UNL to require routine COVID-19 tests during spring semester
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will require students to get tested for COVID-19 during the upcoming spring semester.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will require students to get tested for COVID-19 during the upcoming spring semester.
Chancellor Ronnie Green said in a campus letter Wednesday all UNL students residing in Lancaster County will be required to be tested every two weeks. Students who live outside Lancaster County who come to campus will also be required to be tested.
Green said all students will be required to be tested prior to moving into any campus housing or prior to classes commencing on Jan. 25.
The saliva-based tests are expected to have a 24-hour turnaround time and will be free.
Green said the university is looking for student workers to help staff the testing sites, diagnostic center and to conduct contact tracing.
Faculty and staff who are regularly on campus will also be required to be tested every two weeks, with those working remotely being tested prior to visiting campus.
UNL is also working with the University of Illinois to create a campus app that will incorporate the test results to give students and staff a color-coded status showing whether the result is positive or negative. A “go” status will be required to enter any UNL buildings on City, East or Nebraska Innovation Campuses.
Students, faculty and staff who show documentation of a positive COVID-19 test in the prior 90 days or documentation from a health care provider may be exempt from the testing.