Student COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

Spring 2022 Testing Requirements

Changes to Testing for Spring 2022

  • Vaccinated students are required to test monthly (every five weeks). Unvaccinated students 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. 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.  

Surveillance testing has been an effective tool for the university to understand and prevent the spread of COVID-19. In response to the prevalence of the Omicron variant, NIU will expand surveillance testing to include on-campus vaccinated students. At this time, we plan to test 20% of our vaccinated students weekly beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. Vaccinated individuals can expect to test once every five weeks at a SHIELD testing location on campus. Students who have tested positive within 90 days of their assigned test dates will not be required to test. You will be notified by email from CampusClear@niu.edu if you are required to participate in monthly testing. It is the responsibiity of each student to check and read emails sent to their NIU email accounts. 

Vaccinated Student Testing Schedule

First Letter of Last Name Weeks to Test
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 1
O-S Feb. 7, March 14, and April 18
T-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.

Temporary Exemption Request 

Students must request an exemption to testing prior to the week of testing. Exemptions will not be granted retroactively, and missed tests will result in the process outlined below under Testing Compliance. 

Submit a temporary exemption request if:

  • you will not be on campus the entire week (Monday through Friday) you are required to test; If you are on campus even for only one week day, you still must test that day;
  • you have already tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days;
  • you are currently in NIU directed quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms. 

Unvaccinated students who have received a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and are living on campus, taking face-to-face classes in DeKalb or participating in an NIU-sponsored opportunities like clinicals, internships or student teaching, are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing. You will be notified by email from CampusClear@niu.edu if you are required to participate in weekly testing. It is the responsibiity of each student to check and read emails sent to their NIU email accounts. 

Temporary Exemption Request 

Students must request an exemption to testing prior to the week of testing. Exemptions will not be granted retroactively, and missed tests will result in the process outlined below under Testing Compliance. 

Submit a temporary exemption request if:

  • you will not be on campus the entire week (Monday through Friday) you are required to test; If you are on campus even for only one week day, you still must test that day;
  • you have already tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days;
  • you are currently in NIU directed quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms. 


Spring 2022 Testing Compliance

A student who does not comply with the testing requirement will receive a written notification of that missed test on Friday evening. There will be no makeup or late tests. 

Interventions

First Offense: Warning Letter
Second Offense: $150 fine and compliance probation
Third Offense: $150 fine and account holds (registration and grades)
Fourth Offense: Remove from Housing; Removal from in-person and hybrid classes.

 

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