Voluntary COVID-19 testing available

Wichita State University is making voluntary COVID-19 testing available for all currently enrolled WSU students.



Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why is the university choosing to conduct voluntary surveillance testing?

Voluntary surveillance testing is part of the university’s multi-pronged strategy to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. This is the next step in that tiered strategy. Because COVID-19 infection is often asymptomatic, early identification of individuals with the virus requires regular surveillance and testing to monitor – and respond to – any potential spread among the on-campus WSU community. This voluntary testing program allows the university to monitor and address real-time trends and burden of the disease to make timely decisions for intervention and response.

Are all students eligible to participate?

No. Students who are already subject to mandatory testing, or who are currently experiencing symptoms, are currently in isolation/quarantine, or who have disclosed quarantined status are not be eligible to participate in the voluntary surveillance testing program.

Where is the testing being conducted?

All student COVID-19 testing is administered through Student Health Services. Test samples will be analyzed either by a third party (CRL) or the Wichita State University Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory.

Will students have to pay for tests ordered under the voluntary surveillance program?

No. All testing for the voluntary surveillance program is being provided free of charge.

What if I test positive?

Students who live in Shocker Hall, The Flats or The Suites: If you test positive, you will need to contact your resident assistant if you live on campus. You will be temporarily relocated to designated isolation housing. But if you are able to isolate at your permanent residence, you are encouraged to do so. You will also need to contact your professors by phone or email, informing them that you are ill and unable to attend class. Student Health Services will follow up with all students who test positive.

Students who live off campus: If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate in your residence. You will need to contact your professors by phone or email, informing them that you are ill and unable to attend class. Student Health Services will follow up with all students who test positive.

We encourage all students who test positive to complete the COVID-19 ReportIt form on the website.

Are faculty and staff eligible to participate?

Faculty and staff may also get a COVID-19 test free of charge. See details.