NYU Community Testing
NYU is conducting regular testing of all individuals studying or working on site so we can identify and isolate those who may have COVID-19 in order to help prevent its spread and monitor the rate of COVID-19 infections within the NYU community.
Participation in the community testing process is mandatory for anyone who needs to enter NYU buildings. If you are not up-to-date on your testing requirement you will not be able to enter NYU buildings.
Please note: testing methods, locations, and requirements have been modified ahead of the Spring 2021 semester. Please review this information carefully. In addition, if you have traveled to a NYS-restricted location for more than 24 hours, you are required to quarantine and report your travel.
Updated: January 20
When to test and how often
Before January 25
You must be tested within 24 hours of arrival. You can get tested at the NYU BioReference testing site or drop off a Binx saliva test kit at the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South) on your first day back on campus. You do not need to mail a kit in advance.
Please note: beginning on January 25, you must have a negative test result with NYU within the past 14 days in order to enter an NYU building. Therefore, if you get tested between January 20–24, your test results may not be received by NYU in time to enter NYU buildings. Please consider the time it takes to receive test results as you make your plans.
January 25 and After
If you are getting tested for the first time for the Spring 2021 semester, you should get tested at least 5 days before you need to enter NYU academic and administrative buildings. You can get tested at the NYU BioReference testing site (recommended) or drop off a Binx saliva test kit at the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South). Please consider the time it takes to process and provide test results when selecting your testing option.
Students living in an NYU residence hall
You must get tested on the day you arrive to housing. You can get tested at the NYU BioReference testing site or drop off a Binx saliva test kit on the day you arrive. After that, you must continue to submit a Binx saliva test kit each week.
All other members of the NYU community
Non-residential students, faculty, and employees who are working or studying on site must obtain and receive the result of a Binx or NYU BioReference test within the past 14 days in order to enter NYU buildings.
- Those who need access to NYU buildings regularly should get tested through Binx or NYU BioReference at least every 14 days.
- Those who need access to NYU buildings intermittently do not need to get tested every 14 days; instead, you should get tested through Binx or NYU BioReference and receive your result within the 14 days prior to when you need to enter NYU buildings.
NYU offers two testing methods for current NYU students, faculty, and employees; a saliva test kit powered by Binx, which can be self-administered at home, and a shallow nasal swab test, which is administered on campus. Test results from other testing facilities are not acceptable.
Note: if you have symptoms, were exposed to COVID-19, or traveled to a NY-state restricted location please notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. Binx saliva test kits are not recommended for symptomatic or pre-arrival travel-related testing, unless otherwise directed by the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.
Step 1: Pick Up Your Kit
Depending on your role, you will need to pick up your kit at a specific location and during specific times
Step 2: Activate Your Kit
Register your account with Binx and then use that account to activate each test kit
Step 3: Collect Your Saliva Sample
Follow these instructions on how to collect your sample properly
Requesting a Saliva Test Kit by Mail
If you are a non-residential student, faculty member, or employee and are unable to get to campus at least every two weeks to pick up and submit a test kit, please complete this form to request a kit by mail.
If you’re a non-residential student or employee and it is more convenient for you to get tested on campus or if you prefer a nasal swab test, you can schedule an appointment at the NYU BioReference testing site at the NYU Bonomi Family Admissions Center (27 West 4th Street) instead of submitting a saliva test kit. Testing at the tent is done by medical personnel using a shallow nasal swab.
Aggregated community data on testing and results from the ongoing testing program—along with all other test submissions—will be updated at least weekly on the Testing Dashboard.
Test results will be automatically transmitted to the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. You do not need to upload your results.
Saliva Kit Test Results
It will take a few days for your kit to be mailed to the lab. You should receive your results 24-48 hours after the lab receives your kit.
On-Campus Testing Site Results
You must register for the BioReference Patient Portal to view your results. Test results are typically available 24-48 hours after your appointment.
For questions related to your saliva test kit contents, setting up your account, activating your kit through the online portal, and using the kits, contact Binx customer support 7 days a week from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. ET:
- Click the chat icon at https://mybinxhealth.com/activate
- Email email@example.com
- Or call (844) 692-4691
For questions about saliva test kit pickup and drop-off procedures within your residence halls, please contact your Residence Hall Resource Center.
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