Faculty and Staff Access to COVID Testing Resources

Dear Colleagues:

As a follow up to the July 28 message regarding fall 2022 public health guidelines, we are writing today to share additional information associated with COVID testing resources accessible to faculty and staff throughout the fall semester.

Accessing At-Home COVID Test Kits

The University has a large supply of at-home COVID test kits, which will be accessible to faculty and staff ahead of the start of the fall semester. The specific details are as follows:

  • All faculty and staff working in-person on our main campus, as well as those working in-person from our New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles campuses, will have access to four free test kits at the start of the semester.
  • Test kits will be available for pickup at various locations across our main campus and will be distributed centrally to faculty and staff working from our New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles facilities.
  • Beyond the four free test kits available to faculty and staff working in-person on campus, the University will make additional test kits available at a highly subsidized cost of $1/per test kit.
  • These additional test kits will be accessible via vending machines that are currently being installed at the following locations across campus:
    • Schine Student Center
    • Goldstein Student Center
    • Barnes Center at The Arch
    • Dineen Hall
    • Life Sciences Complex
    • The Mount
  • These vending machines will accept a variety of payment options, including cash and credit/debit cards.
  • Faculty and staff are also reminded that free at-home tests are currently available from the federal government.
  • Finally, in addition to making at-home test kits readily available to faculty and staff, the University will also continue the past practice of providing access to COVID-19 testing at no cost through our health-related plans. Information regarding University coverage for testing can be located on the University’s COVID-19 Testing Coverage page.

Next week you will receive additional information directly from your dean, unit leader or supervisor that describes when, where and how you can access the four free test kits available to those working in-person on campus.

As always, we will continue to monitor COVID-related conditions on our campus and in our community and communicate any changes to our public health guidelines as necessary. We appreciate your continued commitment to the well-being of our campus community and neighbors.


J. Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation

Andrew R. Gordon
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer