Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Testing FAQs

  • I am sick and need to be tested. Where should I go?

    Individuals who are sick should remain at home or in their residence hall room. Individuals with symptoms should not be tested at Memorial Field House.

    • Students will need to schedule an appointment with Health Services in advance by calling (518) 388-6120.
    • Employees should contact their primary care provider.
  • How does the test work?

    This test is a self-administered nasal swab sample observed by a trained Union staff member. To learn more, watch this video.

  • What if I test positive?

    When an individual tests positive the health of the individual and the health of our entire community are the College’s priorities. Union College Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Human Resources will work very closely with the Schenectady County Department of Health to implement isolation and quarantine protocols and to begin contact tracing. In addition, we will make every effort to be respectful and maintain the privacy of the individual. For specific information on student or employee protocols, see the Testing Page.

  • What if I want to be tested more (employees)?

    We are not offering additional testing. Employees seeking additional testing should contact their primary care physician or look for the free testing sites across the Capital Region.

  • What type of test is Union College using for their screening tests?

    Union College is partnering with the Broad Institute for testing.

  • My result was indeterminate. What does that mean?

    There are a number of reasons why a test does not come back positive or negative. To understand the results and what they mean, please visit the Broad Institute website.

  • How long will it take for me to receive my results?

    Typically we receive results from the Broad Institute in 24-48 hours from the time the samples leave Union (typically after 5 p.m.). However, there are a number of reasons it may take longer to receive results.

  • Where will I find my results?

    Negative results will be emailed to students, faculty and staff. If an individual tests positive they will receive a call from Union College Health Services (students) or Human Resources (employees).