Testing

We consider in-house COVID-19 testing an essential public health step—along with self-attestation when on campus, face coverings, and contact tracing—as we resume the activities that make up the traditional residential University experience. The method for completing asymptomatic testing will vary for faculty, staff, and students, depending on your BU campus. Please see your campus listed below for how to complete the test.

Testing Frequency

For fall 2021, Testing Frequency has changed. All asymptomatic members of the on-campus BU community will be tested upon arrival on campus, and once or twice a week going forward when coming to campus, regardless of vaccination status.

We also have prioritized testing available on demand for individuals who exhibit symptoms or are in close-contact quarantine; this testing is distinct from the community testing at regular intervals discussed below. If you are contacted by Healthway because of symptoms or a known exposure, additional testing may be required.

Testing Collection Site hours of operation are seven days a week, by appointment only. Find the locations of the Testing Collection Sites. Staffed Collection Kiosk (for CRC and Fenway faculty and staff only) hours of operation are Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Find the locations of the Staffed Collection Kiosks.

How to Complete the Test

What happens if you test positive?

Students who test positive will be contacted by a Healthway healthcare provider who will provide further guidance. The University has prepared quarantine and isolation protocols for all students who have been exposed to the virus, exhibit symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19.

BU faculty and staff who test positive will be contacted by a Healthway healthcare provider to inform you of your test result and instruct you on how to isolate at home and for how long. Faculty and staff will be directed to reach out to their primary care provider.