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COVID-19 Testing

An important part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment is compliance with Northwestern’s testing protocols.

Northwestern’s COVID-19 testing takes place in partnership with Northwestern Medicine. See general information about testing for more details.

Your Testing Protocols

Find all the information you need about your specific testing protocols and processes:


Please note that evening/weekend and out-of-state students who are unable to complete testing onsite during the day Monday through Friday will receive alternative options from their program staff.

Testing Goals

Asymptomatic testing is available for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff are required to complete at least one onsite Abbott rapid antigen test every week.

Testing Compliance

All unvaccinated students in on-campus, for-credit programs must comply with their assigned testing protocol. Any unvaccinated student who fails to test at least one time per week will be referred to the Office of Community Standards and may face escalating sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. 

Any staff member who is unvaccinated without an approved exception, or who receives an exception but does not comply with their assigned testing protocol, will be quickly escalated internally within their school or unit leadership and Human Resources for appropriate corrective action. If a staff member remains non-compliant with these requirements, they may be subject to further corrective action up to and including termination of employment in alignment with the Staff Handbook.

For all faculty, continued non-compliance may lead to disciplinary actions, up to and including possible termination of employment. The sanctioning process will follow the steps outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Additional Resources

Find instructions and guidance related to testing procedures:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Find answers to general questions specific to COVID-19 testing at Northwestern.
  • If You Test Positive
    If your test results come back positive, Northwestern’s COVID-19 Response Team will provide you with additional information and next steps, including self-isolation and return to campus instructions.
  • General Testing Information
    Find additional context on Northwestern’s testing protocols and requirements.