Dear Grenadier Community,
Thanks to all of you, we are nearing the end of our first week of classes. Given the unprecedented times we are all in, I hope you feel as excited as I do about that milestone. It has been wonderful to see the activities around campus and welcome back our students, faculty and staff.
Today, I wish to inform you that Indiana University has begun mitigation testing as part of our COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program. What started this week on the Bloomington campus will expand to include IU Southeast faculty, staff, and students next week.
In order for our medical experts to assess the viral spread and identify hot spots, this testing will include up to 400 people per week from our campus. If you are selected for testing in a given week, you will receive notification via your IU email that asks you to schedule a COVID-19 test. We ask that you comply with this request as promptly as possible. The email you receive may come from a no-reply email address with a subject line of “You’ve Been Selected for COVID-19 Mitigation Testing”. Please respond to these emails, do not delete them.
For our campus, testing will occur by appointment at our IU Health Multipurpose Building (formerly the Children’s Learning Center) on the south end of our campus adjacent to the Evergreen East parking lot. Mitigation testing will be conducted using saliva samples and not require nasal swabs. We ask everyone tested to use the drive up testing and remain in their car. An exemption process is available for students, faculty and staff who will not come to campus at all this semester. A link to the criteria and form, which must be completed to determine exemption qualification, will be included in the testing email you receive.
Mitigation testing will continue throughout the semester, so you may be tested more than once throughout the fall. Please check your IU email often and watch for these testing email notifications. Questions? Visit IU’s fall 2020 website.
This is a challenging time for all of us. Please accept my sincere gratitude for all that you are doing to promote the safety and health of the IU Southeast community.
Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor, IU Southeast