Spring 2021 Surveillance Testing Plan
Guided by learnings from the fall, Purdue’s comprehensive surveillance testing program for the spring semester has been increased in a strategic, data-driven manner to include both targeted and random testing protocols for students and employees.
Specific elements of the plan include:
Students in Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life organizations
- All current and new members of a Fraternity, Sorority or Cooperative organization, regardless of where they are living, will be tested during the week of January 18 and again the week of January 25.
- Then, 50% of FSCL students will be tested weekly beginning the week of Feb. 1, such that the entire population is tested every two weeks.
All other students
- Required random testing throughout the semester of 10% of all residential undergraduate, graduate and professional program students each week.
Employees designated as critical to the continuity of core university operations
- Required weekly testing of all on-campus employees in categories such as police, fire, medical, utility operators, and others.
- Required pre-employment testing of all new on-campus employees or contractors in these designated categories.
All other employees
- Required random weekly testing throughout the semester of 10% of all other staff who are:
- Designated as working 50% or more of their time on-campus.
- Staff designated as working less than 50% of their time on-campus will not be included in weekly surveillance testing.
Faculty and instructors
- Required random weekly testing throughout the semester of 10% of all faculty/instructors who are:
- Teaching one or more in-person classes.
- Postdoctoral scholars who spend time in labs.
- Faculty teaching fully online will not be included in weekly surveillance testing.
In addition to this defined strategy, contact tracing, data and insights will be utilized to supplement routine surveillance testing with targeted testing in any potential hot spots on an as-needed basis.
All who need to be tested through the ongoing surveillance program will be notified by email and will be given specific instructions on where they can be tested and how long they have to comply.
Being identified for random surveillance testing does not mean that an individual has been exposed to the virus or is suspected of being positive. Rather, the individual has been chosen at random for the test, a proven strategy for monitoring the health of the community.
Anyone with a positive COVID-19 result on file with the Protect Purdue Health Center will be excluded from random testing for 90 days after the test date.
For now, anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine will still be required to participate in routine surveillance testing.
Surveillance Testing FAQ
I have been selected for surveillance testing but I am not able to participate because I am outside Tippecanoe County, what should I do?
If I am both a student and an employee, is there a chance I will have to be tested as part of both surveillance testing programs?
If you are on both sampling lists, you may be randomly selected for either one or both.
Staff will monitor for physical distancing during surveillance testing. There are also floor markings to indicate safe distancing.
Both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing are conducted by PPHC, but in different areas of the building
The process is designed to be as efficient as possible. The surveillance testing sampling strategy is intended to spread volume across days and time blocks to allow for an efficient process.
Results from PPHC testing are available 24-72 hours after the test. To receive your results faster, sign up for Healow to access your results as soon as they are available from the lab. You will find information on how to create an account with Healow at the testing site.
If you have any questions about your results, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive your results fastest, sign up for Healow to access your results as soon as they are available from the lab. You will find information on how to create an account with Healow at the testing site.
Those who test positive will receive results by phone from PPHC. Those who test negative will receive an email (sample email). If you do not receive a phone call after 48 hours, you can safely assume your test was negative; you may email email@example.com to confirm.
You will be contacted by a nurse case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center. You will be required to self-isolate and not attend classes, report to work or participate in any other public activity. A nurse case manager will help you coordinate the self-isolation process. After you have completed the self-isolation period PPHC will provide you with the documentation necessary to return to campus activity.
I am in the area, but I take all my courses online and I believe coming to campus to be tested will put me at risk. Can I be exempt from this process?
If a student is not compliant with the requests in the surveillance notification email, a referral is made to the Office of the Dean of Students for follow-up according to the Student Code of Conduct expectations.
If an employee is not compliant, they are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
I read the email requiring me to be tested after the required testing window has passed. What do I do now?
Please enter the gymnasiums directly from the outside (i.e., do not enter from the Co-Rec main doors). Outside signage will provide guidance to the appropriate exterior doors. This map shows where to enter the building, and these pictures show the entrances to use if you are symptomatic or asymptomatic.