Nov. 23 Message to Students: Weekly On-Campus Testing Starting Nov. 30

To Our Students:

As we advised faculty and staff last week, Monday (Nov. 30) marks the start of a nearly three-week period when we ask all employees who can work from home to remain off campus. We made this request after Cleveland and Cuyahoga County issued a stay-at-home advisory through Dec. 17. Its goal is to reduce transmission risk for you and for all others on campus during that time.

In addition, we require that all individuals who will be on campus Nov. 30-Dec. 17 participate in weekly COVID-19 testing at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. This direction applies whether individuals are visiting campus for a single hour or living full-time in university housing.

For those who do not live in university housing, a negative test result is not required before coming to campus. We simply ask that you participate in testing in each of the weeks you are on campus. 

Since most of you have participated in the university’s testing program throughout the semester, its details should be familiar:

  • Schedule an Appointment or Walk In: Starting Nov. 30, the testing center will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can schedule an appointment through, or walk in at least 20 minutes before the center closes. 
  • Park in the Veale Center Garage: If you are coming to campus to be tested, you can park for free in the Veale Center Garage (immediately east of Veale); you simply need to advise the individual at the gate that you parked there to be able to comply with the university’s directive of weekly tests.
  • Do Not Eat, Drink, Smoke or Vape for at Least 30 Minutes Before Testing: Because this test analyzes saliva, it is important to avoid tainting the sample with any external substances. That said, it is helpful to hydrate well prior to the half hour before testing.

Students who have had a positive PCR test for COVID-19 do not need to be re-tested for three months after the positive test was performed. 

Do not come to the testing site if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are currently in isolation or quarantine as directed by University Health Services or a public health department. If you are not feeling well, you should avoid interacting with others and contact University Health Services at 216.368.2450.

You can learn more about the test and testing process online; if you have additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director of University Health and Counseling Services

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs