Marching Chiefs FAQs

Florida State University has updated their Return to Student Life 2021 procedures based on the Board of Governors’ direction, all testing, proof of vaccination, or proof of positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days is strongly encouraged, but voluntary. As such, choosing not to participate in this process will not penalize students in any way or prevent students from engaging in in-person activities. Florida State University recommends that all students participate in this program to assist in the University's mitigation efforts.

  • Students may voluntarily provide proof of being fully vaccinated. Upload your COVID Vaccine Record HERE.
    • Proof of Full Vaccination
      • Accepted forms of documentation include:
        • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card
        • Florida SHOTS record
        • Other state or international vaccination records
      • All documentation may be submitted as a photo, screenshot, or scanned copy and must be legible. Dates of administration must be included on the submitted documentation.
    • To be considered fully vaccinated:
      • It has been two weeks since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use – Pfizer BioNtech or Moderna; or the WHO authorized EU vaccines for emergency use such as Astra Zeneca-Oxford, Sinopharm, or Sinovac. The most up-to-date WHO list can be found here.
      • It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the FDA and WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use – Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
      • For those considering vaccination, please consult the timetable to ensure you reach full immunity at least 14 days prior to your participation in the congregate activity.
  • OR
  • Students may opt-out of testing if they provide proof of a positive case of COVID-19 anytime in the 90 days prior to the scheduled start of an activity. Please email these records to University Health Services at uhs-MedicalRecords@fsu.edu. Please note, the COVID-19 antibody test will not be accepted as proof of a positive case. If the positive test was very recent and you are still needing to self-isolate, please do not return until you have been cleared from isolation.
    • Proof of positive COVID-19 lab test
      • Accepted forms of documentation include:
        • Positive lab test result
        • Doctor's visit note that includes the positive COVID-19 lab result
      • The following forms of documentation WILL NOT be accepted:
        • Antibody tests
        • Hospital records
      • All documentation may be submitted as a photo, screenshot, or scanned copy and must be legible. Date of positive test result must be included on the submitted documentation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second shot in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-shot vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

For those considering vaccination, please consult the timetable to ensure you reach full immunity at least 14 days prior to your participation in Marching Chiefs Preseason Training.

All students participating in Marching Chiefs Preseason Training are required to get tested using the Florida State University testing center. We are unable to accept negative COVID-19 tests from other providers in lieu of a COVID-19 test at FSU.

COVID-19 Testing Schedule

The University does not intend for students to incur any direct costs for COVID-19 testing or COVID-19 vaccine. When scheduling your COVID-19 test, ensure you are entering the University Health Services COVID-19 Testing Scheduler by selecting 'FSU Faculty/Staff/Student' on the University Health Services website.

You are required to schedule your COVID-19 test for a test date within two days prior to the start of your activity.

Students moving into a residence hall who are also participating in Marching Chiefs Preseason Training must schedule their COVID-19 test on August 10, 11, or 12 prior to the Marching Chiefs’ assigned move-in appointment block at beginning Thursday, August 12 at 5PM.

Students living off-campus who have not opted out of the testing requirement must schedule their COVID-19 test for August 11 or August 12 prior to the start of your activity.

Appointments will be available via the University Health Services website.

COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Any student who tests positive or is instructed to quarantine due to close contact with someone who tests positive will be required to enter isolation/quarantine immediately. Any student required to isolate/quarantine will not be allowed to participate in any in-person activity or event at FSU, including Marching Chiefs Preseason Training. If you are required to isolate, please know that Florida State University has very few isolation beds, and you will likely need to return home or find your own isolation space.
Yes. As long as you complete the testing requirement you will be able to participate in the Preseason Training activities while your test result is pending.

Per CDC guidelines, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

If you have not been vaccinated and contact tracing determines you have been in close contact with a known COVID-19 case, you will be required to quarantine, even if you don’t have symptoms. Any student required to quarantine will not be allowed to participate in any in-person activity or event at FSU, including Marching Chiefs Preseason Training.

No. In an effort to promote an efficient move-in process, while minimizing disruption to your participation in Preseason Training, Marching Chiefs will be moving in early on August 12 beginning at 5 PM and do not require an appointment.
No. Any student who is living on-campus with Residence Life will only have to test once (prior to the start of Marching Chiefs Preseason Training) unless they opt out by providing proof of vaccination or a positive COVID-19 test result dated within 90 days.

Be sure to have the myFSU Mobile app installed ahead of your first congregate activity to be able to display your status. You may follow the steps in the instructions to view my status for Congregate Clearance Activity.

Instructions

The clearance protocols are not mandatory but are highly recommended.