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

COVID testing is currently available on the second floor of the Arthur G. Coons Administrative Center (AGC) on Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Please do not eat, drink or smoke at least one hour before testing. Testing, which uses a salivary sample, should take you about 10 minutes to complete and you will receive your results the following day via a message from the portal.

Updated 1/5/23

Spring 2023 Testing Guidance

To reduce the chance of a post-holiday COVID surge on campus, we strongly recommend testing for COVID before returning to Oxy.

Do not return to campus if you receive a positive test result.

Tests are readily available over the counter and insurance companies are required to reimburse the cost of eight tests per month per member. For more information on testing, visit

Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or if you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID.

The AGC is open for PCR testing Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Additional Testing Information

Do I need to test if I recently had COVID?

Community members who tested positive for COVID-19 and have lab results or medical documentation with your name, the date of the test and the type of test, will be excused from surveillance testing for 90 days from the date of your positive test once your test results are shared with Emmons by uploading your recent results into the portal by logging in and clicking on the “Enter My Covid 19 Test Result” button on the main page.

Symptomatic testing guidance

  • Vaccinated students and employees experiencing symptoms may get a rapid COVID-19 test during 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.

Testing for 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-show for testing will also result in loss of eligibility to live on campus.
  • Employees who miss their scheduled test will be required to take a make-up test within 24 hours. A second no-show for testing will result in progressive disciplinary action.

Where else can I get free, local testing for COVID?

Curative Test Sites:

          Eagle Rock Library: 5027 Caspar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

          Eagle Rock Recreation Center: 1141 Eagle Vista Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90041 

Walgreens: 2222 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

CVS Minute Clinic: 1030 Colorado Boulevard Eagle Rock, CA 90041

COVID Clinic: 2700 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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.