On Campus COVID-19 Testing Options for Students, Faculty & Staff


Updated March 23, 2022

Suffolk University has partnered with the Broad Institute to adopt COVID-19 testing that will detect active infection. The method of test collection is an anterior nares swab that individuals will administer themselves. The swab is small and is not inserted deep into the nose.  This collection method is dramatically different than the more widely used nasopharyngeal collection method that some of you may have experienced. It is not likely to elicit coughing or sneezing and it is not painful.

This testing will be provided free of charge to all participants.

Voluntary Testing

All members of the Suffolk community who are not part of the mandatory testing program may access a voluntary testing center in the Amenities Room on the first floor of The Stahl Building, 73 Tremont Street. Testing is encouraged if an individual has been exposed to COVID or is symptomatic.

Observed testing is available Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tests must be scheduled in advance.  You are required to log in using your Suffolk Credentials.

Unobserved (self swab) testing will be offered at 73 Tremont Street outside of the hours listed above.

Unobserved testing will also be available at all residence halls at all hours of the day or night.

Mandatory Testing

Students, faculty and staff members with a vaccination waiver or those who are not yet fully vaccinated must test once every week. These individuals may test at any of our testing locations, either observed or unobserved.

If you are required to test and are unable to make your weekly testing, you should email CHW (Counseling, Health, and Wellness) with the subject “COVID Testing”.  

Test Results

Results will be delivered to your Suffolk email from [email protected] or [email protected]  (Please check your spam email.)

Test results are returned in about 24-48 hours from the time the test is received at the Broad Institute lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In most cases, you will receive results the evening after the day you tested, regardless of the time of day at which you tested, but you should allow up to 48 hours from the evening of the day you tested to receive your results.

Consequences For Non-Compliance With Mandatory Testing


Students who are required to test each week but do not will be restricted from academic and administrative buildings without advance notice. They will not be excused for missing class(es) if they are restricted. Students are expected to comply with testing every week.

Faculty & Staff

Any faculty or staff member refusing to follow the University’s safety and health protocols will not be able to remain on or access Suffolk’s facilities. This will not constitute an exemption to allow the employee to work remotely and will be treated as an unexcused and unapproved absence, resulting in the employee being placed on unpaid leave until the employee is in full compliance.
Typically, the blocked individual will be cleared to enter academic and administrative buildings the morning after they test. Vaccine verification, testing verification, and ID card access are all manual processes and take time, so access cannot be restored immediately after someone tests or uploads data to the Student Health Portal.