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Rutgers University COVID-19 Testing Strategy

Rutgers will continue SARS-CoV-2 PCR saliva testing based on the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the university community.

Testing Requirements:

  • Weekly testing is required of non-clinical Rutgers affiliates who have an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
  • Weekly testing is required of individuals who have an approved exemption from the booster requirement.
  • Semi-weekly (twice a week) testing is required of Covered Individuals and students working in clinical settings who have an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
  • In certain instances an employee may obtain relief from the testing requirement by receiving a testing waiver. Such instances include, but are not limited to, employee’s sabbatical or approved leave of absence or use of paid-time-off for 5 or more consecutive days.  Further criteria and application information can be found by visiting the testing requirement waiver request form.
  • Individuals who have uploaded their vaccination record(s) to the Rutgers Vaccination Portal (NetID required) are exempt from the weekly testing requirement.

SARS-CoV-2 testing is recommended based on risk assessments of individuals or groups to help mitigate the risk of transmission. The risk-assessment focus of our testing strategy means that testing will not be required or recommended for all employees or students. This strategic approach is informed by the guidance put forth by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Testing in the health care workforce will be coordinated with Rutgers health care system partners to provide as much consistency as possible. University SARS-CoV-2 testing protocols will be reviewed and updated regularly. The strategy may change as public health guidance changes and as new scientific data is reported on the efficacy of various testing methods and other factors.


COVID-19 Testing Locations and Instructions
(In-Person Testing, Test Kit Vending Machines, and Drop Boxes)
Testing is available on all campuses to any member of the Rutgers community authorized to receive COVID-19 testing. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON TESTING. Make an appointment through the Return to Rutgers page: Detailed instructions on how to schedule and perform testing are available on our COVID-19 Testing Instructions webpage.

Testing is available by appointment at the following locations. (Please review appropriate campus status information before traveling – especially during inclement weather – for updated hours of operation):

Testing Questions for Students

About the University’s Testing Strategy

Testing Details and Notification Information

Test Result Interpretation and Response