Student Testing

Utica Campus

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NOTICE: The testing location is in the Campus Center on the upper level walking track. Be sure to fill out the testing app prior to coming to take part in pooled testing at . As a reminder:

  1. Within the three hours before the test, you cannot brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
  2. Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot eat or drink anything, including mints, gum, or lozenges.
  3. Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot smoke or use smokeless tobacco products or e-cigarettes.

For testing requirements before coming to campus and upon arrival at campus, read the information in "Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements" on the What Students Should Know webpage.

Spring 2021 Regular Testing:

  • See below for the full weekly testing schedule for students.
  • Participation in pooled testing is mandatory for those students needing access to campus and failure to comply will result in loss of campus and lab access and possible conduct charges.
  • Please note that residential students are required to complete the daily screening each day regardless of whether on campus. Commuter and anyone else needing access to campus are required to complete the daily screening each day on campus.

Utica Campus Surveillance Testing Dates

Please note the schedule is subject to change as needed.

All Hilltop/Commuter/Online Needing Access/Adirondack & Mohawk Students must take part in pooled surveillance testing once every week (Monday or Tuesday).

The initial testing will take place Jan. 30/31 (Saturday/Sunday) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

After initial testing, weekly pooled testing takes place every Monday/Tuesday starting Feb. 8/9 from 12 – 7 p.m. through May 4.

In lieu of a pooled test, a PCR (or TMA) test can be submitted instead, taken no earlier than the Monday of that week and no later than three days after that Tuesday (for Feb. 8/9 testing, that would mean the test would be taken between 2/8 and 2/12). Please note that the test must be a PCR or TMA test; antibody and antigen tests will not be accepted.

Before the testing process, please review all of the testing procedures:

  1. Because it includes new/additional questions, you must fill out the testing app prior to coming to take part in pooled testing. The web application requires providing your health insurance information; if you do not have health insurance or do not have this information, please let the staff at the testing site know and they will provide you with further instructions. Your health insurance will only be charged if reflex testing is completed (see below FAQ: What is reflex testing and when will it be completed)
    1. Review detailed app instructions in the SUNY COVID-19 Web App Overview (pdf)
    2. Please use your U# for “Institutional ID”
  2. The day of the test, complete your Daily Health Screening
    1. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus; contact the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172 to arrange for alternate testing and further instructions
  3. Arrive at the Campus Center and park in the parking lot
    1. Bring your SUNY Poly Photo ID and Cell Phone or similar device (e.g. tablet) with WIFI or Cellular capability
    2. Wear your face covering
  4.  Follow signs for Testing – Ensure social distancing by standing on noted locations
  5. Here is a helpful video of the process
  6. Go to “Registration Table 1” for Registration:
    1. You will show your ID and on your device go to the testing app and login.
      1. Your registration will include questions about eating, drinking, or other recent activities. Please note:
        1. Within the three hours before the test, you cannot brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
        2. Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot eat or drink anything, including mints, gum, or lozenges.
        3. Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot smoke or use smokeless tobacco products or e-cigarettes.
      2. Your registration will also include questions about any symptoms you are experiencing (If you indicate you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you will be directed to stop and you must not continue with the process. You will also be directed to contact the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172:
        1. Fever or chills
        2. Cough
        3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        4. Fatigue
        5. Muscle or body aches
        6. Headache
        7. New loss of taste or smell
        8. Sore throat
        9. Congestion or runny nose
        10. Nausea or vomiting
        11. Diarrhea
      3. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer before being given a test kit.
      4. You will scan or be provided a bar code number to enter into the log-in screen
      5. Once this is complete, you will be given your test vial and you can go to the next table when available.
  7. Go to Testing Table 2 to Begin the sample process.
    1. At this point you can take off your face covering for testing
    2. Open the vial to expose the swab
    3. Following the instructions, rub the swab inside your mouth for 10-15 seconds – along your gum lines and under your tongue (sample collection video).
    4. Insert the swab into the tube and screw the cap on tightly
    5. Replace your face covering
    6. Shake the vial vigorously 15 times
    7. Give the vial to the attendant who will place it in the sample rack
    8. You can then use hand sanitizer and follow the directional arrows out of the building and return home.
    9. Following testing, you should limit your exposure to others and continue to follow social distance, face covering, and hygiene requirements in a temporary precautionary quarantine until your pooled results are presumed negative.  
  8. Pooled sample results:
    1. If results are presumed negative, you will be informed and you can continue to attend classes on campus.
    2. If results require further testing, you will be informed and provided with directions related to follow-up testing and quarantine/isolation requirements.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit our Pooled Testing FAQs page.

Albany Campus

SUNY Poly - University at Albany Partnership
Please note that SUNY Poly Albany campus students, in accordance with the University at Albany partnership and as occurred previously, will also be following the University at Albany testing protocol, to include PCR submission.

For testing requirements before coming to campus and upon arrival at campus, read the information in "Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements" on the What Students Should Know webpage.

Everyone on campus must complete the daily screening questionnaire and temperature screening each day on campus.

Spring 2021 Weekly Testing through the University at Albany:

  • The weekly pooled surveillance testing program through the University at Albany will continue in the spring semester.
  • Participation in this pooled testing is mandatory for those students needing access to campus and failure to comply will result in loss of campus and lab access and possible conduct charges.
  • Please note that everyone on campus must complete the daily screening questionnaire and temperature screening each day on campus.

UAlbany Testing Kit Pickup

  • For the Spring 2021 semester, pooled testing kits will be available for pickup in the Student Services Suite, NFS 309, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The kits will be in a labeled box at the front of the suite on the reception desk. Please take one at a time, as needed.

UAlbany Testing Schedule

  • Students must submit a testing sample to a UAlbany drop box each week in adherence to the following weekly schedule:
    • Last names A to D: Submit between noon Sunday and 9:30 a.m. Monday
    • Last names E to K: Submit between noon Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday
    • Last names L to Q: Submit between noon Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday
    • Last names R to Z: Submit between noon Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday
  • If a student is not on campus for their scheduled testing day, they must submit a saliva sample the next time they are on campus.
  • Students should not collect their saliva sample until the day they are coming to campus. Students can only drop off saliva samples between noon Sunday and 8 a.m. Thursday.
  • There will be additional drop-off hours available to Albany campus students in the Student Services Suite, NFS 309. The weekly schedule will be shared with students prior to their arrival to campus.

Before the testing process, please review all of the testing procedures:

  1. Because it includes new/additional questions, you must fill out the testing app prior to coming to take part in pooled testing. The web application requires providing your health insurance information; if you do not have health insurance or do not have this information, please let the staff at the testing site know and they will provide you with further instructions. Your health insurance will only be charged if reflex testing is completed (see below FAQ: What is reflex testing and when will it be completed)
    1. Review detailed app instructions in the SUNY COVID-19 Web App Overview (pdf)
    2. Please use your U# for “Institutional ID”
  2. The day of the test, complete your Daily Health Screening
    1. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus; contact the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172 to arrange for alternate testing and further instructions
  3. Arrive at the Campus Center and park in the parking lot
    1. Bring your SUNY Poly Photo ID and Cell Phone or similar device (e.g. tablet) with WIFI or Cellular capability
    2. Wear your face covering
  4.  Follow signs for Testing – Ensure social distancing by standing on noted locations
  5. Here is a helpful video of the process
  6. Go to “Registration Table 1” for Registration:
    1. You will show your ID and on your device go to the testing app and login.
      1. Your registration will include questions about eating, drinking, or other recent activities. Please note:
        1. Within the three hours before the test, you cannot brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
        2. Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot eat or drink anything, including mints, gum, or lozenges.
        3. Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot smoke or use smokeless tobacco products or e-cigarettes.
      2. Your registration will also include questions about any symptoms you are experiencing (If you indicate you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you will be directed to stop and you must not continue with the process. You will also be directed to contact the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172:
        1. Fever or chills
        2. Cough
        3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        4. Fatigue
        5. Muscle or body aches
        6. Headache
        7. New loss of taste or smell
        8. Sore throat
        9. Congestion or runny nose
        10. Nausea or vomiting
        11. Diarrhea
      3. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer before being given a test kit.
      4. You will scan or be provided a bar code number to enter into the log-in screen
      5. Once this is complete, you will be given your test vial and you can go to the next table when available.
  7. Go to Testing Table 2 to Begin the sample process.
    1. At this point you can take off your face covering for testing
    2. Open the vial to expose the swab
    3. Following the instructions, rub the swab inside your mouth for 10-15 seconds – along your gum lines and under your tongue (sample collection video).
    4. Insert the swab into the tube and screw the cap on tightly
    5. Replace your face covering
    6. Shake the vial vigorously 15 times
    7. Give the vial to the attendant who will place it in the sample rack
    8. You can then use hand sanitizer and follow the directional arrows out of the building and return home.
    9. Following testing, you should limit your exposure to others and continue to follow social distance, face covering, and hygiene requirements in a temporary precautionary quarantine until your pooled results are presumed negative.  
  8. Pooled sample results:
    1. If results are presumed negative, you will be informed and you can continue to attend classes on campus.
    2. If results require further testing, you will be informed and provided with directions related to follow-up testing and quarantine/isolation requirements.

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