How often do I need to test?
Updated September 14, 2021
Students who have not attested they are vaccinated are being tested twice a week as part of the Carolina Together Testing Program. We will monitor this expansion of the testing requirement weekly to assess its effectiveness. If you are unvaccinated, have chosen not to provide your information or have yet to respond in ConnectCarolina you will be subject to this updated requirement in HallPass.
Faculty and Staff
We previously announced that we will require weekly testing for employees who have not attested that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. We are extending the deadline for employees to receive their vaccines from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1 because we are seeing a positive trend in the overall number of faculty and staff who have attested to their vaccinations.
Effective October 1, 2021: Unvaccinated faculty and staff will test weekly in the Carolina Together Testing Program. To be exempted, faculty and staff must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Form. If you have already filled out this form, thank you! If you have not, please do so by September 15. If you choose not to respond, you will be placed in the Carolina Together Testing Program.
|Un-vaccinated students, and/or students who have chosen not to participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Certification
|Test twice a week at the Carolina Together Testing Center|
|Un-vaccinated faculty and staff, and/or faculty and staff who have chosen not to participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Certification
|Beginning October 1, Test once a week at the Carolina Together Testing Center|
|Vaccinated students, faculty and staff who have completed COVID-19 Vaccine Certification||N/A
We do not recommend testing more than once a week if you are asymptomatic, vaccinated and not considered a close contact. The center is open and available for asymptomatic vaccinated students, faculty and staff to voluntary testing, and we have seen very few, if any, positive cases from truly asymptomatic vaccinated individuals who are not close contacts.
If you have received a positive test result, please do not continue to test at CTTP. Testing is not recommended for 90 days after a confirmed positive and continued testing does not decrease your duration of isolation.
Where do I go for testing?
Updated September 1, 2021
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6
Labor Day is a University holiday and the CTTP center will be closed. If you need symptomatic testing that day, Campus Health will be open 8am-5pm, and the weekend fee has been waived.
If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to the Carolina Together Testing Centers. For more information see “Where do I go to test if I am experiencing symptoms?”
Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available at Carolina Together Testing Center at the Carolina Union.
Please bring your mobile phone with you to the testing sites. There are individuals at the center to assist you if you do not have a mobile phone. A mobile phone is needed to access HallPass.
- All testing is at The Frank Porter Graham Student Union, gallery space, side closest to Davis Library
- 209 South Road, Chapel Hill
- Parking is available in the Undergraduate Library Parking Lot.
- Testing Hours:
- No testing on Labor Day, Monday, September 6
- Mondays and Wednesdays: 9am-5pm at Carolina Union
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7am-5pm at Carolina Union
- Fridays: 9am-2pm at Carolina Union
- Saturdays and Sundays: Closed
How do I prepare for a test?
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, 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 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 provided.
Our goal is for you to get your test results in less than 48 hours. If your test is positive, students will be contacted by Campus Health or the Orange County Health Department and employees will be contacted by the local 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. 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 is HallPass?
HallPass is the web application that assists you in the Carolina Together Testing Program. On your first visit, login to hallpass.unc.edu and authenticate with your ONYEN. Then use the simple interface to confirm vital information including your mobile phone and local address.
Once registered, you will see when you need to get a test, find a location and reserve a time for testing.
At the testing site, show your unique HallPass barcode to collection site staff to scan. Testing center staff will then place a preprinted label with your PID and date of birth on the collection tube. When results are available, HallPass will text message you to login and view results.
You can login to HallPass at any time to see when you need another test and to reserve a time at a testing location.
HallPass follows University policy and applicable federal and state data privacy laws 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.
What happens when I get my test result?
Our goal is for you to get your test results in less than 48 hours.
If you test negative
Great news! You can login to HallPass at any time to see when you need another test and to reserve a time at a testing location.
If you test positive
If your test is positive, students will be contacted by Campus Health or the Orange County Health Department and employees will be contacted by the local health department. Please make sure to answer the phone when they call since it will be a new number.
If a student tests positive, the important and necessary information is shared with Campus Health.
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are required to call the UEOHC at (919) 966-9119 and remain off campus for 10 days after the positive test. Additional guidance for employees may be found on the EHS COVID-19 page.
If your test result is inconclusive
If you received an “abnormal inconclusive” test result it means that the test was neither positive or negative and a retest is recommended. We apologize for the inconvenience and recommend that you schedule an appointment to receive another test as soon as possible.
What happens when I get a test?
Report to your testing site with your QR code ready and you will be given a test kit. Follow the steps below in order to ensure an accurate test result.
Blow Nose (if needed) and clean hands.
- In order to get a good specimen, it’s important that both your nose and hands are clean.
- Using a clean tissue, gently blow your nose and clear out any additional debris in both nostrils.
- Apply enough hand sanitizer to cover all surfaces of hands. Rub hands including palms, back of hands, and between fingers until all surfaces are dry.
Open nasal swab.
- Remove the nasal swab from the wrapper. Many open like a band-aid, where you pull the ends of the wrapper apart.
- Be careful to only touch the swab handle, not the tip.
- Gently insert the entire soft tip of the swab into one nostril until you feel a bit of resistance.
- Using medium pressure, rub the swab slowly in a circular motion around the inside wall of your nostril five times.
- The swab tip should be touching the inside wall of your nostril through each rotation.
- Repeat the same process with the same swab in the other nostril.
Put swab in tube.
- While holding the swab, open the tube.
- Put the swab tip first into the tube.
- Break the swab at the break point.
- Leave the tip with the swab in the tube and throw away the plastic tip.
- Screw the cap back onto the tube tightly.
- Wash your hands again with hand sanitizer.
What are you doing about accommodations at the testing site?
Faculty or staff with a disability or health condition seeking an accommodation should contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with a disability or health condition seeking an accommodation should reach out to Accessibility and Resources at email@example.com.
Reporting a Barrier
Campus testing sites are accessible in accordance with the ADA. However, if you experience a barrier, please report a barrier to the ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, the testing staff is 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.
I tested positive for COVID-19 and now I have the antibodies. Will I still be required to participate in the Carolina Testing Program in Fall 2021?
Students, faculty and staff may be exempted from HallPass testing for 90 days after a positive COVID-19 test.
Students should send proof of positive COVID-19 test to email@example.com, and an exemption will be recorded for you.
Employees will send proof of a positive COVID-19 test to a yet to be determined inbox.
After 90 days, if the student or employee remains unvaccinated, they will be required to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program.
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.
If you have an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program. For more information, visit the Carolina Together COVID-19 Vaccine page.
What if I am working or studying remotely?
Employees and students who come to campus for any reason are required to participate in regular testing if do not attest to their vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees and students who are working fully remotely and who are not coming to campus for any reason are not required to participate in regular testing.
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 an individual misses a required test, it is their 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 those who are not in compliance with the requirements of the program. At any time, the University may request information or documentation 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, everyone is expected to provide honest and accurate information.
Students 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 Student Conduct website.
Audits of vaccination attestations that exempt vaccinated individuals from testing will occur on a regular basis. Ultimately, students, faculty and staff who are non-compliant or are found to have falsified documents may be subject to disciplinary action.
Where do I go to test if I am experiencing symptoms?
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6
If you need symptomatic testing on Labor Day, Campus Health will be open 8am-5pm, and the weekend fee has been waived.
Campus Health may be reached through the HealthyHeels portal, or by calling 919-966-2281.
Employees should self-monitor for symptoms on a daily basis. Employees who develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact their primary care provider to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.
The University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) no longer schedules COVID-19 testing for symptomatic employees. Please contact your primary care provider or obtain COVID-19 testing at one of your community testing locations. You do not need a physician’s order to obtain a COVID-19 test.
The ITS Service Desk provides technical and customer support to UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff for Hall Pass. You can access services via phone or live chat by going to the service portal.
If you are requesting assistance or accommodation from the Accessibility Resources and Services office, you may fill out a request form.