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 email@example.com 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.