On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

An effective testing program is a crucial part of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in a community, and testing innovations were developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Testing requirements

Testing requirements for unvaccinated individuals

Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after final dose) with a university-verified vaccination record in the MyMcKinley Portal are required to test once per week.

Please note that except for employees who work at off-campus university facilities (e.g., Extension staff), off-campus/take home testing options do not fulfill the on-campus testing requirement.

Employees who are required to test are not required to test on their non-work days or on remote days, if working a hybrid remote schedule. Employees working at remote, off-site university facilities should follow the established testing frequencies at their location.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated but have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to test for the 90-day period after the date of the positive test. If you have recently tested positive off-campus and are not fully vaccinated, you should upload your result by following these instructions:

  1. Log into the MyMcKinley Portal.
  2. Click on the “Upload” button on the right side of the menu header.
  3. Choose “COVID-19 Outside Results/Notifications – Urbana-Champaign Campus Only” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Upload your positive COVID-19 test result file.
Testing recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals
  • “Fully vaccinated” is defined as 14 days after your final dose.
  • If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated, you should test 3-5 days after exposure if you do not experience symptoms.
  • If you do experience symptoms, test immediately. By testing immediately, you help protect those around you and prevent many more potential infections from occurring.
  • You should also take an on-campus COVID-19 test if you:
    • Experience COVID-19-like symptoms such as: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, muscle or body aches or diarrhea
    • Return from travel.

Take-home antigen tests

If you are fully vaccinated, we are strongly asking you to choose alternative testing options to help us maximize testing capacity and efficiency of on-campus testing.

The university will have a supply of take-home antigen tests available on campus for those who want a test. We are providing these fast, reliable tests as a convenience for everyone. Please note that except for employees who work at off-campus university facilities (e.g., Extension staff), off-campus/take home testing options do not fulfill the on-campus testing requirement.

Faculty, staff and students will be required to show their i-card and can pick up one test per day at the following locations while supplies last:

  • Allen Hall
  • FAR
  • ISR
  • PAR
  • SDRP
  • Orchard Downs
  • Illini Union Quad Shop
  • Illini Union Bookstore
  • ARC
  • CRCE
  • Illini Union Testing Site

COVID-19 compliance

Students

Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

Employees

COVID-19 policies are enforceable through existing progressive discipline processes, which may result in loss of employment.



On-campus testing accommodations

Students unable to wait in line due to the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 based on the CDC guidelines for individuals who are at a higher risk of severe complications or students unable to utilize the walk-up facilities with accommodations are eligible to utilize the COVID-19 Drive-up/Curbside Testing by requesting this alternate method through DRES. This accommodation is available around the circle drive near the east side of the Illini Union building. Drive-up/curbside testing requests must be submitted to DRES and ID and name checks for approval will take place at the drive-up testing location.

Nasal testing alternative

Faculty, staff and students can call 217-244-5661 to schedule a nasal testing appointment.

Off-campus tests

To participate in on-campus activities, you must participate in the on-campus testing program. Please note that except for employees who work at off-campus university facilities (e.g., Extension staff), off-campus/take home testing options do not fulfill the on-campus testing requirement.

If you do get a positive COVID-19 result from an off-campus testing location, you should upload your results to the MyMcKinley Portal.



FAQ

If I am a student required to participate in the On-Campus Testing Program, what should I do if I miss a testing day? (Example: You forget to test. You were unable to test. You needed to be out of town for a period of time.)

If you forget a testing day, you should be tested as soon as possible.

If you will be away from campus for less than a week, test the day before you leave. Then, if you receive a noncompliance email from the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, please indicate the reason for missing a test. If you will be away from campus for more than a week, update your Student Location address in Student Self-Service. Remember to update this address again when you return to campus. You should resume testing as soon as you return.

Can I use an at-home test to fulfill my testing requirement?

Please note that except for employees who work at off-campus university facilities (e.g. Extension staff), these off-campus testing options do not fulfill the on-campus requirement for those who are not fully vaccinated.

What if I miss class because I missed my scheduled test date?

This would be considered an absence and our regular academic policies and practices would apply. Your course syllabus will explain how absences are addressed. In addition to the possible academic penalties, failure to complete your required testing could also result in action through the student discipline process.

I am a student taking all online courses. Do I need to request an exemption from on-campus testing?

No, students who are taking all online courses do not need to fill out an exemption form. Please make sure your address information is updated in Self Service.

I am unable to take the saliva test for medical reasons, and/or have received multiple inconclusive results. What should I do?

Faculty, staff and students can call 217-244-5661 to schedule a nasal testing appointment.