The University of Pittsburgh requires vaccination to protect the health and safety of the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Pitt considers it the responsibility of individuals who are exempt to comply with mandatory weekly testing, made possible through a partnership with Quest Diagnostics and available at no cost to Pitt community members. If you have already received a COVID-19 vaccine, please submit proof of your vaccination.

Unvaccinated or undisclosed individuals are required by the University to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test between Monday-Saturday, every week of the term.

If you're participating in weekly COVID-19 testing, swab on Sunday, mail/drop and order a new kit on Monday.

If you have missed a Monday order date, please go to the on-campus testing location for asymptomatic testing this week. Advance registration is required. Please order a test kit for next week immediately so that you are prepared for future weekly requirements.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Pitt's policy on mandatory COVID-19 testing.

How to Order a Quest Test

Step one

  • For students: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address. Students living on campus should order their Quest testing kit to their residence hall mail room.
  • For faculty and staff: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address.

Step two

You have 48 hours to order your Quest test after being invited to do so. Follow the instructions carefully on the testing kit to conduct an unobserved self-swab and mail it back to Quest. Campus drop-off locations are listed below.

Returning samples to Quest without requisitions in them delays test results. Make sure to follow all instructions carefully. Put the requisition form in the side of your plastic bag that contains your completed test vial before returning it to Quest.

The average turnaround time for Quest tests is currently about 24 hours after the specimen is received at the lab. You can access your test results through your MyQuest account. Student health service on your campus or MyHealth@Work will also receive the test results.

If you have questions about the Quest test kit:

Toll-free line: 855-324-7472
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday - Friday
After hours: 866-MYQUEST (866-697-8378) Select “patient”

On-Campus Quest Test Drop-Off Locations

Bradford: Commons Building, Information Desk

Greensburg: Chambers Hall, Information Desk

Johnstown: Student Union, Office of Health and Counseling Services

Pittsburgh: O’Hara Student Center during testing hours (noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through the summer). If you need to return a Quest test when the testing area is not open, please drop your at-home test in the bin in the lobby of the O'Hara Student Center near the testing room doors.

Possible outcomes

  • Negative result: You should NOT consider a negative result permission to stop mitigating. Current public health guidance suggests that unvaccinated people should: Wear a mask whenever in the presence of those not in your household, especially indoor.  Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and those around you. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. Avoid indoor dining at every opportunity, as it is one of the riskiest things you can do as an unvaccinated individual. Practice good hand hygiene. Limit participation in in-person activities to the greatest extent possible.
  • Positive result: You will need to isolate for 10 days followed by a negative test result. Please follow up with student health service on your campus or MyHealth@Work if you test positive through mandatory weekly Quest testing.
  • Inconclusive result: You will need to reorder a test kit ASAP and submit another sample.
  • No submission of test: You will receive a series of reminders. Any unvaccinated person who fails to comply with mandatory weekly testing will be referred to Student Conduct or Human Resources.

At any time, you may upload your vaccination card to be removed from the mandatory testing list.

Building Access Status Self-Check Application

Reestablishing building access via Pitt I.D. can sometimes be delayed as individuals become compliant with University health requirements, either through weekly COVID-19 testing or the end of a quarantine or isolation period.  The Building Access Status Self-Check Application was designed to provide approval for building access via smartphones during this time. Pitt affiliates can log on to to check compliance for building access. Individuals who are granted access will see a green check mark and the app will note that access is granted. Individuals who are denied access to Pitt buildings, which may be due to quarantine, isolation or a lack of negative COVID-19 test results on file for the week, will see a red X and the app will note that access is denied.

Please note that all Pitt affiliates must swipe or tap a Pitt I.D. when entering buildings. If an individual has conformed but their Pitt I.D. is still recording non-conformance, the affiliate may show the green check mark on a smartphone to gain temporary access until their I.D. is updated. The app cannot be used alone to gain access to a building, but must be used in conjunction with a valid Pitt I.D.  Building concierges have been informed about the app and will allow individuals to enter Pitt facilities when a Pitt I.D. and the app showing a green check are presented.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I uploaded proof of vaccination but received a mandatory testing invitation. How do I confirm my upload?

Please email with your first and last name, Pitt user name and PeopleSoft number to confirm your proof was uploaded. Response time may be extended due to an increase in requests at this time.

I need help uploading proof of vaccination.

Visit or call the PittCoVax Vaccination Center in Nordenberg Hall for help with the upload process.

I am recently vaccinated. Why am I required to continue testing?

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Therefore, you must continue to complete weekly COVID-19 testing until you are considered fully vaccinated. Once you are fully vaccinated, please upload your vaccine card to remain in compliance.

Where do I go for mandatory testing?

If you have not uploaded proof of vaccination, you are required to order your COVID-19 test kit weekly through Quest:

Students Test Order Link

Faculty or Staff Test Order Link

If you have missed a Monday order date, please go to the on-campus testing location for asymptomatic testing this week. Advance registration is required. Please order a test kit for next week immediately so that you are prepared for future weekly requirements.

Do I have to use a Quest test?

No, the University does allow for a PCR test within the previous seven days to be submitted to comply with mandatory testing requirements. Please submit proof of your negative test through this form. You may elect to submit a PCR test from another vendor at your own cost.

Who pays for the Quest test kit?

Tests are available to students, faculty and staff at no cost.

How long do I have to return the test?

Test kits must be ordered within 48 hours of the email invitation and should be returned on the same day or next day via FedEx or drop box locations on campus.

How long will it take to get results?

Quest states that test results are currently taking 1-2 days. Check your Quest MyAccount dashboard for results. Student health or MyHealth@Work will also receive results.

What happens if I don’t order, take or return the COVID-19 test?

Your will lose acccess to University buildings and be refereed to student life or human resources on your campus for further disciplinary if necessary.

Do I have to participate in mandatory weekly testing if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?

Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from mandatory weekly testing for 90 days.

If I’m working 100% remotely on a full-time basis, do I need to submit my vaccination card?

Yes! Employees who are 100% remote still need to upload their vaccination card.   The University wants everyone be vaccinated. It’s for your health and safety as well as for your family, friends and community, including the Pitt community. After all, remote employees may be called to campus for a meeting or other work.

I have a religious or medical accommodation that prevents me from getting vaccinated. To whom do I report this? Does this mean I have to get tested weekly?

Information about requesting a religious accommodation is available from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Information about requesting medical accommodations is available from Disability Resources and Services. And yes, for your health and safety, as well as that of our community, if you are unvaccinated you will be required to test weekly.

Do I have to inform my supervisor, instructor or resident assistant about my vaccination status?

No.  If you chose to upload your vaccination card, that information is not shared. All University members should refrain from asking others about their vaccination status as such dialogue could prompt disclosure of confidential medical information, which is protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).