Testing Information

Our weekly testing clinics will continue this year for all unvaccinated Laurentians (or those who choose not to show proof of vaccination) and possible random surveillance testing of vaccinated Laurentians according to guidance from the New York State Department of Health, or if local or regional health conditions require a higher level of surveillance. 

We expect to continue testing with the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, using the PCR assay test we have used in 2020-21, which has provided accurate, rapid response (within 24 hours).   

We expect surveillance testing for unvaccinated Laurentians (students and employees) on a weekly basis. We will create a testing database as of August 1 for employees, informing those who are not vaccinated, or who do not or will not show proof of vaccination for whatever reason, that they will be tested on a weekly basis.  Failure to test will have these consequences:

Employees:

  • Miss 1 test: informal/oral reminder by supervisor of test requirement.
  • Miss 2 tests in a row: Written reminder by supervisor and outline of consequences for a third missed test.
  • Miss 3 tests in a row: Denial of campus access until negative test result is received.  Employees may use vacation time but not sick time for this absence. Salaried employees who miss three tests in a row should not be able to telecommute.

Students:

  • Miss 1 test: Reminder by the Student Life division of test requirement.
  • Miss 2 tests in a row:  Disciplinary discussion with the Student Judicial office, with grounds for removal from campus at student’s expense until negative test results are provided.

Contact tracing and partnership with state/local Department of Health: 

The county government has primary responsibility for contact tracing.  Laurentians are expected to be truthful and thorough in reporting contacts.

Wastewater Testing:  The University has implemented an auxiliary surveillance testing process using sampling of residence hall wastewater, with samples brought to Clarkson University twice weekly. Ten (10) on-campus residence halls have dedicated sampling machines. Traces of the virus will be present in feces several days before detection through nasal swabs, and early identification of the virus will help us limit further infections.  

Testing for the first two weeks will inform us of the baseline levels of the virus already present.

After the first two weeks of baseline analysis, we will watch for increases in any residence hall sample. If we detect significant increases, the residents of that residence hall may be tested and may be required to remain in their residence hall, leaving only to pick up meals, until everyone in the residence hall is tested. Inter-residence hall visitations may be suspended until further notice.

Laurentians exhibiting COVID symptoms: Do not come to a University clinic for testing.  Students should contact the Health Center for an appointment, employees should seek a test through their health care provider or through St. Lawrence Health.