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COVID Testing

Since COVID testing is unobserved now that the college has transitioned to the Color platform, there is no longer a formal testing site on campus.

 

COLOR Testing platform

MassArt is using the Color platform for COVID-19 testing. The Color platform will be used to streamline our testing process. With this platform, users can:

  • Activate Color test kits and submit test kit samples
  • Receive results
  • The campus can then track and report on campus health metrics

View instructions for creating your Color account, activating test kits, collecting samples, and getting your results.

Test kits are available in the DMC, Kennedy, Tower UL, and Residence Halls. Tests will be picked up from dropboxes on campus Monday-Saturday. No tests will be collected on Sundays. You can expect to receive your test result in 24-48 hours.


FREE COVID-19 ANTIGEN SELF-TESTS

Free COVID-19 Antigen Self-Tests remain available for pick-up for all faculty, staff and students – while supplies last, at the following locations:

  • Security Desks — DMC, Kennedy, Tower, and Residence Halls

ONGOING TESTING

  • For All Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff – there will be no ongoing testing requirement, but everyone is strongly encouraged to test regularly, even if they are asymptomatic.

  • Free Rapid Antigen Tests will be available to All Students at Public Safety and Residence Hall security desks.

  • PCR testing via the Color platform will be available no more than once per week for those who choose to test. 

  • Students with an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to submit a PCR test or test on campus for their required testing twice a week; a RAT will not be accepted unless performed in addition to a weekly PCR test. This requirement is being updated due to the nature of current COVID variants and the inability for RAT tests to detect these variants as readily, as well as an unvaccinated individual's increased susceptibility to both contracting and spreading the virus.

  • Faculty and Staff with an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to submit a PCR test or test on campus for their required testing once a week; a RAT will not be accepted unless performed in addition to a weekly PCR test. This requirement is being updated due to the nature of current COVID variants and the inability for RAT tests to detect these variants as readily, as well as an unvaccinated individual’s increased susceptibility to both contracting and spreading the virus.


MassArt has provided regular, ongoing testing for the MassArt community since August 2020 through the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a nonprofit academic research institution based in Cambridge, MA. Connecting more than 4,000 scientists across MIT, Harvard, and Harvard hospitals, Broad aims to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.


CONTACT

As always, the safety of all our campus community members is our priority. Maureen Keefe, Vice President of Student Development is leading our internal COVID-19 response. Please email any questions to the team at covid@massart.edu.


Updated 9/20/22