Mitigation Testing

Mitigation Testing

To help keep our community safe, IU will begin conducting ongoing COVID-19 mitigation testing of students, faculty, and staff. Each week a sample of the IUSB community will be contacted via email to schedule an appointment for a saliva test. It should only take a minute for you to provide a saliva sample. Samples will be sent to a lab for analysis and results will come back in two to five days. Those testing positive will receive detailed instructions on next steps, including isolation procedures. Students, faculty, and staff who are working or learning in a fully remote mode all this semester may be exempt from mitigation testing. This mitigation testing is essential to IU’s ability to continue to safely offer in-person education this year; without it, we have no way to identify individual asymptomatic cases before they spread to others. If contacted, it's critical and required that you participate. You can see what the testing email looks like here.

Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing is free, optional saliva-based COVID-19 testing. It is for students, faculty, and staff who:

  • Do NOT have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have NOT been selected for required mitigation testingthat week.
  • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Are NOT currently in quarantine as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Schedule a test here, arrive at the testing location, and take the saliva-based test. Testing slots open up the Friday before the week of testing (after 2 p.m.). This opportunity is available to the first 50 who register each week.  Results will arrive via email within a couple of days.

All students, faculty and staff coming for mitigation testing are asked at the door if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms is not allowed to enter the testing site and is directed to their health care provider. Inside the testing site, physical distancing is enforced with markers on the floor to ensure a minimum of six feet between each person.

Masks are required at all times when not providing a saliva sample. The saliva test requires no aerosolization, so it’s safe to quickly remove your mask while providing the sample.

The process for mitigation testing is extremely efficient and the goal is to have everyone in and out in less than 15 minutes; many people are often through in much less time. To date, we have experienced no COVID-19 infections related to our mitigation testing sites.

To be exempt from a round of mitigation testing, you must submit an exemption request form. If you do not submit a form, you will not be exempt from that round of testing and may be subject to disciplinary actions. You will receive a link to the exemption request form in the email sent to those selected for mitigation testing.

To qualify for an exemption from mitigation testing, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You work remotely and/or you are currently enrolled in ONLY online, distance-learning courses.
  • You have not been to an IU campus or an IU campus facility within the past 14 days.
  • You do not plan to visit an IU campus or an IU campus facility in the next 14 days.
  • You have not met or been in close physical contact with any IU faculty, staff, or student who does not live with you in the past 14 days, and you do not plan to for the next 14 days.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, are currently in quarantine as a close contact, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms, make a virtual screening appointment via the IU's symptom checker as soon as possible.
  • You certify that you are a health care educator (physician, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or allied health practitioner) teaching in a clinical setting. You further certify that you do not regularly teach in a classroom setting.
If you have specific circumstances that you believe should qualify for an exemption from mitigation testing, you will also be able to submit an explanation and your exemption request will be reviewed by the IU Medical Response Team.
Exemptions are only valid for one round of mitigation testing; if you are selected again, you will need to submit another exemption form.

No. You must schedule and complete a test through IU's mitigation testing program to be compliant with university policy.

All IU campuses offer testing locations on campus. If you wish to test on a campus other than what is displaying on your scheduling page, please send your info to and tell us your desired campus.

The mitigation testing selection process is not completely random. We oversample groups that appear to be at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19 because of past results. But most populations are sampled in proportion to their size. During mitigation testing, we expect many students will be tested often, even weekly.

No. You do not need to isolate as long as you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

You will receive an email with a link to your COVID-19 test results when they are ready to view. Follow the link and you can also download your results as a printable PDF with your test date, result, and result date by clicking the blue "Results Report" button next to the test you want to download. This is meant to serve as your official test result from IU labs, but it's important to note that our test doesn't always meet specific testing requirements for air travel. So, before you fly, always check and follow state and local recommendations/ requirements related to travel.

Students, faculty, and staff can log in to their account to check their mitigation test results on the "COVID-19 IU Labs Results" page on One.IU.

If you receive an inconclusive mitigation test result, you will need to get re-tested. If you are selected for mitigation testing again the week following your inconclusive result, completing that test will serve as your re-test. If you are not selected the following week, email to get re-tested.

To minimize the chance of receiving an inconclusive test result, please be sure that you do not eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to your test.

No. For certain individuals, we have alternative, no-saliva tests available. Please email with an explanation of your need for an accommodation, and someone will contact you to arrange a different test.

If you missed your mitigation test and it is still the same week you were scheduled to have the test, then you should either schedule another appointment or go to the testing site during operating hours to complete your test.

Submit an exemption request form. If you are selected, you will receive a link to the exemption request form in the email sent to those selected for mitigation testing.

No. Having a recent negative test does not qualify you for an exemption. During mitigation testing, we expect many students will be tested often, even weekly. Please schedule your test for the week you are selected for mitigation testing. If you received a negative COVID-19 test result in the past 48 hours, please try to schedule your test towards the end of the week to put more time between your tests.

You should not go to mitigation testing.  Please exempt from mitigation testing and instead use IU's symptom checker to schedule a symptomatic test. It's very important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms stay out of mitigation testing so we can avoid transmission of infections.


The samples you provide are for COVID-19 tests only and are destroyed after results are posted. IU does NOT share any personal DNA information.

Yes. IU students, faculty and staff now have the option to schedule a free voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 test each week. Voluntary testing slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are required for these saliva-based tests, which are offered at the same on-campus sites where mitigation testing is conducted.

You should NOT schedule a voluntary test if you: 1) have symptoms of COVID-19, 2) have been selected for required mitigation testing for that week, 3) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, or 4) are currently in quarantine as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test result in the last three months (90 days) and have fully recovered, you can fill out the exemption form that you receive in the email requesting a mitigation test. If you were tested outside of IU, make sure you’ve reported your positive test result to the university to qualify for an exemption.

You do not qualify for an exemption from mitigation testing if you received a positive COVID-19 result more than three months (90 days) ago. Immunity from COVID-19 is known to last for about three months, after which it’s possible you could be infected again.

If you are not coming to campus this semester, and you don't interact with any other IU students, faculty, or staff, you may qualify for an exemption from mitigation testing during the winter session and/or for the rest of the academic year.

However, if you come to campus to go to the library or buy food, for example, or if you meet up with other members of the IU community off campus, you will still need to participate in mitigation testing.

In order to be exempt from testing, you have to fill out the exemption request form, which is linked in the email you will receive if you are selected.

No. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not exempt you from IU mitigation testing. The vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 in clinical trials; however, it does not completely eliminate the possibility that you may get infected with the virus. After you get the vaccine, it is not yet clear whether you can still be asymptomatically infected or transmit the virus to others. That's why you are still required to participate in mitigation testing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

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