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AU's COVID-19 Testing Procedure

As we begin the fall semester, we must maintain and expand our health and safety vigilance. While much progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19 was made through vaccinations during the spring and early summer, the Delta variant and low vaccination rates in some areas has led to a resurgence of cases. We are committed to doing everything we can to safeguard our community. This includes our requirement that all AU community members be vaccinated, which is the most effective response to the variant.

This fall unvaccinated community members with an approved exemption will be tested twice per week. Vaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be tested if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive, if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, or if they choose to be tested for safety precautions. Any person experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, must get a COVID-19 test. Testing will take place at Constitution Hall on East Campus and will be provided free of charge.

Vaccinated community members including symptomatic staff and faculty members, can test on campus or with their personal health care provider, and any external positive test must be reported via the AU Forward Self Reporting portal. 

The mandatory requirements of the testing plan, and how it applies to members of our community are summarized in the Health and Safety Directives and the Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Individuals.

About the Test

  • What: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) saliva test, which tests for active infection
  • Who: All students (asymptomatic and symptomatic); asymptomatic faculty and staff. 
  • How to prepare: You cannot have anything to eat, drink, or chew 60 minutes prior to testing. This includes brushing your teeth, chewing gum, taking medications, smoking or vaping.
  • What to bring to your appointment: If you have a smartphone or tablet, please bring your device to your appointment so that you can register to receive your test results. If you do not have a mobile device, there will be a device available for you to register onsite.
  • How/when you will receive results from AU-provided testing: They will be emailed by the provider to the address you’ve registered; results should come within 72 hours. Please monitor your email.

Vaccination Information

As of August 16, American University requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, staff, and contractors with a presence on campus or on university-sanctioned study abroad or off-campus activities.

Unfortunately, District Urgent Care is no longer able to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to the AU Community on campus due to changes with the DC Department of Health vaccination protocols. Vaccinations are readily available at most local Walgreens and CVS locations.

The closest pharmacy is the Walgreens is located at 3301 New Mexico Avenue, NWIf you have questions about availability, they can be reached at 202-966-4900. Appointments can also be scheduled online.