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COVID-19 Testing at AU

This is your guide to COVID-19 testing at AU, including the testing schedule. Please note: The schedule changes regularly! Two weeks are posted at a time. Check it before going to your test site.

Questions about testing? Jump to the FAQs below the Testing Schedule.

Testing Requirements

Testing is available to students, staff and faculty at the testing facility in Constitution Hall. 

  • All community members with a physical presence on campus are required to test no later than 48 hours of your return to campus during the spring semester. (That means 48 hours of the first time you come to campus - whether to live on campus, visit the library, go to the office, etc.)As our Covid testing is available now, we strongly encourage anyone who is in the DC/MD/VA area to complete their testing as soon as possible. This will ensure you receive your results on time and avoid the potential long lines closer to January 31 date. Testing must be done at AU using our PCR testing. If you previously tested positive within the last 90 days, you are exempt from testing. If you tested positive during break or off-campus, please submit a self-report by using the Self Report Dashboard (AU login required) in the AU Forward portal.
  • Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff with approved religious or medical exemptions: testing is required twice per week with 48 hours between the two tests.
  • Community members with possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Community members identified as close contacts of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19:  testing is required 3-5 days post exposure.

Testing Schedule
Faculty, Staff, and Students

For January 17- February 4
Constitution Hall (on East Campus)

Testing is ongoing throughout the semester; this schedule is updated biweekly. Walk-in only. Do not eat, drink, chew, smoke or vape for one hour before testing. Remember to bring a smart phone or tablet.

Any changes made to the testing schedule due to inclement weather will be included in the University Alert.

Monday, January 17
CLOSED
Tuesday, January 18
8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday, January 19
8:00am-6:00pm
Thursday, January 20
8:00am-6:00pm
Friday, January 21
8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, January 22
9:00am-1:00pm
Monday, January 24
8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday, January 25
8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday, January 26
8:00am-6:00pm
Thursday, January 27
8:00am-6:00pm
Friday, January 28
8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, January 29
9:00am-1:00pm
Monday, January 31
8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday, February 1
8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday, February 2
8:00am-6:00pm
Thursday, February 3
8:00am-6:00pm
Friday, February 4
8:00am-6:00pm

Washington College of Law Testing
Capital Terrace CT02

Monday, Janury 17
CLOSED
Tuesday, January 18
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Wednesday, January 19
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Thursday, January 20
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Friday, January 21
10:00am-12:00pm
Monday, Janury 24
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Tuesday, January 25
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Wednesday, January 26
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Thursday, January 27
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Friday, January 28
10:00am-12:00pm
Monday, Janury 31
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Tuesday, February 1
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Wednesday, February 2
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Thursday, February 3
10:00am-1:00pm, 2 pm-6 pm
Friday, February 4
10:00am-12:00pm

4401 Connecticut Avenue
Black Box Theater

Tuesday, January 18
9:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, January 19
9:30am-3:00pm
Thursday, January 20
9:30am-11:30am
Tuesday, January 25
9:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, January 26
9:30am-3:00pm
Thursday, January 27
9:30am-11:30am
Tuesday, February 1
9:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, February 2
9:30am-3:00pm
Thursday, February 3
9:30am-11:30am

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Taking the Test

Using the Safer Community App

Getting Your Test Results on the Safer Community App

Taking the Test

How do I prepare to test?

Download the Safer Community app from your smart phone's app store. Check the schedule above for your category – student, faculty/staff or contract worker – and go to the site, bringing your phone. 

Remember: You cannot have anything to eat, drink, or chew for one hour prior to testing. This includes brushing your teeth, chewing gum, taking medications, smoking, vaping, or drinking water. 

You must be well-hydrated to produce sufficient saliva for this saliva-based test. Although you can't consume anything in the hour immediately before the test, please make sure to hydrate in the days and hours just prior to that. You will need to be able to fill the tube with clear liquid (no bubbles) — and the trick to doing that is being well hydrated!

Do I need an app to test?

Yes, you must use the Safer Community app to check into the test site and receive results and information. 

How often must I test?

  • Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff with approved religious or medical exemptions: testing is required twice per week with 48 hours between the two tests.
  • Vaccinated students: testing is required if you are symptomatic.
  • student-athletes have specific requirements.

Using the Safer Community App

What is the Safer Community App?

The Safer Community app is how you submit tests and receive results. It will also tell you if you are cleared to enter campus facilities, if you need to isolate, what the next steps will be if you test positive, remind you when you need to test, and provide more information you’ll need.

It is used at other universities and in Washington, DC, but your app will be tailored to AU and to you.

How do I get the app and set it up?

Safer Community is available for both iPhone and Android. It’s found in the app store of both platforms.There is no charge to download or use this app. 

To download, go to - 

To log in/ start setup:

  • Launch the Safer Community app, and tap “Get Started”.
  • Enter your AU email address (username@american.edu) so the app can match you to AU’s testing community. Please do not enter a phone number, as it will not be recognized.
  • The app then opens an AU branded login page. Login using your AU Username (NOT full email) and password. 
    • Example: ab1234a; not ab1234a@american.edu
  • Acknowledge opening prompts/user agreements  
  • Save your encryption key (may prompt for access to camera/files)
    • The encryption key is a secure means to access your historical test data if you reinstall the app or move to a new device. Treat this like you would a password – store it in a secure place and don't share! 
  • Fill in your personal info
    • Before your COVID test, first-time users must enter their personal information. Log into the app and follow directions.  (It will tell you to scroll to the “Your Account” section and select “Personal Information.” Then select “Update My Personal Information" and enter it. Be sure to use a local address in the DMV - DC, Maryland or Virginia). 

Need more information? See the Help Desk (Knowledge Base) article, Getting started with the Safer Community app.

Where can I read more about this partnership and Shield T3 testing?

More information about Shield T3 testing and AU's leadership in this innovative region-wide partnership, the underlying science, and AU’s leadership role in helping to keep our broader community safe.

Getting Your Test Results on the Safer Community App

How do I get results?

Check your app. You will receive a notification when test results are available. On the home screen of the app tap View Health History and it will display your latest results.

You will receive the results on the app. Results will not be emailed.

For detailed instructions, see this Help Desk (Knowledge Base) article, How do I take a COVID-19 test or get my results with the Safer Community app?

When will I receive the results?

Generally within 24 hours of testing. You will receive them on the app. 

Looking for More Information?

AU's Health & Safety Procedures and Coronavirus Response: More details about AU's coronavirus response, health and safety protocols, COVID-19 testing and links to policy directives can be found here.

How to prepare for your covid-19 test - don't eat, drink, smoke, vape, chew (including gum) or brush teeth for one hour before text; do bring your smart phone or ltablet; do check schedule and location. All sympatomatic testing is walk-in.