All students, faculty, and staff will be required to be tested prior to returning to campus for the spring 2021 semester. 

Required Prearrival COVID-19 Testing for Spring 2021

All students must be tested for COVID-19 within seven days prior to returning to campus in January. You must provide your test results to the university. The only exceptions to this requirement are

  1. students who will be fully remote for the entire spring 2021 semester, meaning you will never be physically present on campus for any reason, and 

  2. students who have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days before returning to campus.

Your negative test result must be provided to SU before your arrival on campus. You have two options for completing the testing requirement:

  1. Arrange for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on your own at the clinic of your choice, and submit your results to Only PCR tests will be accepted.

  2. Have SU mail an at-home test to you, which you will administer yourself and return by dropping off the testing kit at a UPS (United Parcel Service) drop-off location. If you choose this option, SU will bill your student account $109 for the cost of the test.

How To Indicate Your Choice

Before registering for spring classes next week, you will need to indicate your choice via WebAdvisor. Click on the link labeled “Required Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing for Spring 2021.” You will then complete a form to indicate one of three options:

  1. You will arrange for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on your own, 

  2. You request that SU send you an at-home test kit and bill you $109, or

  3. You intend to be fully remote in spring 2021 and are not required to test.

If you are exempted from testing because you have recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to your return to campus in spring 2021, please choose option one. Then, email to arrange to provide documentation of your recovery.

If you choose option 2, you will provide a U.S. address in the WebAdvisor form. Your at-home test kit will be sent to that address, so please ensure that you enter your contact information accurately and that you will be at that address to receive the test kit.

After you have made your choice, you will receive further instructions in a confirmation email from

When To Complete the COVID-19 Test

Your test should be administered within seven days prior to your return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. If you are arranging for a test on your own, consider the turnaround time to receive results from the lab or clinic and that you will need to submit the results and have them validated by the Health Center.

If you are receiving the at-home test through SU, administer the test one week prior to your return to campus, and drop it off at UPS that same day.

If you have questions about prearrival testing for Spring, please contact the Health Center at 512.863.1252 or at


Random Testing

In continuing to support the health of our campus, the university will continue its weekly randomized COVID-19 testing. The testing will include students, faculty, and staff. 

Here’s how it will work: 

  1. Number of Tests: Fifty members of the Southwestern community, including students, faculty, and staff, will be tested each week.
  2. Student Testing Scheduling: Students will be identified and contacted for testing each Friday prior to the scheduled week of testing. Selected students will receive an email asking them to self-schedule their testing time using the provided link to the patient portal. 
  3. Faculty and Staff Testing Scheduling: Human Resources will identify, at random, faculty and staff for testing during the upcoming week. Selected faculty and staff will receive an email asking them to call the Health Center to schedule their test in the upcoming week. 
  4. Testing Process: Everyone who is required to be tested will report to the Health Center at their designated date/time. A staff member will be present to oversee the entire testing process. Please remember to bring your phone to your appointment. 
  5. Tracking: Health Center staff will record who arrives for their test as well as track and ship all testing samples to the laboratory.
  6. Getting Your Results - Students: Students will be notified of their results directly from the testing laboratory. The Health Center will be notified of any positive tests and take appropriate action to ensure the student is immediately assigned to isolation.
  7. Getting Your Results - Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff will be notified of their results directly from the testing laboratory. HR will receive faculty and staff results and will contact those with positive test results to guide them through the process of isolating at home.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Center at 512.863.1252.