|Dear University of Miami Community,|
As President Frenk shared in his video message earlier this week, the spring semester at the University of Miami will look much like the fall. This message outlines important information about testing for both students and employees for the upcoming semester; please review all material carefully.
Testing for students upon arrival to campus All students will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before attending any in-person programs or classes on any campus. Testing will occur upon a student’s arrival to campus as outlined below, and students are asked to limit their activities until results are received.
New/incoming undergraduate students: Regardless of whether a student will be living on or off campus, all new students will be required to test while checking in for the ’Cane Kickoff orientation program. More information will be shared with new students soon.
Resident students: On-campus testing will be integrated into the move-in process, and more information will be shared with resident students soon.
Non-resident students (including graduate and law): Students who live off campus should return to the South Florida area three to four days before the start of classes to allow sufficient time to be tested at Pavia Garage and receive their results. Hours of operation for the Pavia Garage testing site are listed below.
Students at the Medical Campus: Beginning Jan. 4, all first- and second-year medical and graduate students on the Medical Campus will be tested by appointment only at the Center for Family Studies on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. More information about how to schedule an appointment will be shared soon.
Students at the Marine Campus: Beginning Jan. 4, students on the Marine Campus can visit the testing site located in the campus parking garage without an appointment on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. or Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Students who have tested positive since Nov. 1: Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 on or since Nov. 1 is exempt from the pre-semester testing requirement. Students who tested outside of the University must upload proof of their positive result to Student Health Service.
Spring semester testing for students Any student who will be on any University of Miami campus at any point during the spring semester will be required to take a COVID-19 test at least once every week through the UScreen Testing Initiative. Students will receive emails and/or text message alerts to schedule their on-campus testing appointments. Testing sites will be located at the Gables, Medical, and Marine campuses.
Although exempt from testing upon arrival, students who have tested positive since Nov. 1 will be required to schedule weekly tests once they receive a text alert from UHealth.
Actions required: To ensure students receive timely alerts, all students must confirm that their local address and phone number are correct in CaneLink. Additionally, if students opted out of text alerts last semester, they must text UNSTOP to 833-572-0565 to receive reminder text alerts again.
Employee testing Pavia Garage will be open on the days and times listed below for any staff or faculty member who wishes to be tested for COVID-19 at no charge and without the need for an appointment. Surveillance testing will continue for staff and faculty members throughout the remainder of the semester.
Pavia Garage testing site hours of operation The Pavia Garage testing site on the Coral Gables campus will be open on the following days and times for walk-up testing primarily for non-resident students as well as faculty and staff.
Jan. 4 to 14 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 19 to 22 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Jan. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 25 begins weekly testing appointments for students and random surveillance testing for faculty and staff on the Coral Gables campus. The testing site will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the spring semester.
Students, Faculty and Staff who have COVID-19 symptoms Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must not go to a University walk-up site for testing. Instead, please call 305-243-ONEU to speak to a health care provider who will assist in scheduling an appointment at an appropriate testing site.
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the spring semester and thank you for your partnership in keeping our campus community healthy and safe. We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season.
Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer for COVID-19
Patricia A. Whitely, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship
Associate Director, Population Sciences and Cancer Disparity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor, Medicine and Public Health Sciences