The University of Arizona will require students who live in dorms or attend in-person classes on the main campus to be tested weekly for COVID-19 in the spring. Failure to comply will result in students losing access to the university’s Wi-Fi network, President Robert C. Robbins said Dec. 7 in his weekly virtual briefing on the university’s reentry progress.

The university also will begin offering a new swish-gargle PCR test in addition to nasal swab antigen and PCR testing in the spring. The new test involves swishing and gargling a saline solution, then spitting into a tube. Results are usually available the same day.

In addition to the new testing requirements for on-campus students, off-campus students who plan on visiting campus to access other services – such as the library or Student Recreation Center – will be expected to have taken a diagnostic test in the previous week, Robbins said.

Students who do not fulfill testing requirements or expectations will not have university Wi-Fi access until they comply with testing or receive an approved exemption, he said.

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[Editor’s note: This story originally ran online on the University of Arizona news site and is reposted here with permission.]