Required COVID-19 Testing

Is testing required for all students?

Any student who lives in university housing, utilizes campus servicesattends class in person and/or works on campus will need to be tested if selected to participate. Students who do not plan to visit campus for any reason will be excluded from the testing protocol.  

Up to 300 students will be selected to participate in testing each week beginning the week of January 25th.

How will I be notified if I’ve been selected to take part in the testing?

You will be notified that you have been selected for testing via your cofc.edu email and text.  

Who will conduct the testing?

Testing will be conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). 

How will the testing be conducted?

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will provide PCR testing at the testing events, and a specimen will be collected using a nasal swab. 

How will students be selected to be tested?

A computer-generated algorithm will select all eligible students.  

If I am selected for testing more than once, do I need to be tested again?

Possibly. If you are mandated to test and your test is negative, you may continue to be selected for testing throughout the remainder of the semester. If you test positive, you will not be required to test again for another 90 days. 

Will students who have previously tested positive be included in the testing?

Students who have tested positive in the previous 90 days will be exempt from testing. 

If I am not selected for testing, can I still get tested?

Yes. But you’ll need to sign up in advance, as there will be limited availability. Please check https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/covid-19-testing/index.php for details. 

How will I be informed of my test results?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will report your test results to the email address you provide during registration, and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will report results online via MyChart and through the email address you provide during the registration process. 

Where will the testing be conducted?

The testing will be conducted outside the Glebe Street entrance of the Stern Student Center located at 71 George Street. 

I received notice that I was selected for mandatory COVID-19 testing. How do I request an exemption or defer to another testing date?

To request an exemption, you can respond using the exemption form link included in the email.

What if I don’t show up for testing on my scheduled day?

Failure to comply with the College’s mandated testing will result in Cougar Card deactivation. You will only be able to reactivate your Cougar Card once you have participated in a future campus-sponsored testing event. Failure to participate in the next testing event following the deactivation of your Cougar Card may result in a referral to the Dean of Students and a Code of Conduct violation. Results from off-campus providers will not be accepted as compliant with the mandatory testing protocol. 

Can I provide a test result from another entity outside of the College’s testing events?

No. The College of Charleston is requiring that students use the on-campus testing events to complete the mandatory testing. 

What if I test positive?

If your test is positive, please go to your place of residence either on- or off-campus immediately and begin self-isolationOur contract tracing team will reach out to you regarding next steps. Please be sure to answer any phone calls and emails that you receive from Student Health Services.  

Please visit the Isolation and Quarantine page on the Back on the Bricks site to learn about what to do for isolation and quarantine. 

I’ve already been selected for and participated in a previous mandatory testing event on campus. Why was I selected again?

Students who test negative for COVID-19 at an on-campus mandatory testing event are automatically placed back into the potential selection pool for subsequent mandatory testing events. The reason for this is that while a student may test negative on one day, they may still contract the virus at a later time – even the very next day. As a result, some students may be selected to participate in multiple mandatory testing events, including events occurring in back-to-back weeks.