FAQs - Fall 2022

See the recent Campus Updates sent to students and families for more information on our protocols for fall.

When will baseline testing be provided?

  • August 11, 8-10 a.m., Shirk Center
  • August 16, 2-4 p.m., Office of Residence Life/Gulick Hall
  • August 18, 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., Shirk Center
  • August 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Center
  • August 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Hansen Center
  • August 26, 2-4 p.m., Office of Residence Life/Gulick Hall
  • August 27, 2-4 p.m., Hansen Center
  • August 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Center

What if I cannot arrive in time to test upon arrival?

  • You will need to test the next available testing day. We recommend that you mask until you are able to test.

Am I required to quarantine before I test or until my results are back?

  • We recommend that all students mask until they receive their test results to ensure our healthiest start of the school year.

When do I do baseline testing if I live off-campus or in a sorority house?

  • Please test when you return to the campus community and before you participate in any campus activity.  You may attend the testing day closest to your arrival.

If I’ve tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, do I need to baseline test?

  • First - please notify Arnold Health Services and provide documentation via email (healthservices@iwu.edu) of any positive COVID-19 diagnosis from the last 90 days prior to your baseline testing date.  
  • With documentation of your positive test, you will be exempt from baseline testing.
    • What documentation is accepted? 
      Any medical documentation (positive test results; communication with your doctor; photo of your positive result) or other date-stamped communication (employer about missed work; professor about missed class) that would indicate your diagnosis.  

    • What if I don’t have any documentation? 
      You will need to baseline test.  

    • What if that baseline returns positive, but I had COVID-19 in the last 90 days?
      If you notify us in advance of your baseline testing date, we will assess your individual situation through consultation with health staff.  You may still be required to isolate off-campus.  If you do not notify us in advance of your baseline test, you will follow isolation protocols.

If I am undervaccinated (received an exemption for the vaccination or booster) and am a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, what is the protocol?

  • You will need to quarantine in your room for five days, test if symptomatic and then mask for five days.
  • You are responsible for arranging meal delivery with friends. Sodexo meals are available on request.

Students are required to submit their booster information or exemption requests by Aug. 5

COVID-19 medical or religious exemptions: 
There has been some confusion about the use of the single IDPH religious exemption for both medical and religious requests. To simplify, we will accept the following:

  • Religious exemptions should use this form.
  • Medical exemptions:  Please ask your physician, APN or PA to provide a written notice on letterhead stating that they have reviewed the COVID-19 vaccination information with you and then cite a medical reason for your decision to request an exemption

How do I get my booster if I am out of the U.S. for the summer?

Students who are abroad for the summer may request a deadline extension. However, the deadline cannot be extended beyond Aug. 25, giving us time to process your information before the first day of classes. Request a deadline extension by emailing healthservices@iwu.edu.

What if I am not yet eligible for the booster because I recently finished the vaccination?

Submit your vaccination information with the dates of immunization. When you become eligible, you will need to submit your booster information or a request for exemption within 30 days of eligibility.  

Will I be required to complete surveillance testing each week if I am not up to date?

That will be determined by state regulations and our transmissions rates on-campus. As of the status in late June, 2022, we do not plan to require surveillance testing.

If I am not up to date, will I be required to quarantine if identified as a close contact?

Yes. If you are not up-to-date and are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will be required to quarantine.