Student R3 Testing Protocol

The new Raider Rapid Results (R3) testing protocol requires students living on campus, and students wishing to engage in specific activities on campus, to participate free of charge in frequent testing using the R3 PCR saliva test in accordance with new guidance from the State System.

Frequent testing is an effective practice for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Testing has been a part of the strategy for managing the spread with students since our return to campus in Fall 2020. In addition to continued best practices of testing, mask wearing, social distancing and de-densifying on campus, for spring 2021, the R3 expanded testing protocol is now included in the mitigation strategy

How R3 Works

Sign up online at  or use the QR Code to participate in anonymous testing. 

  • Do not eat, drink (including water), smoke, vape or brush or floss your teeth one hour before your test.
  • Go to your scheduled appointment at The CUB’s Airport Lounge, room 125. 
  • Answer a few simple questions. 
  • Show your appointment QR code.  
  • Provide a 2ml saliva sample in your personalized anonymous vial. 
  • Return your sample to R3 staff.  
  • Results will be returned by the lab through the point-n-click system, and you will be notified by email, typically within 1-2 business days. Sample results may take slightly longer over the weekend.
  • Students are expected to keep their masks on, maintain social distance, attend classes and participate in campus activities while awaiting test results. 
  • The SU COVID-19 office will reach out if necessary through the point-n-click system, email, or phone.   

The R3 program creates passports for student access to campus activities. The passport shows that you are current with the testing program, not whether the test is positive or negative.

Testing protocols have changed for Spring 2021

Test Negative? This is Important!

R3 testing is only a supplement to stringent mitigation protocols. A negative test does not change the need to continue to adhere to mask wearing, social distancing and limiting exposure.

All mitigation protocols remain mandatory on campus and members of the community should continue these practices when away from campus for the health and well-being of the entire community.

Test Positive? This is Important!

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will self-isolate for 10 days or will extend self-isolation until cleared by the SU COVID Office following the most current CDC guidance. Students who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person will follow the appropriate 10-day quarantine guidelines.

The Registrar and Academic Dean will be notified about the planned period of isolation/quarantine (who will inform faculty of the learning platform change, if applicable) and the move to remote learning for the duration of this period, if needed.

Students who live on campus who test positive for COVID-19 will be assisted by the SU COVID Office to choose isolation:

  • in a university provided, off-campus location
    • Residence Life, Student Affairs, and the COVID Office staff will assist the student in relocation
  • by returning home
    • Assisted by Residence Life and Student Affairs staff, the student will make immediate arrangements for leaving campus and returning home.

Students who live off campus who test positive for COVID-19 will be assisted by the COVID Office to determine their 10-day isolation plan at either a current local residence or return home.


Residential Students | Testing frequency: weekly

  • Residential students must follow the R3 protocols and be tested weekly, no later than 4 p.m. Monday.
  • Students who do not follow the R3 protocol will be required to follow a quarantine protocol to determine the student is not COVID-19 positive.

Non-Residential Students 

Raider Rapid Results is a voluntary program for non-residential students, but if you are interested in increasing your on-campus experience, sign up today so that you will be ready to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, clubs, club sports and intramurals, athletics, student organizations with weekly meetings and large events by signing up and adhering to the Raider Rapid Results (R3) testing program.

Participating groups with more signing on every day:

  • Athletics
  • Marching Band/Choir/Brass Ensembles
  • Intramural Sports 
  • Club Sports 
  • SHIPRec- to use SHIPRec, students will be required to test weekly 
  • ROTC
  • Fraternity/Sorority

Not in the R3 program but want to participate in activities on campus?

In some cases, students who do not travel to campus often, may want to participate in activities that require R3 testing. If you would like to participate in a program/event that requires participating in the R3 program and anticipate this being a one-time occurrence, please contact the SU COVID office at  [email protected] for consideration.

Infrequent meetings of fewer than 10 people (depending on location) may be exempt from the R3 program. Please contact the SU COVID office at  [email protected] for specifics.


If a student is identified as having come in close proximity for more than 15 minutes with someone who tests positive, the student will be asked to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.

Students who live on campus who are exposed will quarantine in their residence hall room/suite for 10 days and will:

  • self-monitor wellness twice daily (Residence Life staff will check in daily)
  • choose meals each day and a supply of snacks to be delivered
  • participate in remote learning

Students who live off campus who are exposed will:

  • quarantine at their local residence or return home
  • self-monitor wellness twice daily and check in with a member of health services
  • participate in remote learning


When a student has reported testing positive for COVID-19, the University case investigation Team (CIT) will:


  • Perform a personal interview with the student.
  • Use a case investigation process to assess the class schedule, living situation, activities, on-campus work locations, face-to-face meetings and any other situations that may have resulted in close contact from 2 days before the onset of symptoms or confirmed positive test.
  • Team members are trained by Johns Hopkins University and follow guidelines set by the CDC and the Commonwealth. 
  • Use a contamination tracing a service, Campus Pulse, to assist with COVID-19 mitigation. This social density tracking system uses anonymous data to assist in case investigation.
  • Notify all members of the campus community who have been identified as exposed and assist in appropriate quarantine protocols.

Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth. Some operational details may change based on continuing developments and revised guidelines and recommendations from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System/PASSHE).