With the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant across our region and the country, and given the constraints placed on what UNT can implement per Governor Abbott’s executive order, mandatory testing will be implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We request that our community get vaccinated, as that is the best protection against COVID-19. In lieu of vaccination, UNT is requiring testing at designated intervals for the 2021 fall semester. All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must submit a COVID diagnostic test between Aug. 16 and Sept. 20. Additional testing intervals will be determined and communicated.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, especially among those who remain unvaccinated, we request that all students, faculty, and staff comply with a new mandate from the City of Denton to wear a face covering indoors per CDC guidance for our region.
Upload your documents
*NOTE: If your test is performed at a Curative site on-campus, your results will automatically be submitted and no additional upload is necessary. If you are testing at the Student Health and Wellness Center, please refer to your invitation from NAVICA that was sent Sept. 7 to create a profile. Then, when you arrive to the SHWC they will assist you in connecting your test results to UNT. This applies to all tests performed since Aug. 13. If you've already submitted your vaccination record to participate in UNT's Vaccine Incentive Program, no additional upload is required.
Can I opt out of mandatory testing if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Fully vaccinated individuals can opt-out of the mandatory testing requirement by uploading proof of vaccination.
*Please note that students, faculty or staff submitting falsified vaccine records will be sanctioned or reprimanded by the university. Falsifying a federal agency’s documents could be considered a criminal offense.
Why are vaccinated individuals exempt from the mandatory testing program?
UNT is following the latest CDC guidance which recommends that vaccinated individuals only need to test if they have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or if they develop symptoms.
While vaccinated individuals can still contract and spread COVID, that percentage is low compared to those unvaccinated.
Will my privacy be protected?
Once a test result or vaccination record is “validated,” it is deleted. In addition to that, the only individuals who see a test or vaccination record have gone through HIPAA training.
Where do I test?
University Union (Curative):
- Location:University Union, Room 381
- Times: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday
Goolsby Chapel (Curative):
- Location:Walk-up Kiosk outside Goolsby Chapel
- Times: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
- Book an appointment
Student Health and Wellness Center:
- Location: Chestnut Hall, Room 120
- Times: 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Fridays
*The UNT Student Health and Wellness Center is performing the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 test. An email from firstname.lastname@example.org was sent to your UNT email address on Sept. 7 with your invitation to create an account and connect your account to UNT Student Health and Wellness Center for reporting.
See the most up-to-date, on-campus testing options. On-campus testing results will automatically be shared with UNT so you will not need to upload your results. If you choose to test off-campus, you can upload your results beginning Wednesday, Aug. 18.
If I submitted my vaccine record for the incentive program, do I have to submit again?
No. If you previously submitted your vaccine record to participate in the incentive program, you will receive an email confirming that we have your permission to use prior proof of your vaccine to opt out of mandatory testing.
What if I can’t find my vaccine record?
Contact the facility/provider where you received your vaccination and request a copy of your record.
Will UNT offer vaccine clinics?
UNT’s Student Health and Wellness Center is now offering vaccine clinics on a limited basis for UNT students and employees and UNT System employees.
- Location: Chestnut Hall second floor
- Times: 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Fridays
If I work or attend classes remotely, do I still have to test?
Yes. All students, faculty and staff must comply with mandatory testing regardless of their location.
What if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days?
If you contracted COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you will also be allowed to opt-out from testing until the 90-day period expires, but you must upload your positive test result.
What if I’m a contract employee and do not have an EmplID?
Employees without an EmplID cannot log-in to the single sign-on system, and therefore SalesForce, to upload their records. If you are in this situation, e-mail email@example.com your test result or vaccination record and we will manually create a record for you in SalesForce and then delete your document.
What happens if I don’t test?
Students reported for failing to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 testing and reporting requirements case will go through the Student Conduct Process. This may result in a student being considered a student “not in good standing.” A status of "not in good standing" means a student is not fully eligible to participate in university activities and privileges or facing possible separation (i.e., suspension or expulsion) from the university.
Faculty and staff who do not comply with mandatory COVID-19 reporting and testing requirements will receive a verbal reprimand for noncompliance. A subsequent violation will result in a written memo of noncompliance and the faculty or staff member will become ineligible for merit this year. The written memo will also be placed in their personnel file, and the employee will be subject to other, more severe, disciplinary action as appropriate in accordance with university policies 06.025, Faculty Misconduct and Discipline and 05.033, Staff Employee Discipline and Involuntary Termination.
Who can I contact with other questions?
Please email Student.Affairs@unt.edu with any additional questions.
Case Investigation, Quarantine and Contact Tracing Information
- Students, faculty, and staff will continue to be required to report symptoms and exposure to COVID@unt.edu, quarantine, as necessary, and cooperate with the UNT COVID-19 Contract Tracing Team.
- Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who have been identified as having a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days or longer depending upon testing. If a student, faculty or staff member is unvaccinated and can prove a COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery in the last three months, quarantine will not be required.
- Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff that aren’t experiencing symptoms will be required to seek testing 3-5 days following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, including roommates. Following a known exposure, students should monitor for symptoms over the course of 14 days and quarantine if symptoms develop.
- In addition to required self-reporting, cooperation with the UNT COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team is required.
- All information shared will be treated with utmost confidentiality and in accordance with any applicable privacy laws.
Following self-report, a representative of the UNT Contact Tracing Team will determine if an additional interview is required and provide guidance to each positive case related to isolation and quarantine. Quarantine/isolation guidance will be updated in concert with local, state, and federal public health guidance.
Quarantine/isolation for a close contact, identified by a positive case during the case investigation, or as self-reported to COVID@unt.edu, is dependent on vaccination status and symptoms experienced. Cases may not have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated (two weeks since final required dose of their selected vaccine).
Students testing positive for COVID-19 should assess personal needs for missed classes or assignments, consult course syllabi and contact course instructor of record to coordinate arrangements, as appropriate.
Faculty and staff who are required to isolate/quarantine should speak with their supervisor to determine whether job duties are conducive for temporary telecommuting for the duration of the isolation/quarantine period. Employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties remotely should speak with Human Resources for guidance and leave options. Alternatively, employees may choose to use their accrued leave under normal university policy and procedures.
- UNT is not providing a location for students to complete either quarantine or self-isolation and will not cover any associated expenses. All students living in on-campus housing have been instructed to develop an action plan in the event they are required to self-isolate or quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. This plan should include a location to complete the self-isolation/quarantine period, access to groceries/meal delivery, access to necessary medications, numbers of emergency contacts, and contact information for their preferred healthcare provider.
- UNT will allow for the possibility of students to isolate or quarantine in their residence hall room when the circumstances allow (examples: student is in a private room with private bath; roommates are both close contacts and asymptomatic; etc.).
- Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate at an off-campus location for 10 days.