- Jessica Jalal
Mandatory UNT Testing
The University of North Texas continues to implement safety measures to keep campus and in-person classes open for the Fall semester.
It was announced back in August that UNT would participate in mandatory testing just after the Denton mask mandate was released. This meant that all UNT students, faculty, and staff must get tested for COVID-19 at designated intervals throughout the year. The only way to opt out of testing was if you were fully vaccinated. Proof is required for both by uploading either your vaccination record or your test results before the deadline for each interval. You can submit these documents at healthalerts.unt.edu. If you received a positive test result, then you must notify the UNT contact tracing team by emailing email@example.com and they will instruct you on what to do.
Testing is quick and you can have your results available in 20 minutes. There are three testing locations on campus. Those include the Student Health and Wellness Center in Chestnut Hall, a Curative kiosk outside Goolsby Chapel, and room 381 at the University Union. The Union is open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The Student Health and Wellness Center is open 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Fridays. The kiosk outside Goolsby Chapel is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday- Friday. You can walk up or book an appointment online.
The first testing interval ended on September 20th and there was an 81% participation rate from students and 90% from faculty and staff. Furthermore 54% of students reported they were vaccinated and 73% of faculty and staff, which is higher than the state and county averages. The students that did not comply with mandatory testing must go through the student conduct process, which could result in a loss of university privileges, suspension, or expulsion. An email will be sent on the next testing interval, but that doesn’t mean you can throw away your mask just yet as masks are still highly recommended in classes and on campus.