Regional Campus Testing

Voluntary at-home tests

Voluntary at-home test kits are available for students, faculty and staff on the regional campuses. This supplemental testing is optional. Because this is a take-home test kit, there is no physical location to visit to take this test with Vault, all appointments for testing will be through remote testing. See “Testing Process" below for more information. 

Hours and location information are below.

  • Newark: Please bring your physical BuckID to pick up a take-home saliva test kit at the front desk of William T. McConnell Hall (929 Sharon Valley Road Newark, OH 43055) on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • CFAES Wooster: Please bring your physical BuckID to pick up a take-home saliva test kit at the main reception area in the Research Services Building (1617 Payne Drive Wooster, Ohio 44691) on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Mansfield: Please bring your physical BuckID to pick up a take-home saliva test kit at Reidl Hall, room 104 (1760 University Drive Mansfield, OH 44906) on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Marion: Please bring your physical BuckID to pick up a take-home saliva test kit at the Alber Student Center on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lima: Please bring your physical BuckID to pick up a take-home saliva test kit at the welcome desk in the Perry Webb Student Life Building (4240 Campus Dr Lima, OH 45804) on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Weekly testing

Weekly testing remains required over the summer for all students living in University Housing. Students will pick up an at-home test kit each week and should take their test within 48 hours after pickup.

Hours and location information are below.

  • Newark Campus: Jane C. and William T. McConnell Hall — Dr. Donald G. and Patsy P. Jones Event Center (929 Sharon Valley Road Newark, OH 43055) on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wooster/ATI: Applewood Village Apartments Housing Office on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Testing Process

Because this is a take-home test kit, there is no physical location to visit to take this test with Vault, all appointments for testing will be through remote testing. When you are ready to collect your sample, log into your Vault account to be connected to a Zoom video call with a Vault test supervisor who will guide you through producing your saliva sample and collecting it in the tube provided in your kit. The whole process takes just a few minutes.

You should not eat, drink, chew gum or use toothpaste or mouthwash 30 minutes before providing the sample.

You should complete your test within 48 hours after pickup. After completing the process and sealing your test in the biohazard bag, as well as the cardboard box or padded envelope, seal everything in the provided UPS shipping bag. Then, you will drop off your packaged sample to an authorized UPS shipping location no later than 48 hours after you receive the kit. Please see the attached instructional guide and follow the step-by-step instructions.

COVID-19 remote testing with a Vault Health test supervisor hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. We recommend testing in the morning as UPS pick-up times vary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements

Is testing required? 

Testing is required each week for students who live in university housing. Students who qualify for an exemption can complete the online request by visiting go.osu.edu/SHSexemption. Failure to respond and schedule a test may result in a directive to quarantine until testing can be completed, loss of access to university spaces and a report to Student Conduct.

All other students, faculty and staff are not required, but are encouraged to test weekly. 

Can I opt-out of testing as a residential student?

There are a few reasons why you may be able to opt-out of testing:   

  • You have a disability that would physically preclude them from having the test done. 
  • You are currently sick and unable to get to the testing facility. 
  • You have a sincerely held religious belief.
  • You have an order by public health official/provider to maintain quarantine/isolation.
  • You are taking all virtual courses and verify you will not be physically on campus during the semester and do not have a university housing contract
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. 

To complete an exemption form, please visit go.osu.edu/SHSexemption. Information about student exemptions can be found by checking their Ohio State email address. For questions, email shs-covidtesting@osu.edu.  

What are the consequences if I do not have a qualified reason for opting out and does not participate in the testing program?

If you do not show up for or reschedule their weekly testing appointment, you will be contacted via email by Student Conduct to reschedule for the following week. If you fail to either show up for your second scheduled testing appointment and/or respond to a request to reschedule your initial appointment within two business days, you will receive a directive to quarantine until testing can be completed. BuckID access to non-residential spaces may be shut off and a report will be made to Student Conduct for non-compliance.

Where can I find updates about my exemption status?

Information about your exemption can be found by checking your Ohio State email address. For questions, email shs-covidtesting@osu.edu.  

How long does it take to process my exemption?

Exemptions take 3-7 business days to process. Information about your exemption can be found by checking your Ohio State email address. For questions, email shs-covidtesting@osu.edu. Please note the approval or denial of your exemption could be delayed if proper documentation is not uploaded.

What happens when my exemption expires?

You will start testing the week your exemption expires, unless it expires after testing has taken place on your campus for the week, then you will resume testing the following week. You should schedule your appointment using MyChart.

Information for students who have been vaccinated 

If I am fully vaccinated, how often should I test?

Testing is not required for employees. At this time, public health leadership recommends monthly testing if you are able for surveillance purposes.

What will happen if I test positive even though I have been vaccinated?

If you’ve been vaccinated and you have a positive test, you will need to go into isolation, just like anyone else with a positive test. Even though you are less likely to become ill, you may still transmit the virus to other people.

Will I need to go into quarantine if I am a close contact after I’ve been vaccinated?

If you are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will determine if your vaccination status currently qualifies you for a quarantine exemption.

Why should I get vaccinated if I still have to follow all the safety procedures, including testing requirements?

Vaccination protects you from severe illness from COVID-19. That’s a critical benefit, which will help you and reduce the burden on our hospitals and society. We may also eventually find out that the vaccine has an impact on infection and transmission, too. But it’s just too early to know. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they are able to do so.