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What is the surveillance testing program?

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Surveillance testing is provided for free to students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars, through Color Genomics, as an added safeguard to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 

Student testing program (link is external)

The plan provides COVID-19 surveillance testing is available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Additional information on the student testing requirement is available on this page (link is external).

Faculty, staff and postdoc testing program: COVID-19 surveillance testing is available to Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars who work on-site at a Stanford location. Regular surveillance testing is required for everyone working on-site. Testing frequency is as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars are required to test once a week. This is already the policy for fully vaccinated students, but is a new requirement for these other groups.
  • Unvaccinated faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars who have been granted a medical or religious accommodation are required to test twice weekly for those working on-site four or more days per week. Individuals on-site three days or fewer per week are required to test once a week.

Please note that Stanford’s Color testing program is not available for employee dependents. Attempts to add a dependent on Color’s testing platform now prompt an error message indicating this option is not available. Anyone who listed dependents before the error message was added should contact the Color Support team [mycovidtest@color.com] to remove their information. Non-student spouses and partners have separate testing accounts.

Additional information on the faculty, staff and postdoc testing requirement is available on the Surveillance Testing page.

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