Eastern Michigan University students living on campus this fall required to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to arriving on campus

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Pictured is a Vault Health COVID-19 test kit, which will be provided to EMU students living on campus. (Photo provided by Vault Health)

YPSILANTI –  Eastern Michigan University students living on campus this fall semester are being required to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to arriving on campus. The requirement is part of the University’s comprehensive plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus, as detailed in the University’s Safe Return-to-Campus Plan.  

The University is working with Vault Health and its partners to provide students with an at-home saliva-based COVID-19 test to complete in advance of their return to campus. Students will not pay a fee for the test.

Based on when they are set to return to campus, EMU students are following a series of staggered deadlines, and must have their results reflected in Vault Health’s system prior to checking into their respective residential assignments. 

Students with a completed and negative test on record via Vault Health will be allowed to check in to their residence hall at their scheduled check-in time and date.

Students with a positive test, denoting they have COVID-19, or students that do not complete their test will not be allowed to check-in and must follow #EMUSAFE protocols. This may include staying at the student’s home residence or in a current residence. The University will monitor this information, and affected students will be contacted by the Dean of Students regarding their next steps.

Residence hall move-in begins Thursday, August 27. Classes begin Monday, August 31.

Students with questions or needing assistance with a test can email covid@vaulthealth.com or can contact EMU testing coordinator Scott Teasdale at COVID19_Questions@emich.edu.

A complete overview of University initiatives and communications regarding fall classes can be found on Eastern Michigan’s COVID-19 website

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

August 20, 2020

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Geoff Larcom

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