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Winter Break & Return Testing Guide

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Here are more details about our approach to supporting a healthy return to campus, including enhanced COVID-19 Color and rapid testing.

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Winter Quarter Checklist

What to do before you return to campus
• Get a COVID-19 booster shot. Upload your new record to the VadenPatient portal.
• If you are away from campus, test before you return.
• If you test positive, don’t travel! Isolate in place for 10 days. Contact the Financial Aid Office if travel disruptions present a financial hardship.
• If you test negative, plan to arrive early enough to get through your first Color test before your first class. Expect turnaround times of up to 48 hours.
• The leave of absence deadline for a full refund has been extended to Jan. 14 (details for graduate and undergraduate students).

What to do when you return to campus
If you traveled during winter break, take a university provided rapid test when you arrive. If you test positive, check below for information on what to do next. If you test negative or if university provided rapid tests are no longer available, test twice with Color in your first week of classes, then continue testing with Color following your normal cadence (once weekly if vaccinated, twice weekly if not vaccinated). 

If you stayed on campus for winter break, test twice with Color in your first week of classes, then continue testing with Color following your normal cadence (once weekly if vaccinated, twice weekly if not vaccinated).

Do not submit a new Color test until you receive the previous test result.

Everyone should wear face coverings indoors and where social distancing is not possible, especially inside campus housing, including inside apartments and dorm rooms at the beginning of the quarter.

More information
For undergraduates
For graduate and professional students

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Winter Break & Return Testing Guide for Undergraduate Students

Explore information regarding testing requirements

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Winter Break & Return Testing Guide for Graduate and Professional Students

Explore information regarding testing requirements.

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Booster Shot Information

Upload your documentation and review relevant resources.

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Guidance on Isolation

Here’s what to do if you test positive while living on campus.