Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Am I required to participate in surveillance testing if I am fully vaccinated?
As of June 1, weekly mandatory testing for vaccinated members of the campus community will not be required per updated SUNY guidance.
Vaccinated faculty and staff may opt out of the weekly testing by presenting proof of vaccination to Human Resources. A copy of your vaccination card, a screenshot of the New York State Excelsior app or other proof of vaccination may be emailed confidentially to Sara DeClemente-Hammoud at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can stop up in Human Resources (AD-242) to drop off your proof of vaccination.
Students may opt out of the weekly testing by presenting proof of vaccination to Decker Student Health Services. Proof should be uploaded via the patient portal.
Members of the campus community who are not vaccinated or who do not wish to share their vaccination status must still participate in weekly surveillance testing if they are physically reporting to campus for all or part of their obligation or are living on campus.
How frequently will I be tested?
Faculty and staff reporting to campus as well as students living on campus who are not vaccinated or who do not wish to share their vaccination status are expected to be tested weekly.
How will I know I am supposed to be tested?
Individuals will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to remind them to be tested weekly. All students, faculty and staff can register for appointments on a rolling basis using the following link: https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1113472.
Where do I find my testing date/time in the confirmation email?
Scroll down the email to the "Slot(s) Reserved" section.
How do I change my appointment time, reschedule for the next week and/or cancel my
Individuals are given a one-week window to schedule a testing appointment. The appointment can be rescheduled anytime during that week but the individual must get tested by the date indicated in the testing email.
Return to the page where you scheduled your original appointment. Click on "Cancel" to cancel your appointment. Click on "Register" to select a different date/time. The system allows only one time slot at a time, so by changing the time slot you are rescheduling your appointment.
Can I make one standing appointment at a day/time that carries over from week to week?
Individuals must make a new appointment every week. Schedules can change from week to week, so this will allow people the most flexibility with scheduling.
If I didn’t get an email with the link for testing, can I still get tested?
The testing site takes a limited number of walk-ins each day dependent on the capacity of the space.
Who is exempt from testing?
Exemptions granted during spring 2021 have expired. Exemptions from testing include the following:
- Campus members who are fully vaccinated (see above for instructions)
- Campus members who are not reporting to campus or living on campus for summer 2021
- Campus members who have tested positive in the last 90 days
Employee and Student Employee exemption request form: https://cglink.me/2eQ/s34016
On-campus student exemption request form: https://cglink.me/2eQ/s39198
What do I need to do if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days?
Students who have tested positive in the last 90 days should upload their test results to Decker Student Health Services patient portal.
Employees who are notified that they have tested positive must contact Sara DeClemente-Hammoud in Human Resources at 777-4939.
I was just tested at an off-campus testing site and received a negative result. Can
I submit my results in order to be exempt from on-campus testing?
No. Test results are valid for 24 hours, therefore you must report to on-campus testing during your assigned testing period.
How long will it take me to receive the results from my test? Where can I find my
You should receive a text message within 30 minutes of your test directing you to the myBinghamton portal to check your results. If you do not receive a text message, check this website. If your results are not there, email email@example.com for assistance.
Should I report for my surveillance test if I have COVID symptoms?
No. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should not report to the surveillance testing site. Instead you should contact Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221.
I’m self-isolating or quarantining because of an exposure to a positive individual.
Do I come in for surveillance testing?
If you are under mandatory quarantine by the Department of Health, you should not break quarantine for surveillance testing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
If you are choosing to self-isolate because you have heard you have been exposed but have not been contacted by the Department of Health, you should come in for testing if you are asymptomatic. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact Decker Student Health Services Center promptly; do not report to the surveillance site in the Union.
Is summer 2021 testing the same as spring 2021?
Yes. Summer testing uses the Abbott antigen test which is the same test used in the spring. This requires a short nasal swab that you administer yourself.
What happens if I test positive?
Individuals testing positive will be required to isolate for at least ten days, either at home or in designated isolation housing on campus (if the student lives on campus normally), as required by public health authorities. In addition, students will receive outreach from our campus team for guidance on managing the transition to isolation.
Because no individual can know if they will need to isolate or quarantine, students are encouraged to plan ahead — have some favorite snacks ready, keep up with laundry and have a plan. Find out more information about how to prepare online.