Mandatory Testing Program

This page is updated as new information becomes available. Last updated: 6/1/2022.


The mandatory testing program is no longer in effect as of June 1, 2022. At this time, all COVID-19 testing for UTSA students, faculty and staff is voluntary.

In the event local pandemic conditions necessitate the mandatory testing program's return, the Roadrunner community will be notified.

Who Must Get Tested:

The mandatory testing program is now in effect and will continue through the end of the spring semester. The program is no longer in effect as of 6/1/2022.

For the duration of the program, all students, faculty and staff who meet the following criteria must be tested for COVID-19:

1. If they have symptoms1 of COVID-19, or

2. If they have had a high-risk exposure2 to COVID-19

Please Note:
The mandatory testing program only requires testing for individuals who meet the criteria outlined above. It does not require regularly scheduled, asymptomatic testing. If you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have not recently had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19, you do not need to get tested.

When to Get Tested:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
Get tested right away, regardless of vaccination status.
If you had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19, and you:
  • Are boosted,
  • Completed the primary series of your COVID-19 vaccine within the last:
    • 6 months (Moderna)
    • 5 months (Pfizer)
    • 2 months (J&J)
  • Get tested 5 days following the exposure,
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Are unvaccinated
  • Are not boosted and completed the primary series of your COVID-19 vaccine more than:
    • 6 months ago (Moderna)
    • 5 months ago (Pfizer)
    • 2 months ago (J&J)
  • Get tested 5 days following the exposure,
  • Quarantine for 5 days following the exposure,
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and have fully recovered
  • If asymptomatic, no testing needed
  • Get tested if symptoms develop


 Reminder: Report Your COVID-19 Test!

Use the COVID-19 Case Report to report your COVID-19 symptoms, exposure and/or test result.

Where to Get Tested:

Roadrunners can get tested at any testing location that is most convenient for them.

It is highly recommended to get tested at a UTSA-affiliated testing location, as these options are free for Roadrunners, offer a quick turnaround time for results, and enable the UTSA COVID-19 Response Team to efficiently respond to positive tests and provide guidance.


 View Testing Locations

Which Test to Get:

A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) molecular test is required for the mandatory testing program. The recommended testing locations all provide PCR tests. If you do not get tested at one of these locations, be sure to use a testing provider that offers PCR testing.

Rapid antigen tests (e.g. BinaxNOW) are less sensitive than PCR tests, and a negative result from an antigen test does not necessarily rule out COVID-19 infection. Per CDC and Texas DSHS recommendations, a negative antigen test should be followed by a confirmatory molecular test for individuals who are symptomatic or have had a high-risk exposure to a confirmed positive case.


1COVID-19 Symptoms
Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms can vary for each person and include one or more of the following: congestion or runny nose, fever/chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, muscle or body aches, diarrhea, and/or new loss of taste or smell.

2High-Risk Exposure
High-risk exposures are defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a combined total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. Household contacts generally constitute a high-risk exposure and meet above criteria.