COVID-19 Testing

Stetson University highly encourages community members to undergo regular COVID-19 testing to control the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff. Early identification of the virus allows Stetson to take swift action to support and isolate individuals and notify any contacts of potential exposure. Learn more about testing opportunities and resources including gateway testing, on-campus testing, off-campus testing, and more below.

Testing Options at a Glance:

  1. Stetson Health Service: All patients must have an appointment. Rapid Antigen test will be administered for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. For symptomatic individuals, a PCR test may be ordered at the providers discretion. The provider’s visit and the PCR test are charged through insurance. Referrals to an off-campus option are available for those without insurance. (Students, Staff & Faculty).
  2. CentraCare: The patient must have an appointment. Rapid Antigen test, no charge. Open nights and weekends. (Students)
  3. On-Campus testing events: Free- promoted for individuals who are asymptomatic (Students, Staff & Faculty)

*Reminder: If you have a negative COVID test but have had direct exposure, you still need to isolate unless you are fully vaccinated.

The university's Health Service, working with our partner AdventHealth, quickly identifies and isolates contagious individuals and traces others with whom they have had contact. To get tested, see the On-Campus Testing or Off-Campus Testing sections below.

In addition to Stetson's tier protocols, the Athletics Department has additional phases that must be followed (see page 14 of linked document). 

On-Campus Testing

Asymptomatic Testing

SalivaDirect PCR-based testing is free for students, faculty and staff with a Stetson ID and no insurance is required. Below are the upcoming testing dates and registration links. Testing will be provided 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Rinker Field House, Hollis Center. Please make a note of your registered testing date(s) and time(s) as appointment verification is only provided upon registration and via email 24 hours prior to your test(s).

This SalivaDirect PCR-based testing differs in several ways, including:

  • Community members cannot eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to their appointment, with the exception of water. Using toothpaste or mouthwash as directed does not affect the outcome of this test.
  • The test requires a 1-ml saliva specimen.
  • The medical lab will email results to individual participants within 24 to 48 hours of when the test was taken.

For more information, please email the SCTF Screening and Testing Subgroup at

Symptomatic Testing

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance.

Off-Campus Testing

During the spring semester, Stetson students can get free Rapid Antigen testing, insurance not required, at any CentraCare location.

CentraCare in DeLand is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday–Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Please follow the directions below to fulfill your requirement at any CentraCare:

*Reminder: If you have a negative COVID test but have had direct exposure, you still need to isolate unless you are fully vaccinated.

Fall 2021 Gateway Testing

Register now for Stetson University's required Fall 2021 Gateway Campus Arrival process. All community members, including undergraduate and graduate students, residential and commuters, students taking classes face-to-face or hybrid, and staff and faculty members must participate. Those who report their vaccine to Stetson, at least one week prior to their Gateway appointment, will not have to participate in COVID-19 testing. Please note that showing proof of vaccination during check-in will not exempt you from testing.

To help expedite the Fall 2021 Gateway process, students and employees have been separated into one of three distinct categories:

  1. New Undergraduate Students
  2. Returning Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students
  3. Employees

For specific instructions and links for scheduling your Gateway process appointment, please consult the Gateway Testing webpage. Be sure you are referring to the correct group instructions as individuals will not be allowed to process in a different group.

During this process, students will:

  • Receive a campus clearance wristband
  • Participate in COVID-19 testing, as needed
  • Obtain residence hall keys (if applicable)

Questions or concerns? Please contact the Screening and Testing Subgroup at, or visit the Gateway Testing or FAQ webpages, COVID-19 Testing category.

Testing Demographics

Stetson University conducts voluntary rapid antigen and required surveillance PCR COVID-19 testing on-campus on opposite weeks throughout the entire semester. High-contact student employees and students participating in off-campus programs have been identified for participation in Stetson’s required surveillance testing.

What are we doing to encourage more participation from those who aren’t participating in our voluntary testing events?

  • COVID-19 testing is regularly communicated via Stetson announce, social media, the Safer Stetson website, and the weekly Communications emails. The Testing and Screening Subgroup utilizes social norming campaigns via grass signs and social media as a strategy to promote and encourage testing.
  • Stetson has also identified high-contact student employees and students participating in off-campus programs as designated groups for mandatory COVID-19 testing. These students participant in required COVID-19 testing every other week. The Safer Stetson Campus Task Force utilizes these testing demographics to inform decision and identify gaps of participation in on-campus testing.

Isolation Information

Isolation for COVID positive individuals remains at 10 days from positive test or onset of symptoms. You must be 24-hour fever and major respiratory symptom free to end isolation.

Based on the current guidelines from the Department of Health, members of the Stetson community should isolate:

  • If they had "close contact" with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Please know that a negative COVID-19 test does NOT remove the need for a 10-day isolation if close contact occurred. Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more.
  • For 10 days from the onset of sick symptoms matching our criteria. (See Health Response Protocol)
  • For 10 days from the date of a COVID-19 test if they receive a positive test result.
  • After return from travel to an area that requires isolation by Florida Department of Health guidance.

Changes to CDC and DOH quarantine protocol:

The CDC and Florida DOH have modified quarantine for the following group: asymptomatic close contact exposure. Quarantine for this group is now:

  • 10 days from exposure; or
  • 7 days from exposure with a negative PCR test result (testing on day 6 or later).

Based on recent CDC updates, fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after the one-dose vaccine) individuals:

  • do not need to test or quarantine if exposed to someone positive for COVID-19 (if you have no symptoms).
  • do not need to regularly test (even athletes and high-risk groups).
  • do not need to quarantine upon returning to the U.S after travel.
  • will be exempt from mandatory gateway testing.
  • will enable Stetson to open up more and more options!

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Below you will find two COVID-19 Student Isolation Guides tailored to support resident and commuter experiences. These guides are intended to be resources, providing information that supports you from the start of your isolation period through your clearance to your regular activities. Please know that our staff is here to provide continual support along the way.

For more information about what happens when someone is required to isolate, please consult the FAQs for the DeLand Campus on the Stetson's Safer Campus website (see Isolation category), and for the College of Law consult its FAQs.

Health Reminders

What should I do if I feel sick? See Stetson’s Health Response Protocol.

What resources are available to me if I test positive? 

For DeLand, visit the resources at Healthy Hatters. For the College of Law, students, faculty and staff can visit their resources page on Safer Stetson.

Who should I notify if I receive a positive test result from a test provider other than Stetson?

Contact Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150 or email

What happens if someone shows symptoms of COVID and another infection (like Flu)? 

COVID must be ruled out if someone shows symptoms. They will take a PCR test and isolate until results come back. According to DOH protocol, If someone tests positive for something like the flu, they should still be tested for COVID-19.

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College of Law

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are Stetson's basic expectations regarding Covid-19 testing for the Fall 2021 return?

Stetson is currently planning for the Fall 2021 semester. Specific details will be communicated over the course of the next several weeks. Continue to stay informed about on-campus testing opportunities by visiting the Safer Stetson website, Healthy Hatters button (see On-Campus Testing) or this page.

Can I get this test before I return to campus in the fall?

No. Free Gateway Testing requires you to participate in Stetson’s on-campus SalivaDirect PCR-based COVID-19 testing. It's important that Stetson establishes a baseline of disease prevalence on campus. The best way to do this is testing when unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty return to campus. This will allow the University to monitor trends throughout the year as testing continues.

What do I do if someone else or myself is sick or fears exposure?

Any members of the Stetson community who have been to campus in the past 14 days and feel they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 — or are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever over 100.4, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell,  sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting — should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form. During business hours, call Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150. After business hours, call DeLand Public Safety at 386-822-7300, or College of Law Public Safety at 727-343-1262. If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know — don’t just tell them to do so. This applies also to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Additional Information

For additional information about coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms and updates please refer to the DeLand Campus's FAQs webpage on the Stetson's Safer Campus website or visit the College of Law's FAQs.

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