Important Testing Info
- All students who live on campus or have at least one face-to-face course on campus are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
- Residential students cannot be tested on Fridays.
- Everyone must show a negative daily COVID-19 symptom tracker at the start of their testing appointment.
- If you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days, you cannot be retested.
- The testing center is only for individuals without symptoms. Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should send a secure message through the Health Services patient portal or call 508-999-8982 to discuss testing options.
Testing Center Schedule
Monday through Friday – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All students, faculty, and staff can schedule a free COVID-19 test at our on-campus Testing Center via the Health Services Patient Portal.
Please note, residential students cannot schedule a test on Fridays.
For those participating in the on-campus testing program, parking spaces are reserved in Lot 10.
Stop the Spread Locations
If you are not able to participate in our on-campus testing program there are local, no cost testing facilities available as part of the Massachusetts Stop the Spread campaign. Please review the Fall River and New Bedford Stop the Spread locations.
Following updated guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan and the UMass President's Office, UMass Dartmouth has developed a robust asymptomatic testing program for the fall semester. The UMass Dartmouth asymptomatic testing program for COVID-19 is designed to decrease spread of the virus within the community, and is conducted through completing a nasal self-swab. All asymptomatic testing will be conducted at Woodland Commons by appointment only.
Our asymptomatic program includes the following:
- Students who reside on campus, or off-campus students who will be coming to campus for labs, clinicals and studio time are required to be tested upon arrival and then once per week.
- The test that is being performed is a molecular SARS-COV-2 Fact sheet and can be scheduled online. How to schedule a test online
Faculty and Staff
- Faculty who are teaching face to face or conducting research on campus are being offered tests weekly.
- It is also recommended that staff who regularly work on campus be tested on a weekly basis.
UMass Dartmouth is currently maintaining a dashboard of COVID-19 testing information. The data included here informs of the number of tests, cases and positivity rates for the university. This dashboard is updated weekly.
How to arrange your asymptomatic test
Please note, access to certain areas on campus may require displaying the daily symptom checker and verification that weekly COVID testing has been completed (for example, the Law Library, Fitness Center, Research Labs, etc.).
Step 1 - Schedule your test
- Log in to the UMassD Health Services Patient Portal.
- Click Appts.
- Click your Reason from the drop-down and click submit.
- Choose a date and time.
Step 2 - Go to the testing location
- Make sure you have an appointment scheduled prior to your prompt arrival at Woodland Commons on our main campus. Please bring your ID with you. Masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing are required at all times within the testing center.
- Complete your Daily Sympton Tracker by visiting the UMassD Health Services Patient Portal and clicking COVID-19.
- Click Symptoms Tracker and fill out the brief questionnaire. You will need to show your completed Tracker before entering the Testing Center.
- How to collect a nasal swab sample.
Step 3 - Get your test results
- Your test results will be ready within 24-48 hours.
- Register in the CareEvolve patient portal. How to register on CareEvolve patient portal.
- Individuals who test negative will be notified via email from Careevolve@lknotification.com. After registering, you will be able to log in to see your test results.
- Individuals who test positive will receive a call from a provider at UMass Dartmouth Student Health Services, who will explain further steps. Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Health Services is available to provide you with any support that you need.
Daily symptom checker
Daily symptom monitoring and testing will occur throughout the semester. Students, faculty, and staff that come onto campus should conduct a daily self-screening, and those with any COVID-19 symptoms, living either on or off-campus, will be expected to report those symptoms to Student Health Services.
How to complete the Daily Symptom Checker online:
Students, faculty, and staff will access the online symptom checker through their patient portal, which is found on the Health Services website. Students, faculty, and staff will use their UMassD username and password to log into the patient portal.
Students who answer yes to any of the questions indicating possible COVID symptoms will receive a follow up from a Health Services provider with instructions on what to do next.
Faculty/Staff who answer yes to any of the questions indicating possible COVID symptoms should stay home, contact their supervisor/HR, and should watch for a follow up from a Health Services provider with instructions on what to do next.
Asymptomatic testing is conducted upon return to campus and then throughout the semester, as a way to identify COVID-19 in people who are not showing any symptoms of the disease. This service is conducted at Woodland Commons and is provided free of charge for those students, faculty or staff designated as eligible for the program.
Symptomatic testing is conducted when a student has any symptoms, even mild ones, of COVID-19. This testing is conducted at Student Health Services.
The University has contracted with Clinical Research Sequencing Platform (CRSP), LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Broad Institute, Inc. The vendor will deliver test kits and pick up specimens each day. We anticipate results within 24 - 48 hours of pickup. Please note that test results will be available to the individual, healthcare providers in Health Services, and reported directly to the Department of Public Health. All these systems and procedures are fully HIPAA/FERPA compliant.
All UMass Dartmouth residential students, and commuter students and faculty that visit campus regularly will be tested weekly. All staff who have student-facing positions will also be tested weekly. Please note that test results will be available to the individual, healthcare providers in Health Services, and reported directly to the Department of Public Health.
Residential students be placed in isolation (at home or on-campus), the local board of health will be contacted, contact tracing will occur and any individuals identified as a close contact will be notified to quarantine (at home or on campus) and undergo testing. Only residential students may isolate or quaratine on campus.
Yes, please bring it with you.
If you missed your scheduled test, go to the UMassD Health Services Patient Portal and schedule another one for the next available slot.