To Students: Update to COVID-19 Exit Testing

Author: John Slott

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Dear Students,

This comes as a follow-up to Father Jenkins’ email yesterday. Based on guidance from Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County’s deputy health officer, the exit testing schedule has changed. Saliva surveillance tests previously scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, through Wednesday, Nov. 11, have been canceled. Students who previously scheduled a saliva exit test during those three days must reschedule their appointment. This is necessary in order to ensure that any exposure to the virus that occurred this weekend will be captured in this round of testing.

All students must schedule an exit test before November 21 and remain in the South Bend area until you have your negative test outcome. Please schedule your test 48-72 hours before your planned departure to ensure receipt of your test outcome.

Exit testing for all students will be offered Thursday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 21, during the following hours:

  • Thursday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 15: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Note: Graduate or professional students who will remain on campus past Nov. 20 can schedule a surveillance test through Tuesday, Nov. 24. Any graduate students remaining on campus after that date can contact UHS to schedule a test through December 19.

Students who fail to report for exit testing or fail to remain in the South Bend area until their negative test outcomes are delivered will receive a registration hold on their records and will be unable to matriculate or register for classes next semester or receive a transcript.

Students are only exempt from exit testing if they have tested positive since Aug. 22, are in quarantine or isolation when they receive a surveillance testing notification, are tested as a student-athlete, or are approved through Sara Bea Accessibility Services for remote study this semester.

Students who test positive or are identified as a close contact must comply with the University’s quarantine and isolation protocols, and may not depart the South Bend area until they are medically cleared to travel by University Health Services. Students who fail to receive clearance or fail to comply with the University's quarantine and isolation protocols may be referred to the University Conduct Process for emergency action.

If you have questions, please contact the University's Exit Testing Hotline at 574-634-2233, which is available to answer exit testing questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In Notre Dame,

Liz Rulli
Associate Vice President for Research

Christine Caron Gebhardt
Assistant Vice President for Student Services

Carol Mullaney
Sr. Director of Sustainability and Logistics

Tracy Skibins
Sr. Director of Emergency Management