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Spring 2021 Return

Similar to Fall 2020, on-campus students are required to participate in pre-matriculation testing and have an appointment time to return to campus. Pre-matriculation tests will occur on campus at the University Testing Center. Health guidelines from the University’s medical team and St. Joseph County medical officials, along with the capacity of our testing facilities, will allow 20% of students in each hall to return daily from Thursday, January 28 through Tuesday, February 2.

The CRU communicated pre-matriculation testing information on December 14, 2020, here.

Residential Life communicated appointment process information on December 14, 2020, here

Pre-Matriculation Testing Timeline

December 16, 2020- Home Under the Dome opens for on-campus students to schedule pre-matriculation testing appointment

December 18, 2020 5:00 p.m. EST- January 6, 2021 8:00 a.m. EST- Home Under the Dome remains open for appointment scheduling, but phone and email support will be unavailable

January 15, 2021- All residents who have not selected a spring pre-matriculation testing appointment are assigned one

January 27, 2021- Winter Session students permitted to return to the Residence Hall after pre-matriculation testing

January 28- February 2, 2021- Pre-Matriculation Testing occurs at the University Testing Center

January 31- February 2, 2021- Exempt students permitted to return to the Residence Hall

Home Under the Dome Appointment Process

How do on-campus students sign up for pre-matriculation tests?

All on-campus residents are required to test in person at the University Testing Center prior to hall card access being turned on for the spring semester. Beginning Wednesday, December 16, on-campus students are able to log into Home Under the Dome beginning at their assigned hall access time. Your hall access time is communicated in an email to you in the afternoon on December 14, 2020.

Residents are encouraged to schedule your test appointment prior to making any arrangements to return to campus. Friday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. EST until Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00 a.m. students will be able to schedule appointments in Home Under the Dome, however there will be no phone or email support. Additional information for pre-matriculation testing is available here.

What times are available?

The University Testing Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 28 through Tuesday, February 2. Students should arrive at the testing center during the appointment time they signed up for, not before. To avoid contagion, all students taking pre-matriculation tests as they return to campus must avoid contact with others to the greatest extent possible until they receive their test results. Saliva-based test results are expected to be available within 24 hours or less. Students awaiting test results must remain in their residence hall rooms. Your meal plan will also be available but you must carry out meals only and eat by yourself until you are cleared.

Can I make changes to my appointment? Until when?

On-campus residents are able to make changes to their appointment in Home Under the Dome anytime prior to 24 hours before their appointment time. To make changes to your scheduled move-in and test appointment, you will need to enter Home Under the Dome and cancel both your move-in day and testing appointment before rescheduling for a different day and time. Starting at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 18, 2020 until 8:00 a.m. EST January 6, 2021 Home Under the Dome will remain open for appointment modifications, but no phone or email support will be available from Residential Life or the Testing Center during that time.  Please call or email on or after January 6,2021 if you have questions. On Friday, January 15, 2021 all on-campus residents who have not signed up for a pre-matriculation testing appointment will be assigned a time based on the spaces remaining. 

What if the time I want isn’t available?

Please review the additional times during the day to see if something will meet your needs. Please also continually check the Home Under the Dome to see if a time has become available. If you are unable to find a time that works, please complete this form. We will review any requests on this form when the Office of Residential Life reopens on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Can my roommate and I arrive at the same time?

As a result of consultation with local public health officials, appointments have been staggered to ensure, to the extent possible, that roommates do not move in on the same day and that no more than 20 percent of a given hall arrives on the same day. We expect saliva test results to be available within 24 hours. Students who test positive must enter the University’s isolation protocols. Any students determined to have been close contacts must quarantine in accordance with our procedures. While awaiting test results, students are permitted in the residence halls, expected to avoid contact with others, minimize activity, and follow all prescribed University health and safety protocols.

Pre-Matriculation Testing Process

What type of COVID-Test will I receive?

Students can expect to receive a saliva-based PCR pre-matriculation test at the University Testing Center. The process requires an individual to drool a small amount into a test tube and should require less than 10 minutes total. Students should avoid eating, drinking (including water), tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing, and tobacco for at least 60 minutes before submitting their saliva. Additional information about University testing practices can be found here. Outside tests will not be accepted.

How will I learn of my test results?

Most pre-matriculation saliva test results should be available within 24 hours after completing a test. Students who test positive will be contacted by the COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU) and must enter the University’s isolation protocols. Any students determined to have been close contacts must quarantine in accordance with University procedures.

What am I allowed to do on campus prior to receiving my test results?

To avoid contagion, all students taking pre-matriculation tests as they return to campus must avoid contact with others to the greatest extent possible until they receive their test results, which are expected to be available within 24 hours. Students awaiting test results must remain in their residence hall rooms. Your meal plan will also be available, but you must carry out meals only and eat by yourself until you are cleared. No other individuals will be allowed in residence halls unless they are assigned a bed or are working in the hall. No overnight guests are permitted in the residence halls.

If I tested positive for COVID-19 previously, do I still need to test before returning to campus? When may I return?

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 since November 5, 2020 are exempt from pre-matriculation testing. If your positive test was administered here at Notre Dame, it is in your University Health Services (UHS) medical record. If a positive test was received outside of Notre Dame, students must upload their positive result to their UHS Patient Portal at least 48 hours prior to returning to campus or moving into their residence hall to request an exemption from the pre-matriculation testing requirement. UHS will verify the test and provide a written exemption clearing a student’s return. On-campus students exempted from pre-matriculation testing will be able to return to campus beginning January 31 and must indicate the day of their return in Home Under the Dome. Hall card access will not turn on until the date you indicate. You are able to make adjustments to this date up to 24 hours in advance in Home Under the Dome.

Students who test positive after making a testing appointment should re-enter Home Under the Dome and indicate that they are requesting a testing exemption through UHS.  It is the student’s responsibility to upload a positive result to the patient portal and receive verification of their exemption from UHS.

If you test positive for COVID-19 after January 15, 2021, you should not return to campus at your scheduled appointment time. Please contact UHS regarding your return to campus. 

Students with questions about their exemption status should contact University Health Services at (574) 631-7497 for any questions regarding the testing process.

New Residents

Students who did not live in a residence hall for Fall 2020 and are moving in for Spring 2021 will be assigned an appointment time for testing when they receive their room assignment in January, if applicable. If you have a room assignment by December 14 2020, please sign up for a pre-matriculation appointment at the time listed for your hall. Students may make changes to their appointment in Home Under the Dome based on spaces available. When arriving on campus, please go to the Joyce Lot. From the lot you will walk to gate 2 of the Joyce Center to complete your test. Additional information on the testing center is here.

First Time Domestic Students

First time domestic students will be assigned a pre-matriculation test appointment with the confirmation of your room assignment. Students are expected to complete their pre-matriculation test during their assigned time in order to receive their results to participate in Welcome Week activities.  We know travel plans for you may vary, and you are welcome to make an adjustment to your appointment time in Home Under the Dome up to 24 hours prior to your arrival to campus. Participation in Welcome Week programming is required for all new students. In-person Welcome Week programming will begin on Monday, February 1, 2021. Please review the Welcome Week website for the full list of in-person and virtual programs prior to making changes to your assigned appointment time. 

First Time International & Exchange Students

First time international students will be assigned a pre-matriculation appointment time between January 28- January 30 when they receive their room assignment. Confirmation of this assigned time will be sent with your room assignment. International students are expected to participate in orientation programming on February 1, 2021 and completion of the test is required to participate in orientation and Welcome Week activities. Pre-matriculation test results will be available within 24 hours of completing your test.  We know travel plans for you may vary, and you are welcome to make an adjustment to your appointment time in Home Under the Dome up to 24 hours prior to your arrival to campus.  In-person Welcome Week programming will begin on Monday, February 1. Please review the Welcome Week website for the full list of in-person and virtual programs prior to making changes to your assigned appointment time. 

Returning Previous Residents

Returning Notre Dame students who did not live in the Residence Halls for Fall 2020 will receive a pre-matriculation testing appointment when their room assignment is finalized in January. If you already have a room assignment, please arrange for a pre-matriculation testing appointment in Home Under the Dome when it opens for your hall. We know travel plans for you may vary, and you are welcome to make an adjustment to your appointment time in Home Under the Dome up to 24 hours prior to your arrival to campus. If you were readmitted and need to arrive to participate in orientation on February 2, you should plan to test by January 31 so that you can participate in this programming.

Winter Session Apartment Residents

Students residing in winter session apartments will be assigned a pre-matriculation test on January 27 and must vacate their winter session assignment by noon, January 28. Hall access will be turned on when you arrive at the testing center for your test. If you need to change your pre-matriculation testing appointment, you may do so in Home Under the Dome, however, it must be scheduled during testing center hours on January 27.

Student-athletes completing in-season testing protocols and staying in winter session housing are exempt from pre-matriculation testing. Please speak with your coaches and managers regarding your return to on campus housing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can guests help me move items into my room?

On the day of your pre-matriculation test, you are permitted to have two guests, wearing masks and following all university health protocols, to assist you with bringing items into the hall. Outside of the day of your return test you are not permitted guests in the residence hall.

Will you help siblings ensure that they arrive on the same day?

We ask that you and your sibling do the best you can to register for appointments in Home Under the Dome so they correspond with your needs. Students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to campus until January 31, 2021. Our limited appointment times are based on the capacity at the testing center and the approved return to campus. While you may not be able to choose the same appointment as your sibling, we expect there to be plenty of options for you to coordinate your arrival and test on the same day.

If your sibling lives off-campus, we anticipate that you will also be able to coordinate your arrival. The on-campus sibling will need to sign up for their appointment in Home Under the Dome and arrive at the testing center at the assigned time. Residential Life is not able to make appointment adjustments for off-campus students.

I will not arrive to campus until after February 2, 2021, how will I test?

We know that travel plans vary, students should make their best effort to return to campus to start classes on February 3, 2021. Please speak with academic departments if your arrival limits your participation in courses. If you live on campus and arrive late, please complete this form and include the date that you will arrive. Please also email your rector regarding your return to campus. Please, do not sign up for an appointment in Home Under the Dome. After January 18 call UHS at 574-631-7497 to schedule your testing appointment. Residential Life and UHS will coordinate to ensure that your hall access will be available at the completion of your test.