Updated: April 07, 2021 at 10:17AM

Surveillance Testing

Surveillance testing involves testing people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur. General surveillance testing for the Spring Semester continues to be a significant component in our fight against COVID-19 and enables us to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.

General Spring Semester surveillance testing will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the University Testing Center, Gate 2 of the Joyce Center.

  • Do not participate in surveillance testing if:
    • You have tested positive in the last 90 days (if testing off campus, students must upload test results to the 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

Surveillance testing for in-season student-athletes and the staff working with them is scheduled independently.

Undergraduate and Professional Students

As recently announced, undergraduate and professional students (Law, ESTEEM, Graduate Business, and Graduate Architecture) must participate in WEEKLY surveillance testing.

Schedule your weekly appointment beginning Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. EST.

  • Students who currently have a Yellow Pass on the Daily Health Check, must still report for both general surveillance testing and supplemental surveillance testing.
  • Students who are currently positive or have been diagnosed as positive in the past 90 days should schedule a general surveillance testing day so that they have a standing appointment day confirmed. However, these students should not report for general surveillance testing until their 90 days have passed.

More on student testing

Faculty, Staff, Post-docs, PhD, and Graduate Students

As announced in the Jan. 21 letter to faculty, staff, post-docs, PhD, and graduate students who will be on campus for two or more days each week during the spring semester are strongly encouraged to participate in surveillance testing once every two weeks. If you are working remotely, you should not participate in surveillance testing.

Schedule a testing appointment beginning Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. Appointments are required. You must come only at your scheduled time.

More on faculty & staff testing

Supervisors are encouraged to allow staff to participate during working hours. For non-exempt employees, time for testing will be considered paid time.


Surveillance tests will be administered at Gate 2 of the Joyce Center. Follow the signage to the Surveillance Testing check-in table. Have your mobile testing pass before entering Gate 2 for surveillance testing. Find it at go.nd.edu/testpass.

One of two types of tests will be administered: nasal swab PCR or saliva-based PCR. Saliva testing will be the primary surveillance testing method but Testing Center personnel will supplement with nasal swab testing as needed.

Nasal Swab Collection

Nasal swab will be obtained with the help of Testing Center personnel. Follow the instructions given by the person administering the test. 

Saliva Collection

The saliva-based PCR test requires you to spit a small amount of saliva into a test tube. You can self-administer this test following the instructions you are given. The test typically takes 10 minutes or less.


  • Bring your Notre Dame ID card with you.
  • Avoid eating, drinking (including water), brushing teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum and tobacco products for at least 60 minutes before submitting saliva.



Students will receive an email from the UHS patient portal when surveillance test results are available. If a student tests positive they will receive an email with information regarding isolation and additional testing as well as a phone call about contact tracing procedures. For questions regarding test results, students should contact UHS at 574-631-7497.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff will be notified via email about test results from a saliva-based surveillance test. Faculty and staff who take a nasal swab test can find the results through the LabCorp portal.

Faculty and staff who have tested positive will receive a call from the Notre Dame Wellness Center about isolation procedures as well as a call from the University's contact tracing team. (If you a have patient portal setup with the Wellness Center, you may be notified when your results have been added to your record.)

Faculty and staff should contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 634-WELL (9355) with questions about test results.