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The college’s COVID-19 testing protocols began Nov. 3 and were revised beginning January 2022. All students and employees are required to complete the Vaccine Certification, even if they are enrolled in only online or offsite classes or work remotely. Students and employees completing the Vaccine Certification who do not submit proof of vaccination, certify that they are not fully vaccinated or do not to complete the Vaccine Certification are subject to the college’s COVID-19 testing protocols.

AACC’s testing protocols do not apply to students who are enrolled exclusively in classes that take place at offsite locations; however, employees who are not fully vaccinated and work exclusively at offsite locations are subject to the testing protocols. Learn more about what is considered an offisite location in the FAQs below.

The testing protocols will not be applied to students or employees who have applied for and been granted an accommodation from the testing protocol. How and when to apply for accommodations for medical, disability or religious reasons can be found on our accommodations page.

Students and employees who are not fully vaccinated and are exclusively taking online classes or working remotely are not required to provide a weekly test result but are subject to the testing protocols and must complete a test survey to confirm that they will not be at an AACC location each week. If an online student or employee comes to an AACC location for any reason, they must submit a COVID-19 test result prior to coming to the AACC location.

If you are in the testing protocols, every Wednesday, you must submit a weekly test survey that will be sent to your college-issued email and either:

  • Upload proof of a COVID-19 test result, or
  • Confirm that you will not be at an AACC location during the next seven days.

Test results must be uploaded using the test survey on Wednesday each week. The college will accept results for tests administered within seven days of the date of submission, including the submission date. Additional details can be found in the FAQs below.

We will have free testing available for students and employees three days per week on the Arnold campus and one day per week at Arundel Mills and Glen Burnie Town Center. For days, times and locations, review the FAQs below.


Frequently Asked Questions

We will update this webpage regularly with additional information as it becomes available.

If I am required to provide COVID-19 test results to the college, when do I have to start getting tested?

The college’s COVID-19 testing protocols began Nov. 3. Test results must be uploaded on Wednesday each week. Results are due by midnight. The college will accept results for tests administered up to seven days prior to the date of submission.

For example, for the first week of the protocol, Wednesday Jan. 5, if you are required to provide a test result, you would need to be tested between Thursday, Dec. 30 and Wednesday, Jan. 5. Those results must be submitted by midnight on Jan. 5.

When are my test results due?

COVID-19 test results must be submitted on Wednesday before midnight. Submission of test results on Wednesday will clear you to be at AACC locations from Thursday through the following Wednesday. 

Because the test results are only uploaded on Wednesdays, students and employees need to ensure that they get tested and upload a COVID test result the Wednesday immediately preceding when they will be at an AACC location.

For example, if you plan to be at an AACC location on a Monday, Jan. 10, you would need to be tested on the prior Tuesday, Jan. 4, or Wednesday, Jan. 5, and upload the negative COVID test result on Wednesday, Jan. 5 to be cleared to come to an AACC Location on Monday, Jan. 10.

If you need to come to an AACC location unexpectedly and did not upload a negative COVID test on Wednesday, you should be tested and email the college to have the test survey returned to you for that week so that you can upload a negative COVID test and come to campus. Employees should email employeevax@aacc.edu and students should email studentvax@aacc.edu

How long are my test results good for?

Any time you upload test results, the results must be from a test that was taken within the seven days prior to the date of submission, including the submission date.

What if I am taking classes at an offsite AACC location?

An offsite location is anywhere other than the Arnold campus, Glen Burnie Town Center, the Hotel, Culinary, Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute or AACC at Arundel Mills. For example, offsite locations would include classes that take place at Anne Arundel County public schools, Anne Arundel County senior centers or at an employer's location. An offsite location does not include clinical sites where students and employees may participate in clinical, fieldwork, internships or externships in a health care or clinic setting or federal work sites, which have special requirements. Visit our clinicals and federal contractors webpage for information regarding the protocols that apply to clinical students and employees.

All students and employees, regardless of where their classes take place, including offsite locations, are required to complete the Vaccine Certification. Students who are taking classes solely at an offsite location, however, will not be subject to the college’s weekly testing protocol. Employees who work or teach exclusively at offsite locations, however, are subject to the college’s weekly testing protocol.

For any offsite locations, students and employees in AACC classes will be required to wear a face covering within that classroom for the duration of time in which AACC’s on-campus mask protocol is in place. 

In addition, students and employees in AACC classes at offsite locations must comply with the site’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations regarding vaccination and testing for COVID-19. If you do not comply with the site’s rules, you may be unable to participate in the course at the offsite location and will possibly have to withdraw or fail the course or may be unable to work at the offsite location. You may request an exemption or accommodation directly from the site. If granted by the site, we will abide by the site’s determination. If denied by the site, you may not be permitted able to attend the course. AACC will not consider requests for exemption or accommodation to the site’s rules.

What do I need to upload to document a valid COVID-19 test result?

COVID test results must include your full name, date of birth, specimen collection date (the date of the test), type of test, the entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity) and the test result in one official document. Screenshots of text messages with your results will not be accepted. For additional information, see the FAQ below on how to obtain your on-campus test results.

When will I get my test results from the on-campus provider?

On-campus test results are reported the same day. If results are not received by the end of the day, email covidtestingaacc@quality1urgentcare.com

How do I obtain my on-campus test results?

On-campus test results are available through the Quality First COVID-19 Lab Portal. When checking in for testing, you should have received a set of instructions on how to receive your results using a unique patient ID.

  • Your patient ID will stay the same each time you are tested.
  • You will receive a text or email to notify you when you can check the portal to view the PDF of your results.
  • Your results should be downloaded as a PDF and submitted to the college weekly.

How do I upload my test results?

All students and employees who are required to submit weekly test results will complete a weekly COVID-19 testing survey. If you are subject to the testing protocols, you will receive an email on Wednesday each week notifying you to upload your test result On the testing survey, you will be given the option to confirm that you do not plan to come to any AACC location for the next seven days and, if so, will not be required to upload a test result. Be sure to check your college-issued email address every Wednesday to complete the testing survey.

If you did not receive your weekly link, students should email studentvax@aacc.edu and employees should email employeevax@aacc.edu to have the testing survey sent to you to complete.

Note: The law prohibits knowingly supplying false statements or documentation and individuals who do so may be subject to criminal penalties, if the law requires the submission of test results to the college.

What type of test is required for the weekly testing requirement?

The college will accept molecular and antigen tests that can detect an active COVID-19 infection. Samples for diagnostic tests are typically collected with a nasal or throat swab, or saliva collected by spitting into a tube. The college will only accept test results if the COVID-19 test has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Tests must have been conducted or supervised by a medical provider, including a pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. The results must be processed by the medical provider.

The college will not accept self-administered tests or antibody tests that look for antibodies in your immune system produced in response to COVID-19 but do not detect active COVID-19 infections.

Rapid tests or PCR tests will be accepted. If a student or employee tests positive, has symptoms or is unvaccinated and exposed to someone who has COVID-19, the student or employee must follow the college’s exposure protocol and may only return to AACC after being cleared by a college employee, which may include proof of a negative PCR test.

Where do I get tested?

For employees, test results will be accepted from the on-campus provider or from an Anne Arundel County Health Department testing site, which are free. For county-run sites, visit COVID-19 Testing.

For students, test results will be accepted from the on-campus provider, an Anne Arundel County Health Department testing site or from a medical provider, including a pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc.

Note: The college will not reimburse for the cost of COVID-19 testing completed at off-site locations.

Is testing available on campus?

COVID-19 testing services are available at several AACC locations. Days, times and locations are subject to change. Be sure to check this webpage for updates.

AACC’s Arnold campus, Johnson Building Rooms 105 and 107

  • Mondays, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

AACC at Arundel Mills Rooms 108 and 109

  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

AACC’s Glen Burnie Town Center Rooms 211 and 212

  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

How do I schedule on-campus COVID-19 testing?

If you received the weekly COVID-19 testing protocol reminder, select schedule your weekly testing appointment. First-time users must register the account using an AACC email address.

Employees and students who did not receive the weekly reminder and are not in COVID testing protocols may schedule a test by creating an account using their AACC email address (Select “New Patient” and then select “AACC Student/Faculty/Staff” as the reason for the visit.).   

Are appointments required for on-campus testing?

For those who are required to submit weekly COVID-19 testing results, appointments are recommended. Walk-ins continue to be available for those without appointments.

Is the testing on campus open to the public?

No. Only students and employees may use the testing services AACC is providing. Students and employees will be required to certify their status as a current student or employee to the testing vendor before being able to receive a test at an AACC location.

Will the college pay for COVID-19 testing?

Students and employees who are tested at an AACC location during the fall 2021 through spring 2022 terms will not be required to pay for COVID-19 tests. 

Note: The college will not reimburse for the cost of COVID-19 test completed at off-site locations. Tests are available for free from the Anne Arundel County Health Department testing sites. For county-run sites, visit COVID-19 Testing.

If I am an employee, will the college provide me paid time off to take COVID-19 tests?

Yes, employees who have opted into the testing protocol and are required to work on-site will be provided up to two hours to complete their testing each week. When you submit your weekly test results, the survey will ask you how long it took for you to get tested. Staff and temporary employees should work with their supervisors to schedule when they can get tested during their work day to ensure coverage of work duties. Modification to your standard workday may be necessary in special circumstances, e.g., night shift. Faculty should arrange for testing at a time that does not conflict with their instructional or counseling obligations or commitments.

Do I have to get tested on campus?

No. Employees and students have the option of getting free tests at an Anne Arundel County Health Department testing site. Students also may test at an off-site location; however, the college will not reimburse the student for the cost of testing.

What type of testing is AACC providing?

The college is providing rapid antigen testing using a nasal or nasopharyngeal swabbing at certain AACC locations. The sample is collected by testing center staff only. There is no option to self-swab.

I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

If you test positive, you should immediately contact COVIDsafety@aacc.edu and complete the COVID-19 reporting form. If you are at an AACC location when you learn you have COVID-19, you should leave the location as soon as you can. You must isolate until cleared to return to AACC by an authorized college employee. 

If you are in the testing protocol, you should also upload the test result using the testing survey. The college will temporarily suspend the testing requirement for 90 days following the positive test result. After the 90-day period expires, you will be subject to the testing protocols again. You do not need to submit a request for an accommodation.

What happens if I do not submit my test results on time?

You should immediately get tested. If you are an employee, you will need to email employeevax@aacc.edu and students can email studentvax@aacc.edu. Upon receipt of your email, the testing survey will be resent to you so that you can provide the test result to the college. Repeated failure to comply with testing requirements may result in progressive discipline, up to and including termination or dismissal from the college.

Do I need to wait until my test results are back and uploaded by Wednesday prior to going to class or coming to work?

Once you have uploaded a negative test result on Wednesday, you are cleared to come to AACC locations for the next seven days (Thursday through Wednesday), unless you test positive, experience symptoms or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

If you had not planned on coming to an AACC location but need to come to an AACC location unexpectedly and did not upload a negative COVID test on Wednesday, you should be tested. If you are an employee, you will need to email employeevax@aacc.edu, and students can email studentvax@aacc.edu. Upon receipt of your email, the testing survey will be resent to you so you can provide the test results to the college.

If you are symptomatic, have tested positive or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not come to campus, even for COVID-19 testing. You will need to get a PCR test, which is not offered at AACC location. You must contact COVIDsafety@aacc.edu immediately and follow the college’s exposure protocols.

Do I have to provide test results if I do not come to an AACC location for that week?

If you do not come to AACC at least once every seven days, you are not required to test weekly. You will need to complete the COVID testing survey every Wednesday and select that you will not be at an AACC location during the next seven days (Thursday through Wednesday). The survey link will be sent to you each Wednesday to submit.

If you plan to come to campus, you will need to upload a negative test result on the Wednesday prior to coming to an AACC location, using the weekly survey link.

If you had not planned on coming to an AACC location and need to come to an AACC location unexpectedly and did not upload a negative COVID test on Wednesday, you should be tested. If you are an employee, you will need to email employeevax@aacc.edu, and students can email studentvax@aacc.edu. Upon receipt of your email, the testing survey will be resent to you so that you can provide the test results to the college.

If I am vaccinated, am I permitted to use the testing services on campus?

Yes, employees and students may use the testing services at our AACC locations at no cost, regardless of vaccination status.

If you are symptomatic, have tested positive or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not come to campus, even for COVID-19 testing. You will need to obtain a PCR test that is not offered at AACC locations. You must contact COVIDsafety@aacc.edu immediately and follow the college’s exposure protocols.

Will the college accept self-administered COVID-19 tests?

No, we will not accept self-administered COVID-19 tests. Tests must have been conducted or supervised by a medical provider, including a pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. The results must be processed by the medical provider.

Will the college reimburse me if I get tested at a site outside of AACC?

No, we will not reimburse you if you choose to pay for a test.

If I am an employee, do I have to get tested outside of my work hours?

No, employees may get tested during their work day. Staff and temporary employees should work with their supervisors to schedule when they can get tested during their work day to ensure coverage of work duties. Modification to your standard workday may be necessary in special circumstances, e.g., night shift. Faculty should arrange for testing at a time that does not conflict with their instructional or counseling obligations or commitments.

How will supervisors be notified if their direct reports are required to adhere to the COVID-19 testing protocols?

Human Resources will notify supervisors of any direct reports that are required to comply with the college's COVID-19 testing. This is necessary for scheduling testing and ensuring coverage of job responsibilities. Details regarding an employee’s personal medical, disability or religious information will not be shared with supervisors.

Are faculty and staff required to verify a student's vaccination or testing status prior to class or receiving in person services?

No, faculty and staff should not inquire or request a student’s vaccination, testing or health status. The college has a limited number of staff responsible for the oversight of compliance and monitoring. Details regarding an individual’s personal medical, disability or religious information is limited to those individuals responsible for oversight and compliance.

What happens if I decide that I want to get vaccinated after initially being in the testing protocol?

If you are in the college’s testing protocol and your vaccination status changes, you must update your vaccination status by selecting the option for vaccination status change in the weekly COVID testing survey. By selecting this option in the weekly survey, an email will be sent to you to facilitate the updating of your vaccination status. You will continue to be subject to the testing protocol until you have re-submitted the Vaccine Certification, including proof of vaccination, and your proof of vaccination has been validated by the college.

If you had received an accommodation and your vaccination status changes, you should email:

State that you previously had an accommodation but would like to update your vaccination status. An email with a unique link to the Vaccine Certification will be sent to your college-issued email address to complete.

I have immunity or antibodies from having had COVID-19. Do I have to get vaccinated or complete weekly COVID-19 testing?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that even if you have already had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated. Research has not yet shown how long you may be protected after you recover and vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19. A number of studies have shown that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be better protected against future infections than those individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19.

While the science around COVID-19 infection-induced immunity and naturally occurring antibodies is evolving, there is not enough evidence for the college to consider infection-induced immunity or naturally occurring antibodies as sufficient to reduce exposure to, or reinfection from, COVID-19. Studies have found that many individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 have not acquired effective immunity to COVID-19 and when individuals do acquire some level of protection, evidence suggests that the level of protection may depend on the severity of the individuals’ infection.

While some studies have indicated that infection-induced immunity may provide a significant level of protection against reinfection, these studies suffer from methodological limitations that make those studies inconclusive regarding the level of immunity from having previously had COVID-19. The scientific evidence has not yet provided a reasonable degree of certainty as to the degree of protection, if any, afforded to a particular individual from their prior infection. Accordingly, the college will not consider prior infection as a basis for exemption from the college’s optional protocol, requiring vaccination or weekly testing for COVID-19. AACC also consulted with the Anne Arundel County Health Department in making this determination.

The CDC recommends that individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 not be tested for COVID-19 for 90 days from the date of infection. If you test positive, you should immediately contact COVIDsafety@aacc.edu and complete the COVID-19 reporting form. If you are at an AACC location when you learn you have COVID-19, you should leave the location as soon as it is safe to do so.  You must isolate until cleared to return to AACC by an authorized college employee. 

If you are in the testing protocol, you should also upload the test result using the testing survey.  The college will temporarily suspend the testing requirement for 90 days following the positive test result.  After the 90 day period expires, you will be subject to the testing protocols again.

What are the testing protocols if I'm in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care, clinic setting or on a federal contract?

Students and employees participating in clinical, fieldwork, internships or externships in a health care or clinic settings and employees who work on or support federal contracts are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the clinical. Testing will not be permitted in lieu of vaccination for individuals participating in clinicals or federal contracts, unless the individual has requested and been granted an accommodation. 

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, employees and students must agree to COVID-19 testing as determined by the clinical or federal work sites. Refusal of COVID-19 testing may also result in a student’s the inability to progress or successfully complete the program of study and may impact an employee’s employment status. 

If you have been treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma within the last 90 days, you may request a medical deferral using the accommodation request form, providing documentation from your medical provider and noting the last day of the treatment.

What are the testing protocols if I am an employee that works on or in connection with a federal contract?

Employees who work on or support federal contracts are required to be fully vaccinated no later than Jan. 18, 2022. Testing will not be permitted in lieu of vaccination for individuals that work on or support federal contracts, unless the individual has requested and been granted an accommodation. 

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, employees must agree to COVID-19 testing as determined by the Federal Contracting Agency. Refusal of COVID-19 testing may also result in the employee being unable to work at the work site or meet the essential functions of the employee’s job and may impact an employee’s employment status. 

If you have been treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma within the last 90 days, you may request a medical deferral using the accommodation request form, providing documentation from your medical provider and noting the last day of the treatment.

Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols for employees working on or supporting federal contracts.

COVID-19 Reporting

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Did you receive a positive COVID-19 test result? Have you been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case? Please complete our COVID-19 Reporting form.


On-Campus Testing Hours

We have free COVID-19 testing available for students and employees at the times and locations listed below. 

If you receive the weekly COVID-19 testing protocol reminder, you should schedule your weekly testing appointment to reduce wait times. First time visitors must register their account using an AACC email address. Employees and students who do not receive the weekly reminder, and are not in COVID testing protocols, may schedule a test by creating an account using their AACC email address (Select “New Patient” and then select “AACC Student/Faculty/Staff” as the reason for the visit.). 

Retrieve your on-campus testing results.

AACC in Arnold, Johnson Building Rooms 105 and 107

Mondays,
7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursdays,
7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fridays,
8 a.m.-1 p.m.

AACC at Arundel Mills, Rooms 108 and 109

Wednesdays,
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Glen Burnie Town Center, Rooms 211 and 212

Tuesdays,
11 a.m.-6 p.m.