COVID-19 Testing Program for All Undergraduates
Who Should Be Tested?
(Policy effective 06/4/21)
Please note: Undergraduate COVID testing will transition from Verily Life Sciences to Color Genomics effective June 4, 2021. Verily Life Sciences will continue to be available until June 12, 2021, after which all testing will be with Color Genomics.
|CATEGORY||DESCRIPTION OF CIRCUMSTANCES||TESTING REQUIRED?|
|All undergraduates who are living on campus, whether or not they are working, studying, or engaging in any other campus activities.||Yes, you are required to register and test twice weekly, once in each test window, with Color Genomics, and complete Stanford Health Check daily. Testing windows are 1) Sunday to Wednesday, 2) Thursday to Saturday.|
|All undergraduates who are living off campus and who are coming to campus on a regular basis.||Yes, you are required to register and test twice weekly, once in each test window, with Color Genomics, and complete Stanford Health Check daily. Testing windows are 1) Sunday to Wednesday, 2) Thursday to Saturday.|
|Undergraduates who are living off-campus and coming to campus infrequently (once or twice quarterly).||Yes, you are required to register with Color in advance and submit a test on the day you come to campus. Also, you are required to complete Stanford Health Check on the day you come to campus, before you arrive. ** Students in Stanford off-campus subsidized housing only need to test when visiting campus, but must submit the “temporary request to opt out” form to reduce testing compliance notifications.|
|Currently enrolled* graduating seniors participating in our in-person commencement. (*These testing resources are available to graduating seniors who are not currently enrolled but will be at commencement.)||If you are living on campus or coming to campus on a regular basis, you are required to continue testing twice weekly through commencement. Also, you are required to complete Stanford Health Check any day you come to campus, before you arrive.|
|COLOR TEST WINDOW 1||COLOR TEST WINDOW 2|
|Test once within each test window.|
Scheduling your tests to comply with our twice weekly requirement
All undergraduates living on campus or coming to campus frequently are required to test twice weekly with Color Genomics. For compliance purposes, a week runs from Sunday through Saturday. To remain in compliance, you should therefore schedule one test from Sunday-Wednesday and one test from Thursday-Saturday each week. Ideally, your tests are separated by 3 days as your schedules allow. For example, you might test on Monday and Friday, or Tuesday and Saturday. This will help you monitor your health over a 7-day period, and help us monitor aggregate campus conditions on a weekly basis, which we then summarize on the Stanford COVID-19 dashboards.
Color Genomics test kit collection sites and hours
Once you have created your test account, visit a test kit site. Bring your Stanford University ID, which is required every time you pick up a test kit.
Color Genomics How-to Videos and Diagrams
- Testing is provided at no charge to undergraduates.
- These requirements apply to everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
- If you have any trouble registering with Color, please submit a ServiceNow ticket.
- Student-athletes will use different protocols and should follow the instructions from their administrative units.
- Testing for non-student partners and spouses living in RD&E-assigned housing is available. Here is more information.
- Asymptomatic students in quarantine should continue testing through this program.
- Students with mild symptoms may continue to test through Color.
- Students with high fever or other severe symptoms should instead contact Vaden Health Services or another healthcare provider for evaluation and testing.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID in the past three months through a provider other than Color and Vaden should send a copy of their positive COVID test results (attached to a message with the subject line "secure: test results") to Dr. Robyn Tepper through the VadenPatient portal. You will not be asked to retest for 90 days. The CDC does not recommend retesting within 90 days because reinfection is uncommon during this period and a positive PCR test without new symptoms more likely represents persistent shedding of viral RNA, rather than an active infection.
- Verily testing will no longer be available to students after June 12, 2021.
- You can still access your Verily test results. Your Healthy at School account is no longer available to login or schedule an appointment. However, you can still view your previous COVID-19 test results via the PWN Portal. Refer to an email received from PWNHealth (firstname.lastname@example.org) informing you that your results are ready. Follow the instructions on that email to log into the PWN portal to view your test results. If you cannot find a results email from PWNHealth, call the PWN call center at (888) 362-4321 and request that PWN resend a results email to you.
Registration and Compliance FAQs
How do I register for testing?
Create your Color testing account using your primary Stanford email address (SUNet ID@stanford.edu). Alias emails will not be accepted. If you do not know your primary Stanford SUNet email or are not sure how to access it, please contact University IT Services & Support at (650) 725-4357 or by submitting an online ticket.
You can pick up your kit early, but be sure to “Activate, Collect and Drop off” on the same day. For example, if you pick up your test kit on Monday, but do not want to use it until Wednesday, wait until Wednesday to activate the kit.
Students who wish to perform a Color self-swab test under the supervision of Vaden clinicians may schedule an appointment.
What happens if a student does not meet Stanford's testing requirements? In order to maximize the health and safety of our community, we have put in place a protocol to support the required testing program.
Students are expected to follow all university public health requirements, which are university policies subject to accountability processes administered through the Dean of Students office as articulated in the Residence Agreement, Fundamental Standard and Office of Community Standards policies.
If you miss the twice-weekly test windows, you will receive an email notification from the university and your Stanford Health Check onsite access badge will be red. You will not be permitted to access Stanford locations that require a key card for entry, except your campus residence, and other facilities such as the libraries and recreation centers which require a green badge for access. These locations include departmental buildings and labs. Your access will be restored within 24 hours of taking your next test and completing a Stanford Health Check.
Information about dining access with a red badge can be found here. Your green badge will be restored within 24 hours of taking your next test and completing a Stanford Health Check.
If you miss two or more tests, a university appointed COVID lead or a staff member of the Dean of Students Office may contact you to help ensure compliance with campus testing requirements. You may be subject to a Dean of Students administrative review and referral to the Office of Community Standards.
If you will be away from the university campus temporarily, please let us know by completing this form, which will pause automated testing reminders during your absence. Testing compliance messages you will receive (should you miss a test without notifying us of your absence) will also prompt you to provide this information. We expect few students to lose access to shared spaces; our observation is the vast majority of students are doing everything they can to test on schedule and contribute to the overall health and safety of the university community.
If I have been vaccinated for COVID-19, am I still required to comply with student testing requirements? Yes. All students will be required to test twice weekly with Color Genomics for the first four weeks of summer quarter, and then vaccinated students will no longer be required to test if the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus and in the Bay Area remains low. We strongly recommend COVID vaccinations to all students living on campus this summer and will require vaccinations this fall. You can learn more on our vaccination FAQ page.
If I travel during the quarter, what should I do? This guidance applies to students traveling outside the state of California for any reason, personal or other, during summer quarter and then returning to campus. Please pick up Color testing kits before you leave so that you are prepared to resume testing twice weekly upon return. You are required to take your first test immediately upon return, submitting your sample to one of our 24-hour drop-off sites. You are required to take a second test five days later. Unvaccinated students are required to restrict their activities while they await the results of their first and second tests. Restricted activity means remote learning and research. You may leave your residence only for the following activities: COVID testing, medical care, laundry and trash, solo outdoor exercise, meal pick-up if you have a Stanford Dining meal plan or pick-up of grocery or prepared food deliveries.
Test Type and Results
What type of test will be used? The Color COVID-19 Test is a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) assay that tests for an active infection of COVID-19. It is not an antibody or a PCR test. The student collects the sample using a self-administered nasal swab (anterior nares).
Why is Stanford utilizing nasal swab testing instead of saliva testing methods? Stanford is routinely evaluating emerging technologies for mass screening alternatives. At this time, we believe the nasal swab testing is the best match for our students. Although saliva testing is easier to collect, it may be difficult to collect from some students and may still pose an aerosol risk. There is a loss in sensitivity (10-50 times less) when using saliva than when using a nasopharyngeal swab. As such, patients with low viral loads may falsely test negative.
What can I expect in terms of results? Color provides four types of results:
• Positive for SARS-CoV-2. Positive indicates that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) was detected in the patient’s sample. False positives are possible.
• Negative for SARS-CoV-2. Negative indicates that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) was not detected in the patient’s sample. False negatives are possible.
• Inconclusive result for SARS-CoV-2. Inconclusive indicates that the test results were internally inconsistent and cannot be classified as either positive or negative.
• Unsatisfactory sample. Test could not be completed.
What happens if I test positive? If you test positive, you’ll be contacted by a Vaden clinician and provided with guidance particular to your situation. Vaden will also ask you to update your status on Stanford Health Check, offer you a confirmatory test, and initiate exposure notification for close contacts. If you do not hear from Vaden shortly, please call (650) 498-2336. If you are having severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
How will quarantine and isolation work? To coordinate isolation housing and meal delivery service, the name of a student with a positive test will be shared with campus partners, such as Residence Deans (RDs) and Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), on a confidential, need-to-know basis. Meal delivery will be at no charge to students residing on campus. If a student lives in an apartment that has a private bathroom, or lives in couples or families housing, they can quarantine in their apartment. We ask students who live in a shared apartment where they cannot quarantine to contact a Residence Dean to be assigned to a designated quarantine space. Students who test positive will be relocated by the RD to a designated isolation space, and Vaden as well as the Residence Dean will check in with the student daily. As a reminder, isolation is for students who test positive; quarantine is for students who have not tested positive but may have been exposed. Our goal is to prevent the spread of disease and ensure students feel safe and supported. This will include carefully communicating with each student their individual timeline for quarantine/isolation. As needed, we will provide wi-fi, laundry, linens, meal delivery, care kits, disability accommodations, gender-neutral bathrooms, and similar amenities and services to meet students’ daily needs.
Submit a ServiceNow ticket for questions about student testing compliance (red badges, missed tests, time away from campus).
Submit a ServiceNow ticket for questions about Color registration, services and test sites.
For questions about viewing your results on the Color website, please email email@example.com.