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Drop-off COVID-19 testing

Drop-off COVID-19 testing is currently available on the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. Additional testing options will soon be available on the regional 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 can be used for both symptomatic and 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:
      • Indiana Memorial Union (circle drive breezeway)
      • McNutt center building
      • Student Health Center, door #1
        • 7 days/week, 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:
      • Asymptomatic test kits (available when buildings are open):
        • Campus Center (first floor southwest / Vermont St. parking garage entrance)
        • University Library main entrance
        • Education and Social Work building, Room 1125
        • University Tower lobby
      • Symptomatic test kits: Coleman Hall, east entrance (1140 W. Michigan St.); kits are in a basket on top of the collection box.

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:
      • Student Health Center, door 1 (600 N. Eagleson Ave.)
        • Last pick up is 12 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
      • Lower level of the East parking garage (150 N. Eagleson Ave.)
        • Last pick up is 12 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
      • 800 N. Indiana Ave.
        • Last pick up is 12 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

    • IUPUI: Outside Campus Health at Coleman Hall, east entrance (1140 W. Michigan St.). Tests picked up Mon. - Thurs. There is no pick up Fri. - Sun.
  3. For asymptomatic testing...

    • IU Bloomington: 800 N. Indiana Ave.
      • Last pick up is 12 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

    • IUPUI
      • Education and Social Work building, Room 1125 (902 W. New York St.)
      • Campus Center (southwest / Vermont St. parking garage entrance)
      • University Library main entrance
      • University Tower lobby
        • Pick up times for all locations Mon. - Thurs. 12 p.m.

Viewing your results

You'll be notified via your IU email when your results are available. This is usually 36-72 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.