Frequently Asked Questions
What test do I need?
Your entry test must be a PCR test.
When should I test?
You should test on the first day you are scheduled to return to campus. You should not make a special trip to campus just to test.
Where and how do I test?
Please review these instructions.
Can I be on campus while I am waiting for my results?
Yes. Once you complete your test, you may remain on campus to complete your day wearing an appropriate mask and maintaining physical distance as much as possible. We are relying on masking and distancing protocols to reduce on campus transmission while we await your test results. Given the shortage of testing in Maryland, we felt this was the fairest way to require an entry test. In addition, we are recommending that all community members complete an at home rapid before they come to campus.
How long will it take to receive my results?
UMBC cannot check on the status of individual tests. In general, it can take up to three business days to receive your results. Testing results from on-campus tests will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile.
Is testing on campus safe?
We do believe testing on campus is safe, as long as community members follow instructions, pick up their kits, and swab in a location that is distanced from others. For the first week of classes, we are making additional testing and technical assistance available in the RAC (Monday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.), in order to reduce any potential crowding at testing sites. In addition, it will be helpful to have most employees complete testing next week, before students return.
What if I recently tested positive? Should I test?
You are not required to test as you may continue to test positive for up to 90 days. You will need to report your result in order to be exempted from entry testing. Information on how to do this and when you can return to campus is available here.
If you do not have a test result to submit, you should take the on-campus PCR test, as most people will test negative at this point. If you test positive, our case management team will reach out are prepared to offer flexibility to community members that already completed their quarantine.
How and Where do USG students test?
UMBC students at the Universities at Shady Grove should complete an entry test on that campus. More information on testing at USG is available here. Since USG does not offer 24/7 testing, students should test the first time they come to campus that also has a scheduled clinic. We understand this may cause a slight delay in testing, and we remind you to be diligent about mask wearing, diligent, and not coming to campus if you are sick.
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