Testing Information

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

Testing is available for returning students Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. plus additional testing on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8-11:45 a.m. Emmons staff is conducting COVID testing on the 2nd floor of the AGC Administrative building (enter through Cannon Rotunda).

Updated 1/20/22

Spring 2022 Testing Protocols

Students: All students are required to test as soon as possible upon returning to campus as detailed in earlier messages. Going forward, until further notice, weekly testing is also required for all students. Beginning the week of 1/31, students will test in alphabetical order based on last name as follows:

A-E: Monday
F-K: Tuesday
L-Q: Wednesday
R-Z: Thursday

Friday testing available for make-up tests.

*If you are returning to campus Friday 1/28 or the morning of Saturday 1/29, you should complete your return-to-campus test by 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at the AGC testing center, then test again during the week of 1/31 for your first weekly test. If you return on Saturday afternoon or later, come to the testing center on Monday or the first day you are back on campus.

Students who fail to follow the testing protocols will be subject to discipline (as mentioned in the Student Code of Conduct as well as the COVID-19 Student Compact).  

Faculty and Staff: All on-campus faculty and staff will also be tested weekly, until further notice. Employees working fully remotely do not need to come to campus for testing. On-campus employees can come for testing any day of the week. Off-campus employees can test on campus if needed.

Oxy’s testing site is centrally located on the second floor of the Arthur G. Coons (AGC) Administrative Center. Unless otherwise noted, hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. 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.

Additional Weekly Testing Protocols

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 myhealth.oxy.edu 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 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.

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.

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.