Report a Testing Absence

Faculty, staff, and students who participate in the COVID-19 asymptomatic screening program are required be tested once (most employees in the program) or twice (all students and some employees in the program) per week. The Self-Report Testing Absence form allows participants to report ahead of their testing due date that they will miss one or more upcoming required tests.

If you are exempt from testing for 90 days because of a positive COVID diagnosis, or are actively in quarantine, you do not need to complete a Testing Absence Form. 

Screen shots showing "Test Kit" and "Report a Testing Absence" areas to click on TigerSafe app
Service portal screen shot showing how to submit data to report test absence

Accessing and using the absence form

Access the Self-Report Testing Absence Form through the TigerSafe app on your smartphone or directly on the web. You will need to log in with your Princeton NetID and password, and complete DUO authentication.

In the TigerSafe app, choose "Testing Kit," and then choose "Report a Testing Absence."

Log in with your NetID and password and authenticate using DUO, as directed. The form will be pre-populated with your name. Use the calendar button or type in the dates (MM/DD/YYYY) that your testing absence will begin and end. For example, if today is February 1, 2021, you are tested weekly and will not be on campus for the next two weeks, enter a start date of 02/01/2021 and an end date of 02/14/2021.

Use the drop-down menu to select the reason for the absence, then select "Submit."

What happens if someone misses a test?

The Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) receive daily reports of graduate student and undergraduate student testing, respectively. These reports do not include test results but identify students who have missed a test. Individuals in these offices follow up with students to determine the reason for missing a test and may recommend disciplinary action for repeatedly missing tests without reasonable excuses.

Academic and administrative departments receive weekly testing compliance reports. These reports do not include test results but indicate faculty and staff who have missed tests. The assigned manager will follow up with the individuals to determine why they missed a test, and may recommend penalties for repeatedly missing tests.

Why report missing a test?

By reporting ahead of time that you will miss a test, the compliance reports that go to the Graduate School, ODUS, and academic and administrative departments will note the reason for missing a test, reducing the need for follow-up with the individual.

When is it acceptable to miss a test?

Faculty, staff, and graduate students may miss one or more tests if they are away from the Princeton area, working remotely off-campus, or for a medical reason, such as being out sick.

Faculty and staff are only expected to submit a test sample on the weeks that they are working on campus. They should not come to campus just to be tested.

Undergraduate students may miss one or more tests for medical reasons and if they are away from the area for approved travel. 

For any of the above (employees or students), if you are in a required quarantine, you do not need to complete a Testing Absence Form. 

For More Information

For technical issues regarding the Self-Report Testing Absence Form, contact the OIT Help Desk at helpdesk@princeton.edu or 609-258-HELP (4357).

For questions about asymptomatic testing, email covidtests@princeton.edu.

For questions about the TigerSafe app, contact Environmental Health and Safety at ehs@princeton.edu or 609-258-5294.