COVID-19 Entry Testing

All ASU Students, Faculty, and Staff must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 14 days of returning to campus or the start of the fall semester.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff will receive information from their Supervisor or Department Chair regarding entry testing procedures.


To promote health and safety on campus as part of our comprehensive reopening planning, all Alabama State University students coming to campus for the fall semester will receive a free COVID-19 test through GuideSafe™, supported by CARES Act funding through the State of Alabama.

  • The COVID-19 test is to be taken no more than 14 days prior to coming campus.
  • Those who test negative for Covid-19 will be permitted to return to campus.
  • Those who test positive must be re-tested and will not be allowed to return to campus until they have medical clearance from a health care provider after quarantine to enter campus.

Student Testing Information

  • All ASU students will receive an e-mail within the next couple weeks from about accessing your COVID-19 test. 
  • Please look for and promptly complete the instructions in the e-mail.
  • You will be instructed to either schedule an appointment at a testing site in Alabama or complete an at-home testing kit.
  • ASU students who live in Alabama and are age 19 and under will need parental consent before you can schedule your testing date. 
  • Students, please have your parents complete and virtually sign the three consent forms located here. Please have the consent form signed by your parents by August 3rd, 2020. Through the AdobeSign system, the form will automatically come to GuideSafeTM Testing once it is submitted.
  • Students may choose to use a testing option such as a drug store, your primary care physician, or a drive-thru testing location. Please note that these tests may incur a cost. The test must be completed no more than 14 days prior to your return to campus and the results must be emailed to before arriving on campus.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not re-test at this time. Instead, provide ASU with a copy of your positive test result and medical clearance from a health care provider to return to campus. Consult ASU’s Health Center for specific instructions at 334-229-4436 or

Ineligibility for At-Home Testing

  • Due to FDA restrictions, out of state minors (under 18), those living outside of the United States or residents of New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Rhode Island will not be able to participate in the at-home testing kit option for entry testing provided by GuideSafe Testing. Students who are not eligible for an at-home testing kit have the following three options to complete the COVID-19 entry testing requirements prior to coming to campus:  
  • Identify a testing option such as a drug store, your primary care physician, or a drive-thru testing. This can include a testing option in your community or once you are in Alabama, as long as it is within the 14-day window of your entry to campus. Results must be sent to the ASU Health Center at
  • If you will be in Alabama prior to your arrival on campus, you can be tested at one of the Alabama testing locations by emailing now to register for an appointment. 
  • Contact the ASU Health Center to see if they have other campus testing options available: 334-229-4436 or

Our ability to test every student entering campus this fall will go a long way in helping us maintain a safe environment. On our campus, testing will supplement other strategies to maintain a safe environment, like face coverings and social distancing as well as daily symptom and exposure reporting.  

Stay Aware. Stay Safe. Stay Hornet Strong!

REMINDER: Students must test negative prior to checking into housing (for residential students) or the first day of classes (for commuter students)

Sentinel Testing

Sentinel (random) testing will be conducted on a weekly basis once the semester has begun. Approximately 2.5% of Alabama State University employees and students will be randomly tested each week to signal trends, identify outbreaks and monitor cases of COVID-19 that may occur on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What If I Test Positive?

Those who test positive should self-isolate at home and have medical clearance from a health care provider prior to returning to Alabama State University. Medical clearance documentation can be sent to

What If I Already Had COVID-19?

You should not retest through GuideSafe™ if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks. Provide those test results and the clearance from your current health care provider via email to

Where Do I Send My Results?

If you use GuideSafe™ Testing with either the at-home test kit or the in-person testing, the results will be submitted by the testing lab for you.

If you test privately or need to share a prior positive, email your results to

Why Am I Being Tested?

Our ability to test every student entering campus this fall will go a long way in helping us maintain a safe environment for you this semester. At Alabama State University, testing will supplement other safety strategies such as the use of face masks, observing six-feet social distancing, as well as daily symptom health checks.

What is GuideSafeTM?

GuideSafeTM is the initiative launched by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health, to provide COVID-19 entry testing to all students attending Alabama public colleges and universities. Please visit the GuideSafeTM website for more information: