Testing Plan

University-Wide COVID-19 Testing

As of July 17, 2020, Villanova University is requiring all students, faculty, and staff who will be physically on campus this Fall to be tested for COVID-19 as a baseline test before returning to campus. This testing will be accomplished in partnership with Quest Diagnostics, paid for by Villanova University. You will not be able to come to campus unless you first have been tested through this program.

Students

All students must follow the procedure below unless (a) they are not returning to campus this semester, or (b) they are coming to campus from overseas. Students coming from overseas will be tested once in the United States.

PROCEDURE FOR TESTING

  1. Visit Quest Diagnostics. On the landing page, go directly to the right side, and enter the registration key, which is: Villanova. You will then be asked to enter your Villanova email address and your date of birth. Leave the “relationship” field as “Employee.” Next, you’ll be prompted to create an account. IMPORTANT NOTE: Use as your username your Villanova-issued email address, which ends in “villanova.edu” or “law.villanova.edu” for those members of the Law School. Be sure to save the password you create to check your results. Registration includes confirming your current address to which the test will be sent and your current phone number. You will also need to update your gender from the default designation.
  2.  Click on the Quest link as soon as possible to help ensure that you receive your test promptly. Once you register, you should receive the test from Quest in three days.
  3. The test will provide directions and everything you need to collect your sample. The test will be a nasal swab that is easy to accomplish. If you have questions, call Quest at 1-855-332-2533 (M-F, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST, and Sat. 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST).
  4. Tests cannot be shipped on the weekends and must be shipped the same day they are collected.  Mail YOUR TEST AT THE NEAREST FEDEX LOCATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to get your test result before the semester begins.
  5. Test results will take five to 10 days.
  6. Time is of the essence. Tests must be mailed by Quest and students must immediately submit their samples to receive test results before the semester begins.
  7. Quest will communicate test results directly to the student.
  8. Quest will also notify Villanova of any positive test results. The University will be monitoring registration and test completion.

COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

If your COVID-19 test result is negative, we will happily welcome you to campus as planned. For residential students, you will move in on your assigned date and time through Residence Life.

If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you will need to stay home until:

  • 10 days have passed since the test sample was taken and
  • 24 hours have passed without a fever and without taking a fever-reducing medication.

Once 10 days have passed since the test sample was taken, and you have been fever-free for the last 24 hours, you may come to campus for the semester provided you have:

  • Communicated by phone with the Student Health Center (610-519-4070) about your planned return and
  • If you are a resident student, communicated with Residence Life to schedule an updated move-in time, as needed.

Please note the following:

  • If it is time for you to return to campus BUT you have symptoms and/or 10 days have not yet passed since your positive test, you will need to stay home and begin the semester learning remotely until you are recovered or the 10 days have passed. Contact your professors if you will miss class time and need to arrange remote learning temporarily.
  • As outlined by CDC guidance, those who test positive do not need to take a second COVID-19 test before coming to campus once they are recovered (i.e., 10 days have passed since the test sample was taken and 24 hours without a fever).

CONSENT FORM FOR STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Students who are under 18 years of age must complete and return the attached consent form prior to being tested for COVID-19 by Quest. The form must include a signature from the student’s parent/legal guardian. All signatures must be in ink (typed/electronic/digital signatures are not permitted). Completed forms must be returned as soon as possible to the Student Health Center via email. If email is not possible, completed forms may also be faxed to the Student Health Center at 610-519-4047. Minor students who fail to submit the consent form to complete COVID-19 testing will not be permitted to return to campus.

STUDENTS COMING FROM ABROAD

Students coming to campus this semester from abroad will not participate in the Quest testing initiative.  They must email the Student Health Center now to arrange for COVID testing upon arrival in the US. 

Faculty and Staff

Villanova will require all faculty, staff, and students to complete a COVID-19 test if they plan to be on campus at any point during the semester. This testing will be accomplished in partnership with Quest Diagnostics and paid for by the University.

Faculty and staff are required to complete this test as soon as they receive it from Quest to ensure the results are received prior to the start of the semesterIndividuals who cannot undergo testing due to health or religious reasons may request accommodations through the Office of Human Resources.

Any faculty or staff member who will be on campus this semester MUST be tested. (If you are an adjunct faculty member not teaching this semester, you will not have access to the Quest link below and you will not need to be tested.) This is part of the University’s Community First: The Caritas Commitment, which calls for each of us to do our part to keep community members healthy and safe.

PROCEDURE FOR TESTING

  1. Vist Quest Diagnostics. On the landing page, go directly to the right side, and enter the registration key, which is: Villanova. You will then be asked to enter your Villanova email address and your date of birth. Leave the “relationship” field as “Employee.” Next, you’ll be prompted to create an account. IMPORTANT NOTE: Use as your username your Villanova-issued email address, which ends in “villanova.edu” or “law.villanova.edu” for those members of the Law School. Be sure to save the password you create to check your results. Registration includes confirming your current address to which the test will be sent and your current phone number. You will also need to update your gender from the default designation.
  2. Click on the Quest link as soon as possible to help ensure that you receive your test promptly. Once you register, you should receive the test from Quest in three days. 
  3. The test will provide directions and everything you need to collect your sample. The test will be a nasal swab that is easy to accomplish. If you have questions, call Quest at 1-855-332-2533 (M-F, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST, and Sat. 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST).
  4. Tests cannot be shipped on the weekends and must be shipped the same day they are collected. Mail YOUR TEST AT THE NEAREST FEDEX LOCATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to get your test result before the semester begins. 
  5. Test results will take five to 10 days. 
  6. Time is of the essence. Tests must be mailed by Quest and individuals must immediately submit their samples to receive test results before the semester begins. 
  7. Quest will communicate test results directly to the individual. 
  8. Quest will also notify Villanova of any positive test results. The University will be monitoring registration and test completion.

COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

If your COVID-19 test result is negative, you may return to work on campus.

If your COVID-19 test result is positive
, you will need to stay home and not come to campus, even if you are asymptomatic. Faculty and staff with positive test results may not come to campus until:

  • 10 days have passed since the test sample was taken and 
  • 24 hours have passed without a fever and without taking a fever-reducing medication.

Once 10 days have passed since the date the test sample was taken and you have been fever-free for the last 24 hours, you may come to campus provided you have communicated with the Office of Human Resources about your planned return and have been cleared by HR to return to work.

As outlined by CDC guidance, those who test positive do not need to take a second COVID-19 test before coming to campus once they are recovered (i.e., 10 days have passed since the test sample was taken and 24 hours without a fever).