Voluntary Testing

Ohio State’s comprehensive testing program allows students, faculty and staff to arrange voluntary scheduling of a COVID-19 test. Individuals who are tested as part of the voluntary testing program are required to self-quarantine and may not return to campus for school, work or other community activities until their test result is available. 

Employees

As part of Ohio State’s comprehensive testing strategy, asymptomatic faculty and staff may volunteer for a COVID-19 test. 

  • Faculty and staff should contact the university’s COVID Call Center at 614-293-4000 to arrange the scheduling of a test at an Ohio State swabbing station. 

  • The total number of voluntary COVID-19 tests on any given day will be limited, so individuals interested in a voluntary test may be asked to schedule your COVID-19 test on a later date. 

  • After your specimen is collected, you are required to self-quarantine and may not return to campus for school, work or other community activities until your test result is available. This time frame may vary, but most results should be available between 48 and 72 hours after the specimen is collected. This brief self-quarantine is required out of an abundance of caution because it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms. 

  • Self-quarantine should be coordinated with a supervisor, instructor or Human Resources Business Partner, and those who are able to telework or complete coursework online should do so. Those unable to work off-site must take personal or unpaid leave or vacation, as applicable, during the self-quarantine period. 

  • If the test is positive, continue to isolate yourself from others, and follow university guidance for contact tracing and isolation. If the test is negative, you may return to work, school and other community activities. 

Should there ever be a shortage of testing supplies, symptomatic individuals and members of at-risk or vulnerable populations will remain the highest priority for testing. 

Students 

Asymptomatic students can be voluntarily tested at Student Health Services’ Wilce Student Health Center. Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for the 2nd Friday of each month, opening at 9:30 a.m.). Making an appointment is preferred to maintain physical distancing and reduce student wait times. 

  • Schedule via My BuckMD 

  • Select appointment reason, COVID Voluntary. 

  • This will not create an appointment with a provider, rather sign the student up for an assigned testing time. 

  • Students do not need to enter the facility upon arrival, rather follow the Scarlet signs/Red Tents. 

Note: If you are unable to schedule via My BuckMD, please try these tips: 

  • Switch browser to Google Chrome (most up-to-date version) 

  • Clear browsing history 

  • Conduct from a laptop or desktop 

After the specimen is collected, you are required to self-quarantine in your residence and may not return to normal campus activities until your test result is available. This time frame may vary, but most results should be available between 2-3 business days after the specimen is collected. This brief self-quarantine is required out of an abundance of caution because it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms. 


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.