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Please note the following information regarding COVID-19 testing requirements for graduate students.

New Once-per-week Testing Schedule:

A recent Massmail outlined changes to COVID-19 testing:

  • All faculty, staff and graduate students will now move to a once-per-week test schedule. Even though not required, you may continue on a twice-weekly schedule if you choose.

  • If at all possible, please test on Saturdays or Sundays. If weekends are not possible for you, please test on Wednesdays. This will help even the number of tests to be processed each day and will mean shorter lines and faster results for everyone.

  • Faculty, staff and graduate students must still show a Wellness Support Associate their Safer Illinois app or Boarding Pass at building entrances. The university is currently working to implement this change in the Safer Illinois app and the Boarding Pass for faculty, staff and graduate students. WSAs will work with you during the change. You should bring your i-card to show you are part of this testing group. 

Requests for Exemption:

Broad and frequent testing is important for the safety of our community. On-campus COVID-19 testing is required for anyone working on-campus, attending in-person classes, or participating in any on-campus activities. However, there may be students who are living locally (Urbana, Champaign, Savoy) and who are not coming to campus during the Fall 2020 semester who believe that they may qualify for an exemption from the university COVID-19 testing requirements. In these cases, students may request an exemption by completing a form on the McKinley website. Exemptions will be granted rarely and only to students who can demonstrate that participating in the testing program is especially burdensome to them.

For more information about campus COVID-19 testing, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

 
 
   
 
 

Sent to: Graduate Students, Academic Department Heads, Directors of Graduate Study, and Graduate Program Contacts

(9/9/2020)