Testing

COVID-19: Before you test

COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Requirements 

As part of the university’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement, individuals who have received an approved exemption or did not report their vaccination status are required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. Required weekly testing will begin the week of October 25, 2021. 

In addition to required testing, students, faculty and staff need to complete an eLearning module on how to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus as an unvaccinated individual. This eLearning is required to be completed within 14 days of being assigned. The eLearning will be automatically assigned to BuckeyeLearn transcripts. 

Additionally, individuals who have received an exemption are required to wear a face mask at all times while indoors, even if the university updates its current protocols for individuals who are vaccinated. Employees who work in patient care at the Medical Center will be required to wear an N-95 mask. 

Required Testing During the Thanksgiving Holiday 

Students and employees with a vaccination exemption and those who have not taken action to complete Ohio State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement are required to test only once during the time frame of November 15 through November 23. 

Testing Process 

Appointments are scheduled via MyChart. It is recommended to schedule appointments in advance to ensure the appointments fit best with your schedule. Walk-ups will not be permittedTesting at these locations is at no cost to students or employees. 

To create a MyChart account, please visit https://mychart.osu.edu/osumc/signup to complete the registration form. For assistance with MyChart, please call MyChart Technical Support at 866-966-6975 (available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu. 

Please note: The university testing sites are for asymptomatic individuals. If you are experiencing any symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 614-293-4000 to schedule a testAdditional information is available on the Symptomatic Testing page. 

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. 

  1. Select the most convenient COVID-19 campus testing site. 

    1. Employees should select: OSU COVID-19 Columbus Campus Employee Testing or OSU COVID-19 Regional Campus Employee Testing

    2. Students should select: OSU COVID-19 Columbus Campus Student Testing or OSU COVID-19 Regional Campus Testing

  1. Read the consent and then tap I Consent. If you tap I Do Not Consent, you cannot proceed with scheduling an appointment. 

  1. 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. 

  1. Tap an appointment time. 

  • Appointment times are every 15 minutes. You can arrive for your appointment up to 30 minutes ahead of time.  

  • Note: Individuals who arrive more than 30 minutes past their scheduled appointment time will be unable to “Check-in” for their appointment and will be required to reschedule.  

  1. Double check your selections. In the “What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit” field, enter COVID Testing. 

  1. 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. 

Testing Process

Before you arrive at the testing site: Please bring your BuckID and a mobile device to the testing site. Because this is a saliva test, it is recommended that you hydrate in the hours before your scheduled test. For at least 30 minutes before saliva collection, it is important that you DO NOT: 

  1. Eat or drink 

  1. Smoke 

  1. Clean your teeth 

  1. Chew gum 

  1. Use nasal sprays 

Once you arrive to the testing site: You may check in up to 30 minutes prior to arriving at the testing site. Check-in is required prior to arriving at the check-in table at your testing location. 

  • Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments   

  • Tap your OSU COVID-19 Testing appointment to open it and then tap “I’m Here”  

  • A “Welcome” message will appears. Tap “OK” to acknowledge it.  

  • Follow signage to “MyChart Check-In” 

  • A staff member will direct you through the process once you arrive at the check-in table. 

Results

You will receive results via your MyChart account within two to three business days. When test results are available, MyChart will send an email to the email address associated with your MyChart account. Tap the link in the email and then log in to MyChart to review your results. You may also log in to MyChart any time and then tap Results on the MyChart home screen.  

A representative from the Ohio State Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will call you if you have a positive test result. Please note that if results are received later into the night, you may not be contacted until the next morning. 

 

Testing Sites

Columbus Campus

Jesse Owens North (JON): 2151 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 

Appointment Hours: 

  • Monday and Tuesday: 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.  

  • Wednesday: 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.  

  • Thursday: 11:15 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. 

  • Friday: 10:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Expanded hours on the following dates in November:

  • Weds, Nov 10: appointments 7:15am - 6:45pm (doors 7a-7p)
  • Mon, Nov 22: appointments 7:15am - 5:45pm (doors 7a-6p)
  • Tues, Nov 23: appointments 8:15am - 6:45pm (doors 8a-7p)

Lima Campus 

Public Service Building – Rooms 212 & 213 (4240 Campus Drive, Lima OH 45804) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 – 11:45 a.m. 

Mansfield Campus 

Eisenhower Student Union – Room 217 (1760 University Dr, Mansfield OH 44906) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Marion Campus 

 Alber Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room (1463 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Newark Campus

Founders Hall – Room 2168 (1179 University Drive, Founders Hall, Newark, OH 43055) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

CFAES Wooster Campus

Student Activities Center (SAC) - Gymnasium (2060 Garrison Circle, Wooster OH 44691) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Extension Employees

For extension, employees unable to secure an appointment at the testing sites during the hours of operation or remote employees outside of radius: Fully virtual faculty and staff, employees unable to secure an appointment at the testing sites during the hours of operation and OSU Extension employees residing outside of Allen, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Pickaway, Richland, Union or Wayne counties can request Vault take-home test kits. Test kits will be mailed to the address provided on the request form. The university will provide the tests and cover all shipping expenses. Individuals will be responsible for scheduling a virtual appointment and shipping sample back to Vault with the provided pre-paid shipping label.

Third-Party PCR Testing 

Students and employees have the option to obtain third party PCR testing at their own expenseIndividuals are required to self-report PCR testing results with image/pdf of the testing report. Antigen tests, including BinaxNOW, will not be accepted. All self-reported tests will be reviewed for compliance. 

To report your COVID-19 PCR test results, visit the self-reporting form.

 If you are a student and have questions or need assistance with testing, please contact shs-covidtesting@osu.edu. 

 If you are an employee and have questions or need assistance with testing, please contact your HR Business Partner. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Requriement Testing

What type of test do I need to take to complete my weekly testing requirement? 

Testing at Ohio State’s campus facilities is done via a saliva test. Testing typically takes 10-30 minutes. Because it is a saliva test, it is recommended that you hydrate in the hours before your test, however, you should not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or use mouthwash within 30 minutes of your test.  

Students and employees who are unable to complete testing at the identified locations and times may obtain third party PCR testing at their own expense. Individuals are required to self-report PCR testing results with image/pdf of the testing report. All self-reported tests will be reviewed for compliance.

How often do I need to complete a COVID-19 test? 

Students and employees who received an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing, which is once every business week, Sunday through Saturday. It is recommended to space out each test with 2-3 days in between. 

What if I can’t make it to any of the testing locations?

Students and employees who are unable to complete testing at the identified locations and times may obtain third party PCR testing at their own expenseIndividuals are required to self-report PCR testing results with image/pdf of the testing report. All self-reported tests will be reviewed for compliance. To report your COVID-19 PCR test results, visit the self-reporting form at go.osu.edu/SelfReportTest.

If you are a student and have questions or need assistance with testing, please contact shs-covidtesting@osu.edu. 

If you are an employee and have questions or need assistance with testing, please contact your HR Business Partner. 

Fully virtual faculty and staff, employees unable to secure an appointment at the testing sites during the hours of operation and OSU Extension employees residing outside of Allen, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Pickaway, Richland, Union or Wayne counties can request Vault take-home test kits. Test kits will be mailed to the address provided on the request form. The university will provide the tests and cover all shipping expenses. Individuals will be responsible for scheduling a virtual appointment and shipping sample back to Vault with the pre-paid shipping label providedTo request a Vault at-home test kit, please use this form. 

MyChart

How do I register for MyChart?  

Students and employees will use MyChart for scheduling appointments and receiving results. If you do not currently have a MyChart account, please visit https://mychart.osu.edu/osumc/signup to complete the registration form.  

If you have difficulty creating your account, you can call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, option 3 (available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu for assistance (email may take up to 2 business days for response).  

What if I’ve forgotten my MyChart username or password?  

Instructions for retrieving a username or password appear on the MyChart login page. If those options don’t work, call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, option 3 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu (email may take up to 2 business days for response).  

How do I reschedule my appointment?  

You can reschedule your appointment within MyChart. Instructions can be found at go.osu.edu/mychartreschedule 

Am I able to walk up without an appointment to test? 

No. Ohio State’s campus testing sites require an appointment to test. Appointments can be scheduled using MyChart.  

How do I check in for my appointments using MyChart?  

Upon arrival to the testing center, you should log in to MyChart, tap Appointments and then tap, “I’m Here” to mark yourself as arrived. This will cause your testing label to print.  

What if I do not have a smartphone?  

You can log in to MyChart through the internet browser on any device that connects to the internet, such as a computer or tablet. The web address is mychart.osu.edu. When you arrive at the testing location, you can check in from an available tablet.   

Where can I find the results? 

If you tested via the Ohio State lab, you will receive your results via the MyChart platform. Results will be available in MyChart in up to 72 hours after testing. 

How long does it take to get Ohio State lab test results? 

Results will be available via MyChart up to 72 hours after testing. 

Employee-specific 

As an employee, what will happen if I do not complete weekly testing? 

Faculty and staff who do not maintain compliance with the requirements of an exemption (completing the eLearning and weekly testing) may ultimately face corrective action. Faculty continued noncompliance will potentially subject them to disciplinary action under Rule 3335-5-04. Staff continued noncompliance will lead to formal corrective action measures as outlined in the Corrective Action Policy. 

Please note that these protocols may be updated to reflect changes in the prevalence and spread of COVID-19. 

If I am on approved leave or vacation, do I still need to complete the testing requirement?  

No, employees on approved leave or vacation and faculty on an off duty period for the entire work week are not expected to be tested during that time. Employees testing at regional locations who are on approved leave or vacation and faculty on an off duty period for all of the days that testing is available are not expected to test that week.

I am traveling for business, am I still required to complete the testing requirement? 

Please complete the testing requirement prior to leaving for your business travel and upon your return. 

What if I am home sick or in quarantine on a testing day? 

If you are sick or in quarantine, you should submit the appropriate leave, unless you are approved to work remotely. You should reschedule your testing appointment to complete the requirement that week. If the leave is longer than a week, employees on approved leave or vacation are not expected to be tested during that time. 

Who can receive a take-home test kit?

You can request an at-home test kit if you are an employee who:

  • Works third-shift
  • Lives and works outside of the following counties: Allen, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Pickaway, Richland, Union, Wayne 

Test kits can be requested by completing this form. Requests will be reviewed and you will receive a decision via email within one week. If approved, test kits will be mailed to the address provided on the request form. Ohio State will provide the tests and cover all shipping expenses. Individuals will be responsible for scheduling a virtual appointment and shipping sample back to Vault with the provided pre-paid shipping label. If you do not meet those requirements, you will need to schedule your testing at one of Ohio State locations.

If you live in or a commute to a work site in Allen, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Pickaway, Richland, Union or Wayne Counties, you are not eligible for an at home test kit unless you are a third-shift employee. You must test at one of the campus testing sites.

Who is not required to get tested weekly?

  • Faculty/staff who are fully vaccinated and have submitted and received approval of their vaccination documentation.
  • Faculty/staff on an approved leave of absence (FML, medical leave, vacation) for the entire work week or for all of the days that testing is available

  • Faculty on an off duty period for the entire work week

  • Faculty/staff working outside of the country.
  • Faculty/staff with an approved medical exemption from testing, which should be requested by submitting a Workplace Accommodation Request through HRConnection or contacting Integrated Absence Management and Vocational Services at hr-integrateddisability@osu.edu.
  • Faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days at a testing site that is not affiliated with Ohio State should report positive test results to the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team via email (ContactTracing@osu.edu) or phone (614-688-2273).
  • Faculty/staff who have an approved religious accommodation/exemption for testing, which should be requested by contacting HR Employee and Labor Relations. To consider your request for a religious workplace accommodation, please complete the Religious Accommodation RequestPDF file If you proceed with a religious accommodation request, you do not need to turn this into your supervisor. Please submit it to your ELR Senior Representative or email HR-VaccineExemption@osu.edu and Human Resources Employee and Labor Relations will ensure it is evaluated.

If I work 100%, fully remote and never go into the workplace, do I need to get tested weekly?

Yes, faculty and staff who work fully remote but are not vaccinated or have not submitted their vaccination record must complete the weekly testing requirement.

What if I have documentation that I have tested positive for COVID-19? 

Faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days at a testing site that is not affiliated with Ohio State should report positive test results to the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team via email (ContactTracing@osu.edu) or phone (614-688-2273).

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 at an Ohio State testing location will not be required to test for 90 days. They will resume receiving testing invitations after the 90-day period.

How do I edit my Employee Health Record to update vaccine or exemption information?

Please email HR-VaccineExemption@osu.edu for any changes to your Employee Health Record.

What are parking options at Jesse Owens North?

You will need to park and walk to the testing location. There are 10 designated parking spots in the St. John Arena parking lot marked “COVID Testing Parking.” Parking vouchers are not provided. 

Additional information for managers is available on the Office of Human Resources website.


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.