Required COVID-19 Testing For All Unvaccinated Students

May 24, 2021

The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. As a Mercer family, we must all do our part to uphold and adhere to established protocols to respect others and support the health and safety of all Mercerians and visitors.

Prior to beginning summer semester classes on campus or moving into student housing, all unvaccinated students will be required to test for COVID-19. Students may choose to be tested for the coronavirus off campus or upon arrival at Mercer University.

Option 1: Test Off Campus

Prior to your arrival on campus, we encourage you to be tested in your hometown within a week (7 days) of your start date. The COVID-19 test must be a nasal swab PCR test. Email your test results to Mercer Medicine at mytestreport@mercer.edu at least one business day prior to your move-in to University housing/Lofts or no later than two business days before your start date of class. Type “Macon Test” (for Macon, Savannah, and Columbus students) and “Atlanta Test” (for Atlanta, Henry, and Douglas students) in the subject line of the email. Include your full legal name and MUID in the body of the email.

If you submitted a negative COVID-19 test result, please follow these directions based on your housing:

  • If you live in University housing (Macon), report to the Student Health Center on weekdays beginning May 21 to pick up your clearance card. You will then present your clearance card to the Housing staff at check-in to obtain your keys.
  • If you are a new Lofts resident (Macon), report to the Student Health Center on weekdays beginning May 21 to pick up your clearance card, and then you will present the clearance card to Lofts personnel.
  • If you are a returning Lofts resident (Macon), you will receive a clearance email. You do not need to present the clearance email to Lofts personnel. The Lofts office receives a complete list of cleared, returning residents.
  • If you live off campus and commute to campus, you will receive a clearance email as confirmation of your submitted test result. You do not need to present the clearance email to anyone.

If off-campus test results are not submitted to Mercer Medicine at least two business days before your start date, you must be tested on campus at Student Health/Mercer Medicine, which may delay your start of class.

Option 2: Test On Campus

You may choose to be tested on campus by Mercer Medicine at the Student Health Center on the Macon or Atlanta campus.

Click on go.mercer.edu/covidappt to schedule your COVID-19 testing appointment with Mercer Medicine. Make sure you take your Bear Card and insurance information to your testing appointment.

If you live in University housing, the Office of Housing and Residence Life will provide check-in information.

Additional Information

  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you will not test prior to starting the semester. If you reside in University housing (Macon) or if you are a new Lofts resident, you must report to the Student Health Center on weekdays beginning May 21 to pick up your clearance card. You will present the clearance card to Housing or Lofts personnel. If other symptoms have developed recently, please contact the Student Health Center 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline at (478) 301-7425.
  • If it has been over 90 days since you tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to be retested prior to the summer semester. Follow the directions above for your testing options.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 during the semester, the University has designated isolation rooms and has made accommodations to ensure continuity of academic instruction.

You must receive clearance by Mercer Medicine in order to return to campus, move into University housing, and attend classes. 

We encourage you to follow these instructions within the specified timeline so that we can welcome you back to campus safely. If you have a question about COVID-19 testing, please contact the Student Health Center 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at (478) 301-7425. Other procedural questions may be sent to the Office of the Provost at provost@mercer.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in the summer semester!