Diagnostic testing

Diagnostic testing

On-campus and off-campus residing students who have any symptom of COVID-19 should contact the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) during the first day they are ill, even if symptoms are mild. These students will be tested. Because DSHSC only performs diagnostic testing, it is critical that only students with symptoms request a test

Students have two options for requesting a diagnostic test:

  • Symptomatic students can call DSHSC to make an appointment from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday and from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday (Weekend hours are for diagnostic COVID-19 testing only).
  • Students who want a COVID test but are having mild symptoms and do not want to see a medical provider to evaluate their illness can make an appointment at the Satellite Diagnostic Testing Site via the student patient portal.
    • Before arriving for an appointment, students should fill out the form in the Upcoming Appointments section of the patient portal.
    • The test will be collected at an exterior walk-up window between the University Union and the Engineering Building. If no appointments are available at the Satellite Diagnostic Testing Site, students should call DSHSC at 607-777-2221 to make an appointment for a test.
    • Students will receive their test results via a phone call from the nurse at the Satellite Diagnostic Testing Site within one hour of being tested.
    • A hard copy of test results may be requested by sending a secure message to the provider "OnlineNurs" in the student patient portal. You will receive a copy of your lab result by return secure message within 5–7 days.

Symptomatic students are expected to isolate until their test results are known, at which time they will be instructed on next steps. Students living on campus who test positive may isolate at home or in designated spaces on campus, following all instructions and guidelines issued by the University and Broome County Health Department until they are cleared to resume usual activities. 

Off-campus students testing positive will isolate either at home or in their off-campus residence. They will be contacted by the Broome County Health Department for case investigation and case tracing. Contacts in need of quarantining will be identified through this process. Visit the Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.

For more information about testing, view the diagnostic testing FAQ page.

After-hours care

When DSHSC is closed, medical care is available to students at several off-campus urgent care walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.

Privacy statement

As a student submitting to a COVID-19 test for the purpose of detection of COVID-19, you have the right to be assured of the confidential treatment of disclosures and records and to have the opportunity to approve or refuse the release of such information except when release of specific information is required by law or is necessary to safeguard you or the University community. All COVID-19 test results, positive or negative, are required to be reported to the New York State Department of Health. 

If you have concerns about privacy, please tell us. We want, expect and need your feedback. For concerns regarding medical care, please contact the Medical Director at 607-777-2221. If you feel the issue is not resolved, you may appeal to the University’s privacy compliance officer — Office of University Counsel, Binghamton University, AD-614, Binghamton, New York, 13902-6000. Complaints may also be registered at the U.S. Office of Civil Rights N.Y. Office at 1- 800-368-1019; TDD: 1-800-537-7697.