On-campus COVID-19 Testing Center
The LMU COVID Testing Center provides voluntary surveillance PCR testing** to those who live or work on campus or have campus access. At this time, LMU is unable to extend testing opportunities to family members who do not also live on campus.
If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has COVID, do not schedule an appointment or come to the COVID Testing Center. Immediately begin self-isolating or self-quarantining, and call or email the LMU COVID Support Team. COVID Support can be reached 7 days a week, including holidays, at 310.568.6868 or COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu.
**Surveillance testing is defined by public health officials as the testing used to detect transmission hot spots or to better understand disease trends in an environment. It can be an effective method to slow the spread as testing may identify those who are COVID-19 positive and pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.
This page last updated August 5, to reflect updated testing protocols.
Testing Center Location: Burns Recreation Center Atrium
- Sundays: CLOSED
- Mondays: 11:00am-2:00pm, 9:30pm - 11:00pm
- Tuesdays: 11:00am-2:00pm
- Wednesdays: 11:00am-2:00pm, 9:30pm - 11:00pm
- Thursdays: 11:00am-2:00pm, 9:30pm - 11:00pm
- Fridays: 11:00am-2:00pm
- Saturdays: CLOSED
Please note, the testing center will be closed on university holidays and certain timeframes surrounding them. Testing regimens will still be expected to be met around any closures. The most up-to-date hours and availability can be seen when scheduling an appointment.
For the location, hours of operation, and appointment link for the testing center at the Loyola Law School, please visit the LLS Testing Center page.
We use a courier service to get the tests to the airport on Mondays-Fridays after we close the afternoon shifts. The tests are flown up to the lab in San Francisco, and test results are generated within 48 hours from the time they’re received at the lab. This can be up to 72 hours from the time of test, depending on the time you test.
Individuals will receive an email and/or text notification (their preference) when their test results become available. They will click on the provided link, verify their identity, and have access to the results.
We ask that you please wait 72 hours from the time of your test before contacting the COVID Testing Team for assistance. The COVID Testing Team may be reached at COVIDTesting@lmu.edu.
All individuals with campus access who are not confirmed as fully vaccinated in Vax LMU must get tested on campus twice per week, effective June 15. Testing is free, and consists of a self-administered swab approximately 1” into the nostril.
Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from future testing requirements, once they have submitted proof of documentation to VaxLMU and it has been accepted. Please note, managers and colleages cannot ask an employee or student about their vaccination status.Employees with medical conditions that they feel should exempt them from this requirement should contact Rebecca Chandler, Vice President of Human Resources.
1. Individuals who are required to COVID-19 test weekly may be excused for the following reasons:
a. working remotely 100% and not participating in any in-person meetings for the week in which COVID-19 testing is missed;
b. sick leave;
c. approved vacation leave;
d. university travel or participation in off-site meetings outside of the Los Angeles area;
e. other approved leaves (approved CFRA/FMLA leave, jury duty, bereavement leave, care for family member, personal leave or other excused absence from work);
f. diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
It is the responsibility of each faculty and staff member who is subject to the university’s COVID-19 testing protocol to submit the Request to Be Excused from COVID Testing Form in a timely manner.
2. Faculty and staff will receive notification of noncompliance (a missed COVID-19 test) each Friday from the COVID-19 Testing Team. Notice of noncompliance will also be provided to the appropriate unit head for follow-up.
3. Adherence to COVID-19 testing protocol is essential to our community’s health and safety. For faculty and staff who are required to test, repeated failure to comply with testing protocol and reporting requirements may result in disciplinary action, up to and including temporary suspension without pay. Compliance with COVID-19 testing will be required to restore pay and access.
4. For faculty and staff approved to work 100% remotely for fall 2021, there is no requirement to submit each week. If the faculty or staff member’s work status changes and reporting to campus is anticipated, then all of the COVID-19 testing requirements described in these protocols apply, including submission of the excuse form completed each week before Friday (available here).
The following outlines COVID-19 testing schedules:
a. A week is defined as Sunday through Saturday where a faculty or staff member is scheduled for at least one work day on campus or participating in local, off-site meetings;
b. Regardless of the number of days working on campus, faculty and staff not working 100% remotely must test twice per week (on non-consecutive days, ideally 3-4 days apart,) each week;
c. Faculty and staff required to submit a Request to Be Excused from COVID Testing Form each week that they are not on campus or participating in in-person meetings.
The above guidelines are subject to change or modification at the university’s sole discretion based upon new regulations, and information or guidance from the CDC or public health authorities.
As of May 10, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from future testing requirements. Please submit your vaccine confirmation via the Vax LMU portal to be eligible. Note, managers and colleages cannot ask an employee or student about their vaccination status.
The only exceptions to testing requirements for non-vaccinated individuals are as follows:
- Those who are working 100% remote with no plans to access campus;
- Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days;
- Those who are on a scheduled vacation or out sick;
- Those who are currently isolating or quarantining.
LMU currently uses a gentle Anterior Nasal PCR (molecular) Test.
The SummerBio test is a molecular RT-PCR type test that is highly accurate when used properly. The test demonstrated 100% accuracy on the FDA COVID sample panel, and has an analytical sensitivity of 391 copies/mL. More detailed information regarding the test can be found at the Fact Sheet for Patients and Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers.
Those individuals approved for campus access, who are not part of a mandatory testing schedule, may come for voluntary testing during our regular hours. Please make an appointment in advance.
After you've completed the registration process, you will receive a confirmation message via email or text message (your choice). That message will include a QR code, which will be your ticket to the testing center.
When you arrive, an LMU COVID Testing Center representative will scan your QR code and provide you with a test kit. You will be directed into the Testing Center where you can sanitize your hands, and a healthcare provider will coach you through swabbing your own nose. It is quick and painless – the swab only goes about 1” into your nose. Once you complete your test, you will place it in the designated box and sanitize your hands before exiting.
Any individual who is approved for campus access (including students, faculty, staff, and approved visitors) may get tested at the LMU COVID Testing Center. Students who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to a known positive COVID case should coordinate testing through the LMU COVID Support Team (310.568.6868).
If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you should not get tested again unless directed by a medical professional, the COVID Testing Team, or the COVID Support Team, as current research shows that an individual who was COVID positive will continue to test positive for up to 90 days.
As of May 10, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from further on-campus testing requirements. Learn more here.
LMU is currently offering testing for free to students and employees (including contractors who regularly work on our campus).
The screen displaying your test results cannot be substituted for an official report, but an official report can be obtained through your result notification. Click on the provided link, verify your identity, and when your result appears, click on the “Download Official Test Results” link in the top right corner.
LMU Student Health Services and LMU’s COVID Support Team will have access to results to provide support for individuals who are COVID-19 positive, facilitate contact investigations, and expeditiously initiate the isolation or quarantine process. Results are also automatically provided to the CDC and the LA County Department of Public Health as mandated.
If you test positive for COVID-19, please immediately return to your residence and follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Home Isolation Instructions. The COVID Support Team will contact you shortly to provide you with further instructions and support. If you are an employee on campus, please notify your supervisor and leave campus without delay. We understand that this is unsettling news, and we are here to support you.
Contact your healthcare provider if you feel ill and require medical care. Students who are experiencing symptoms should contact Student Health Services at 310.338.2881.
Call 911 if you are experiencing emergency warning signs, such as difficulty breathing, pressure or pain in your chest, bluish lips or face, or confusion or difficulty waking up.
Your privacy is our priority. All test results reside in a HIPAA protected database. Test results and all other protected information that is discovered during the contact investigation remains confidential per HIPAA and FERPA.
We are happy to help you through this process. Please contact the COVID Testing Team at COVIDTesting@lmu.edu and allow 2 business days for a response.