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.
Winter Testing Schedule
Starting Thanksgiving week, RISD will offer increased open testing availability for during the holiday season. All Students and Employees are strongly encouraged to test 5–7 days after participating in gatherings or travel.
End of Semester Testing
Nov 22 & 23: Open Testing [Thanksgiving Week]
Nov 29–Dec 2: Surveillance & Open Testing
Dec 6–9: Exit Testing (optional) & Employee Surveillance Testing
Dec 13–16: Exit Testing (optional) & Employee Surveillance Testing
Dec 20–23: Employee Open Testing
Jan 3–7: Student Arrival Testing
Jan 10–13: Student Arrival Testing
Jan 18: Surveillance Testing resumes
Types of Testing
Frequently Asked Questions
Surveillance testing for COVID-19 will continue at a rate of 20 percent of the vaccinated population per week and 100 percent of the unvaccinated/undisclosed employees and students per week to monitor for the spread of infection.
Wintersession and Spring
Surveillance testing for COVID-19 will continue at a rate of up to 20 percent of the vaccinated student population per week and 100 percent of the unvaccinated/undisclosed employees and students per week to monitor for the spread of infection.
Vaccinated employees (staff and faculty) will not be required to participate in surveillance testing, but have the option to sign up for open testing hours.
Selection for asymptomatic testing for the vaccinated population is through a randomized algorithm. All unvaccinated/undisclosed employees and students will be selected for testing each week to maintain access to campus.
If a student misses their testing appointment, they must reschedule as soon as possible for the next available testing time.
If an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated student misses two weeks of testing, their campus access will be deactivated and their department will be notified. Access will only be restored once a negative test result is received. If students do not test, they will be removed from campus housing (if applicable) and unenrolled from RISD.
Employees who miss testing on a week they have been selected for surveillance testing, should email COVIDUpdates@risd.edu to provide a valid excuse or schedule a make-up testing appointment.
Unvaccinated/undisclosed employees may be subject to additional measures for successive unexcused missed testing appointments.
If a community member’s test is negative, they receive an email prompting them to securely login to the testing portal to view their results within 24 hours. If a student’s test is positive, Health Services will contact them directly. If an employee’s test is positive, Employee Health Coordinator Karen Chase, NP, will contact them directly.
Employees who live outside a 75 miles radius of campus may be reimbursed up to $50 if they choose to receive a test off-campus when called for testing.
Tests must be taken during the surveillance period for which the individual was selected and MUST be PCR tests, not rapid or antigen tests.
Employee results from tests completed offsite must be uploaded via a secure Dropbox link (sign-in using RISD email address and password is required to access the doc). Please do not send your results via email as they contain confidential information.