Surveillance Testing FAQs

Villanova has been conducting robust and increased surveillance testing over the past several weeks. Following pre-arrival testing in January, Villanova began randomly testing the campus community, five days a week, on Monday, February 1. The sample size includes faculty, staff and students. 

The daily numbers are going to fluctuate. Some days everyone may not show up, and some days additional tests may be added to the number based upon a certain population that may need extra testing that week. The goal of surveillance testing is to routinely test a percentage of our campus population. While the numbers may fluctuate on a daily basis, the cumulative effect of surveillance testing will provide necessary data.    

Villanova's surveillance and diagnostic testing captures known variants of the COVID-19 virus. It is important to note that the clinical management of positive COVID-19 cases is the same regardless of the presence of variants. As of today, Delaware County, the county in which Villanova University is located, has not reported any cases of a new variant. Our focus remains on decreasing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus on our campus through vigilant mitigation efforts. We continue to manage positive cases through contact tracing and placing students into isolation and quarantine as quickly as possible, which is critical to containment of the virus on campus. 

Any student currently enrolled at the University and living on campus or taking an in-person class, as well as faculty and staff currently reporting to work on campus.    

Each Friday, faculty, staff and students who are randomly selected will receive an email from requiring them to sign up and register for a test. 

With regard to COVID-19 testing, a test only captures a point in time. Someone can test negative one day and be COVID positive the next. Villanova’s approach to COVID-19 testing entails both diagnostic and surveillance testing.

Yes.  Surveillance testing is done at random; you may be selected more than once and must report each time you are selected. 

Please sign up as quickly as possible once you receive the notification email. You must register for a testing appointment by 5 p.m. on the Sunday prior to your testing week. 

There are very limited exemptions from participation, including a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within 90 days of testing. If you are selected for testing, you will receive an e-mail that will contain a link to an exemption form, which you may submit if you believe you qualify for an exemption. You will be notified of the status of your request by e-mail. 

Yes. Students with symptoms should call the Student Health Center at 610-519-4070. Faculty and staff with symptoms should stay home and contact their primary care provider. Any faculty or staff who is diagnosed with COVID-19—or a student diagnosed with the virus at a medical facility other than the Student Health Center—should notify the VU contact tracing team regarding their positive results at 484-432-7950, and the team will follow up on all COVID-19 positive test results.    

Yes. Faculty, students and staff who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine will still be required to undergo testing and follow Villanova's Caritas Commitment. Detailed instructions regarding surveillance testing for undergraduate, graduate, adult education and Law students, as well as faculty and staff, are available.