Student FAQs: COVID-19 Testing
As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our residential community, we are requiring all new and returning resident students to:
- complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 14 days of their scheduled arrival,
- produce a negative test lab result, and
- bring and submit that written negative test result the day you move in .
The test result, either on letterhead or an electronic copy from a medical provider/testing center, must state your name, the date of the test (within 14 days of your move-in), and that your COVID-19 PCR test is NEGATIVE.
Once you complete your COVID-19 PCR test, please remain at home and self-quarantine to the greatest extent possible before your move-in day. Please also follow facial covering and physical distancing requirements for your health and the health of others.
YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO MOVE INTO CAMPUS HOUSING UNLESS YOU PRODUCE A COVID-19 PCR NEGATIVE TEST RESULT AND PROVIDE THAT TEST RESULT AT CHECK-IN. You must provide a test result, either on letterhead or an electronic copy from a medical provider/testing center that states your name, the date of the test (within 14 days of your move-in), and that your COVID-19 PCR test is NEGATIVE. Make sure that your medical provider gives you the COVID-19 PCR test -- not an antibody test. If you arrive without a COVID-19 PCR negative test result, you will be directed to the nearest testing center. You will need to return home or stay in a hotel until you receive your negative test result.
A COVID-19 PCR test indicates if you are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In most cases, a nasal or throat swab is taken by a healthcare provider and tested by a laboratory. Be sure that you obtain a COVID-19 PCR test, not an antibody test. A COVID-19 PCR test checks to see if you currently have the virus , while an antibody test tells you if you previously had the virus.
If you previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered, do not take a COVID-19 PCR test. In place of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, you must bring medical clearance in writing from your medical practitioner. The clearance must indicate that at least 10 days have passed since the onset of your symptoms or your positive COVID-19 test (if asymptomatic), indicating that your infection is resolved and you are free of any symptoms.
Yes. Stony Brook University is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our campus community. A critical part of our plan is to conduct ongoing COVID-19 testing throughout the semester for all resident students.
We have two testing locations on campus for resident students: HDV/GLS Center and the Enzo trailer at Student Health Center. Every resident’s next COVID test will take place on an assigned schedule. This schedule is communicated to the resident students via their Stony Brook email.
Make your appointment as early as possible for the following day.
You can either walk in (Mon-Fri from 9am to 4pm) without an appointment on your assigned date, but may have a wait time. Or you can make an appointment for the following day.
Should you test positive, you will receive a phone call from Student Health Services to discuss next steps and contact tracing . You will be given the option to return to your off-campus home (if within a reasonable driving distance) to recover OR relocate to another residence hall and isolate for a 10-14 day period. If you remain on campus, you must comply with the directives from Student Health Services and Campus Residences staff. We will provide ongoing medical and supportive care for you, and deliver meals to you.
Your health insurance should cover these costs. If they’re not covered by your insurance, you will not be responsible for the costs of tests administered by Stony Brook University’s Student Health Center.
The University is offering required, convenient and free COVID-19 Saliva testing for those students who live off-campus, but come to campus regularly for in-person classes or academic work. Those students will be notified by email about their required participation in this testing program.
Saliva test results are typically available to Student Health Services within 2-5 days after your sample is sent to the lab. Commuter students who test negative will not be notified. Commuter students who test positive will be notified immediately by Student Health Services and, as required by law, the information will be reported to the NYS Department of Health.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Student Health Services and advised of the next steps which will include isolating at home for at least 10 days. You will also be asked about any close contacts who may then need to quarantine based upon CDC and Department of Health guidelines. You will not be permitted to come to campus for any purpose, including attending in-person classes, until your isolation period is complete and you are symptom free. The Student Support Team will connect with you on any academic needs and communication with your faculty while you recover.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, and you have provided Student Health Services with a physician’s note indicating you are free of infection, do not get tested.
You MUST bring your Stony Brook University Student ID card and your mobile device. As you can see in this video , both are necessary so we can match the registration to the specimen being collected and sent to the lab. If you forget to bring your mobile device to the test site you cannot be tested. You will need to return to the testing site once you have your mobile device with you. In addition, as required every time you come to campus, you MUST have completed your health screening via the CampusClear App . You will need to show your CampusClear “Cleared” result in order to qualify for testing at this site.
For your required saliva test, please first register your name, Student ID, health insurance and other information using this link ( https://www.suny-covid-test.com/) at least two hours before you plan to go for your test.
Please register on the mobile device that you’ll bring with you to the testing site
The registration form was developed by another institution, so there are some items that are not required to be entered for Stony Brook students.
ONLY enter your name, email address, phone number, SBU ID# and date of birth on the registration form even though it asks for additional information.
You do not need to enter your health insurance information.
Although SSN is an optional field, do NOT fill this in.
If the form prevents you from proceeding without completing a field enter 0 (zeros) for digits and N/A for words.
If you have already registered, please ensure you can log into the website on the mobile device you will be bringing with you to the test site.
You are also able to review the information you entered during registration and choose to clear out your health insurance and social security number by logging in and clicking on "Profile."