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General Testing Questions

See below for answers to common questions about asymptomatic testing. If you need additional help, please contact the appropriate support:

If I get tested at a location other than the Northwestern testing sites, how should I report my results?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 while away from the Evanston/Chicago area, and who are not planning to be on campus in the current academic quarter, do not need to submit their external positive diagnosis to Northwestern. 

If a student plans to access campus within 90 days of testing positive, we ask that the student submit that test result to Northwestern by uploading your results to the Risk Management site.

What should I do if my results are positive?

Please visit the If You Test Positive page. 

What happens if my results are invalid or inconclusive?

While an inconclusive result is not indicative of either a positive or negative result, it does not provide you with a definitive result. We ask that you return to re-test at your earliest convenience.

What should I do if I need an ADA accommodation at the Jacobs Center?

Please enter through our main entrance adjacent to Deering Meadow and inform a staff member. We can accommodate your testing needs on the first floor.

Do I need to quarantine if I am domestically or internationally traveling to campus?

No. Northwestern does not require students, faculty, or staff to quarantine after traveling to campus, regardless of their vaccination status.