SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Testing at NIU
For the Spring 2021 semester, NIU is using the SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Test developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The saliva-based COVID-19 test is a non-invasive test that simply requires an individual to deposit a saliva sample into a provided vial at the on-campus testing site in the Holmes Student Center. Samples are then transported to a network of lab partners who will process and return results to Northwestern Medicine, NIU and the individual who was tested typically within 24 hours.
Read more information on the science behind the saliva-based test.
NIU has been uploading testing rosters to SHIELD Illinois in phases as class rosters and modalities are finalized.
If you have any issues with your activation code or signing into the MySHIELD portal, please call SHIELD IL Help at 217-265-6059. They will not release results, but can assist you with account access issues.
If you have been selected for surveillance testing, you will need to activate your account with SHIELD in one of two ways:
Participants should refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, tooth brushing, mouth washing and gum chewing for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test location.
While you line up outside the testing location, you should wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
If your name has already been uploaded by NIU to SHIELD, you were sent a message to your NIU email with your activation letter from MySHIELDIllinois (NO-REPLY@illinois.edu). Please search your mailbox for a message from that address (including your Junk, Clutter and Spam folders).
Step by Step
Use the activation code that's provided in the email to enroll in MySHIELDIllinois using these instructions. The activation code is good for 30 days. If you get a message that their is a problem with your activation code, call the SHIELD IL Helpline to have it reset: 217-265-6059.
Schedule your first testing appointment through the scheduling link provided by NIU or, if you know your required testing week, through the links on the NIU scheduling page. DO NOT schedule your test in the SHIELD portal ahead of time. While there is appointment scheduling available in the portal, the days and times do not accurately reflect our testing site, so NIU is using it for appointment check-ins only. Appointments must be made through the NIU scheduling system.
If you have any issues signing into the portal or creating an account, please call SHIELD IL Help at 217-265-6059. They will not release results, but can assist you with account access issues.
If you search your mailbox and do not find an activation email from SHIELD, you will receive one after your first test.
Step by Step
The following groups are required to participate in surveillance testing:
Check your NIU email account for messages from CampusClear@niu.edu. During the week of Jan. 4, 2021, you will receive an email with the dates you are required to test and links to schedule your appointments. You will also receive an email one week prior to your test with a link to schedule your appointment if you haven't already.
IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT use the appointment scheduler available in the SHIELD Illinois portal to schedule your COVID-19 tests. NIU is using Microsoft Bookings to manage appointments. You must book your appointments using the links provided to you by CampusClear@niu.edu via email for scheduling.
The test is free for students, faculty and staff required to participate.
Surveillance testing will take place in the Duke Ellington Ballroom on the east side of the Holmes Student Center. Students are required to have an appointment prior to arrival. Instructions on how to schedule appointments have been emailed to those who are required to participate in testing.
Test results will be typically be available within 24 hours of the test and communicated to Northwestern Medicine, NIU and the individual who was tested within 24 hours via the MyNM app and MySHIELDIllinois site.
You can request an exemption from testing if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days prior to your scheduled testing date, or if you are a student who no longer lives on campus and has no face-to-face classes. Documentation will be required to process the requests, and the exemption can be revoked if a student’s housing status or course modality changes.