COVID-19 Testing Plan for Students

Updated August 31, 2021

This plan covers all undergraduate students, as well as students in the postbac pre-med program, graduate assistant coaches (graduate students who are on campus consistently interacting with undergraduate students), and international graduate students. 

Pre-Arrival testing

All students with religious or medical exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete pre-arrival PCR testing within 72 hours of coming to campus and must submit their results to their Medicat account.  Additionally, any students returning to campus from outside of the United States must submit their pre- and post-travel testing results to their Medicat account.  Any student who has a positive test may not come back onto campus and must contact the Student Health Center.

Surveillance testing

Goucher conducts regular wastewater surveillance testing throughout the fall semester..  Any time the wastewater in a residence hall comes back positive for COVID-19, individual residents in that hall are tested through the Student Health Center.

Any student with an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption will undergo regular PCR surveillance testing, through the Student Health Center.  The frequency of testing is determined by the level of risk in the community, as well as other factors (such as NCAA guidelines if they are a student-athlete) and is communicated to the students impacted. 

Students with religious or medical exemptions must also be tested prior to leaving campus for academic break periods and upon return to campus. 

Symptomatic testing

If a residential student develops any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they must contact the Student Health Center immediately and quarantine in their room until they receive further instructions.  The Student Health Center will do a telemedicine visit with them, determine the need for COVID-19 testing, and perform testing accordingly. 

If a commuter student develops symptoms and is tested off-campus, they must immediately report their results to the Student Health Center and may not come onto campus until cleared to do so. 

Quarantine & Isolation

Any unvaccinated student who comes into contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 is instructed to quarantine according to the CDC guidelines.  Goucher requires a ten-day quarantine, with a negative test after day seven.  Students in quarantine are also not allowed to eat inside the dining hall.

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine, but must self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors), maintain physical distancing, and be tested between days 3 through 5 following the exposure.   

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 is placed in isolation for at least 10 days, according to the CDC guidelines.  Only residential students are allowed to isolate on-campus and commuter students must not come onto campus at any time while they are in isolation. 


Failure to abide by and participate in the testing plan and/or failure to adhere to quarantine and isolation guidelines may result being removed from campus housing or the college.