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Drop-off COVID-19 testing

Drop-off COVID-19 testing is a new option available at select campuses.

Drop-off COVID-19 testing allows you to collect your saliva sample at your convenience in any location and then drop it off on campus when it works for you. Drop-off testing should especially be used for symptomatic testing, but may also be used for required COVID Check testing and voluntary asymptomatic testing.

Learn how to use drop off testing:

  1. Getting your test kit
  2. Registering your test kit
  3. Using your test kit
  4. Dropping off your test kit
  5. Viewing your results

Getting your test kit

  1. Pick up a test kit on campus.

    Test kits are available on campus and you may pick up as many as 2 test kits at a time.

    • IU Bloomington:
      • Lower level of the East garage (150 N. Jordan Ave.)
        • Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri.: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
        • Thurs.: 12 - 6 p.m.
      • Student Health Center, door #1
        • Mon. - Fri.: after 5 p.m.
        • Sat., Sun.: 24 hrs.
      • Residence hall students can request a kit through the askRPS form (select Other, then choose "I'd like to request a COVID-19 test kit" from the drop down menu).
      • Students living in Greek houses can request a kit from their COVID Coordinator.
    • IUPUI: Kits will be provided to residence halls at the start of the semester with more pick up sites coming soon.
    • IU SoutheastMeadow Lodge, University Center

Registering your test kit

  1. Scan QR code.

    Using the camera on your smart phone, scan the QR code on the test kit to get instructions for associating your test kits with your IU account.

  2. Go to the testing page.

    Go to the drop off testing page for your campus and follow the instructions to pair your test kit number with your IU account.

  3. Pair the test kit number with your IU account.

    If you're using a mobile phone: click the blue "Take photo" button. Place your test kit on a dark surface. Using the camera, take a photo of the barcode located on the back of your test kit. Ensure the image of the barcode is clear and press "Use Photo."

    You can also enter the unique 10-digit code located on the back of your test kit (ex. SE00000000).

    If you're using a computer: Enter the unique 10-digit code located on the back of your test kit (ex. SE00000000). 

    Confirm your account by making sure your name is in the upper right corner of the screen.

  4. Write your username on the kit.

    Write your IU username on the test kit bag label. Please print legibly.

    Your test kit(s) are now associated with your name and ID and ready to use!

Using your test kit

  1. No eating / drinking for 30 minutes.

    Do not eat, drink, chew gum, vape, etc. in the 30 minutes before giving your sample.

  2. Spit in the vial.

    Take the top off the vial and fill with saliva to the 2 ml mark. Make sure there are no bubbles and that the saliva is at the 2ml mark. If there are bubbles or not enough saliva, your test will not be able to be analyzed and you'll get an inconclusive result.

  3. Put the lid back on.

    Twist the lid back on to the top of the vial tightly.

  4. Clean the vial.

    Wipe off the vial with the alcohol wipe in your test kit bag.

  5. Put the vial in the bag.

    Verify the number on the vial is the same as the number on the bag. Put the vial into the bag and seal the bag.

    It's important to understand that any results will be associated with your name and ID and shared with IU and the state of Indiana for public health reporting purposes. Do not submit another individual's sample under your name.

Dropping off your test kit

  1. Return your test kit to campus.

    Drop off your test kit within 48 hours of collecting your saliva sample.

  2. For symptomatic testing...

    Drop your test kit off only in the designated symptomatic container.

    • IU Bloomington: Lower level of the East parking garage (150 N. Jordan Ave.) or 800 N. Indiana Ave.
    • IUPUI: Outside Education and Social Work building, Room 1125 (902 W. New York St.)
    • IU Southeast: Circle parking lot outside of University Center North
  3. For required COVID Check testing...

    Be sure to drop off your test kit and sample before the last pick up on Friday to complete that week's testing.

    • IU Bloomington: Coming soon
    • IUPUI: Coming soon
    • IU SoutheastMeadow Lodge, University Center

Viewing your results

You'll be notified via your IU email when your results are available. This is usually 24-48 hours after your sample was picked up from the collection site.

You can also view the results page in the testing system at any time to see your results.