To help keep our campuses as safe as possible during the pandemic, IU is conducting ongoing, required COVID-19 testing of students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated every week.
COVID Check testing is essential to IU's ability to safely offer in-person education because it is the only way we can identify and isolate asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 before they spread the virus to others.
COVID Check testing also helps our campus leaders and public health experts get a clearer picture of how the virus may be spreading—including early detection of potential "COVID clusters"—so they can take quick action to reduce risks and protect the IU community.
You'll be notified via email to schedule COVID Check testing
Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive an email on Friday afternoons instructing you to schedule a COVID Check test for the following week. Reminder emails are sent throughout the week if you still haven't scheduled a test or requested to miss testing that week.
The process when you're selected
We test all students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
When you're selected for COVID Check testing, you must schedule your test during the following week. Follow the instructions in your selection email to schedule a 15-minute appointment for testing on the IU campus of your choice. This will be a saliva (PCR) test with results back in two to five days. (You can learn more about the different types of COVID-19 tests in our FAQ)
After you schedule your COVID Check test, you will receive a confirmation email with details about when and where your test will be.
See a list of COVID Check testing locations on each campus.
You should not eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to your test.
Do not come to the COVID Check testing site if you:
- are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
- are currently in quarantine as a close contact.
If you are experiencing symptoms, use IU's symptom checker to schedule a symptomatic test.
If you're unable to complete COVID Check testing
If selected for COVID Check testing, you are required to participate unless you receive an approved excuse to miss testing. You still need to get tested even if you’ve recently tested negative or were excused from testing for a past week.
To be excused from COVID Check testing, you must submit request to miss testing form, which will be included in the emails sent to those selected for testing.
To be excused from a specific week of testing, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- You are currently in quarantine as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
- You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
- You are not available during the week you were selected for COVID Check testing, i.e., vacation, travel, or PTO.
Please note that if you're excused from testing it is only valid for a specific week of COVID Check testing; you will need to submit another request form if you feel you need to be excused again.
If your specific circumstances do not meet the criteria above but you believe your situation should excuse you from testing, you will be able to submit a detailed request via the same form as the weekly requests. Your request will be reviewed by the IU's medical experts.
We have answers to frequently asked questions about COVID Check testing. If you need additional information, please call 812-855-4848 at IU Bloomington and 833-920-2254 at IUPUI and the regional campuses.