Spring Term COVID-19 Testing Expectations

Testing has been an important part of campus health and safety practices, and will be so again in the spring.

As a reminder, the first week of class in the spring—March 29-April 2—will be fully online. All courses, regardless of the planned format for teaching, will be offered virtually during that week to accommodate our arrival testing protocol.

Do I need to participate in arrival testing? 

Arrival testing is required of every student who will spend any amount of time on campus for any reason—to attend class, for work, to access campus resources, for dining, to pick up mail, to attend outdoor events, and the like.  This also includes students who remained on campus for spring break and students who are participating in athletics.

What if I’m not planning to be on campus at all this spring?

Students who will not spend any time on campus during the spring should complete the Opt Out form.  Doing so will indicate that such students will never be on campus and will not need to participate in the testing protocol.

Remember: Students who are not part of the testing protocol will not be permitted on campus for any reason, including outdoor events, and will have keycard access deactivated. If you think you may come to campus, please sign up for arrival testing.

 If I’m moving in for the first time this spring, when and how do I test?

For students living in the residence halls, the Office of Residential Life has provided information about move-in dates and times.  Arrival testing for students moving into the residence halls for the first time will occur at the following dates and times, and can be scheduled here:

  • Saturday, March 27: 1–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 28: 1–5 p.m.

New students to the halls are required to complete arrival testing before receiving their room key.

What if I’m returning to the residence halls after spring break or staying on campus through break?

Students returning to the halls or staying for spring break can schedule a time to complete arrival testing on any of the available days.

What if I live off-campus?

For off-campus students, arrival testing will occur at the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, March 27: 1–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 28: 1–5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 29: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 30: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3: 3–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 4: 3–5 p.m.

Do I need to schedule my appointment?

Yes! Students are required to schedule their arrival testing time , or to complete the Opt Out form by 5 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2021.  There are a limited number of appt slots available so if your arrival window is short, please schedule now.

Students planning to celebrate Easter on April 4 who will not be able to complete arrival testing on alternate days should contact the Student Health Center at healthsv@kzoo.edu.

Where do I go for my covid-19 test?

All testing will occur in the Banquet Room on the lower level of the Hicks Student Center.

When does surveillance testing begin?

Ongoing, weekly surveillance testing will begin on the week of April 5.  Students will be randomly selected for surveillance testing and will be notified of their selection by College email during the week prior to the random test.  That notification will enable students to schedule their testing time.  Students who do not fulfill testing expectations risk losing access to the campus, including in-person or hybrid courses.

We appreciate your ongoing cooperation with our testing and other public health protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College will continue to follow the public health guidance set forth by the state of Michigan. Please continue to mask up, social distance, wash your hands and track your symptoms—and please stay home if you are feeling ill. Thank you for Protecting the Hive!

Sarah B. Westfall
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students