Screening Program for Undergraduate Students

Updated August 13, 2020

Yale is providing free viral testing for undergraduates who have returned to campus. As outlined in the Health Guidelines and emphasized in the Yale Community Compact, participation in testing is a requirement for all undergraduates enrolled in residence whether living on or off campus.

Regular testing will help Yale medical and public health experts to detect asymptomatic occurrences, isolate those infected and to prevent further transmission by performing contact tracing and providing guidance about self-isolation and health precautions.

The screening program is only for students who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, loss of sense of smell or taste, or stomach upset). Those who are experiencing symptoms should isolate and contact Yale Health.

All members of the Yale community may also contact the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604).

Essential Steps to Take for a Successful Test

  • Activate your MyChart account.
    • MyChart is the patient portal for our electronic health record, EPIC. An active MyChart account is REQUIRED for scheduling testing, receiving results, receiving reminders and canceling tests if needed. Yale Health has been sending information to students for MyChart enrollment; if you have not enrolled, please do so now.
  • Download the MyChart smart phone app.
    • The MyChart app will give you easy access to these features directly on your mobile device. It will allow you to check in for testing using a bar code.
    • You can download it to your smartphone by going to the app store or to Google Play.

General Testing Information

  • The testing process involves a self-administered swab in the front of the nose in a specially designed testing booth. The testing process takes less than 5 minutes. Watch an instruction video.
  • Before arriving at the test site, it is very important that you blow your nose.
  • All testing appointments are self-scheduled by students.
  • All students will be assigned to a testing location based on their residential college affiliation and housing location.
  • All students will be assigned to a testing schedule, either Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday.
  • Testing hours will generally be 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday testing will be available at Dwight Hall for those who missed an appointment.
  • You can view or request changes to test pattern assignments in Yale Hub.

Information for Undergraduates Living On Campus

Move-in testing (8/24-8/29)

  • You will schedule your own testing time during the same time block as assigned move-in times. Links will be provided in an email from Yale College.
  • Testing is required before keys will be given.
  • Two tests may be required during move-in week depending on your arrival date; both tests should be scheduled in advance if possible.
  • Once you have moved in, quarantine in your suite until results are back (24-36 hours).
  • If negative, you are free to move around your residential college, but you may not leave your residential college or other on-campus residence except for testing or medical appointments.

Beginning the week of 8/31

  • Testing will resume on your assigned schedule, which may differ from move-in week. See Yale Hub for your assignments.
  • You must self-schedule all of your own testing appointments according to the Instructions that will be emailed to you.

Information for Undergraduates Living Off Campus

General rules during the first 3 weeks (through 9/12)

  • Off-campus students will not have access to campus for reasons other than testing during the first 3 weeks on campus to avoid disrupting required quarantine.
  • When entering for testing, students need to leave promptly after testing and should not interact with others in the residential college.

Move-in testing (8/20-8/29)

  • Yale College will email you when it is time for you to schedule your own testing appointments.
  • Two tests may be required during move-in week depending on your initial testing date; the second test should be scheduled before you leave the test site.
  • Self-isolate in your off-campus residence until results are back (24-36 hours).
  • If you are arriving from a CT Travel Advisory State, you must quarantine in your residence for 14 days, even if you receive negative test results, and complete a Travel Health Form.

Beginning the week of 8/31

  • You will begin testing on your assigned schedule, which may differ from move-in week. See Yale Hub for your assignments.
  • You must schedule all of your own testing appointments according to the instructions on this page..

How to Schedule a Test

  1. Go to covidtesting.yale.edu. There will be QR codes posted in residential colleges that will link to this site. Bookmark it for easy access.
  2. Enter your NetID and password.
  3. Click on the scheduling link. It will take you automatically to your assigned testing location.
  4. Select your assigned testing day based on your assigned schedule (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday).
  5. Select a time on your assigned scheduling day.
  6. Confirm your appointment.
  7. To schedule another appointment, go back to covidtesting.yale.edu and repeat.
  8. On arrival at the test site, open the mychart app and select “view details of your upcoming appointment” to bring up a bar code which is scanned to check you in.

Test Results

  • Results will be delivered to students through the MyChart app. For instructions on how to download the app, see “Essential Steps to Take for a Successful Test” on this page.
  • 4 different results are possible
    • Negative results: Indicate no evidence of Infection at the time of the test. You may have a very low level of virus in your system so this does not rule out that you may become positive on a subsequent test.
    • Positive results: Indicate that there was evidence of viral infection at the time the sample was taken. What to expect in the event of a positive test:
      • You will isolate in your room.
      • Yale Health staff will call you to discuss next steps in detail.
      • Your Dean will be notified.
      • You will receive a call from the Yale Contact Tracing Team.
    • Invalid: the lab uses human DNA as a control to make sure the sample is adequate. If there is no human DNA in the sample it is labeled as invalid and not processed. In most cases this indicates a need to be more firm in how you are swabbing the sides of your nose.
    • TNP: this result means Test Not Processed. This can happen for a number of reasons but one of the most common reasons is too much mucous in the sample which most often happens when someone doesn’t blow their nose.
  • If you are in the recurrent testing program we will NOT repeat invalid and TNP samples. Instead you should just attend your next screening test as scheduled.
  • If you receive an invalid or TNP result and your test was individually scheduled test outside of a regular testing schedule, you should plan to schedule another test.

Scheduling Tips

  • Schedule in advance! (Walk up testing is possible if space is available but you’ll still need to do scheduling process.
  • Schedule all of your testing appointments on your assigned testing days. Do not select days other than your assigned days of the week.
  • While you can’t schedule recurring appointments, you can schedule as many individual appointments as you want in advance (up to one month).
  • We strongly recommend scheduling both of your weekly appointments at the beginning of the week.