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Testing Directions for Return-to-Campus in January

December 8, 2020

Dear Tulane Community,

In order to protect the campus community and city residents as we return to in-person classes following Winter Recess, all new and returning students, as well as Tulane employees, will be required to complete a return-to-campus test in January and to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the spring semester. Notices to schedule testing will be sent beginning Jan. 4, 2020.

All on and off campus Newcomb-Tulane College (NTC) undergraduate students will be required to complete three COVID-19 tests within one week upon their return to campus. Graduate and professional students and School of Professional Advancement students will complete one test prior to the start of classes.

All students will receive a QR code via e-mail from no-reply@lablynx.com that will enable access to testing. Upon receipt of your QR code, utilize the online scheduling system to set appointments based on availability and testing requirement. ALL students living on campus are required to go through the Tulane Arrival Center (located at the downtown Hyatt Regency) before moving on campus, regardless of COVID-19 history.

Please see below for more information about specific requirements.

On-Campus students who have NEVER had COVID-19

Undergraduate students who have never tested positive for COVID-19 are required to  receive their return-to-campus test at the Arrival Center. These students should go to the Arrival Center for testing based on their move-in date. The QR code and your splash ID number are required to access testing services – no appointment is needed. After the initial test is completed at the Arrival Center, NTC undergraduate students will be required to test for COVID-19 two additional times during the first week of the return to campus period.

Off-Campus students who have NEVER had COVID-19

Off-Campus students do not need to utilize the Arrival Center testing program. Undergraduate (includes SOPA), graduate and professional students from any school who are living off campus are required to get return-to-campus testing at any on-campus Tulane Testing Center location (uptown or downtown).   

Students who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Oct. 1, 2020

Any student who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Oct. 1, 2020 will be required to follow the return-to-campus testing protocol as stated above and follow scheduled surveillance testing throughout the semester. Campus Health providers will work directly with these students on any issues they encounter.

Students who tested positive for COVID-19 after Oct. 1, 2020
  • Any student who tested positive for COVID-19 on or after Oct. 1, 2020, will not be required to complete a return-to-campus COVID-19 test and will not participate in surveillance testing until directed to do so by Campus Health.
  • Students who tested positive outside of the Tulane Testing Program must submit documentation through the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • On-campus students are REQUIRED to report to the Arrival Center for assessment and education by Campus Health prior to moving onto campus. Upon arrival, visit the Arrival Center testing site to meet with a Campus Health provider. No appointment is needed. You must be cleared through the Arrival Center to move onto campus.
  • Off-campus students are REQUIRED to email chtestresults@tulane.edu with the date of their positive result and note whether they were tested at a Tulane Testing Center or another location. If the result is not from a Tulane site, please attach a PDF copy of the result to the email.