On Jan. 15, Human Resources sent the notice below to faculty and staff. Updated April 2021 regarding testing of fully vaccinated employees.

January 15, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! We hope you have all enjoyed the break, and are eager for students to return to campus. As we prepare for their return, there are several important things to keep in mind. Please take some time to carefully read this message for detailed instructions about the upcoming all-employee testing process. Please know, we are grateful for your continued commitment to the health and safety of the Sewanee community.

Thank you and take care. 

Human Resources


When will employees be tested?

Much like last semester, all employees engaged in on campus activities will be required to test prior to the return of students. Employee testing will take place next Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 20 to 22, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Where should I go on my scheduled testing day?

You should report to the Fowler Center for your COVID-19 test. Please follow the directional signs for where to line up, enter the building, etc. Staff and volunteers will be there to help make sure things run smoothly.

What time should I arrive?

In a manner similar to last semester, Human Resources is currently scheduling employees for their testing appointments. You will receive an email in the coming days indicating your scheduled testing date and time. Please note that a rescheduling function will be available in that email should you not be on campus or be otherwise unavailable during your scheduled time

IMPORTANT: What should I bring with me?
  • You are required to sign this waiver prior to testing. Please print it and bring a completed, signed copy with you on the day of your test. 
  • You must also bring your Employee ID card with you. Its barcode will be scanned to record your testing specimen as being submitted to our lab.
  • If you have received a positive COVID-19 test result from a lab or organization other than the University, please bring documentation of the test result with you to the testing site so our Public Health officers may evaluate it. 
What will testing be like?

Good news: No more spitting! The new Sewanee Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory uses a self-administered nasal swab test that will take you less than a minute to complete. The nasal swab goes about ¾ inch into each nostril and the process is quick and easy. There is also no need to fast before testing, so feel free to eat or drink beforehand! Please take a few minutes to watch the Sewanee Tiger demonstrate the test.

What if I have already tested positive in the past?

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test within 90 days of your scheduled testing, contact Public Health at publichealth@sewanee.edu to receive appropriate guidance concerning this testing event.

What if I have been vaccinated?

If you have been vaccinated, please email a copy of your vaccination record to publichealth@sewanee.edu. They will make the determination about whether you need to test.

Update April 2021: Employees who have received the full vaccine series, and are at least two weeks past their last shot, no longer need to be tested.

How long will it take to receive my results?

Our new Sewanee diagnostic lab will be processing tests this semester, and results will be available in approximately four hours. 

How will I receive my results?

For this first test of the semester, your results—whether negative or positive—will be communicated via email. Should you be asked to test again later in the semester, Public Health will continue the practice of notifying by phone only those who test positive.

IMPORTANT: Reminder of Health Policies & Practices

The COVID-19 Interim Policies for Employees are still in effect. Please re-familiarize yourself with these policies.

Don’t forget the 3W’s remain our most powerful tool to combat the spread of this disease. As the number of cases continues to rise in our region, please remember to practice the 3W’s: Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance.