Testing change starting on March 22

March 19, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Starting Monday, community members submitting samples at our COVID-19 testing sites will be required to show a photo I.D. This can be a Brandeis I.D., a driver's license, passport or other official identification with a photograph. Have this documentation out and ready when you arrive at the testing site along with your Campus Passport.

We have received multiple reports of students sending friends to impersonate them to submit their sample. This is not only dishonest and in violation of multiple Brandeis policies, it puts our entire community at risk. While the new I.D. requirement will make testing slightly more tedious, make no mistake: any member of our community who asks someone to submit false samples, or who does so on someone’s behalf, will face swift and severe disciplinary action.

Separately, a reminder for the collection of samples: under our current testing program, you must swab your nose to take your sample in private (i.e. at home, in your car, in your office with the door closed, etc.) Do not pull down your mask and take your sample while standing in line outside or inside the testing center. Please do collect your sample on the same day you are submitting it to the testing center. If you did not pre-collect a sample in a private place prior to your arrival at a testing site, there are always sanitary, designated spaces available for on-site collection at the Testing Sites.  

Our testing program has been a pillar of our ability to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. We are implementing these measures to ensure a trustworthy process and to keep our campus healthy and safe.

Morgen Bergman
COVID-19 Program Director
Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives