FAQ | Oxford Campus Residential Arriving Testing Protocols

Why is Miami making us test beforehand? Why didn’t Miami offer testing at Millett like previous semesters?

Our goal with this semester’s approach to arrival testing is to identify positive cases before students come to campus to preserve our limited quarantine and isolation space. Other similarly-sized schools are identifying upward of 1,000 cases through arrival testing. Identifying positive cases in advance allows a student to isolate at home and delay their return to campus.

Why is Miami only requiring arrival testing for on-campus students and not off-campus students?

We required arrival testing for on-campus, and not off-campus, students for a few reasons: 1. Residence halls are considered congregant living settings given the large number of residents, 2. Off-campus students tend to return to the Oxford area over the course of a several week period, while on-campus students largely return to campus on the same day, 3. As in previous semesters, we are prioritizing our limited quarantine/isolation space for on-campus students so we want to identify students who are positive for COVID before they arrive on campus in an effort to preserve our limited quarantine/isolation space.

What “counts” as three days for arrival on Sunday?

If you arrive on campus on Sunday, January 23, the date on your test result should be from any time on or after Thursday, January 20.

What if I can’t get a test at home, or I forget to bring my test result?

If you cannot produce a negative test result upon check in, you will be directed to go to Harris Hall to be tested at Student Health Services (SHS), ideally on Sunday or possibly later next week depending on the demand for testing. Residence Life staff will give you instructions at the check-in table. Please be advised that if you need to complete your arrival testing on campus, you should anticipate long waits, and if you test positive, you will not be permitted to move into your residence hall room until after your isolation period. While we will make every effort to place you in the university’s designated isolation space, you should have a backup plan on where you will complete your isolation period should you test positive.

What should the testing documentation include?

Your documentation from the testing company (e.g. pharmacy) should minimally include your name, date of test, and confirmation that you had a negative result.

I have a negative at home test, but don’t have a verified result with my name and date on it. What should I do?

Only verified results will be accepted. You should either arrange a PCR or a proctored antigen test (at home or through a testing site), or you will be required to test on campus.

Does the test have to be a PCR test?

No, the test can be PCR or antigen. The test can also be a rapid or at-home test, as long the test you complete provides you with documentation that includes your name and the date administered, along with your test result.

Are rapid antigen tests accepted?

Yes, rapid tests are accepted as long as they are proctored and provide you with the necessary documentation needed for check-in.

What is a proctored/verified antigen test? Who can proctor it?

A proctored, at-home test is one that allows you to log onto a computer so someone from the company watches you administer the test through the screen. Several pharmacies and testing locations also offer drive-through options for a proctored antigen test. They will then provide you with confirmation that the test was yours and what the result was. A member of your household or your community cannot proctor a test.

I took a test in the required timeframe but my result didn’t come back in time. What should I do?

If you do not have the result when you move in, you will be required to complete another test on campus. However, please do what you can to take a test in advance so you will know if you’re positive before you leave home. Most test results should be available within the three day window. Please keep in mind that proctored rapid antigen test results are accepted for the purpose of arrival testing.

What are Student Health Services’ hours of operation?

SHS is open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm (starting Saturday Feb 5th). SHS will also be open Sunday 1/23 from 8am-5pm.

Will you accept antibody test results?

No. If you have tested positive in the past 90 days, you should complete the form to attest that you had a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Otherwise, you should plan to take a COVID-19 test and provide those results upon move-in. 

I am returning from an international trip (i.e., study abroad, etc) the day before I move in. I took a test in order to fly – will that result be accepted for this purpose?

Yes, if it was within that three day window, we will accept that documentation. 

If I test positive for COVID-19 at home, when can I return to Miami?

You can return as soon as you’ve completed your required isolation period and your symptoms are improving. Continue to follow public health instructions regarding wearing masks for a full 10 days.

What if I tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days but do not have documentation (because I used a non-proctored at-home test, etc.)?

Please complete this form to attest that you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days. No further documentation is needed. Please note that while we will accept your attestation for this purpose, the department of health will not exempt you from quarantine without documentation if you are exposed to COVID during the semester.

What if I was presumed positive for COVID-19 based on my symptoms but do not have any documentation and did not complete a COVID-19 test?

Please complete this form to attest that you had a presumed positive diagnosis of COVID-19 within the past 90 days. No further documentation is needed. Please note that while we will accept your attestation for this purpose, the department of health will not exempt you from quarantine without documentation if you are exposed to COVID during the semester.

I’m a student-athlete and am already living on campus for my sport. Do I need to participate in arrival testing?

Student-athletes who live on campus and are currently competing in their sport are not subject to the arrival testing requirement since they are regularly testing through Intercollegiate Athletics. If you are unsure if this applies to you or not, please ask someone from your team’s coaching staff.

If you are a student-athlete who lives on campus and are not currently competing in your sport, you are subject to the arrival testing requirement.