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Graduate and Professional Student Testing

Northwestern’s asymptomatic testing protocols apply to all graduate and professional students planning to be on-campus in the Fall Quarter, with some exceptions noted below.

Protocols 

The asymptomatic testing protocols are comprised of two steps:

Step 1: Arrival Testing

  • All students approved to be on campus in the Fall Quarter were required to be tested upon their arrival on campus:
    • Students in clinical programs at the Feinberg School of Medicine that do not follow the academic quarter system may be exempt from this requirement
    • Certain short-term masters programs are exempted from this requirement given the limited duration of their on-campus programming and travel requirements.
  • This testing was available from late August through mid-September.
  • Students not complying with this initial testing requirement will have their Wildcard deactivated. 

Step 2: Random Recurring Testing

  • All graduate and professional students who are on-campus for in-person courses or research in the Fall are eligible for asymptomatic testing on a random sampling basis.
  • Each week, students who are randomly selected will be notified via email.
  • This random testing is optional – students may opt-out of the test if they have concerns about participating.

Testing Locations  

Asymptomatic testing for graduate students is available on both campuses:

  • In Evanston, at the Jacobs Center (2001 Sheridan Road). You will enter the testing center at the North entrance of the building.

In Chicago, at 345 Superior. You will enter the building at the West entrance

Scheduling Your Test

Register for MyNM and Make Your Appointment

When you are identified for random testing, you will need to follow these steps to register for a MyNM account and make your testing appointment.

  1. First, ensure you’ve registered for your MyNM account. If you have already downloaded the MyNM app or have an established account, you do not need to create a new account. Appointments can only be scheduled by Northwestern students and staff; others will see warning message.
    If you haven’t yet, complete these steps first:
    • Register for your MyNM account online
      Please note that if you click the above link on your phone, it will prompt you to download the MyNM app and walk you through the same steps after you’ve downloaded the app.
    • Click the Sign Up Now button.
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    • On the Please Identify Yourself page, you will be asked to enter your activation code. Since you have no code, click the Sign Up Online button.
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    • Under the What Type of Access Do You Need header, click the Access for Myself link.
      Do not click Not a patient? Click here.
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    • Take two to three minutes to complete the registration process by sharing basic demographic information. 
    • After entering demographic information, some users will see an Additional Information Required webpage. Please note that if you see it, email MyChartSupportforNU@NM.org. for assistance, and be sure to provide your date of birth and NetID.
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  2. Log into your MyNM account and click Schedule an Appointment in the right-hand column
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  3. Select Northwestern University Testing Services in the bottom right corner and click the purple Continue button
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  4. You will be routed to the Schedule an Appointment screen. (Please note that if you see an error message at this stage, email MyChartSupportforNU@NM.org. for assistance, and be sure to provide your date of birth and NetID.)
    Select the location you will be going to for testing. Please note – students/faculty/staff without symptoms should select the following:
    • Chicago campus: COVID SUPERIOR (CHICAGO) Lab
    • Evanston campus: COVID JACOBS CENTER (EVANSTON) Lab
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  5. Select the available time that works best for you.
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  6. Confirm all the information is correct and click the This Information Is Correct button at the bottom of the screen to continue.
    Please note: Insurance is not needed for this visit. You do not need to enter anything here.
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  7. Next you will schedule the appointment. Write COVID Testing in the What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit? box and click Schedule in the bottom right corner to confirm.
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  8. You will receive a confirmation immediately via email
  9. If something comes up and you need to reschedule your appointment, please cancel the appointment. You can then go back in and start over.

Updating Your Address in CAESAR 

Before you arrive for testing, please make sure to update your local address in CAESAR. This will help ensure your test results are matched and communicated appropriately. 

ECheck-In Process

We encourage you to complete the eCheck-In process prior to your visit to reduce the time required to complete your appointment at our on-site testing facility.  The eCheck-In process can be done up to 10 days prior to your scheduled appointment.

  1. Click the eCheck-In box.
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  2. Next, you must review and sign the NU Covid Consent and NU Informed Covid Consent. Click the Review and Sign button for each document.
    NOTE: You will not be able to move forward without signing the documents.
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  3. Click Next.
  4. Verify Your Personal Information form opens. Click the Edit button if you need to make modifications.
  5. You must check the This information is correct box. Click Submit.
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  6. The confirmation window opens with your appointment information.
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Results

Your test result will be available through your MyNM account.

If your test results come back positive, a member of Northwestern’s COVID Response Team will reach out to walk you through next steps. This will include direction regarding your need to self-isolate as well as guidance regarding how Northwestern will coordinate required contact tracing and to help support your health and welfare throughout this period.

In the event that you receive notification of a positive result prior to hearing from the COVID Response Team, please immediately begin to self-isolate pending further guidance and call us at 847-491-8422. This number is currently staffed with case managers and contact tracers from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. At all other times, this line will connect you to the University Health Service’s after hours call service where you can ask to speak with the physician-on-call, who will provide you with guidance for any immediate next steps, including any applicable need to move from your existing campus housing to the University’s isolation housing.

If at any point you require emergency medical attention, call 911 to access the most local emergency services

It is very important that students who have COVID-19 symptoms follow the processes outlined below. All symptomatic testing will be provided by Northwestern Medicine labs.

Location

Symptomatic testing for graduate and professional students will occur at one of two locations:

  • In Evanston, at Northwestern Health Service (Searle Hall, 633 Emerson). There is a tent outside the building which will only be used for symptomatic and contact tracing testing.
  • In Chicago, at Northwestern Medicine’s Streeterville Immediate Care Clinic or Lavin Testing Tent.

Scheduling Your Test

If you have symptoms and need to be tested, call the University Health Service  at 847-491-8100 in Evanston or the Chicago Health Service at 312-695-8134 in Chicago. You may be asked to pre-register for your appointment by following the steps outlined in our registration information.

Feinberg School of Medicine students should call the NM COVID hotline if they are symptomatic.

While waiting for your test, and while waiting for your results, it is very important that you self-isolate until you have a confirmed test result.

Updating Your Address in CAESAR 

Before you arrive for testing, please make sure to update your local address in CAESAR. This will help ensure your test results are matched and communicated appropriately. 

Results

Your test result will be available through your MyNM account.

If your test results come back positive, a member of Northwestern’s COVID Response Team will reach out to walk you through next steps. This will include direction regarding your need to self-isolate as well as guidance regarding how Northwestern will coordinate required contact tracing and to help support your health and welfare throughout this period.

In the event that you receive notification of a positive result prior to hearing from the COVID Response Team, please immediately begin to self-isolate pending further guidance and call us at 847-491-8422. This number is currently staffed with case managers and contact tracers from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. At all other times, this line will connect you to the University Health Service’s after hours call service where you can ask to speak with the physician-on-call, who will provide you with guidance for any immediate next steps, including any applicable need to move from your existing campus housing to the University’s isolation housing.

If at any point you require emergency medical attention, call 911 to access the most local emergency services.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I sign up for testing?
    Ongoing testing will be offered to a subset of the total population on a weekly basis. You will receive an email late in the week informing you that you have been selected for random testing the following week. When you are selected, the email will provide you with instructions for scheduling your testing appointment. For more details on this process, see this page's Asymptomatic Testing tab.
  2. How can I get tested if I arrive in Evanston after 9/21 once the “arrival testing” window has already been completed?
    Email COVID Testing Support to schedule an appointment and share the following:  first and last name, email address, your preferred campus to test on (Chicago/Evanston), and your NetID. Someone will follow-up with you sharing more guidance on next steps to be tested. In the interim, you will need to self-quarantine.
  3. What should I do if I need to change my appointment?
    You can cancel and change your appointment through MyNM.
  4. Do I need an activation code to sign up for MyNM?
    No, you do not need an activation code. There's a link right below it to follow the steps for no activation code. Select the Sign Up Online button. 
    screenshotUnder the What Type of Access Do You Need header, click the Access for Myself link
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  5. Take two to three minutes to complete the registration process by sharing basic demographic information. 
  6. How often will I be tested?
    Each week, a new group of students, faculty and staff randomly selected for testing will be notified via email.
  7. Is testing optional?
    These tests are not required – you may opt out of your test if you are not comfortable being tested. Faculty and staff will not have access restricted unless they test positive.
  8. How do I obtain my results?
    In order to schedule your testing appointment, you will be required to download the myNM app and register online. Please follow the directions to download the app on the graduate student, faculty, and staff testing webpages. This app will directly provide you with your results as soon as they are available. Please note that you do not need an activation code; the directions instruct you to use the “sign up online” button instead. You do not need to input insurance information and can leave this field blank. If you are having technical difficulty with the MyNM app, you can email MyChartSupportforNU@NM.org for assistance
  9. How long does it take to obtain my results? 
    You will receive your results through MyNM, which should generally be available in about 2 days.
  10. I am having difficulty obtaining my results, what should I do?
    If you are having technical difficulty with the MyNM app, you can email patient.support@northwestern.edu for assistance.
  11. What happens if I test positive?
    If your test results come back positive, a member of Northwestern’s COVID Response Team will reach out to walk you through next steps. This will include direction regarding your need to self-isolate as well as guidance regarding how Northwestern will help support your health and welfare throughout this period.In the event that you receive notification of a positive result through the Tempus or MyNM app prior to hearing from the COVID Response Team, please immediately begin to self-isolate pending further guidance and call us at 847-491-8422. This number is currently staffed with case managers from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. At all other times, this line will connect you to the University Health Service’s after hours call service where you can ask to speak with the physician-on-call, who will provide you with further guidance. If at any point you require emergency medical attention, call 911 to access the most local emergency services.
  12. What happens if my results are inconclusive? 
    Email COVID Testing Support in order to be scheduled again in the near future to retest.  Our team will follow-up with you shortly regarding next steps to test.
  13. What should I do if I am a student but I also receive a notice for testing because I have a job and am considered staff?
    If you are a student, you will follow the student protocol, even if you are also employed. Results from testing at staff and student testing sites will be shared with NU Health Services. 
  14. Do I have to participate in random recurring testing if I tested positive for Covid-19 recently and have been cleared to return to campus?
    This random testing is optional. If you have tested positive since August 15, 2020, once you have been cleared to return to campus, you can be removed from email notification. If you tested positive at a Northwestern testing site, there is nothing further you need to do. If you tested positive at an external testing site, please send your results to covidcasemanagement@northwestern.edu.
  15. What should I do if I have symptoms?
    Many symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of the common flu and include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny note, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you have any of these symptoms, and particularly if you have new loss of taste or smell, you are not able to be tested at the Jacobs Center or 345 E. Superior Street. In these situations, you must contact the University Health Service in order to arrange for a test at Searle Hall (633 Emerson or Streeterville Immediate Care Center, 635 N. Fairbanks Ct).