Durham Campus: Fall Semester Arrival COVID-19 Testing

August 10, 2021


Dear Members of the Durham Community—

The beginning of the fall semester is fast approaching, and we are writing with important information about COVID-19 testing, vaccination status and Wildcat Pass. Please read this message in its entirety.

Pre-arrival testing is not required, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends testing prior to domestic travel for unvaccinated individuals. All students, faculty and staff are required to participate in arrival testing even if they have been on campus over the summer and will also be required to test through the month of September. UNH is a diverse community with individuals coming from all over the world and this will provide a baseline look at infection.

All arrival testing will be done at the Whittemore Center (Whitt). Again, all students, faculty and staff are required to go to the Whitt in person to participate in arrival testing, pick up a supply of test kits and get their September testing schedule. If you are fully vaccinated, please upload your card NOW at the secure and confidential portal to avoid lines and streamline your arrival testing and test kit pickup.

ARRIVAL TESTING (go the first available time after you arrive on campus):

  • Monday, Aug. 16-Friday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (employees and contractors encouraged this week to avoid long waits)
  • Monday, Aug. 23-Sunday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week  
    • The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available Aug. 27-31 at the Whitt. No appointment is necessary.  
    • Students living in campus housing are scheduled to pick up their kits and do arrival testing Aug. 27-29; anyone not living on campus should avoid those days as wait times could be high.
  • Monday, Aug. 30-Friday, Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Before you go to the Whittemore Center for arrival testing:

  • Sign into your Wildcat Pass (WCP). The WCP is used to show if you are following UNH’s COVID testing procedures. If it is in deny status you will not be able to access on-campus buildings until the issue is resolved. Save the website to your phone or download the UNH Mobile app for easy access.
  • Complete or update your my profile and consent to testing
  • Students only: sign the Wildcat pledge (recommended but not required for employees)

***Your WCP will show a warning every time you log in until the steps above have been completed. If no action is taken by Tuesday, Sept. 7, your WCP will become invalid.  

At the Whittemore Center for arrival testing and kit pickup: 

  • Wear a mask
  • Show your Wildcat Pass—valid or invalid—to get your testing kits  
  • Have your vaccine card if it has not yet been approved through the Health & Wellness portal  
  • Leave others in your party outside (if you are under 18 please bring one legal guardian with you)
  • Drop your arrival test before leaving the Whitt

If needed, parking will be available in the Edgewood Road and Elliott Alumni Center lots only. ADA parking is in the back corner of the alumni lot closest to the Whitt. 

Testing for September:

  • If you have not uploaded a vaccine card: same frequency as last year, two times a week for students, once a week for employees and contractors
  • If you have uploaded your vaccine card and it is approved: once every other week or more frequently on a voluntary basis

Additional information:

  • The testing office in the Memorial Union Building will be closed Monday, Aug. 16-Friday, Sept. 17; all kit pickups will be at the Whittemore Center through Sept. 17.
  • To be considered fully vaccinated you need to be two weeks post your final injection and have uploaded your vaccine card; approval takes two to three business days. 
  • If you are not vaccinated and will be on campus less than twice a week you can request to test weekly.
  • If you are not going to be on campus or in the Durham community at all, you may request to fully opt out of testing. If approved, your WCP will be in deny status.  
  • If you have opted out of testing in past semesters and wish to continue to opt out of testing, you will need to opt out again for Fall 2021. You are enrolled until your opt out request is approved
  • Any labels printed prior to summer 2021 are no longer valid; bring all kits and labels you have with you to the Whitt.

Thank you for your support of our efforts to keep every member of our community safe. We will continue to monitor testing and vaccination data as well as CDC guidance, and will adjust accordingly.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to campus. Let’s all work together to make this a great fall!

Paul Dean
Chief of Police/Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management
Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee

Marian McCord
Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement, and Outreach
Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee