CRU to Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, Graduate Students: Spring Testing Details

Author: John Slott

Dear Faculty, Staff, Postdocs and Graduate Students,

We hope you enjoyed an extended winter break as we look forward to the start of the new academic semester. This letter follows yesterday’s communication that addressed Spring Semester surveillance testing and provides additional information. 

If you are working on campus two or more days per week or live on campus, you are strongly encouraged to participate in surveillance testing every other week. Those who are fully remote should not participate in surveillance testing.

Some key points: 

  • Surveillance testing will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the University Testing Center, Gate 2 of the Joyce Center
  • Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, January 25, you can pick your testing day using this calendar
  • There will be a limited number of testing appointments available per day on a first come, first served basis. 
  • On the testing day you selected, you can report to the University Testing Center any time during the Surveillance Testing Center’s hours of operation. You do not need to sign up for a specific time slot. Please do not show up for regular surveillance testing on a day other than the one you scheduled.
  • Surveillance Testing Center Hours of Operation: 
    • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • If a conflict arises with your appointment, you can reschedule it yourself here.
  • Do not participate in surveillance testing if:
    • You have tested positive in the last 90 days
    • You are already being tested because you have a red pass on your daily health check
    • You are in quarantine or isolation
  • Saliva testing will be the primary surveillance testing method but we will supplement with nasal swab testing. 
  • For the saliva test, you should avoid eating or drinking anything (including water), brushing teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum, and using tobacco products for at least 60 minutes prior to arriving at the testing center. 

As we try to prevent outbreaks, you may also be asked to take a supplemental surveillance test within days of your regularly-scheduled surveillance test. No one will be called for a supplemental test on the same day as their scheduled surveillance appointment. It is extremely important for the safety of our campus community that you participate in testing whenever notified.

Should you have questions, please contact the CRU Hotline at 574-634-4373 (HERE) or by email at covidresponseunit@nd.edu. CRU staff members are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you,

Carol Mullaney

Director, ND COVID-19 Response Unit

Liz Rulli

Director, ND Surveillance Testing Program