Dear Students,

As you have already read, Lewis & Clark is now mandating surveillance testing for a sample of students each week. Surveillance testing is an important way we keep our community safe and ensure you all can attend classes in-person and live on campus.

For the near future, we will be conducting this testing each Tuesday in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. For students selected for testing, we anticipate that most notifications of required testing will be sent via your LC email on Fridays the week prior. If you are called to be tested, participation is mandatory. Wellness Services will keep your testing results confidential, but will be sharing with faculty a list of students who have not been tested as required. That same list will also be shared with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

If your name is shared, the following actions will be taken:

1.  You will not be allowed to attend in-person classes. Faculty will be notified that you are not allowed to attend their classes in-person, and you will need to make arrangements to participate virtually.

2.  Residential students will not be allowed to leave their room except for meals or to use the bathroom.

3.  You will be required to either:

  • Retest at the following week’s surveillance clinic (typically Tuesdays), at a cost of $65, with the charge billed to your student account; or
  • Complete COVID testing off-campus, with a molecular test administered within one week of your original test date, and submit those results to Wellness Services via the Health Information Portal; or
  • Obtain an exemption from testing (see criteria below) from Wellness staff.

 

Make-up testing for asymptomatic students who have missed their scheduled surveillance testing will not be available in the Health Service, as we do not want to clog the schedules of our providers who are caring for ill or injured students.

If you fail to get tested by the following week, you will face disciplinary action with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, which may include you being asked to move to fully remote learning for the remainder of the semester. If you are moved to fully remote learning, you will no longer be eligible to live on campus or participate in on-campus activities. Our goal is to keep you on campus, but we must also balance this with the safety of our community.

All students invited to surveillance testing will be sent information about exemption criteria for the testing. You can request an exemption any particular test date if you meet any of the following criteria:

You live off-campus and will not be on campus in the two week period after the test date to which you are assigned.

If, at the time of your assigned testing, you are having any symptoms of COVID-19, you should not report for testing.

If, at the time of your assigned testing, you have been advised to self-isolate or quarantine by a health professional due to potential exposure, you are likewise exempt from this testing requirement.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the 90 days before your test date, and have cleared your isolation period, you are not required to be tested--because your test would likely be positive even though you are not infectious.

If you meet any of the above exemption criteria, you must contact Ami Hanna (hannae@lclark.edu) as soon as possible prior to your test date to have your exemption approved. If you have an irreconcilable schedule conflict and need to reschedule your test, you should similarly be in touch with Ami.

These testing clinics are for asymptomatic individuals only. Students with any symptoms of COVID should self-isolate and be in touch with Health Service staff (503-768-7165) regarding medical consultation and potential testing.

We thank you for continued efforts to keep our campus community safe, and we wish you the best as you continue with your studies this semester.

Best wishes,

The Office Student Rights & Responsibilities