The University's testing protocol is part of a comprehensive strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Testing is free to all currently enrolled Notre Dame students, all faculty teaching or conducting research on campus during the semester, and benefit-eligible staff.
Surveillance testing involves testing people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur.
Surveillance testing collection is located in McCourtney Hall, Room 120F. Fall semester hours will be announced soon.
Weekly surveillance testing will be required of all faculty and staff who have not provided proof of vaccination. Testing will begin the week of August 16. These employees will receive additional information about the testing requirement after August 2.
Surveillance testing will be primarily saliva-based with results sent to your Notre Dame email approximately 24 hours following the test. Nasal swabs testing is available as needed.
Before submitting your saliva sample, avoid eating, drinking (including water), brushing teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum, or using tobacco products for at least 60 minutes.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, are symptomatic, or are in quarantine or isolation you SHOULD NOT participate in surveillance testing.
Surveillance testing is voluntary over the summer. Faculty and staff can self-schedule a weekly surveillance testing day, which will remain in place through August 9. The saliva sample for the test can be submitted at any time that day during hours of operation, which are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Diagnostic testing involves testing those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Diagnostic Testing is available at University Health Services in Saint Liam Hall for students and at the Notre Dame Wellness Center for faculty and staff. Testing is available, by appointment only.
Students exhibiting symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID should contact University Health Services (UHS) at 574-631-7497. UHS can schedule an appointment for COVID testing.
Faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID can contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 574-631-0050 for a diagnostic test, or seek care from their primary care provider.
Students On Campus
Students living on campus who have been scheduled for a diagnostic test are encouraged to pack and bring a kit which includes toiletries, a thermometer, clothing, course materials, your computer/tablet, mobile phone and accessories (chargers, network cables, earbuds, headphones, etc.).
Patients using their local health care provider (if it’s not UHS or the Wellness Center) will need to provide consent to share results with the University (e.g., UHS, Wellness) to administer and process a test.