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 

Voluntary testing of asymptomatic students will occur via a scheduled test at Jesse Owens North Rec Center.

Dates: 11/30/2020 – 1/8/2021

Hours:

  • Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Jesse Owens North opens 30 minutes prior to the first appointment

 

How to schedule: MyChart Scheduling Instructions

Please follow the steps below for scheduling an appointment for COVID-19 screening testing using a mobile device or by using a browser on a computer or tablet.

  1. Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments > Schedule an appointment.
  2. Tap OSU COVID-19 Testing JON.
  3. Read the consent and then tap I Consent. If you tap I Do Not Consent, you cannot proceed with scheduling an appointment.    
  4. Scroll down and answer all the questionnaire questions to the best of your knowledge. The questions are required for reporting to various state and federal agencies. When you’re finished answering questions, tap Continue.
  5. Tap an appointment time.
  • Appointment times are every 15 minutes. You can arrive for your appointment up to 30 minutes ahead of time. 
  • Do your best to arrive at JON to check in before your appointment time.  If you don’t check in before your appointment time, you need to schedule a new appointment when you arrive onsite. 
  1. Double check your selections. In the “What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit” field, enter COVID Testing.
  2. Then, tap Schedule. The appointment is now scheduled, and you will receive a confirmation email with the appointment details and instructions.

For a detailed MyChart instruction guide, visit the Wexner Medical Center’s website(link is external).

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.