COVID-19 Testing for Students, Faculty, and Staff

We’ve worked closely with the New Hampshire state epidemiologist and the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) and have put a robust plan in place. Testing is paid for by Plymouth State University.

All students who are attending in-person or hybrid courses must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Students will be tested twice a week on Monday or Tuesday and Thursday or Friday each week in the HUB courtroom. Symptomatic students will be tested in the Centre Lodge or Health Services. Quarantined students will be tested at alternate site located at the ice arena. Quarantine testing is coordinated with the student via the Contact Tracing Team.

What happens if I don’t test?

What happens if I don’t test?

  • Students who do not test each week, without an approved reason, will have their access to all campus buildings deactivated. The only way to be reinstated is to get tested and receive a wristband. Faculty and staff will be checking and students without wristband or proof of test will be instructed to leave the classroom.
  • If a student absolutely cannot make their assigned time on a Monday or Tuesday, they should come in as soon as possible before 7pm on Tuesday night to be tested. It is the student’s responsibility to follow through with testing. A “missed time” will not be accepted as a reason for not testing. If circumstances are beyond a student’s control, they should email covid19@plymouth.edu for instruction.

Can’t my faculty just let me work online?

Can’t my faculty just let me work online?

Faculty are not required to provide make-up work or provide additional time to catch up because a student failed to participate in testing.

Absences due to a student not participating in weekly testing are not excused. Each student must do their part for campus safety and test every week! If a student wishes to permanently switch to online learning and not access any on-campus resources, then they must work with their advisor to find sections or courses that are fully online. This may mean that they can’t take certain courses this semester. Students should please plan accordingly!

Only students who are in 100% online courses, and don’t want to come on campus at all during the semester for any reason, can opt to not participate in testing. If they are signed up for in-person or hybrid courses, THEY MUST TEST WEEKLY.

What happens if I am not allowed on campus because of something I did, like hosting a large social gathering?

What happens if I am not allowed on campus because of something I did, like hosting a large social gathering?

  • Students who host or attend large gatherings of more than 20 people may be restricted from campus including classes and campus housing until they have a student conduct hearing. Sanctions for hosting during COVID-19 may range from university probation up to and including suspension from Plymouth State University.
  • Students who are not allowed on campus because of student conduct issues (like hosting a large gathering) will not be excused from class and will not be allowed to switch to online learning. Faculty are not required to provide make-up work or provide additional time to catch up because a student violated COVID-19 protocols.

Questions about testing should be e-mailed to covid19@plymouth.edu.