“ After 90% of the positive test results came from just one provider, and most cases involved people reporting no symptoms, officials grew suspicious. An investigation revealed that the provider had changed its protocol to determine test results without the university’s knowledge.

Rice did not name the provider, so we can only hope they aren’t widely used elsewhere.

“Then we retested about 50 people who initially tested positive. Each of them was tested two additional times, on two different days, by two different test providers, and all but one came back negative,” wrote Kirby, adding that students who had false-positive tests had been released from isolation.

Despite the false positives, Rice officials say they will stick to two weeks of online classes, but students who delayed moving in to campus until after Sept. 3 can go ahead.”