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Fall 2020 Open

Fall 2020 Open

This web page is the official source of information about Syracuse University’s plans and important health and safety precautions for the Fall Semester 2020. This page will be updated frequently, so please check back regularly.

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Important Information about Student Testing

Student campus access privileges are contingent upon proof of a negative test result taken within 10 days prior to returning to campus. The University will use the SU I.D. card system to track and enforce participation in testing protocols. Students who fail to provide a negative result will have their SU I.D. cards “turned off” until results are provided.

Students have the option of getting tested on their own, in their community or from a provider of their choosing. For those who want to utilize the University at-home test kit option, students will be able to request their test be shipped to an address of their choosing through an online portal. Additional details on this process will be communicated soon.

Regardless of whether you are subject to quarantine, students need to provide proof of a negative test result taken within 10 days of their planned arrival on campus. The University will use the SU I.D. card system to track and enforce participation in testing protocols.

Students will be able to request their test be shipped to an address of their choosing through an online portal. Additional details on this process will be communicated soon.

All returning students will be screened for the presence of COVID-19 infection. Specifically, over a staggered, four to five day return to campus schedule for students, the University will screen the entire student population using pooled sample saliva testing. That is, each student will provide a saliva sample, and those samples will be combined into a pool of between 20–25 students for testing.

Returning students will be grouped into pools (or cohorts) based on residence hall assignments. For off-campus students, these pools will be based on cohabitating students and off-campus student neighborhoods. Any pool sample that returns a positive COVID-19 result would then immediately trigger individual diagnostic testing of each student who contributed a sample to that pool.

The University is also implementing its own on-campus capability to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests at the Barnes Center at The Arch. This capability will be leveraged to confirm symptomatic cases, as well as to support individual-level testing given positive results from our pooled sample virus surveillance program. The University will implement this same population screening routine (pooled sampling virus surveillance) a second time, for the entire population, two weeks after students return. In addition, routine, random and ongoing testing of students will be conducted throughout the semester.

All returning students will be screened for the presence of COVID-19 infection. Specifically, over a staggered, four to five day return to campus schedule for students, the University will screen the entire student population using pooled sample saliva testing. That is, each student will provide a saliva sample, and those samples will be combined into a pool of between 20–25 students for testing.

Returning students will be grouped into pools (or cohorts) based on residence hall assignments. For off-campus students, these pools will be based on cohabitating students and off-campus student neighborhoods. Any pool sample that returns a positive COVID-19 result would then immediately trigger individual diagnostic testing of each student who contributed a sample to that pool.

The University is also implementing its own on-campus capability to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests at the Barnes Center at The Arch. This capability will be leveraged to confirm symptomatic cases, as well as to support individual-level testing given positive results from our pooled sample virus surveillance program. The University will implement this same population screening routine (pooled sampling virus surveillance) a second time, for the entire population, two weeks after students return. In addition, routine, random and ongoing testing of students will be conducted throughout the semester.

For students who choose to utilize the subsidized University testing option, the charge will be billed to Bursar accounts. Insurance companies have stated that they are not covering COVID-19 tests used for screening purposes. This is why, in part, Syracuse University decided to heavily subsidize this at-home option for students.

Regardless of where students reside, the University will use the SU I.D. card system to track and enforce student participation in testing protocols. Campus access privileges will be restricted using this system if students are not in compliance with testing requirements.

To access campus privileges, students must provide proof of a negative test result taken within 10 days of their planned arrival on campus.

Students will not be tested upon departure from campus.

Students can submit COVID-19 test results/documentation by logging into the Student Patient Portal. Log in using your SU NetID and password, click “Upload Forms,” select “COVID-19 Documents” and follow upload instructions.

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past eight weeks, such test results should be uploaded to the Student Patient Portal. Log in using your SU NetID and password, click “Upload Forms,” select “COVID-19 Documents,” and follow upload instructions.

No, antibody tests cannot replace a COVID test. All students must submit evidence of a negative COVID test.