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Who needs to be tested?

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have not submit their self-certification in myCoyote will be subject to periodic COVID testing.

Testing will begin the week of August 2nd for staff who are reporting to campus and who are not yet fully vaccinated and will begin the week of August 16th for faculty and students who are reporting to campus and who are not fully vaccinated.

Those who suspect that they may have been exposed, or anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will need to be tested.  Free testing will be conducted on the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses. 

Will there be on campus testing if I am notified that I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Yes. Schedule an on-campus testing appointment online.

Testing is available at the San Bernardino Campus Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the Yasuda Center. 

Testing is available at the Palm Desert Campus Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Indian Wells Theater Lobby 

Walk-in appointments are also available, please note that the last walk-in test is conducted 15 minutes prior to the close of the testing center to provide time for processing.

How can I get a COVID-19 test?

CSUSB offers FREE confidential testing to all employees and students at both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses. Schedule an on-campus testing appointment online. Drop-in appointments are also available.

Information on County testing resources is available at:

How does COVID-19 testing work?

A rapid antigen test is performed to test for COVID-19, and the test results are provided within 15 minutes. If you receive a positive test result, you will be given a PCR test on-site by the onsite health care provider and given further instructions. It is important that you complete the COVID-19 Reporting Tool for Positive Cases and Exposures found on the Return of the Pack website and proceed to isolation. Please do not visit additional campus buildings after receiving a positive test result.

If we are vaccinated, can we opt in to be periodically tested?

Yes, those vaccinated members of the campus community that would like to receive a COVID test can do so on a walk-in basis at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campuses. 

Can you explain how and when the weekly testing will work?

Weekly testing will be conducted by a third-party provider on the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses during normal business hours. The testing will be conducted in the Yasuda Center at the San Bernardino campus and in the Indian Wells Theatre at the Palm Desert campus.  Unvaccinated campus community members will receive more information via email regarding when and how to make an appointment.

Is it painful or uncomfortable to get a COVID-19 test?

Testing involves a swab of the lower nasal wall.  It is not invasive or painful.  The best way to reduce or avoid the need for COVID-19 testing is to become fully vaccinated.

Will we get the results of our weekly testing?

Yes, we will be utilizing rapid testing methods.  Community members being tested will be asked to wait 15 minutes following testing and will receive results at that time.

How are supervisors aware as to whether their unvaccinated/exempted employees are complying with testing?

CSUSB has established a contract relationship with a third-party testing provider.  While the testing is managed by the third-party provider, employees are provided with documentation containing the date/time they were tested.  Supervisors may request to review this documentation if they have reason to believe the employee is out of compliance. Employees are granted paid time to be tested.

Can a student, staff or faculty member get tested for COVID-19 at an offsite (non-CSUSB) testing center?

For those individuals who are required to complete weekly testing and who do not access campus regularly, COVID-19 testing results from an off-campus location can be uploaded using this form.  Free testing is provided at the Palm Desert and San Bernardino campuses.  Any costs associated with testing from an off-campus provider will be the responsibility of the person being tested and will not be covered by the University.

If I am taking all of my classes online am I still required to participate in the weekly testing requirement?

Yes, the weekly testing requirement is required for all members of the campus community who are not fully vaccinated or who have not submitted their self-certification.  Testing is available on the Palm Desert and San Bernardino campuses daily free of charge.  In addition, testing results obtained from an off-campus location can be uploaded using this form.  Any costs associated with testing from an off-campus provider will be the responsibility of the person being tested and will not be covered by the University.

Does the campus offer saliva-based COVID-19 testing?

Beginning October 5th saliva-based COVID-19 testing will be available on Wednesdays at both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses on a limited basis as supplies are available. Individuals seeking saliva-based testing will be required to refrain from eating, smoking, drinking or chewing gum at least an hour prior to being tested.

Once I return to school or work after recovering from the COVID-19 virus, do I need to resume weekly testing right away?

Regardless of your vaccination status, once you return to campus by meeting the requirements specified in the COVID-19 Prevention Plan, as long as you remain symptom free, the CDC recommends suspending your weekly testing for up to 90 days.  During this period, you will be considered in compliance with the campus testing policy.