Arrival Testing

If you plan to take any in-person or hybrid course, work for a campus department or office, or you will be physically on campus this spring, you need to participate in Spring 2021 Arrival Testing for COVID-19.

Arrival testing for on-campus students

As a student living on campus this semester, you play a key part in keeping your neighbors and fellow community members healthy. The first essential step is to be tested for COVID-19 on campus before you move into your residence hall or on-campus apartment. The test will be administered by TriHealth, our healthcare partner, and will be free of charge.

Complete at home before leaving for campus:

  • Print, complete and bring these required forms to the testing site.
  • If you have already had COVID-19 and recovered, please upload your medical documentation to MedProctor. You will still need to check in with us at the testing site at Millett Hall before you will be able to enter your residence hall or on-campus apartment, but you will be exempt from testing if your previous diagnosis occurred within the past 90 days, as confirmed by a positive PCR test.
  • Although not required, you are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 at home a few days before your arrival date, even if you have no symptoms. If you test negative, you are still required to be tested again upon arrival. If you have a positive test, you should delay your move in for two weeks until you are recovered.

Complete on the morning of your arrival, before you depart for campus:

  • All members of your move-in party should take their temperatures and do a COVID-19 symptom assessment. If anyone helping you move is experiencing symptoms, they should not come to campus. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact ResidenceLife@MiamiOH.edu to delay your move-in date until you are symptom free.

When you arrive to campus (Tuesday, January 19 - Sunday, January 24):

  • Your first stop will be Millett Hall. Testing will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will not be prepared to begin testing until 8:00 am. If you have an afternoon move-in time, you can arrive for testing anytime after 11:00 am.
  • Please enter the driveway for the west parking lot from Sycamore Street where you will enter the screening station and be greeted by someone from the TriHealth team. The TriHealth team will check that you have completed the required forms in advance.  

Millet Hall Screening and Testing Map
This map was used for move-in testing in the fall. The setup for spring is similar.

This figure is a satellite map of Millett Hall, the adjacent parking lot, and surrounding streets, showing set-up for Arrival Screening and testing, January 2021. Millett Hall is on the top right, with the Bonham Road entrance marked as do not enter. Also marked as do not enter is the north Weeb Ewbank Way entrance (from SR 732) and the University Avenue Entrance. Arrows direct all traffic to the Sycamore Street/Weeb Ewbank Way entrance to the West Millett Lot. Within the lot, arrows direct all traffick north towards the "screening and testing area." Traffic is directed to turn west into the screening and testing area where six parallel testing lanes are indicated, with traffic travelling from east to west through the lanes. Exit traffic after the testing lanes is directed south, passing a Q&A booth, then exiting the lot onto University Avenue.

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you will be referred to a local medical practitioner to determine if you can move in, if you should temporarily occupy isolation housing on campus, or if you should return to move in on a different day.
  • If you do not have your forms, a copy will be given to you to complete on site and it may delay your process.
  • After completing the screening station, you will pull your car into line for one of the testing stations. A TriHealth provider will obtain a COVID test sample, using a nasal swab that is self-administered by the student. All Miami students in your car will need to have the COVID test. After the test you will be given a non-transferable wristband and a verification card to present at your residence hall or on-campus apartment to demonstrate that you are clear to move in. You need to wear your wristband until January 25 and carry the card with you until February 3.
  • If you already had COVID-19 and you submitted your positive diagnosis through MedProctor in advance, you will be directed to a bypass lane to confirm that you are exempt from testing and will receive a wristband and verification card.
  • After you leave the testing area, you are clear to proceed to your residence hall or on-campus apartment and move in your belongings.
  • You will receive your results within 2-4 days at the email address you included on your paperwork. You may also receive a call from TriHealth if your test results were positive, with further instructions. 
  • Please remember to practice good protective measures such as wearing a face covering, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and practice good hygiene throughout your move-in process. While we do not ask you to self-quarantine, we ask that until you receive your test results, you do your best not to mix with other students on your floor or in your building.
Please note that you will not be permitted to move into the residence hall or on-campus apartments for the spring semester unless you complete a COVID-19 test, even if you received a negative test recently.

*If you moved in on or before January 19 or after January 24:

  • You will receive directions via email.

If you have any questions in advance of your arrival, please email covidtesting@miamioh.edu. We are thrilled to welcome you to campus and appreciate you taking the time to comply with these important health and safety measures so that we can be healthy together throughout the entire spring semester.

Arrival testing for off-campus students

As a member of the Oxford community, you will play a key part in keeping your neighbors and fellow community members healthy. The first step is to be tested for COVID-19 on campus prior to the first day of the spring semester.

Schedule your test

Please schedule a day and time for your COVID-19 test between January 11 and January 24 via the email invitation from Covidtesting@MiamiOH.edu. Tests will be conducted by TriHealth at Harris Hall on campus (follow the signs to “Location B”).

Bring your state-issueda photo ID and your insurance card to your appointment. You should also print, complete, and bring the the Harris Hall testing required forms with you.

Appointments will fill up very quickly. If you are already in Oxford, please sign up for an early appointment to save slots for students arriving later.

Test types

For arrival testing, we will use two types of COVID-19 tests in Harris Hall - throat swabs and pooled saliva tests. The throat swab is a typical PCR test administered by a member of the TriHealth team. For a pooled saliva test, you will provide a saliva sample (spitting in a tube) that may be tested in the same “pool” as other students. There are several benefits of this method, including:

  • much faster turnaround time for results (24 hours instead of 48-72)
  • earlier detection, and
  • significant cost savings

However, this test does not provide a final positive diagnostic result. If COVID-19 is detected in your pool of samples, you will be asked to return to Harris for confirmatory diagnostic testing (with a 15-30 minute turnaround time for results).

Results

If and how you receive results depends on the type of test you take.

  • Saliva test. If you take the saliva test, you will not be notified of your result unless COVID-19 is detected in your test. You will not be notified unless COVID-19 is detected in your sample. If you have not heard from us within 72 hours of your saliva test, you can assume there are no concerns with your sample. If you are contacted following a saliva test, it is important to respond immediately.
  • Throat swab. If you take a throat swab test, you will receive results within 2-5 days if you take a throat swab test.
You will be asked to release the results of your test to Miami. No other health records will be released. Your test results will only be used to help us provide you more immediate support and to assess the overall health of the community. No disciplinary action will be taken based on the results of your test.

Required participation

If you plan to take any in-person or hybrid course, work for a campus department or office, or physically be on campus this spring, you are required to participate in this program.

Verification

At your appointment, you will receive a COVID-19 Arrival Testing Card. Please carry this card with you until February 3, 2021 while on campus. Be prepared to show the card to Miami University faculty and staff members upon request. Review the exemptions section below on how to receive your card if you are exempt from arrival testing.

Exemptions

You do not need to participate in arrival testing if you do not plan to be in Oxford or on campus this semester (e.g. you live out of town and have selected the “remote only” option for attendance). You may also be exempt if you have tested positive for and recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, as confirmed by a positive PCR test. Submit your results through MedProctor (even if you submitted them via email previously) to be exempt from arrival testing.

  • If your previous diagnosis occurred within the past 90 days, as confirmed by a positive PCR test, you will be exempt from arrival testing.
  • Positive antibody tests and recent negative test results will not be considered reasons for exemption. 
  • On-campus students: Regardless of exemption status, all residential students must go to Millett Hall during their move-in slot to receive a wristband and verification card as proof of fulfilling the arrival testing obligation.
  • Off-campus students who are exempt will need to pick up your verification card at Millett Hall anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm, January 19-24.