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In light of the continued community spread of COVID-19 across the U.S. and around the world, Indiana University has adjusted its academic calendar for 2020–2021. This page contains information and links about arrival testing, specific to students, faculty and staff at IU Bloomington.

Arrival testing for Spring 2021

As students return to Bloomington, they will begin being tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis. Please use the directions below to learn how to schedule and participate in testing.

Tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 11-90 days?

Anyone who has tested positive in the last 11 to 90 days of their arrival to Bloomington will NOT need to take an arrival test. If you live in a residence hall, you will still need an appointment to check in. Students living in Greek or Student organization houses will need to submit proof of your positive test to your house leadership before returning to campus and moving in.

Residence hall students, schedule your appointment now.

Currently in isolation with COVID-19 or in quarantine as a close contact?

If you have COVID-19 now (a positive test result in the last 10 days) or are in quarantine due to being a close contact, do not return to campus until your isolation or quarantine period is complete.

Report your positive test result or close contact status.

Living in on-campus housing (residence hall, Biddle Hotel, The Avenue)

Arriving after Feb. 7

  1. Sign up for your arrival test. You can choose either the IU Auditorium or Cramer Marching Hundred Hall. This will be a saliva test just like mitigation testing in the fall semester with results back within 48 hours.
  2. If you arrive on campus prior to your testing appointment, you must find your own accommodations. We recommend you stay at your permanent residence or stay in a hotel. Please do not room with friends prior to being tested.
  3. On the day of your appointment, remember, you cannot eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to your test.
  4. Arrive for your test at the location you selected. Look for purple signs at the IU Auditorium or green signs at Cramer Marching Hundred Hall.
  5. When you arrive, you need to let them know you are a late arriving RPS resident. You'll go through the testing process. At the end, the person who collects your test will take you to the site manager. The site manager will help you arrange transportation to Ashton where you'll wait for your results. You may not move in until you have received a negative test result
  6. Check your IU email for your test result.
    1. Negative test result: You may move in with proof of your negative result.
    2. Positive test result: You will need to isolate for 10 days following the date of your test and until any symptoms improve. You may isolate at home or at Ashton.

Living in a Greek or Student Organization House

Arriving after Feb. 7

  1. Sign up for your arrival test. You can choose either the IU Auditorium or Cramer Marching Hundred Hall. This will be a saliva test just like mitigation testing in the fall semester with results back within 48 hours.
  2. Email osfl@indiana.edu with the date and time of your test.
  3. Remember, you cannot eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to your test.
  4. Arrive for your test at the location you selected. Look for purple signs at the IU Auditorium or green signs at Cramer Marching Hundred Hall.
  5. Wait for the results of your test at home or at a local hotel. You may not move into your house until you have received a negative test result.
  6. Check your IU email for your test result.
    1. Negative test result: You may move into your house with proof of your negative result.
    2. Positive test result: You will need to isolate for 10 days following the date of your test and until any symptoms improve. Consult with your chapter to determine capacity for isolating in your house.

Living off campus

  1. Check your IU email each Friday for information on signing up for mitigation testing. Undergraduate students will be tested once each week through mitigation testing.
    • If you will not be in Bloomington during any part of the following week, request an exemption using the link in the email.
    • If you will be in Bloomington during any part of the following week, sign up for a mitigation testing appointment on the first day you’ll be back. Getting your test should be the first thing you do when you get back to Bloomington.
  2. Remember, you cannot eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to your test.
  3. Arrive for your test at the IU Auditorium and look for the purple signs or at Cramer Marching Hundred Hall and look for the green signs.
  4. Wait for the results of your test at your Bloomington residence or permanent residence. You should quarantine as much as possible and stay away from others while you're waiting for your results.
  5. Check your IU email for your test result. Results should be available within 48 hours.
    1. Negative test result: Follow your normal routine while continuing to practice social distancing and wearing a mask.
    2. Positive test result: You will need to isolate for 10 days following the date of your test and until any symptoms improve.

Arrival testing FAQ

What if I arrive and am unable to get tested immediately? What should I do?

You should plan your schedule around when arrival testing is available. If you cannot test immediately upon arrival, you should sign up for the first available spot and avoid non-essential activities in general and temporarily quarantine until you are tested and receive your results.

Where should I stay before I get my results? What am I supposed to do while waiting on my results?

It depends on where you live. If you arrive prior to January 30 and live in the residence halls, you can move into your room due to the minimal number of residents returning early. If you live in a Greek or Student Organization House and arrive prior to January 30, you should quarantine at a hotel or in a private room outside of your Greek or Student Organization House. There is a list of hotels available at a reduced rate. If you live off-campus, you should reside in a private room and limit contact as much as possible.

How will I get my results?

Results from the saliva (PCR) tests will be returned via email in 36 hours or less.

You will have to be in temporary isolation until your PCR results are returned. If positive, you will need to complete your isolation and not move in until the isolation period is complete. If the PCR result is negative, then you can proceed with move-in.

What am I supposed to do if I have to move back on a day when I have classes? Can I miss class to get my test?

Plan ahead! If you can, you should move on a day when you do not have classes. If you cannot change your schedule and you must arrive on a day with classes, you should not attend class in-person. You should contact your instructor(s) in advance to ensure that the class will be recorded and you can make up any missed work during that time period.

How do I sign up for my test?

Students living in congregate housing should have already received an email regarding arrival testing with detailed instructions. Only students living in the residence halls, and Greek and Student Organization Houses will be able to register for the rapid (antigen) test between January 30 and February 7.

What is the difference between the rapid results/antigen test and the PCR test? Why would I need to take a second test in the same day?

The saliva (PCR) test is more sensitive than the rapid (antigen) test and will confirm if you are in fact positive for COVID-19. The process of confirming a positive antigen result in asymptomatic people with a molecular (PCR) test is in accordance with testing guidelines from the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH).

Can I get a test at another IU campus or outside of IU and self-report it?

No, you need to take a test upon arrival at the campus where you'll be taking courses during the spring 2021 semester. Only IU tests will count for your arrival testing requirements.

Why do I need to take my test at IU?

Testing when you arrive at IU helps to provide the most protection from spreading COVID-19 to the campus and community by testing you upon your arrival to campus or into your housing location. Additionally, the turnaround time for IU tests is often shorter than most commercial or community testing opportunities. Testing with IU also allows for seamless reporting of results, case investigation, and contact tracing by our team, which again, will best protect the campuses and surrounding communities.

What am I supposed to do if I need to isolate?

It depends on where you live so you should have a plan in case this becomes a need at any point during the semester.

Students living in the residence halls will be given the option to isolate at Ashton. They can also return home (as long as others are not exposed) or can isolate at a hotel.

If you live in a Greek or Student Organization House, there may be a limited amount of isolation space in your house but you will need to plan ahead and have an alternative option should it be full. You should isolate by returning home (if you can do so without exposing or interacting others) or going to a hotel. Reduced rates at local hotels in Bloomington are available.

I live in a Greek house, but am unable to sign up for a rapid test between Jan. 30 and Feb. 7. What do I do/who should I contact?

If you live in a Greek or Student Organization House and are unable to register for this test, you need to email the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life at osfl@indiana.edu so that you can be added to the list.

I'll be coming to campus on the GoExpress shuttle or in a hired private vehicle. Where will I be dropped off?

 

After February 7, you can schedule your test at the IU Auditorium or at Cramer Hall so should be dropped off in an area close to your teting site.

How will I get from arrival testing to my residence?

IU buses will be available to take students from the Indiana Memorial Union to the residence halls and Greek houses.

IURIDE will be provide transportation from the IU Auditorium to off campus residences. Both the buses and IURIDE will be available for one hour after testing closes.