Testing remains an important component of our strategy to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus. 

Middlebury’s COVID-19 testing program will be evaluated and adjusted if needed. We will take into consideration the latest guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, among other factors.

Required Prearrival Testing

PCR Test Requirement
All students (except those recently recovered from COVID-19 as described below), regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test (also known as a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)) that was taken within 72 hours of their arrival. PCR tests are NAATs. Antigen testing is not a NAAT and would not be considered a valid pre-arrival test. Students should verify with their test location that the test they are using is a NAAT.taken within three days (72 hours) before their arrival. Proof of your negative result must be provided in paper copy form, physically presented upon arrival at the Arrival Center in Virtue Field House (“Virtue”) or to your program leader or coach (if you are preapproved for early arrival). In instances where test results take longer than 72 hours to receive, bring proof that you have taken a prearrival PCR test. You will be required to enter room quarantine until you receive a negative result. 

Positive Test Result Procedure
If you receive a positive result from your prearrival test, do not come to campus. Immediately contact Health Services at 802-443-3290, and they will advise you of your options. This is a necessary measure given the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 worldwide.

Recent Exposure
If you have been exposed to someone who you know or believe has COVID-19 in the last 10 days, or who is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Immediately contact Health Services for further instructions at 802-443-3290.

Recently Recovered Students
Students who have recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus via a PCR test in the 90 days before arrival on campus are not subject to testing or quarantine requirements. These students must contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 to provide them with documentation of the positive test result and test date. Health Services staff must give clearance for students to return to campus. The clearance documentation from Health Services must be provided in lieu of a negative PCR test result upon arrival at the Arrival Center in Virtue. 

Airline Requirements for International Travelers
Currently, per the CDC, all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before they board a flight to the United States. Students traveling internationally may use this negative test result for their campus prearrival test. 

If You Experience Significant Delay in Receiving Prearrival Test Results
Students who have been in room quarantine on campus for five days (120 hours) and who have not received their 72-hour prearrival test results may take a second test through Health Services. Results that are delayed eight or more days indicate that there may have been a problem with the specimen. Students will be released from in-room quarantine when they receive results from one of the tests. Should one or more of the test results come back positive, that student will receive support from Health Services to initiate isolation housing and care. Students are responsible for reporting positive test results from their prearrival test to Health Services directly at 802-443-3290 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and engaging go/MiddTelehealth after hours.

  • First-year students arriving on September 6 who have not received their results may leave room quarantine to take a test at the Virtue Arrival Center between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on September 11.
  • All other students should call Health Services at 802-443-3290 to schedule a test.

Arrival Testing

The following individuals will require arrival testing, which is in addition to the prearrival testing referenced above:

  • Students who travel to campus from outside the United States, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Students who are unvaccinated. “Unvaccinated” means individuals who have not received their full dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine two weeks prior to arrival, students with medical or religious exemptions, or students who received a foreign-government-approved or EUA vaccine as described below:
    • Gam-COVID-Vac (SputnikV/Gamaleya Institute), OR
    • NVX-CoV2373 (NovaVax), OR
    • CanSinoBio Ad5-nCoV.

Individuals who have received these vaccines should contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 for guidance on receiving an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine and follow guidance for unvaccinated students, including testing and room quarantine, during the arrival period.

Arrival Testing for Fully Vaccinated Students Traveling from an International Point of Origin

Proceed directly to the Arrival Center in Virtue Field House (“Virtue”) with a printed copy of your negative prearrival PCR COVID-19 test result. You will be given a COVID-19 PCR test and instructions for scheduling two follow-up tests. You will then be checked into your room and will gain access to your touchpad code. 

Students who received clearance from Health Services demonstrating that they tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered within 90 days prior to arrival must provide proof of clearance at the Arrival Center. These students will not be subject to arrival testing, and they will be checked into their rooms.  

Room quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated students.  

Arrival Testing and Room Quarantine for Unvaccinated Students, Regardless of Point of Origin

This includes those who are less than two weeks past their final dose, those who were administered vaccines that are not approved for emergency use by the FDA or World Health Organization (WHO), and those with religious or medical exemptions, regardless of point of origin.

Proceed directly to the Arrival Center in Virtue Field House, where you will present a printed copy of your negative PCR COVID-19 test result and be scheduled for an arrival test and two follow-up tests. If applicable, you will produce a printed copy of clearance from Health Services demonstrating that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered within 90 days prior to arrival. 

After completing the arrival process, students will proceed directly to their rooms and complete a seven-day room quarantine. Although they will be tested on Day 7, they may be released from quarantine after seven days assuming that all of their previous test results are negative and they have no symptoms. During quarantine you may only leave your room to go to the dining hall to pick up a grab-and-go meal and participate in the September 3 COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus or receive your vaccination locally, if either of those options are part of your vaccination plan. During quarantine, you are required to wear a face covering any time you are inside and not attending to personal hygiene needs in the bathroom, or in your dorm room alone or with your roommate. Quarantining students arriving on or after September 6 should contact their faculty members to make academic arrangements until released to attend classes.

Those who tested positive and recovered within 90 days of arrival will be exempted from arrival testing or additional testing that week, and they do not need to quarantine. 

Fully Vaccinated Students Arriving from a Domestic Point of Origin

Fully vaccinated students must proceed directly to the Arrival Center in Virtue and provide a printed copy of their negative PCR COVID-19 test result or, if applicable, clearance from Health Services (if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered within the last 90 days). You will then be checked into your room and gain access to your touchpad code. There are no other arrival testing or quarantine requirements at this time.

Arrival Test Results

Results from arrival testing will be available approximately 36 hours after the test is administered. Students who are tested on campus will be informed as follows:

  • If the test result is negative, individuals will receive an email from CareEvolve@LKNotification.com with the subject “Lab results available from your provider—Confirm Registration” with instructions for how to access your results. Individuals expecting a result should always check their email spam or junk mail folders.
  • If the test result is positive, Health Services will contact the individual directly to notify them of the positive result and provide instructions.
  • If the test result comes back as “insufficient sample,” Health Services will contact the individual to inform them that they need to be retested. An insufficient sample is not an indicator that the test result might be positive; it simply means that another sample is needed.

Symptom-Based Testing

Students with symptoms should contact Health Services, and all testing should be performed through Health Services. Tests at other locations (e.g., a rapid antigen test or a PCR test at a local drugstore) can make it difficult for Health Services to track positive results, conduct contact tracing, and implement quarantine and isolation procedures. When a student has symptoms that indicate a COVID-19 test should be performed, a PCR test will be administered through Health Services, and the student will receive instructions to self-isolate until results are known. The College does not accept antigen tests as diagnostic, or proof of whether an individual has COVID-19. Only PCR test results will be accepted. Thus, students who, for example, receive a positive antigen test result from another location must notify Health Services and will need to take a PCR test as well. 

If a student receives a positive test result, Health Services will contact the student directly to notify them and provide support and isolation housing instructions. Contact tracing will be initiated. 

If a faculty or staff member has symptoms that could be COVID-19, they should remain at home and contact their healthcare provider for guidance, regardless of vaccination status. The employee must remain off-campus until test results are received and they are cleared by their healthcare provider. If the healthcare provider does not recommend a test, the employee should follow their guidance as to when they may safely return to work.

If a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should consult with their healthcare provider regardless of vaccination status and isolate in accordance with state of Vermont and CDC guidance. They must notify Human Resources. The Vermont Department of Health will be notified and contact tracing will commence. The employee may not return to work on campus until they are cleared by the Vermont Department of Health and their healthcare provider.

Exposure-Related Testing

If a faculty member, staff member, or student is identified as a close contact of a positive case through contact tracing, the Vermont Department of Health and/or Health Services will determine the requirements for quarantining and monitoring for symptoms. 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts may not be required to quarantine as long as they do not develop symptoms. They will be required to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and wear face coverings in public indoor settings for 14 days following exposure to the positive case. They must also get tested five to seven days following the exposure.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should expect to quarantine for 14 days, or until they receive a negative Day 7 test result. Students living on campus or in other College-provided housing (e.g., Bread Loaf, Inn on the Green, or the Marriott) will quarantine either in their rooms or in designated quarantine housing, as advised by Health Services. Students living in off-campus housing should quarantine in their residence. 

Students in isolation and quarantine will continue to be supported by health, counseling, and residential life staff. 

Targeted Dynamic Testing and Surveillance Testing

Decisions about testing—including how often and how many students or employees are tested throughout the semester—will be informed by the health conditions of Addison County and Vermont, campus health conditions, and applicable guidance or requirements.

Based on CDC and Vermont guidance, we will conduct limited targeted dynamic testing (sometimes referred to as surveillance testing) for asymptomatic students, as required for such activities as travel and competition. Other testing during the semester may occur if required or as necessary based on local and regional health conditions. Individuals selected for testing will be notified and scheduling information and instructions will be provided. Participation in testing is mandatory.

Test Results

Results from testing on campus will be available approximately 36 hours after the test is administered. Individuals who are tested on campus will be informed as follows:

  • If the test result is negative, individuals will receive an email from CareEvolve@LKNotification.com with the subject “Lab results available from your provider—Confirm Registration” with instructions for how to access your results. Individuals expecting a result should always check their email spam or junk mail folders.
  • If the test result is positive, Health Services (students) or Human Resources (employees) will contact the individual directly to notify them of the positive result and provide instructions.
  • If the test result comes back as “insufficient sample,” Health Services (students) or COVIDTesting@middlebury.edu (employees) will contact the individual to inform them that they need to be retested. An insufficient sample is not an indicator that the test result might be positive; it simply means that another sample is needed.

Individuals will be required to give permission to the College to disclose the results of their tests and their compliance with the testing procedures—but no other health information—to public health authorities and relevant Middlebury offices. Except as otherwise permitted or required by law, Middlebury will not disclose an individual’s COVID-19 test results to their families, emergency contacts, or anyone else except to facilitate contact tracing, treatment, or infection control on campus, or for other public health purposes. Whenever possible, Middlebury will use test results without names or identifiers.