COVID-19 Testing Required for Students

From: Student Life Staff
To: Students
Posted: December 17, 2020 at 1 p.m.

We hope you all are well and getting some much-deserved rest during this semester break. During the Fall 2020 academic term, the majority of the community did a great job of following the University’s COVID-19 precautions and guidelines. As we shift our attention toward the Spring 2021 academic term, the University is focused on doing everything we can to ensure your safety, and that of the entire University community, with the primary goal of being in-person and remaining open to the greatest extent possible. Today, we are writing to you early, about a new requirement for the Spring 2021 term providing you maximum time to plan. 

To help ensure that the campus community is as safe as possible, all Valpo students, both residential and commuter, will be required to be tested for COVID19, and receive a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus for the spring 2021 academic term. To assist students with completing this requirement, the University is offering two options to receive and report a COVID-19 test result. 

Option 1
Students may order a test through the Student Health Center here. The deadline to request a testing kit is Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at 5 p.m. All testing samples should be collected as close to Jan. 15 as possible, but no sooner than Jan. 11. The deadline to return a testing kit via FedEx drop-off or pick-up is Friday, Jan. 15. The results from the returned test kit will be posted online via a secure web service in 4–5 days post drop-off at FedEx and will be automatically reported to the Student Health Center.

Please note that if students request a test kit through the Student Health Center, it is their responsibility to verify whether or not their insurance is accepted by LabCorp Inc. Any balance due after insurance will be billed to students from LabCorp directly.

Option 2
Students may also make their own arrangements for COVID-19 testing and report their results to the University here. As before, all testing samples should be collected as close to Jan. 15 as possible, but no sooner than Jan. 11. All COVID-19 testing results are to be submitted no later than Wednesday, Jan. 20. An image or PDF of test results must be uploaded via this form and must include the student’s name and result on the test result report. 

If a student was diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to Nov. 1, then testing is still required. If a student was diagnosed after Nov. 1, then they do not require testing. These students  should submit that verification documentation via this same form

If a student has been approved to return to campus early (before to Jan. 22), they should submit their test results within seven (7) days prior of their return date for approval. This must be done prior to returning to campus. 

This testing requirement will assist the University in creating a living-learning environment that is safe for your fellow students and our entire campus community.  If a student does not comply with this University requirement of submitting a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus, it may result in the suspension of the student’s access to University facilities (including academic buildings and residence halls), services, dining plan, and revocation of class attendance until the test result is received and approved.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in protecting yourself, your peers, and your faculty and staff at the University. We look forward to your return to seeing you on campus in-person for the spring semester. In the meantime, please be safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Happy Holidays from all of us at the University.