Employee COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

Spring 2022 Testing Requirements

Changes to Testing for Spring 2022

  • Vaccinated employees are required to test monthly (every five weeks). Unvaccinated employees are required to test weekly.
  • There will be no grace period for making up missed tests. You must test between 8 a.m. on Mondays and 1 p.m. on Fridays to have your test counted for the week.
  • Testing closes at 1 p.m. on Fridays. Please plan accordingly.
  • The Holmes Student Center testing location has moved from the Regency Room to the Duke Ellington Ballroom and the hours are: Mondays and Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The Grant South Lobby testing location will reopen on Monday, Feb. 7.  

In response to the prevalence of the Omicron variant, NIU will expand surveillance testing to include vaccinated employees. At this time, we plan to test 20% of our vaccinated employees weekly beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, to help the university monitor virus dynamics in our campus community. Vaccinated individuals can expect to test once every five weeks. All employees will be given release time to take the test on campus during their selected weeks. Employees who have tested positive within 90 days of their assigned test dates will not be required to test within that time period. 

Assigned Testing Weeks

Vaccinated employees who are working on campus in DeKalb are expected to schedule surveillance tests the following weeks:

First Letter of Last Name  Surveillance Testing Weeks
A-D   Jan. 18, Feb. 21, and March 28
E-J Jan. 24, Feb. 28 and April 4
K-N Jan. 31, March 7, and April 11
O-R    Feb. 7, March 14, and April 18
S-Z   Feb. 14, March 21, and April 25

If your last name is hyphenated, use the first letter of your first last name to determine when to test.

While these are the weeks you are required to test, you are welcome to test up to once a week if you would like to test more frequently.

Exemptions

  • If you are working entirely remotely this semester, please complete this form to be removed from the testing roster.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please complete the temporary exemption form to be excused from testing during this time period.
  • If you will be using paid time off (PTO) the entire week (Monday-Friday) you are assigned to test, please complete the temporary exemption form to be excused from testing that week. You will not need to makeup or reschedule the test. If you are using PTO for part of the week you are assigned to test, you should plan to test on one of the days you are on campus that week.
  • If you do not work on campus regularly on a weekly basis but are on campus the week you are assigned to test, you should plan on testing. If you are not on campus the week you are assigned to test, please submit a temporary exemption form to be excused from testing that week.

All unvaccinated employees are required to continue weekly testing throughout the entire semester.  

If you work at a location other than NIU's DeKalb campus, you must test at the testing site of your choice and upload your test results weekly by 1 p.m. Friday.

Exemptions

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please complete the temporary exemption form to be excused from testing during this time period.
  • If you will be using paid time off (PTO) the entire week (Monday-Friday) you are assigned to test, please complete the temporary exemption form to be excused from testing that week. You will not need to makeup or reschedule the test. If you are using PTO for part of the week you are assigned to test, you should plan to test on one of the days you are on campus that week.

 

Bring Your OneCard to Your Testing Appointment

To avoid any compliance issues or warnings, the best way to ensure NIU knows you’ve completed your weekly required test is to bring your OneCard to your testing appointment and swipe it in the card reader.

If you do not have your OneCard with you, you should use your Employee ID, not your Campus ID (A-ID or older versions that include your initials). Your Employee ID (EMPL ID) is the 8-digit number that you enter on your time sheet/benefit usage forms, and is listed on your pay advice from Human Resource Services. It always begins with a zero.

If you have lost your OneCard, you can request a new one through the OneCard office.

Communicating with Your Supervisor

Your supervisor is aware that employees who are required to participate in surveillance testing need to be granted release time. Please communicate to your supervisor that you must test weekly and discuss the best time to do so. We recommend scheduling your test for the same time each week, if possible.

Testing When You Are Sick or Have Been Exposed

Any employee who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to COVID-19 may test on campus at the Student Health Center using the free SHIELD Illinois saliva-based PCR test. Please do not report to regular surveillance testing in the Holmes Student Center if you are sick or have been exposed. You should email CampusClear@niu.edu to let us know and schedule a SHIELD test through Sick Only Testing at the Student Health Center. 

 

Back to top