Testing

The screening and testing of the VCU community continues to evolve based on the availability and efficacy of viral testing protocols as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the state and the VCU Health System.

It is important to note that testing is just one component of a comprehensive strategy to reduce transmission and will be conducted in conjunction with several other mitigating controls – promoting behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19, increased cleaning, contact tracing and daily health monitoring among others.

VCU offers symptomatic, asymptomatic surveillance, and entry testing for VCU community members. Learn more about each type of testing below. You can also view frequently asked questions about testing.

Symptomatic testing

VCU community members (both on and off-campus) who report symptoms to either Student Health Services or Employee Health Services (1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843) may be referred for COVID-19 testing at a testing location on-campus. This will be conducted at no cost to students or employees.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing

Testing for the prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCU community will be conducted throughout the year to monitor the health of our community. This data will help identify trends and outbreaks, and to inform our actions going forward. VCU students and employees who are fully vaccinated and have reported their vaccine record to VCU are exempt from this requirement. 

Asymptomatic surveillance testing (previously referred to as "prevalence" testing) is mandatory for students and employees. VCU students and employees who are fully vaccinated and have reported their vaccine record to VCU are exempt from this requirement. 

VCU samples asymptomatic VCU community members for testing each week in order to monitor COVID-19 within the VCU community. If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email from covidtest@vcu.edu that includes instructions for setting up your Kallaco portal, links to available appointment slots and other information to help you prepare for your COVID-19 test. If you are selected to participate, you must schedule your test and attend your testing appointment.

During the regular school year, testing takes place Monday through Thursday (on Mondays at the Hunton Student Center at 1110 E. Broad St. on the MCV Campus and on Tuesday through Thursday at the Capital Assets and Real Estate Building at 800 W. Broad St. on the Monroe Park Campus). The test is conducted using nasal swabs, designed to collect samples from the nasal walls of the nostril. This is not the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab test which collects samples from deep within the nasal cavity.

Entry testing

Entry testing refers to testing students prior to a return to campus housing. Entry test kits contain saliva-based PCR tests approved for self-administration. Saliva tests are easy and comfortable to perform and do not require a clinician to administer.