The University's testing protocol is part of a comprehensive strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
All testing, including entry testing, surveillance testing, and symptomatic testing is completed at the University Testing Center, located inside the Edmund P. Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center (Joyce Center).
Students who are fully vaccinated are not subject to surveillance testing. This includes exit testing prior to Fall Break or entry testing following Fall Break.
Students who are unvaccinated and received an exemption from the vaccination requirement do not need to report for surveillance testing during Fall Break, but are required to report for their scheduled weekly surveillance test before and after Fall Break.
Symptomatic testing is available at the University Testing Center during Fall Break by appointment only. Students experiencing a high fever, difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell should complete the Student Symptomatic Test Request Form to schedule a test at the Testing Center. Students who feel ill more generally (e.g., persistent headache, body aches, sore throat, or fatigue) should call UHS at 574-631-7497.
Surveillance testing involves testing people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur.
Students, faculty, and staff who are unvaccinated and received an exemption from the vaccination requirement, or faculty and staff who have not yet provided proof of vaccination, are required to report for weekly surveillance testing throughout the fall semester. For faculty and staff, surveillance testing began the week of August 16. For students, surveillance testing will begin the week of August 23.
At this time, fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to mandatory weekly surveillance testing. However, should any member of the Notre Dame community be asked to present for surveillance testing, it is the individual’s responsibility to report as requested.
Surveillance testing is primarily saliva-based with results sent to your Notre Dame email approximately 24 hours following the test. Nasal swabs testing is available as needed. All surveillance testing must be completed at the on campus Testing Center.
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 Reports
Campus supervisors have access to a report that identifies any direct reports who are required to participate in surveillance testing and indoor masking. These reports will be updated as more employees become vaccine compliant and/or decide to get vaccinated.
The bottom line on symptomatic testing is...
If you have symptoms, get tested.
Symptomatic testing involves testing those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. All members of the Notre Dame community who experience a high fever, difficulty, breathing, loss of taste or smell are encouraged to promptly seek a COVID-19 test.
Symptomatic testing is available to students, faculty, and staff and is administered via the University Testing Center. Testing is available by appointment only. Testing is also available throughout the community: COVID testing in your area.
Students experiencing a high fever, difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell should complete the Student Symptomatic Test Request Form. Students who feel ill more generally (e.g., persistent headache, body aches, sore throat, or fatigue) should immediately call University Health Services (UHS) 574-631-7497.
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 symptomatic test, or seek care from their primary care provider.
Students On Campus
Students living on campus who have been scheduled for a symptomatic 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.).
In order to accurately track the virus on campus, faculty, staff and students who use an off-campus provider for a COVID-19 test are encouraged to share their test results with on-campus healthcare providers.
- Faculty & Staff: Take a photo of your test result and email it to the Notre Dame Wellness Center at email@example.com
- Students (both undergraduate and graduate): Upload a photo of your test results through your student portal in UHS