Student Safe Start Guide

Testing, Symptoms, And Tracking


is a key way to prevent spread and get appropriate treatment by knowing your health status.

Pre-arrival COVID Testing

  • Prior to arrival for move-in, students living on a campus are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test AND receive a negative result within a time period beginning no earlier than three days before their move-in date.
  • Commuter students must take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result within a time period beginning no earlier than three days before the first day of classes.
  • For example, students moving in on Thursday cannot take their PCR test before Monday of that same week and must receive and submit a negative test result prior to arriving on Thursday.

What your COVID-19 Test Results Mean

An Introduction to COVID-19 Tests

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Ongoing Testing

  • Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 means closely monitoring the incidences of COVID-19 on campus.
  • This includes regular testing across all campuses, with frequency of testing varying for students who live on campus, commuter students, student athletes, and others who work on campus or otherwise have a regular presence on campus.
  • Some of this testing may occur through self-administered tests, in which a student or employee collects specimen samples from their own bodies that can be used to indicate the possible presence of COVID-19.
  • The process for collecting and submitting specimen samples through self-administered tests is simple, not painful, and streamlined to take approximately one to two minutes.

Monitoring Symptoms

  • Students are expected to complete a daily symptoms checker prior to attending on-campus work, programming, or activities, including classes
  • Students using a daily symptom checker are expected to provide truthful answers to the symptom questionnaire.
  • Students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home or in their dormitory room and consult with their institutional student health service professionals and/or the AUCC Student Health and Wellness Center 404-756-1241.
  • Students who do not have symptoms are cleared to come to campus.

Daily Symptom Tracking

  • Students will use a cell phone-based tool to complete the daily symptom tracker. The tool will issue either a green pass or a red pass. A pass will be needed to access most buildings, including the Woodruff Library.
  • Students identified as having symptoms which may be consistent with COVID-19 will be issued a virtual red badge and will be declined access to campus buildings. Similarly, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will receive a red badge until their isolation period has expired and the requisite negative test results are documented.
  • Students will also receive a virtual red badge if they are out of compliance with their testing and/or the daily submission of their symptom tracker. A green pass is required for access to campus.
  • Students with no symptoms and who have not tested positive for COVID-19 will be given a virtual green badge, which may be routinely verified while on campus.
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