Testing Compliance Program

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Cal Poly is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our campus community and the surrounding public. The university established the Testing Compliance Program to be fair and equitable for all students, while helping those in required testing groups adhere to the university’s Ongoing Testing Program.

Updated Testing Compliance Policy, Effective Sept. 21

The university will begin a soft launch of Single Sign On (SSO) restrictions on Tuesday, Sept. 21, for all students currently enrolled who are:

  • unvaccinated (which is defined as receiving a medical or religious exemption),
  • partially vaccinated,
  • planning to vaccinate or are in the process of becoming vaccinated,
  • or have not completed an attestation regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status who are required to participate in ongoing testing.

Required students must continue to test every three days and participate in daily self-screenings through the end of the fall term, unless they become fully vaccinated or receive a temporary release from ongoing testing (see below).

Who is required to participate?

Students who meet one or more of the following criteria must enroll  in the Testing Compliance Program:

  • Unvaccinated
  • Registered a medical or religious exemption
  • Partially vaccinated
  • Planning to vaccinate
  • In the process of becoming vaccinated
  • Have not completed an attestation regarding COVID-19 vaccination status.
Am I part of the compliance program?
Check your status on the COVID-19 Info tab of the student portal.
Are you under the care of our Isolation and Quarantine Team?
Students on county-mandated quarantine and quarantine in place must comply with testing requirements. See the Student Isolation and Quarantine Guide for details.
Students on county-mandated isolation are exempt from participating in ongoing testing for 90 days. Check your status in the COVID-19 Info tab in the student portal to see if you have an active release. If you do not have a release, please submit a temporary release request from the same tab.

What do students need to do?

If you meet any of the above requirements, you must follow your personalized testing schedule outlined in the COVID-19 Info tab of the portal to remain compliant with the ongoing testing program.

Here are some other things you need to know:

  • Tests are scheduled three days apart (starting Sept. 21, 2021).
    Example: If a student is required to complete a test on Monday, they will be required to complete their next test on Thursday.
  • Test a day early if needed. If your test falls on a day when campus testing sites are closed or you have an unavoidable scheduling conflict, it is recommended that you complete your test one day earlier.

    Example: if your testing deadline falls on a Saturday when campus testing sites are closed, you may complete your test on Friday instead to retain a green campus pass.

    Note: Non-academic trips or extended out-of-town stays are not acceptable reasons for temporary release from the ongoing testing program, so plan accordingly.
  • On-campus testing is fast and easy. The university’s on-campus saliva-based COVID-19 surveillance testing site is a fast and easy way to complete your testing requirements.

Prefer to test off-campus?

No problem, but you’ll need to plan ahead by completing a test off campus and then upload proof of your test result by the prescribed test dates in your student portal. Please note: only PCR, NAAT, and RT-PCR tests will be accepted.

Testing on campus is fast and easy

Testing on campus through the university’s saliva-based COVID-19 surveillance testing program is the fastest, easiest way to complete this requirement. The testing site is conveniently located in University Union 220. Limited free parking is available on the top floor of the Grand Avenue structure and friendly, helpful people are at the site ready to support students.

For information on off-campus testing options, see the Off-Campus Testing Resources.

Blue Campus Pass

Students will receive a blue campus pass when they have not completed a test by their deadline but have reported no COVID-19 symptoms via their daily screenings. If you receive this pass, you will be restricted from accessing university spaces and services. Students with a blue pass will be able to access testing sites and health and safety services. For additional information, visit the COVID-19 Self-Screening page.

Go to the COVID-19 Info tab

The COVID-19 Info tab will serve as your go-to resource for staying updated and informed, including:

  • Your next test date.
  • How to upload your off-campus test results.
  • Information and links to the daily symptom screener and Campus Pass.
  • Links to schedule an ongoing test and get a registration ID.

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FAQs

I’m a student living on campus. If I plan to visit my parents for two weeks, do I need to keep up with my testing schedule?

Yes. Upload your off-campus test results via the test verification process in the COVID-19 Info tab of the portal. Please note: only PCR, NAAT, and RT-PCR tests will be accepted.

Can I fulfill my testing requirement off campus?

Yes. You may choose to test off campus, but it is your responsibility to plan ahead by completing your testing at a local testing site and then uploading proof of a test result prior to your testing deadline. You can upload proof of off-campus test results via the COVID-19 Info Tab on the portal.

Please note: only PCR, NAAT, and RT-PCR tests will be accepted.

I want to test off campus but I'm worried I won't receive my results by my testing deadline. What should I do?1

It is your responsibility to plan ahead by scheduling and completing your test at a local testing site so that you receive your results within the required dates. Additionally, if you choose to test off-campus, you must upload proof of your test results via the COVID-19 Info tab prior to your testing deadline.

Please note: only PCR, NAAT, and RT-PCR tests will be accepted.

Why is Cal Poly requiring students to test at specific intervals?1

The university is requiring students to follow their personalized testing schedules outlined in the COVID-19 Info tab of the portal to ensure that they test at more consistent intervals. Tests are scheduled three days apart starting Sept. 21, 2021.

Do I need to keep up with my daily screening requirements?1

Yes. All currently enrolled students living on campus and off-campus students accessing campus for any reason (in-person classes, work, services, etc.) are required to complete a daily screening via the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool by noon (12 p.m.) or before traveling to campus, whichever comes first.

My test date falls on a day when campus testing sites are closed. What should I do?

Students can fulfill their testing requirement, even if it falls on a day when on-campus testing sites are closed, by completing their test one day earlier. For example: if your testing deadline falls on a Saturday when campus testing sites are closed, you may complete your test on Friday instead to retain a green campus pass.

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