Carolina Together Testing Program

How often do I need to test?

Going into the spring semester, all undergraduate students living on campus and in Chapel Hill or Carrboro are required to participate in regular asymptomatic evaluation testing. Graduate students accessing campus or living with more than 10 people will also participate in regular testing. Students in Heath Professions programs where daily symptom checks are required should check with their School Director or Dean regarding school specific needs.


Testing for other graduate students and for employees working on campus will be available but voluntary.


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Note: The requirements for testing frequency detailed below are in place regardless of the delay to in-person undergraduate classes. The requirements are based on the mode of instruction in ConnectCarolina for each student’s scheduled courses.

You may download and print this chart for easy reference.

Testing Frequency

Group Testing Frequency
Group 1: Undergraduate Students

  • Having in-person class(es) OR
  • Living in campus housing (dorms) OR
  • Living in a domicile with 10+ people OR
  • Living in the Granville Tower complex


  • Prior to arrival
  • Re-entry
  • 2x week mandatory asymptomatic evaluation testing
Group 2: Undergraduate Students

  • Not having in-person classes OR living in one of the locations identified in Group 1, but living in Chapel Hill or Carrboro (even if only doing remote learning)
  • Prior to arrival
  • Re-entry
  • 1x week mandatory asymptomatic evaluation testing
Group 3: Graduate and Professional Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows*

  • Accessing campus to teach OR
  • Having in-person class(es) OR
  • Living in a domicile with 10+ people
  • 1x week mandatory asymptomatic evaluation testing
Group 4: Undergraduate Students, Graduate and Professional Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows*

  • Not in Group 1, 2, or 3
  • 1x week voluntary asymptomatic evaluation testing*
Group 5: Faculty and Staff

  • Accessing campus
Group 6: Faculty and Staff

  • Working remotely and not coming to campus
*Exception for graduate students in programs where daily symptom checks are required (i.e., Health Professions Programs). This exception exists because this system has been proven to be effective from May until now. For these students, testing is voluntary, up to 1x/week.  In addition, once weekly (Monday night) evening MBA, weekend executive MBA and MBA@UNC programs are not required to participate in testing.

# Staff and faculty who are accessing campus will be expected to perform daily symptom check regardless of whether they participate in testing. For those staff and faculty working completely remotely, symptom checker does not need to be completed daily and testing will not be provided.


Where do I go for testing?

Carolina Together Testing Program Alert


Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing is available at Frank Porter Graham Student Union, CURRENT ArtSpace+Studio and UNC Rams Head Recreation Center.

Please bring your mobile phone with you to the testing sites.

      • There are individuals at each location to assist you if you do not have a mobile phone or cannot scan the bar code on the testing tube.
  • Frank Porter Graham Student Union, gallery space, side closest to Davis Library
    • 209 South Road, Chapel Hill
    • Hours:
      • Monday-Friday, 7 am-6 pm
      • Saturday, 11 am-5pm
      • Sunday, CLOSED
    • Parking is available in the Undergraduate Library Parking Lot.

  • CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

    • 123 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
    • Hours:
      • Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm
      • Saturday, 11 am-5pm
      • Sunday, CLOSED
    • Parking is available in the Granville Towers West Parking Lot.

  • UNC Rams Head Recreation Center, multi-purpose room, closest to dining hall

    • 340 Ridge Road, Chapel Hill
    • Hours:
      • Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm
      • Saturday, 11 am-5pm
      • Sunday, CLOSED
    • Parking is available in the Rams Head Parking Deck.
      • Pull ticket from machine upon entry.
      • Validate parking at the testing site.
      • Give validation ticket to parking attendant upon exit.


If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to an asymptomatic testing location.

  • Students

    • If you are experiencing symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to covid-19, immediately self-isolate and contact Campus Health.
    • Campus Health may be reached through the HealthyHeels portal, or by calling 919-966-2281.
  • Employees

How do I prepare for a test?

washing hands.

We want you to have the least amount of waiting possible and make the test as fast as possible for you.  So before coming for your test:

  • Make sure you can access the HallPass website on your phone.  If you do not have a smart phone (or your camera is not working), no worries!  We can help when you get to the testing location.
  • Register for a Fast Pass time using HallPass. This will secure you a time to be tested.
  • Wear your mask and practice physical distancing while going to and the entire time you are in the testing location. The only time you will not need your mask is when you are collecting your specimen.
  • Wash your hands! When you get to the site, use the hand sanitizer.

You will get your test results in less than 48 hours. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by UNC Campus Health employees or the Orange County Health Department. Please make sure to answer the phone when they call since it will be a new number.

What type of test will I be having?

All Carolina Together Testing Centers will conduct anterior nares PCR based tests, which means it is not as invasive as other nasal swabs you may have had or heard about. No medical test is 100% accurate, and tests for COVID-19 are no exception. Nevertheless, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have played a critical role in responding to the pandemic and, where used aggressively, have helped to minimize spread. Among the widely used sample sources for PCR testing, most studies have shown nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs to be most sensitive (i.e., fewer false negative results).

UNC-Chapel Hill will use this sampling method for testing upon students’ arrival —as well as for testing for cause in individuals showing symptoms — as it provides the greatest chance of minimizing false negative results. PCR tests for COVID-19 are typically highly specific (i.e., few false positive results) because the tests detect genetic sequences unique to the virus that causes COVID-19. Laboratory results from around the country using the same testing methodology as UNC-Chapel Hill suggest that the false positive rate among people who are actually free of COVID-19 is considerably less than 1%.


What happens when I get a test?

Detailed description of nasal swab:

Clean your hands (using alcohol-based hand gel).

Scan the barcode label into the Hall Pass web app

Open the test packet and insert swab into the first nostril (approximately 1 inch) and leave in place for approximately 3 seconds.

Slowly rotate swab approximately 5 rotations (counting for 5 seconds) and withdraw from your nostril.

Insert the same swab into other nostril and repeat the procedure:

Insert swab in other nostril (approximately 1 inch) and leave in place for approximately 3 seconds

Slowly rotate swab approximately 5 rotations (counting for 5 seconds) and withdraw from your nostril.

Place the swab into the barcode labeled collection tube, then break the shaft at score line and securely re-cap the tube.

Place the tube containing the swab into the provided specimen bag and seal securely and place into transport cooler.

Clean your hands (using alcohol-based hand gel) and leave the testing site

What is the HallPass App?

HallPass is a mobile-friendly, web-based application to be used for the Carolina Together Testing Program. HallPass registers members, informs and reminds them about testing and provides a streamlined interface at the testing location.

Members of the UNC Chapel Hill community will login to and authenticate with their ONYEN. They will then use the simple interface to confirm vital information including their mobile phone and local address. Once registered, they will see when they need to get a test and can find a location and reserve a time for testing.

Once at the testing site, members will use HallPass to scan the barcode of the test kit. Results will be available within 48 hours, and then HallPass will text message the user to login and view results.

Users can login to HallPass at any time to see when they need another test and to reserve a time at a testing location.

If a student tests positive, the important and necessary information is shared with Campus Health.

HallPass follows all HIPAA and FERPA data protocols and has completed the Data Security and Risk Assessment. The system uses the latest industry-standard security protocol and protects the member data with ongoing security checks and audits of the system.

Privacy Statement: Carolina Together Testing Program.

What are you doing about safety and accommodations at testing sites?


The CTTP testing locations have been established with your safety and wellness in mind. Each site has been designed to have uni-directional flow, appropriate spacing to limit interactions, and the necessary supplies to perform adequate hand hygiene and cleaning of surfaces. In addition to this, we have installed commercial grade HEPA filtration units at each site to maximize air exchange and filtration. Our staff and volunteers will ensure that proper spacing is maximized during your experience.


Faculty or staff with a disability or health condition seeking an accommodation should contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office at

Students with a disability or health condition seeking an accommodation should reach out to Accessibility and Resources at

Reporting a Barrier

Campus testing sites have all been made accessible in accordance with the ADA. However, if you experience a barrier, please report a barrier to the ADA Coordinator at and alert an employee or volunteer at the testing center. If you need to come to the front of the line to be tested without waiting in line or request a chair to sit on due to your disability or medical condition, sites are happy to help.  Sites also have written instructions for you to read to follow the procedures and have a staff member with a clear mask in case you need to read lips.  Please ask the staff at the site if you need something.

Can I request a testing exemption?

To maintain the effectiveness of the program, pre-approved exemptions from testing requirements will not be provided except in the case of compelling medical reasons supported by documentation from a health care provider.

What happens if I miss a test?

During the course of the semester, there may be limited instances where an individual is unable to participate in a test because of illness, quarantine/isolation, being away from the local area, or other compelling reasons. In such instances, a student may continue to receive reminders from HallPass to participate in required, routine asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. In any instance where a student misses a required test, it is the student’s responsibility to (1) resume testing at the earliest opportunity and (2) maintain information or documentation supporting why a test was missed.

As part of its ongoing compliance and enforcement efforts, the University regularly reviews testing data to identify students who are not in compliance with the requirements of the program. At any time, the University may request information or documentation from a student supporting the reason for a missed test to determine whether administrative or disciplinary action is warranted for non-compliance. Should the University request this information, as set forth in the COVID-19 Community Standards, every student is expected to provide honest and accurate information.

Providing false or misleading information for the purpose of avoiding Carolina Together Testing Program requirements may result in restriction on access to or use of University facilities, loss of funding, restrictions on activities and/or suspension or loss of University recognition. The University may also pursue additional disciplinary action in accordance with relevant University policies, including the UNC Honor Code. The University’s COVID-19 Administrative Process is posted on the Office of Student Conduct website.



Additional Questions?

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