UA Offers Free COVID-19 Tests for Students Leaving Campus
As in-person instruction at the University of Alabama winds down for the fall semester, the school is ensuring its students can leave campus safely by administering free COVID-19 exit tests for the next several weeks.
Face-to-face classes are set to end this Friday and students will not resume to campus until the spring semester begins in mid-January. Instead, after the Thanksgiving break, students will stay home to prepare for and take their final exams virtually.
Before heading back to their families, though, any student who wants to can get tested for COVID-19 at Coleman Coliseum, where students, faculty and staff have undergone exposure, symptomatic and sentinel testing all semester. For the next two weeks, free testing will be available at these times:
- November 16-20: 8 am to 5 pm
- November 23-24: 9 am to 12 pm
After Thanksgiving, on-campus testing will be conducted at the East Campus Storm Shelter on Peter Bryce Boulevard behind Child Developmental Resources. Testing there will be held at the following times:
- November 30-December 4: 9 am to 2 pm
- December 7-11: 8 am to 5 pm
After that, symptomatic and exit testing will be available at the Student Health Center via appointment. While all exit testing is free, exposure and symptomatic testing bills will be forwarded to students' health insurance, the remaining balances being added to their student accounts.
Appointments can be scheduled online via the SARS-GRID application system. Students are asked to bring their ACT card, CWID, and another form of government-issued ID such as a driver's license. For more information on scheduling, testing, and open appointments, call the UA COVID-19 Hotline at 205-348-2819.