January 12: Pre-Arrival Testing for Students

Dear CSB and SJU Students,

We are planning carefully for students’ safe return to campus for spring semester. Your cooperation is essential to our success. The plan below outlines testing requirements for a safe start to spring semester on January 25, 2021.

A COVID-19 test (RT-PCR or PCR) is required of every student (on-campus AND off-campus) who will be taking on-campus classes, employed on-campus, or using campus facilities (dining, library, labs, fine arts, athletic/recreational facilities, etc.) five to seven days before arriving on campus.

Pre-Arrival Testing

  • Students must submit a COVID-19 (RT-PCR or PCR) test result completed no earlier than five to seven days before arriving on campus. Results must be submitted 24 hours prior to arrival at COVID Test Result Submission - Spring 2021 form.

AND

  • Students are highly encouraged to self-quarantine between date of test and arrival on campus. This means keeping your social circle small and avoiding large gatherings. If traveling by air, be sure to mask and socially distance. Monitor yourself for symptoms upon your arrival to campus.

Testing Options

Exemptions to Pre-Arrival Testing

  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 on/after October 25, 2020 and have already been in contact with the Student COVID Coordinator, you are exempt from pre-arrival testing and do not need to complete the spring 2021 form.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 on/after October 25, 2020 and have NOT been in contact with the Student COVID Coordinator, you are exempt from pre-arrival testing but must complete the form at COVID Test Result Submission - Spring 2021 form.
  • Students who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are exempt from pre-arrival testing. Please send a screenshot of your vaccination record to [email protected]. You do not need to complete the spring 2021 form.
  • Students who have been granted a residency exemption for the spring 2021 semester and are not residing in residence halls nor physically present on campus at any time are exempt from pre-arrival testing. You do not need to complete the spring 2021 form.

Compliance

  • Students are required to comply with this plan unless exempted for reasons above.
  • Students arriving on campus without a test submission will need to quarantine until the test results are received, will be unable to participate in person for classes, work on campus, or use campus facilities (fitness centers, etc.). Students will also need to take their meals to-go until a submission is received.
  • Individual student card access privileges will be reviewed after move-in for those who have not submitted their results.

Plan now to be tested according to these guidelines. We look forward to your seeing you all back on campus for spring semester. 

Mary Geller, Vice President for Student Development, College of Saint Benedict
Michael Connolly, Interim Vice President for Student Development, Saint John’s University