For Spring 2021 semester, North Central College requires that all students—resident, commuter, and graduate students—provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus. Please continue reading for more details.
SUBMITTING YOUR NEGATIVE TEST RESULT
Upon obtaining your negative test result, please submit it to the College by clicking on the “Submit Your Result” button below. You will need to access the submission form by logging in with your North Central College credentials.
NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT REQUIREMENTS
Test results must be from a test taken no more than seven (7) days prior to your arrival to campus or to the start of the semester (whichever comes first). Spring semester begins for undergraduate students on January 25 and for graduate students on January 11.
Test results must be submitted to the College in the form of a PDF of JPG file at least 48 hours prior to your arrival to campus.
Acceptable test results include those received from an FDA- or EUA-approved molecular/PCR or rapid antigen test.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and have provided the necessary documentation via the College’s COVID-19 Reporting Form, you do not need to submit a negative test result. The College has documentation on file and no further action is necessary.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and have not yet notified the College, please provide documentation of your positive test via the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
ON-CAMPUS TESTING OPPORTUNITIES
Prior to the start of spring semester, the College will provide opportunities for students to obtain a COVID-19 test on campus. Testing dates and locations are as follows:
Undergraduate Commuter and Resident Student Testing Dates
January 19, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Sciences and Engineering Building (160 E. Chicago Ave.)
January 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Sciences and Engineering Building (160 E. Chicago Ave.)
January 21, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Sciences and Engineering Building (160 E. Chicago Ave.)
January 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Sciences and Engineering Building (160 E. Chicago Ave.)
Graduate Student Testing Date
January 8, 6 – 10 a.m., Stevenson Hall (2nd floor of the Wentz Science Center, 131 S. Loomis St.)
If you choose to take advantage of the on-campus testing opportunities listed above, please note that you cannot come to campus prior to your scheduled test and you cannot stay on campus while awaiting your test result.
SCHEDULING YOUR COVID-19 TEST
In order to take advantage of the College’s on-campus COVID-19 testing, you must sign up in advance using your MySHIELDIllinois patient account. Instructions for creating your MySHIELDIllinois account have been sent to your North Central email address from SHIELDIllinois (via the email address email@example.com).
Make sure that you schedule your appointment for a day and time that falls within the College’s testing schedule listed above, as available appointment times within the MySHIELDIllinois patient portal do not necessarily reflect the College’s specific testing site hours.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO CONSIDER
Prior to getting tested for COVID-19 for the purpose of obtaining your negative test result, please consider the following to ensure that your test meets the College’s negative test result requirements.
- Does the test site/lab perform the type of test that is required by the College?
- The COVID-19 test required as proof of a negative test needs to be a viral (molecular) test. Viral (molecular) tests include both rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests. These types of tests can be performed with samples collected either from a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab or saliva.
- Regardless of how the test is collected, the test needs to have FDA or emergency use authorization (EUA) approval for the identification of the COVID-19 virus.
- Antibody testing, which can help determine past COVID-19 infection, will not be accepted as proof of a negative test.
- When can you get tested and how soon will your test results be available?
- Proof of a negative test needs to be from a test performed within seven (7) days of returning to campus activities and should be submitted to the College at least 48 hours prior to returning to campus.
- Prior to getting tested, make sure you have a clear understanding of when you may receive your test results to ensure that your results fit into the timeframes mentioned above.
- How will you be notified of your test results?
- Prior to returning to campus, you will need to submit an electronic copy of your negative test result in the form of a JPG or PDF.
- Make sure that the test site/lab will provide you with your test results in an electronic format that can be used for this purpose.
- Can the test site/lab or healthcare provider provide the necessary documentation of your test result? If so, make sure the documentation includes the following required information:
- Identifying information (i.e., your name, date of birth, etc.)
- Date the test was performed
- Date the results were received
- Type of test performed
- Test results (positive or negative)
- Statement that test has FDA and/or EUA (emergency use authorization) status
- Name of lab and/or healthcare provider that performed the test
- Contact information for the lab and/or healthcare provider’s office