Prior to Arrival Testing

Prior to Arrival Testing Requirements

Who participates in the Prior to Arrival Testing?

If you are an undergraduate students who is living on campus or in Chapel Hill or Carrboro or are planning to come to campus for classes, participate in on-campus activities, or access on-campus facilities (e.g. Campus Recreation, University Libraries) you are required to participate in prior to arrival testing. You are required to have a negative COVID antigen (in an asymptomatic individual) or a negative PCR test (in an asymptomatic or symptomatic individual) conducted in the window of five days prior to your move-in date for on-campus housing or returning to off-campus housing or upload proof of a positive test between October 1 – January 1 and proof that you have been cleared by a health professional to return prior to your arrival.

Prior to Arrival testing results may be submitted until the first day of in-person classes, February 8, depending on when you plan to return to Chapel Hill or Carrboro or to on-campus housing. All undergraduate students who are enrolled in courses, regardless of course delivery method, and living in the Chapel Hill our Carrboro area who are required to participate in Prior to Arrival testing must upload test results to ConnectCarolina five days before their return, even if they have delayed their move in date.

Graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows will not be required to participate in Prior to Arrival testing. Graduate programs may have specific requirements for their students.

Faculty and staff will not be required to participate in Prior to Arrival testing.

 

Prior to Arrival Testing Checklist

What should I do before returning?

Provide complete and accurate information in ConnectCarolina by Wednesday, January 13, including:*

    • Local Address — The address you will reside at during Spring 2021 semester.
    • Cell phone number or a reliable contact number if you do not own a cell phone.

Acknowledge the COVID-19 Community Standards, which include agreeing to fully cooperate with Campus Health and/or Orange County Health Department in COVID-19 contact tracing.

  • The deadline for completing these two steps is Wednesday, January 13. If you do not complete these requirements by January 13, you may be unable to participate in spring classes.

Limit your interactions and travel the 14 days before returning to campus. Always practice the 3Ws to prevent the spread of the virus.

Provide proof that you do not have COVID-19 in one of the following ways:

    • ONE:
      • Obtain and upload to ConnectCarolina proof of a negative antigen (if asymptomatic) or PCR (if asymptomatic or symptomatic) test that has been conducted and the results returned within five days prior to your move-in date or your return to Chapel Hill or Carrboro. COVID-19 antigen tests use a nasal or throat swab; COVID-19 PCR tests use a nasal or throat swab or, sometimes, saliva. Antibody tests will not be accepted.
      • All undergraduate students who are enrolled in courses, regardless of course delivery method, and living in the Chapel Hill our Carrboro area who are required to participate in Prior to Arrival testing must upload the results of their test to ConnectCarolina five days before their return, even if they have delayed their move in date.
      • You must conduct your test, receive the results, and upload your results within the five days immediately before your arrival. For example, if you are due to arrive on Jan. 13, please be sure you conduct a test between Jan. 8 and Jan. 12 so that you can receive and upload results prior to your arrival.*
      • If your Prior to Arrival test result is positive, you should upload the result, isolate, and not come to campus. Campus Health will be in touch with them regarding a return to campus date.*
    • TWO:
      • If you have had a positive COVID-19 test between October 1 and January 1, you will need to provide proof of that test prior to arrival to campus via ConnectCarolina.*

*For international students, a PCR or antigen test in their home country will qualify for the required Prior to Arrival test but will need to be translated into English before uploading. Once arriving in the United States, international students should try to limit non-essential activity as much as possible in the 14 days prior to classes starting. If arriving on campus within that window, please limit non-essential activities until your first Carolina Together Testing Program re-entry test.   

Can I print a Prior to Arrival checklist?

You can print out a Prior to Arrival checklist to make sure you meet all of the requirements.This checklist is for your planning purposes only.

What should I do upon arrival?

Bookmark and sign in with your ONYEN on the HallPass web application.

Obtain Re-entry Testing from a Carolina Together Testing Center  or at a temporary testing center located in specific Campus Housing residential communities on select move-in dates (on-campus residential students only) as the first step of your arrival to the campus community. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows who are required to participate in re-entry testing must get their re-entry test on their first day in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area at a Carolina Together Testing Center, regardless of their return date.

Limit your interactions and quarantine in your living area as much as possible while awaiting your Carolina Together Testing Program test results.

    • The HallPass web application will notify you when your test results are available. Results will be available within 48 hours. If the result is positive, you will be contacted by Campus Health within 24 hours of the result.

Prior to Arrival Testing Availability

Where will I get my Prior to Arrival test?

The goal should be to get a test if at all possible. Many states, including North Carolina, offer free or low-cost community testing programs. Below is a list of resources for antigen and PCR testing: 

    • You can find information about testing sites in North Carolina, including no-cost community testing events, around North Carolina at the North Carolina Health and Human Services site. 
    • You can call 3-1-1 in North Carolina and many other states to get information about available low- or no-cost testing options. 
    • A list of testing resources by state can be found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. 
    • For international students, a PCR or antigen test in their home country will qualify for the required Prior to Arrival test. 
    • Contact your health care provider. Your health insurance may cover COVID-19 testing. This may incur out of pocket expense for the student but is not dissimilar from the requirements to obtain vaccinations, etc. 

What if I cannot find a testing site, or have a financial hardship?

If you cannot find a testing site, have a financial hardship or otherwise cannot access a COVID-19 test, you may apply for a waiver, which will be granted on an extremely limited basis.  

We expect most students will have access to free or low-cost testing in or near their community prior to returning to campus and to plan enough time to receive results before returning to campus.

If you choose to request this waiver you will need to obtain a test and then “stay in place” when you arrive. Please use the Carolina Together Testing Program question form to submit a request for a waiver.

“Stay-in-place” means staying in your residence hall room or off-campus residence and only leaving to purchase and pick-up meals and/or if you require medical attention. If you live off-campus, this may mean you need to identify alternative space if your off-campus housing is shared with others.  

 

Submitting Prior to Arrival Test Results

How do I submit my Prior to Arrival Test results?

Undergraduate students who are required to participate in Prior to Arrival testing will see a ‘To-Do’ item in your  ConnectCarolina Student Requirements Dashboard. Once you click on the Prior to Arrival Testing link you will be able to upload the results of your test or attest that you had a positive test between October 1-January 1.

As you complete each of the tasks, you will see a green check mark. Undergraduate students need three green check marks, and graduate students need two.

  • You must fulfill the requirements to update your address and complete the COVID-19 Community Standards Acknowledgements by Wednesday, January 13 or you may not be able to participate in spring classes.
  • You must upload your your Prior to Arrival test five days before your return. This section will be open until the first day of in-person classes, February 8, depending on when you plan to return to Chapel Hill or Carrboro or to on-campus housing.

How do I submit my Prior to Arrival Test results?

You will see a ‘To-Do’ item in your ConnectCarolina Student Requirements Dashboard. Once you click on the “Prior to Arrival Testing” link you will be able to upload the results of your test or attest that you had a positive test between October 1-January 1. You must upload your Prior to Arrival test before your return. This section will be open until the first day of in-person classes, February 8, depending on when you plan to return to Chapel Hill or Carrboro or to on-campus housing.

How do I determine my testing window?

You must conduct your test, receive the results, and upload your results within the five days immediately before your arrival, so we recommend testing on your earliest test date available.

For example, if you are due to arrive on Jan 13, please be sure you conduct a test between Jan 8 and Jan 12 so that you can receive and upload results on Jan 12 prior to your arrival. Remember, the turnaround times for results vary by location.

 

I am returning to Carolina on… My earliest test date is… My deadline to upload results (by 10AM on the day listed) is…
Monday, January 11 Wednesday, January 6 Sunday, January 10
Tuesday, January 12 Thursday, January 7 Monday, January 11
Wednesday, January 13 Friday, January 8 Tuesday, January 12
Thursday, January 14 Saturday, January 9 Wednesday, January 13
Friday, January 15 Sunday, January 10 Thursday, January 14
Saturday, January 16 Monday, January 11 Friday, January 15
Sunday, January 17 Tuesday, January 12 Saturday, January 16

What if I test positive?

If your Prior to Arrival test result is positive, you should upload the result, isolate, and not come to campus. Campus Health will be in touch with them regarding a return to campus date.

Questions

Still have questions?

If you cannot find the answer to your testing question or if you are interested in submitting a request for a waiver for Prior to Arrival testing, you may submit a question or request and someone will be in touch shortly.