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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Wider Student Experience

Last updated 4 November 2021

Test to participate

To help ensure the safety of our students, staff and the wider community, access to our in person Wider Student Experience is conditional on regular Lateral Flow Testing at a University testing site. This involves taking LFTs between two to four days apart (no less than twice per week) and no more than 48 hours before attending a WSE activity. This includes both audiences and spectators at relevant events, talks/presentations, performances and competitions.

In advance of - or directly after - participation you may be required to evidence proof of negative test results. It is, therefore, important that you carry both your campus card and evidence of your e-mailed test results (mobile phone / tablet / print out) with you when arriving to participate in any Wider Student Experience event or activity.

We recognise that the vast majority of our students are now fully vaccinated - regardless, regular testing remains a requirement.

From Monday 8 Novmeber 2021 - Students are required to provide proof of a negative test result in advance of attending College bars or participating in WSE activities, with the exception of low-risk outdoor, activities including some outdoor sports. Higher risk outdoor sports will still require proof of a negative test.

The on-going employment of Test to Participate will be reviewed regularly throughout the Term. Any changes to the process will be communicated through our Colleges, the Students' Union and Experience Durham.

It is recognised that student groups may be away from Durham for a short period to tour, perform or compete. In this situation students are requested to continue with the testing regime but use NHS home kits to do so. Once students return to Durham they must revert to using the University testing sites.

Breaches to Test to Participate requirements

Any students found to be in breach of the Test to Participate requirements will be subject to established student disciplinary procedures. Sanctions will include exclusion from all Wider Student Experience activity.