COVID Testing Update for Students with Approved Exemptions

Dear Students,

Thank you for your patience as we work through the COVID-19 testing needs for our students, including those with a religious or medical exemption to our campus vaccination policy.

In August, the State of Illinois mandated students with medical or religious exemptions must submit a negative COVID-19 test result each week. Additionally, we communicated asymptomatic students, faculty and staff with exemptions are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test.

We recognize the current pressures on the COVID-19 testing landscape. There is an increased difficulty in getting a test and a significant delay in receiving results. At this time, we ask you to please do your best to abide by the state’s mandate. In these first few weeks, there will be no associated penalties with late test submissions. Learn how to submit your results here. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days you do not need to test during this 90 day period. Please notify Health Services if this is the case.

We are exploring the potential availability of asymptomatic testing in the very near campus vicinity. We will continue to communicate with you regarding testing options and changes as they become available. Again, thank you for your patience.

The recent Supreme Court decisions do not impact the existing State of Illinois mandate regarding vaccination and testing in higher education. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and other governing agencies.

Please familiarize yourself with the current policy and welcome back to campus.