‘Operation Safe Return’ initiative aims to test all students before Thanksgiving break

Campbell University will launch an initiative this week to test all on-campus students for COVID-19 before they depart for the end of the semester. 

Operation Safe Return will begin Friday, Nov. 20, and continue through Tuesday, Nov. 24.

During this five-day period, students will undergo rapid testing and receiver their results, typically, within 20 minutes of the test. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this campus-wide effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as they return home for the Thanksgiving holiday. As scheduled at the beginning of the fall semester, students will not return to campus following the Thanksgiving break, and all final exams will be administered online. 

Testing will be held in the banquet hall on the second floor of the Oscar N. Harris Student Union. No appointments are necessary. 

Students who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are asked to not participate in this testing initiative and instead contact the University Health Center

“The Campbell Health & Safety Committee strongly encourages all Campbell students, residential and commuters, to participate in Operation Safe Return,” said Vice President for Student Life and Health & Safety Committee Chair Dr. Dennis Bazemore, “to ensure we’re continuing to do our part to keep our students and families safe as we approach the holiday season.”

Testing Details


  • Friday, Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 20, 23 and 24) — 9 a.m. to noon | 2 to 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 21 and 22) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


  • Ballroom, Second floor | Oscar N. Harris Student Union

Walk-ins only, no appointment is needed.