CRU to Students: Spring 2021 Updates

Author: John Slott

Dear Undergraduate and Professional Students,

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon. We write to provide some additional information about Spring Semester surveillance testing, following up on yesterday’s letter from Erin Hoffmann Harding and Mike Seamon. 

Some key points:

  • If you haven’t already scheduled your pre-matriculation test on campus, please do so immediately. 
  • Regular weekly surveillance testing will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the University Testing Center, Gate 2 of the Joyce Center.
  • You are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing on the same day each week throughout the semester. 
  • Starting tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 23, beginning at 12 p.m. EST, you can pick your weekly testing day using this calendar. Testing will take place 7 days a week. 
  • Think about your class schedule and other commitments before choosing your testing day. You will not be able to change your testing day once you’ve signed up. Also, there will be a limited number of testing appointments available per day, so sign up soon to get your first choice. 
  • Each week, on the testing day you selected, you must report during the Surveillance Testing Center’s hours of operation that day. You can come at any time on your assigned day, 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.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (nasal swab); 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (saliva)
  • Do not participate in surveillance testing if:
    • You have tested positive in the last 90 days (if you tested off campus, you must upload your positive test results to your University Health Services (UHS) patient portal)
    • You are already being tested because you have a red pass on your daily health check
    • You are in quarantine or isolation
  • When you schedule your appointment day, you will also be able to choose either saliva testing or nasal swab testing. Just like your appointment day, your testing method will remain the same throughout the semester. Note: Saliva testing will be the primary surveillance testing method for the Spring Semester, which means more appointments will be available for this testing method.
  • 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.
  • If you fail to show up on your scheduled day for your surveillance test, you will be subject to consequences as outlined in COVID-19 Addendum to du Lac. Any missed tests will be tracked throughout the semester, and you will face more serious consequences with each missed test. 
  • Due to athletic conference rules, surveillance testing for in-season student-athletes is scheduled independently.

As we try to prevent outbreaks, you may also be required to take a supplemental surveillance test, possibly even within a day or two of your regularly-scheduled surveillance test. It is extremely important for the safety of our campus community that you participate in testing whenever notified. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the University’s Covid-19 Student Surveillance Testing Team at 574-634-2233. 

Thank you,

Carol Mullaney

Director, ND COVID-19 Response Unit

Liz Rulli

Director, ND Surveillance Testing Program