Updated: February 17, 2021 at 6:28PM

Undergraduate and Professional Students

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

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

  • To offer flexibility and convenience, you will choose your preferred testing day of the week and schedule your appointment. You may begin scheduling your weekly appointment on Saturday, Jan. 23, beginning at 12 p.m. EST.
  • The appointment day you select will be your testing day for the semester. We recommend you account for your class schedule and all activities before choosing a test day as you will not be able to change your test day throughout the semester.
  • Saturday, Jan. 30, is the  last day you can schedule or change your test day. To check you test day, visit go.nd.edu/mytestday.
  • On Monday, Feb. 1, anyone without an appointment will be randomly assigned a day of the week for required testing.
  • There will be a limited number of testing appointments available per day. Once appointments are filled on a specific day, that day will no longer appear as an option in the appointment calendar.
  • General surveillance testing hours of operation at the University Testing Center beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, are as follows:
    • 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 3 p.m.
    • You may complete your weekly surveillance test at any time during Testing Center hours of operation on your scheduled testing day.
  • 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
  • Students who are currently positive or have been diagnosed as positive in the past 90 days should schedule their general surveillance testing day so that they have their preferred standing appointment day confirmed. However, these students should not report for general surveillance testing until their 90 days have passed.
  • Saliva testing will be the primary surveillance testing method but Testing Center personnel will supplement with nasal swab testing as needed. 
  • To ensure the accuracy of 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.
  • Students who fail to show up for scheduled surveillance appointments will be subject to consequences as outlined in the Campus Compact. It is important to note that missed testing appointments will be tracked throughout the semester. In other words, If you miss your testing appointment on Week 1, show up for your tests on Weeks 2,3 and 4, but miss on Week 5, you are subject to the consequences for a second missed test.

Supplemental Surveillance Testing

In an effort to identify the onset of possible clusters or hot spots, you may also be notified to take a supplemental surveillance test within days of your regularly-scheduled surveillance test. No one will be called for a supplemental test on the same day as their scheduled surveillance appointment. It is extremely important for the safety of our campus community that you participate in testing whenever notified. If you are notified to participate in a supplemental test, you are required to do so.

Excused Absence From Testing

As part of the Spring Semester COVID testing program, all undergraduate and professional students must participate in surveillance, quarantine, and diagnostic testing as scheduled or directed by the University. You are expected to appear for your weekly surveillance test and for all other tests, unless you have been granted an excused absence by the University. Failure to report for testing is considered a violation of the Campus Compact as outlined here with more serious sanctions for each subsequent missed test, up to and including dismissal from the University.  

To request an excused absence for testing, please use this form. The Student Surveillance Testing Team will respond to your request and indicate if you have been granted an excused absence or if your request for an excused absence has been denied. Submission of this form does not automatically mean that you have an excused absence.

Please note, except in cases of emergency, excused absences must be requested ahead of the test you expect to miss, and additional verification may be required.  Excused absences will be granted rarely and only for one of the following extraordinary reasons:

  1. Serious illness or death of an immediate family member which necessitates that you travel home;
  2. Participation in off-campus legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require your presence;
  3. Travel for a job or other interview that cannot be rescheduled or conducted virtually;
  4. Required participation in military duties including required ROTC training and medical examinations;
  5. A religious holy day;
  6. Injury or illness that a health services provider verifies will interfere with your ability to participate in testing. University Health Services (UHS), University Counseling Center (UCC), or an off-campus health services provider can provide verification only if those providers are involved in your medical or psychological care.
  7. Travel for participation in a university authorized activity. Such notification will come from Student Affairs, or the dean of the student’s college or school.

Please contact the Student Surveillance Testing Team at 574-634-2233 or studentsurveillance@nd.edu with any questions, Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm.