Testing Program

RISD is working with private nonprofit agency the Broad Institute (affiliated with MIT and Harvard) to conduct initial and ongoing campus PCR population surveillance testing for COVID-19.

Types of Testing

  • Open Testing

    Update: Open Testing Discontinued through Summer
    Open asymptomatic PCR testing will be discontinued during the summer. Testing remains available for Pre-College students or any RISD student on-campus.

  • Symptomatic and Diagnostic Testing Encouraged

    Students
    If you are a student and are experiencing Covid-like symptoms, please contact Student Health Services to determine what type of visit or testing is recommended.

    Employees
    Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus should contact their primary care provider and their supervisor, as well as get tested at a Rhode Island state testing site closest to them. Employees are strongly encouraged to use rapid antigen tests following travel, large gatherings or when feeling symptomatic.

  • Open Testing

    RISD offers weekly open testing for COVID-19 for all asymptomatic community members. Asymptomatic testing is optional but encouraged for anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus.

    Advance sign up is required for an appointment. No walk-ins. The sign ups link is updated each Friday at the button below.

    Upcoming open testing appointments are available on:
    There will be no testing the week of June 13, 2022.

    Location
    63 Angell Street, Providence
    Must bring a valid RISD ID, driver's license or passport

  • Uploading Positive Test Results (REQUIRED)

    If you receive a positive test result off-campus, you must notify RISD via one of the methods below. Please do not send your results via email as they contain confidential information.

    Students
    Students who test positive with a rapid antigen test must receive a PCR test from Health Services to confirm positive status. Students can contact Health Services Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:30pm at (401) 454-6625 or Public Safety after hours at (401) 454-6376.

    Students who test positive with an off-campus PCR test should contact Health Services for instructions.  

    Employees
    Employees may now upload off-campus test results via Workday using a task called “Add My Workplace Test” found using the search bar. Here are instructions for uploading positive test results in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

    Employees must notify RISD of positive test results (antigen, rapid or PCR) via Workday. 

    Verification of rapid test results by a PCR test is not required for faculty and staff.
    If you are having issues submitting via Workday, contact Human Resources.

  • Receiving Test Results

    Test results are received 24-36 hours of all samples being picked up from the testing site to transport them to a lab in Cambridge, MA. You can also check for your results by logging into the patient portal managed by The Broad Institute.

    Negative results come from CareEvolve@lknotification.com. Positive or invalid results will be communicated by phone from a RISD clinician. Inconclusive results are neither positive nor negative, but require additional testing. This result can indicate a very early or very late infection; an infection with a variant; or contamination from a surface or lab environment. RISD will repeat the test but require isolation until results from the second test are received.

    If you have not received a result after 24-36 hours, please contact Health Services (students) at health@risd.edu, or Employee Health Coordinator Karen Chase (faculty and staff) at kchase@risd.edu.

  • Health Insurance

    Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 will be covered by the RISD student health insurance policy and the RISD employee health insurance policy at approved locations. Hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19 is covered like any standard medical treatment. RISD will cover the cost of on-arrival and surveillance testing. RISD will make options available to its on-campus faculty and staff for obtaining COVID-19 testing when employees do not have health insurance available to cover the cost of testing.

Frequently Asked Questions