OHIO students, faculty, and staff on the Athens campus will participate in asymptomatic testing at the Vault Health’s on-campus testing center.
COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program (Asymptomatic Testing)
Testing asymptomatic individuals helps University leaders understand whether virus incidence is decreasing or increasing among the campus community, providing information about infection rates and trends. It also helps the University identify and isolate positive individuals, with the goal of reducing spread and identifying potential outbreaks.
Vaccination against COVID-19 and asymptomatic testing for the virus are essential to controlling spread on campus. In order to enjoy normal activities, each of us must do our part to control the spread, including participating in asymptomatic testing with Vault Health.
Students, faculty and staff must select one of two pathways to contribute to the safety of our campus communities: the Vaccination Pathway or the Weekly Testing Pathway.
- Vaccination Pathway: Those individuals who are fully vaccinated and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate in asymptomatic testing only once a month.
- Weekly Testing Pathway: Those individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to take an asymptomatic test once a week (once every seven days).
Through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program, OHIO community members will test more or less frequently based on vaccination status. Everyone, vaccinated or not, will need to continue following the Presidential Health Directives, including masking and social distancing.
- Testing is required for all students, faculty, and staff who access campus, regardless of on- or off-campus residence.
- Testing is required even if you will only access campus occasionally, including visits to facilities like University libraries, labs, and clinical/ educational experiences, in addition to face-to-face classes. Examples of accessing campus include:
- Living in a residence hall
- Attending a face-to-face class
- Working on campus
- Playing a team sport
- Doing research on campus
- Accessing campus to complete requirements such as flight hours
- Using any campus facility (Ping Center, Alden Library, etc.)
- Living in sorority and fraternity houses
- Regardless of pathway, individuals may be asked to complete additional testing, if warranted, to curb a potential outbreak.
- Some colleges and departments may require testing of students participating in internships, clinicals, field experiences, or other experiential learning activities.
These testing requirements were created in consultation with local public health officials and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is possible that testing requirements could change based on revised guidance from the Athens City-County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, or the CDC.
Allowances for Change in Status
Individuals can elect to change their pathway by initiating a change request. Examples of reasons for a change:
- Was not vaccinated but now is fully vaccinated
- Was not accessing campus facilities but now needs to access campus facilities
Athens Campus Vault Health Testing
Regional Campus Vault Health Testing
OHIO students, faculty, and staff on regional and extension campuses will participate in asymptomatic testing with Vault Health’s test kits, which will be available for pickup on the campuses.
Not vaccinated? Schedule an appointment.
In Ohio you can register to attend a clinic in your community via the state's online portal. Outside of Ohio, check your state health department’s website for information on how to schedule an appointment.
About Vault Health
Ohio University has partnered with Vault Health to conduct asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. All students, faculty, and staff with a regular campus presence are required to participate based on their Testing Pathway choice.
Testing Pathway Compliance Expectations & Exemptions
All OHIO students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with asymptomatic testing requirements based on their Testing Pathway.