for them to participate in classes online while in quarantine? 

As has always been the case when a student must miss class due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, they can work with the Dean of Students office and the faculty member for flexibility and accommodations. Faculty have been advised to plan their courses with contingencies in place (e.g., a remote participation option or alternative assignments) for students who have to miss class due to COVID-related issues.