December 28, 2021

COVID Testing Requirements for CAS Residential Students, January 2022

This article summarizes pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for residential undergraduate students moving onto campus in January 2022.

The COVID-19 Omicron variant is the most transmissible COVID-19 strain so far. One step that will help us prevent on-campus transmission is to identify and isolate cases before they arrive at Lewis & Clark.

The College is therefore requiring all residential undergraduate students moving onto campus for the spring semester 2022 to provide evidence of a negative COVID test administered within the 72 hour-period PRIOR to coming to campus. (Students should remember to follow the CDC’s safe travel guidelines during their travel to campus.)

The only exceptions to this requirement are:

  1. Residential students who are tested early on campus (e.g., athletes who are in season, RAs, students participating in Winterim), and
  2. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Students who meet this exception criteria must e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu in order to be excused from this testing requirement.

The test may be either a molecular (e.g., PCR) or antigen test. Students may be tested at a community testing location (e.g., medical office or pharmacy),or they may use at-home test kits, which are available for purchase at many local pharmacies. Please be aware that the FDA has indicated that certain at-home tests do not adequately detect Omicron, so students should not use those tests.

Any student who is unable to access testing due to financial constraint or lack of community testing options will be provided with additional support to obtain a test. If you find yourself in that situation, please e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu.

Students who test positive prior to campus arrival should isolate in their off-campus residence, and seek guidance from their healthcare provider. They should not come to campus, and they must e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu for guidance about campus re-entry.  

Students who test negative must upload a copy of their test results into the Health Information Portal before moving onto campus. In the Portal, click “Upload,” and then choose “COVID-19 Test Result.”

Students who do not comply with this testing requirement will be subject to disciplinary action.

If students develop any COVID-like symptoms after their pre-arrival test, but before they move back to campus, they will need to delay their return to campus until after they have been cleared by a medical professional. Remember that in fully vaccinated individuals, COVID symptoms can mimic the common cold.

Questions?  E-mail us at covid19info@lclark.edu