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Campus surveillance testing launches this week

Aug. 24, 2020, 11:05 AM

The university’s ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing program will begin this week to ensure as much as possible the safety and well-being of our community.

This testing program will be based on analysis of COVID-19 test outcomes and other factors that will ensure a representative, meaningful and targeted sampling of the Vanderbilt community being tested. In follow-up to the pre-arrival testing program, all undergraduate students will complete their arrival testing this week.

The program also will launch with testing of select graduate and professional students in various schools on Aug. 24 and will expand going forward.

Vanderbilt has partnered with Vault, a national provider of at-home saliva test kits and the same provider the university utilized for pre-arrival and arrival testing of undergraduates.

Those selected to complete a surveillance COVID-19 test will be contacted directly by their school or department with instructions on where to pick up a test kit.

Completing a surveillance test is mandatory for undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, staff and postdocs. By signing the Return to Campus acknowledgment, VU community members agreed to “submit to regular COVID-19 testing if and when VU requires.”

Learn more about the Voluntary Faculty COVID-19 Surveillance Program.

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