COVID-19 Testing Plan for Students

Updated February 9, 2022

This plan covers all undergraduate students and students in the postbaccalaureate pre-med program, graduate assistant coaches, and international graduate students. 

Pre-Arrival testing

All students are required to complete pre-arrival PCR testing within 72 hours of returning to campus and must submit their results to their Medicat account.  Additionally, students returning to campus from outside of the United States must submit their pre-travel 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 and spring semesters. 

Students who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination series undergo random PCR surveillance testing according to the COVID-19 alert levels.  Students are tested through the Student Health Center and are notified by email when selected for random surveillance testing. 

Any student with an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption undergoes regular PCR surveillance testing through the Student Health Center.  Testing frequency is based on the community's risk level and 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 test before leaving campus for academic break periods and returning to campus.

Students who have tested positive within the last 90 days are exempt from surveillance testing provided they have uploaded their positive test to their Medicat account. 

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 determines the need for COVID-19 testing and performs testing accordingly. 

If a commuter student develops symptoms and tests 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

According to the CDC guidelines, any student who is not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines and comes into contact with someone positive for COVID-19 must quarantine.

Individuals who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine or who have tested positive within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine but must self-monitor for symptoms, always wear a mask (indoors and outdoors), maintain physical distancing, and be tested on day 5 following the exposure.   

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 is placed in isolation for at least 7 days.  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.  Students must continue to mask until day 10. 

See the Quarantine and Isolation Planning Guide for Students (PDF) for more information.


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