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Testing and Quarantine Exemptions

Boise State University continues to refine, improve and expand testing efforts as they are a critical component of a safe and healthy campus community. Testing for COVID across campus helps the university monitor and address trends in a timely manner.

In certain cases you may be granted a temporary exemption from testing or quarantine.

Testing Exemptions

Previous Positives

If you are currently asymptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 months prior to the testing date. To qualify for this exemption, please email publichealth@boisestate.edu and provide the following:

  • Lab documentation noting positive test results of a PCR test. Your results should include a copy of the test that shows your name, result, and collection date of the test. Three months after the positive test results, you will again be eligible for monitoring by the university’s testing program.
  • Please note: Not all COVID testing is accepted. Only a PCR test is acceptable. For example, antibody testing or antibody test results are not acceptable for a testing exemption.

Fully Vaccinated

If you are currently asymptomatic and fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines*. People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected and will not qualify for an exemption from testing or quarantine.

To qualify for this exemption, please email publichealth@boisestate.edu a copy of the front of your vaccination card OR choose one of the following:

*CDC has not systematically evaluated the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturers that have not sought an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States. For the purpose of these exemption criteria, considerations for accepting a vaccination series that is not FDA-authorized will include whether the vaccine product has received emergency approval from the World Health Organization or authorization from a national regulatory agency.

Tested Off-Campus

If you are asymptomatic and have tested within the testing period at a third party testing facility. To qualify for this exemption, please email publichealth@boisestate.edu and provide the following:

  • Lab documentation noting negative test results of a PCR test. Your results should include a copy of the test that shows your name, result, and collection date of the test. At the end of the testing cycle you will again be eligible for monitoring by the university’s testing program.
  • Please note: Not all COVID testing is accepted. Only a PCR test is acceptable. For example, antibody testing or antibody test results from a third party testing facility are not acceptable for a testing exemption.

Quarantine Exemptions

Previous Positives

If you are currently asymptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 months prior to your COVID-19 exposure. To qualify for this exemption, please email publichealth@boisestate.edu and provide the following:

  • Lab documentation noting positive test results of a PCR test. Your results should include a copy of the test that shows your name, result, and collection date of the test. Three months after the positive test results, you will again be eligible for quarantine.
  • Please note: Not all COVID testing is accepted. Only a PCR test is acceptable. For example, antibody testing or antibody test results are not acceptable for a quarantine exemption.

Fully Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to protect people from getting sick. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now allows fully vaccinated persons without symptoms to be exempt from quarantine. Therefore, if you have been around someone who has COVID-19 you do not need to stay away from others unless you have symptoms.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected and will not qualify for an exemption from testing or quarantine.

To qualify for this exemption, please email publichealth@boisestate.edu a copy of the front of your vaccination card OR choose one of the following:

*CDC has not systematically evaluated the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturers that have not sought an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States. For the purpose of these exemption criteria, considerations for accepting a vaccination series that is not FDA-authorized will include whether the vaccine product has received emergency approval from the World Health Organization or authorization from a national regulatory agency.