Required COVID-19 Testing for Faculty & Staff - January 2021

December 15, 2020

Dear Baylor Faculty & Staff,

All faculty and staff who will be working on-campus upon their return from the Christmas and New Year holiday break will be required to complete a COVID-19 test through our on-campus testing provider, MyLabsDirect (MLD).

  • Completing a test and receiving a test result prior to returning to on-campus work is preferable but may not be possible based on work scheduling needs. Check with your manager regarding your scheduled return to campus work date and make a plan for when your test will be completed leading up to or within three workdays after returning to on-campus work.
  • Testing appointments must be scheduled online and will be available January 2-8 and January 11-15 for faculty and staff in the testing tents located on campus. The specific location of your test will be selected at the time of scheduling your appointment.
  • Faculty and staff who are remaining remote for the spring semester or who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of returning to on-campus work are exempt from the testing requirement. Previous requested exemptions from testing for the Fall semester are no longer valid. To request a new exemption from the spring testing requirement, please fill out this form.

Additional surveillance testing plans for faculty and staff beyond the initial return to campus testing requirement will be communicated closer to the start of the spring semester.

Faculty and staff located at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dallas and Austin EMBA programs, and any other Baylor school or program satellite campuses away from the main Waco campus will have alternate testing requirements and instructions as communicated by their schools/programs.

For questions about faculty and staff testing through December 17, please contact askHR at 254-710-2000 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT or send an email to For questions about faculty and staff testing during the university holidays from December 18 through January 3, please contact the Baylor Information Call Center at 888-283-2158 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. You also may send an email to, but please be aware that there may be a slight delay in receiving an email response over the holiday period.

Please continue to monitor your email over the holidays for any breaking news or spring updates related to COVID-19. Thank you for everything you are doing to continue to support a healthy and safe campus environment for all Baylor students, faculty and staff. We wish you a happy and healthy Christmas season and look forward to another successful Baylor semester in 2021.

If you have additional questions, please contact Baylor Human Resources by emailing

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