On-campus COVID-19 Testing Center

LMU is pleased to announce the opening of its dedicated COVID-19 testing center, which provides voluntary surveillance PCR testing** to those who live on campus, are approved to work on campus, or participate in an approved on-campus activity. Non-LMU employees who live on campus (including but not limited to a family member of a Resident Director, Resident Minister, Faculty In Residence) may get tested. At this time, LMU is unable to extend testing opportunities to family members who do not also live on campus. 

Note: If you do not work or live on campus or have campus access for a pre-approved activity, you are unable to get a COVID-19 test at LMU, per L.A. County Public Health order. Please do not schedule an appointment here – instead, call your primary care provider or make an appointment at a community testing site.

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.

  • Testing Center Location: Burns Recreation Center 

    Spring 2021 Hours: 

    • Sundays: 9:30pm-11:00pm
    • Mondays: 10:00am-4:00pm and 9:30pm-11:00pm
    • Tuesdays: 10:00am-2:00pm and 9:30pm-11:00pm
    • Wednesdays: 10:00am-4:00pm and 9:30pm-11:00pm
    • Thursdays: 10:00am-4:00pm and 9:30pm-11:00pm
    • Fridays: 10:00am-2:00pm
    Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please register via the email link sent to all individuals approved for campus access, or through the Rave Mobile App under the Lion Health tab. 

    Please note, the testing center will be closed on university holidays. Testing regimens will still be expected to be met around any closures. 

  • Only those who fall under one of the following groups are required to get tested weekly at our on-campus COVID Testing Center. Testing is free, and consists of a self-administered swab approximately 1” into the nostril. If you have a medical condition that you feel should exempt you from this requirement, students should email COVIDTesting@lmu.edu and employees should contact Rebecca Chandler, vice president of Human Resources.

    Please be advised, individuals requesting testing exemptions cannot access campus until the exemption is approved. Exemptions are only made in rare circumstances, and often take 2 weeks to approve. Individuals awaiting the outcome of their exemption request must make other arrangements during this time, before they can access campus.

    Crimson Group:
    Testing once per week (every 7 days) is required for the following individuals who are on campus one day per week:

    • Students approved for hybrid and in-person classes and select on-campus student workers*
    • Faculty who teach hybrid or in-person
    • Staff who in the course of their job participate in higher risk activities or travel to different areas of campus

    Blue Group
    Testing twice per week at set intervals is required for the following individuals who are on campus two (2) or more days per week. Tests should be scheduled 3-4 days apart; if an individual's on-campus schedule does not allow for this, testing may be scheduled two days apart:

    • On-Campus residents (students and employees)
    • Students approved for hybrid and in-person classes and select on-campus student workers*
    • Faculty who teach hybrid or in-person
    • Staff who in the course of their job participate in higher risk activities or travel to different areas of campus

    Grey Group
    Testing at unique intervals due to sporadic or rotating on-campus work schedules or other specialized circumstances:

    • Student athletes**
    • Athletics coaches and Tier 1 staff**.
    • Staff who in the course of their job participate in higher risk activities or travel to different areas of campus

    *Students approved for individual on-campus activity (ex. use of independent study space) are not required to get tested.
    **Details on collegiate athletics testing requirements, including definition of athletics staff categorized by tier, is documented in the Athletics Return to Competition Plan.

  • 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. 

  • Yes, appointments are required unless instructed by the COVID Testing Team or the COVID Support Team. A link will be provided to those who are eligible to get tested. You may also schedule a test using LMU’s Rave Mobile App in the Lion Health tab. 

  • 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. If you do not have a smartphone, you can bring a government issued ID to the testing center for check-in.  

    When you arrive, an LMU COVID Testing Center representative will scan your QR code (or check you in if you do not have a smartphone) and provide you with a test kit. You will be directed into the Testing Center where you can sanitize your hands, and a nurse 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 hand it to the nurse, put your mask back on, and sanitize your hands before exiting 

  • Students and employees who live on campus or are approved to access campus 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.  

  • Voluntary testing may be done once per week. Mandatory testing is subject to the following frequency, based on an individual's designated testing group: 

    • Crimson Group: once per week (once every 7 days)
    • Blue Group: twice per week at set intervals (every 3-4 days)
    • Grey Group: testing at unique intervals, due to sporadic or rotating on-campus schedules. Please contact your unit leader for more information unique to your situation. 
  • Yes. Just click on the confirmation link you received when you scheduled your appointment and change your testing time.  

  • The only information you need to provide is the information required by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

  • LMU is offering testing for free to students and employees (including contractors who regularly work on our campus).

  • Test results are usually available the day after testing (approximately 24 hours from the time of test)Please wait 48 hours before contacting the COVID Testing Team for assistance. The COVID Testing Team may be reached at COVIDTesting@lmu.edu 

    Please be advised, the screen displaying your 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.

  • 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. 

  • No. 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'sHome Isolation Instructions. TheCOVID Support Teamwill 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 1 business day for a response.