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Testing Groups

Your Spring 2021 testing regimen is determined by how frequently you will be on campus and the types of activities in which you participate.

If you are approved to be on campus for the Spring 2021 semester, you can view your testing group on your COVID-19 Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. A further explanation of the groups and testing expectations is below. We will communicate with each group by email regarding testing specifics.

If you believe that you have been assigned to this group incorrectly, please discuss this with your supervisor or professor and submit this form. If you no longer need access to campus, please complete the opt-out process. Submitting the form does not guarantee that your status will change; you should take steps to remain in compliance while we process your request.

As your access to campus changes, your group may change throughout the semester. As public health conditions change, your testing requirements may also change. Please check your status on your COVID-19 Compliance Card regularly and confer with your supervisor or professor to make sure you understand your requirements.

Groups and testing schedules include:


Group A ﹘ Residential students living on campus will test twice a week throughout the entire semester, including spring break.

As a residential student, you are in Group A. This means you will be expected to take a test twice a week throughout the entire semester, including spring break.

Your Testing Plan

  • Your testing plan begins on February 1.
  • You will need to take two tests a week with three days between each test.
    • West Hill, Terrace, and Walker Avenue Apartment residents should test on Mondays and Thursdays.
    • Harbor, Erickson and Patapsco Halls residents should test on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Please test before noon; this will allow you to receive your results within 24 hours and let us more effectively reach out to individuals with positive results.
  • Test kits will be available 24/7.
  • Please note: If you’ve had a positive test result in the last 90 days, you may be exempt from testing. If you have not already reported your positive result* to the University, you must report here.

Testing Logistics

  • Pick up your test kit(s) from your residence hall front desk, Walker Avenue Management Office, or the Apartment Community Center.
  • You may pick up two test kits at a time, but you should return each as soon as you open it and take the test. Do not take multiple tests on the same day.
  • This will be a non-observed, self-administered test with a nasal swab.
  • If you have not already done so, you will need to download, install, and register the MG Scanner app; you can view instructions here. If you have already registered the app, you will simply need to scan a new specimen tube to submit your test.
  • Watch this instructional video.
  • Return your test to the designated bin in True Grit’s Outtakes vestibule, the Walker Avenue Management Office, the Apartment Community Center, or the bin outside of University Health Services.
  • Your results will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. It may take up to 72 hours for your results to be posted.

If you need help…

  • Technical Assistance with downloading the app ﹘ Call 410-455-3838 or visit https://rt.umbc.edu to enter a help request.
  • General questions ﹘  Email covid19@umbc.edu.
  • Clinical assistance with the test ﹘ Call University Health Services at 410-455-2542.

In addition to testing, you must continue to complete your symptom tracking seven days a week. 

Group B ﹘ Pre-approved faculty, staff, and commuting students who come to campus two or more times a week and have shared work spaces and/or close interactions.

Group B will test twice a week throughout the entire semester.

Your Testing Plan

  • Your testing plan begins on February 8 and ends on May 3.
  • You will need to take two tests a week with three days between each test.
  • Please try to test before noon; this will allow you to receive your results within 24 hours and let us more effectively reach out to individuals with positive results.
  • Test kits will be available 24/7.
  • No one should come to campus just to take a test, if your work schedule does not allow for three days between tests, please work with your supervisor to determine an appropriate schedule. Students should check with their instructors to make sure they understand the days they must be on campus.

Testing Logistics

  • This will be a non-observed, self-administered test with a nasal swab.
  • If you have not already done so, you will need to download, install, and register the MG Scanner app; you can view instructions here. If you have already registered the app, you will simply need to scan a new specimen tube to submit your test.
  • You may pick up a test kit from either the third floor lobby of the University Center or the UMBC Police Station.
  • Watch this instructional video.
  • Tests are shelf stable; you may pick up two at a time.
  • Make sure you open, take your test, and return it on the same day.
  • Return your test to a designated collection bin in the University Center, UMBC Police Station, or the bin outside of University Health Services.
  • Your results will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. It may take up to 72 hours for your results to be posted.

If you need help…

  • Technical Assistance with downloading the app ﹘ Call 410-455-3838 or visit https://rt.umbc.edu to enter a help request.
  • General questions ﹘  Email covid19@umbc.edu.
  • Clinical assistance with the test ﹘ Call University Health Services at 410-455-2542.

In addition to testing, you must continue to complete your symptom tracking seven days a week. 

Group C ﹘ Student athletes and coaches

The Athletics Departments follows a unique testing schedule approved by the NCAA and the University. It includes regular testing at least twice a week for athletes and coaches.

Group D ﹘ Pre-approved faculty, staff, and commuting students who do not come to campus regularly.

You qualify for Group D if:

  • are approved to be on campus;
  • come to campus on average less than once a week; OR
  • come to campus less regularly but have a situation that includes shared work space or possible interaction with others for more than 15 minutes.

Your Testing Plan

  • You should have already completed entry testing for the spring semester.
  • If you did NOT complete entry testing, you must obtain and submit a negative test result before you will be allowed on campus. 
  • You must continue to symptom track seven days a week, regardless of if you are on campus, in order to remain approved for campus access.
  • We are strongly encouraging you to test on the days that you come to campus.

Additional Details

  • Testing begins on Monday, February 15.
  • Test on the days you are on campus but do not test more than twice a week. If you are on campus once a week, test once a week.
  • If possible, allow for three days between tests.
  • You should not alter your schedule or make a trip to campus to test; if you do not plan to be on campus during a particular week, you should not test.
  • Members of this group may be asked to test on demand as health and safety conditions change. For example, if we identify a cluster of cases in a particular building, anyone with a class, office, or lab space in that building may be required to test.
  • Currently we are using PCR testing. We continue to explore the possibility of rapid testing for group D. Keep in mind that the type of test may change throughout the semester.
  • If you are a member of an in-person class with a delayed start date, your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile will currently show that you are not approved for campus access. Fourteen (14) days before you are expected to come to campus, your Compliance Card will reflect a shift to group D; you should begin symptom tracking immediately and test the first day you come to campus.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You are only approved to access campus during the dates and times of your in-person class, work schedule, or research schedule. You should NOT come to campus unless it is for an approved activity.

Testing Logistics

  • Test as soon as you come to campus; please make every effort to test before noon if your schedule allows. This will allow you to receive your result in 24 hours. Results will be delayed for tests submitted in the afternoon.
  • This will be a non-observed, self-administered test with a nasal swab. Watch this instructional video for more information.
  • If you have not already done so, you will need to download, install, and register the MG Scanner app; you can view instructions and troubleshooting here. If you have already registered the app, you will simply need to scan a new specimen tube to submit your test.
  • You may pick up a test kit from either the third floor lobby of the University Center or the UMBC Police Station.
  • Make sure you open, take your test, and return it on the same day.
  • Return your test to a designated collection bin in the University Center, UMBC Police Station, or the bin outside of University Health Services.
  • Your results will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. It may take up to 72 hours for your results to be posted.

If you need help…

    • Technical Assistance with downloading the app ﹘ Call 410-455-3838 or e-mail mgscanner@umbc.edu with your name and Campus ID.
    • General questions ﹘  Email covid19@umbc.edu.
    • Clinical assistance with the test ﹘ Call University Health Services at 410-455-2542.
Group E ﹘ Faculty, staff, commuting students, or other visitors who come to campus for a one-time visit OR who visit once a week or less and do not have shared work space or interaction with others.

If not already approved to be on campus, anyone in this category must first obtain approval from their supervisor and the Chief of Police to visit campus.

Group E includes people that:

  • Come to campus less than once a week or less; AND
  • When you come to campus, you have minimal or no exposure to others and do not have a shared workspace

You testing plan

  • At this time, Group E does not need to test regularly.
  • If you plan to be on campus before March 1, you should have already completed entry testing for the spring semester.
  • If you did NOT complete entry testing, you must obtain and submit a negative test result before you will be allowed on campus.
  • If you are on the approved to be on campus list, you must continue to complete your symptom tracking seven days a week. One time visitors do not need to be added to the list.

Common Concerns

If you believe that you have been assigned to your group incorrectly, please discuss this with your supervisor or professor and submit this form. If you no longer need access to campus, please complete the opt-out process. Submitting the form does not guarantee that your status will change; you should take steps to remain in compliance while we process your request. You can also contact covid19@umbc.edu with questions.