Important January Move-In Requirements

December 4, 2020

Dear Friends:

Westminster College hopes you have a wonderfully refreshing holiday break. The college encourages you to take the time to rest up from a rigorous and unique term. The college also encourages you to practice good COVID-19 behaviors around whomever you are with during the break. Keep wearing your mask, practice good social distancing, and wash your hands often. This will be helpful for your health and safety while taking good care of those you love. Westminster has prepared the following information to help you plan and prepare for your return to campus in January. Please review the contents and keep it handy for the coming weeks. 

State of Utah Testing Requirements for College Students

The state of Utah changed their January 1  testing requirement of college students to apply only at private institutions with more than 10,000 students. While the state testing mandate no longer applies to Westminster, the college will continue to make your health and the health of our community a top priority. Regular COVID-19 testing will continue on campus during Spring Semester 2021. Westminster students must adhere to the testing protocols, which includes submitting a negative test prior to moving into the residence halls.   

COVID-19 Testing Requirement

The residence halls open for move-in on January 11 and 12. You will receive an email by Wednesday, December 9, confirming your arrival time. All residential students must complete a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), Antigen FIA test, or PCR test  120 hours prior to moving into the residence halls. Students are required to upload test results to the COVID-19  test form  found in eRezlife. Residents will not be able to access the halls with ID cards without completing the form and submitting test results. 

Testing sites are available across the country at community-based testing sites (many free of charge). You may also ask your primary care physician. You may need to tell them that you are required to be tested by your college. We recognize that it may not be possible for all students to get a test in advance. 

For those traveling from out of state or from outside the Salt Lake City area who are unable to get a test prior to arriving, please schedule a test at  Student Health Services. Student Health Services will have a limited number of appointments available on your arrival day.

If you are currently living in the Salt Lake area and cannot get a test at an off-campus location, please call to schedule a time to visit Student Health Services beginning Jan. 4, 2021

If your travel plans include flying, we recommend that you practice quarantine-like health and safety precautions when you return to the residence halls. This would include wearing a mask inside the hall and your room when you are around other people. Please also wash your hands often and practice good cleaning procedures around your personal living spaces.

Testing at Student Health Services

To schedule a test on campus, please call Student Health Services at 801.832.2241 or 801.832.2239. Make sure to leave your name and phone number. You will receive a call back to schedule your appointment. You may also email, but phone call scheduling is preferred. 

The test itself will take approximately 20 minutes. You must complete the following steps before you arrive at Student Health Services for your testing appointment:

  1. Print out forms and complete them before coming to campus for your test
  2. Create a barcode with your student ID number. Print out and attach it to your COVID Form in the box that says "attach barcode here."

Keep in mind: After you get tested, you must practice quarantine-like behaviors: stay home; avoid public places; when leaving home for essential duties keep physical distance (6 feet away from people); wear a mask.

Testing at Locations in Utah

Visit Utah's coronavirus webpage to find testing locations throughout the state. You may need to tell them that you are required by your college to get tested. For your convenience, here is a list of locations providing testing without symptoms:

  1. First Med Urgent has 5 locations in Utah. Use their location finder to find one near you.
  2. Walgreens in Taylorsville at 4668 S. Redwood Road—call 801.967.4942.
  3. Sugar House Health Center, 1280 East Stringham Ave., Salt Lake City. Testing hours vary based on patient needs and available staff, and testing is unavailable on holidays. Call 801.587.0712 or call toll free at 844.747.9325 to schedule an appointment.