NAU has recently announced that testing is required prior to move-in for campus housing and is strongly encouraged for those residing off-campus. NAU is doing its best to mitigate as much risk as possible to our campus community, and we are therefore strongly encouraging all students to live The Lumberjack Way and return to learn healthy!
Before coming to campus, we are asking students to TEST, QUARANTINE, ARRIVE. This means that students should get a COVID-19 TEST, QUARANTINE from the time of their test until they ARRIVE on-campus. More information can be found on our FAQs below.
Students are required to follow the TEST, QUARANTINE, ARRIVE protocol if they live in on-campus housing. For those absolutely unable to get a test prior to arrival, their protocol will be QUARANTINE, ARRIVE, TEST, QUARANTINE.
Students must QUARANTINE for at least 10 days before they ARRIVE, then get a TEST as soon as possible. Students will limit contact and QUARANTINE in their residence hall until they receive test results. If a student tests positive, they will isolate for 10 days, per the CDC guidelines.
NAU has an area set aside for students who test positive while on-campus to isolate and self-monitor until they recover in order to limit community transmission.
Students should use NAUFlex to join their classes remotely throughout their quarantine until a negative test result is received. Students should communicate with their professors about needed their pending test.
Any student who cannot get tested before coming to NAU is expected to strictly adhere to the protocols for campus arrival, including quarantining before and after moving in and getting tested immediately.
Tests must be taken after July 24. Students who received a negative test result prior to July 24 will need to take another test. If a student received a positive test result prior to July 24 and is no longer symptomatic, a second test is not required, according to CDC recommendations.
Students will be expected to quarantine from the day they test to the day they arrive, with a minimum of 10 days between testing and move-in. For example: If a student is moving in Aug. 20, they need to be tested before Aug. 10 to allow for a 10-day quarantine period prior to arrival, as recommended by the CDC. If the student tests Aug. 5, they need to quarantine from Aug. 5-20.
If a student tests positive, they should fully recover per the CDC guidelines prior to coming to campus.
You can still keep your scheduled move-in time, but you must quarantine in your residence hall until receiving a negative test result.
Students are encouraged to contact their primary care provider and share the requirement for testing. In Arizona, students can visit the ADHS site for a list of testing locations throughout the state; students who live in Coconino County can go to the Campus Health Services COVID-19 website or go to the ADHS site for additional local testing centers. Out-of-state students should indicate “community living” to their primary care provider or testing center/urgent care, which may qualify them for testing.
At-home testing kits also are available. Check your eligibility at the LabCorp website.
Yes, if you have been tested after July 24. You will need to quarantine at your home from the time you are tested until the day you move in.
Students who receive a negative COVID-19 test result should submit their results in the OnBase Student Portal. If a positive test result is received, the student should immediately isolate, notify their health care provider, and work with contact tracers to determine if others have been exposed.
NAU is not providing tests for students to take at home prior to their arrival. Testing will be available at Campus Health Services once students arrive.
No, NAU will not reimburse for COVID-19 testing; testing is an expectation for students living in on-campus housing. Most insurance plans cover COVID-19 testing. When the application for CARES Act funding launches in the early fall, students can indicate testing expenses for consideration.
Saliva or nasal swab test (antigen) are both acceptable. The antibody (blood draw) test does not screen for active viral activity and will not be accepted.
We are doing all we can to mitigate risk in our campus community by encouraging all students statewide to be tested and quarantine prior to the start of the semester.
Your move-in helpers do not need to be tested; however, you will be asked to attest that they are symptom-free on the day you are scheduled to move in and are expected to follow NAU’s mask and physical distancing protocols.
NAU’s Campus Health Services will facilitate COVID-19 testing for individuals who are symptomatic or who have potentially been exposed, including those contacted by investigators/tracers.
Coverage of the cost of the test and associated fees varies by insurance company and plan. Campus Health Services recommends that patients reach out to their individual insurance company to determine the current COVID-19 testing coverage. The test is available at a reduced rate for students whose insurance does not cover testing.
If you’ve tested positive, you will be contacted by your health care provider. You may also receive a call from a member of a contact tracing team, who will ask for a list of your recent contacts. This information will help them determine if there are others who need to be notified. If you are contacted, your name and other personal information will not be shared. To help protect the rest of our community, it is important that you work cooperatively with the contact tracing team.
NAU is offering nasal swab testing. This is a point-in-time test that will show active infection.
Campus Health Services has an average response time of three days, depending on the demand at the time. Students will be contacted as soon as results are received. The response time at Campus Health Services is significantly quicker than other providers, and the NAU community is encouraged to take advantage of this service. If you are tested, please answer any and all calls, texts, or emails from Campus Health Services, Coconino County Health Department, or the university.
NAU will use the CDC’s and Arizona state guidelines to determine exposure. These include being physically within 6 feet of a person who tested positive, with that contact lasting longer than 15 minutes; living with someone who tests positive; or having been near a sick person while either person was not wearing protective gear.
Someone who may have been exposed will be contacted by a contact investigator or tracer. They will let you know of the possible exposure, the next steps for getting tested and how to properly quarantine. It’s important for the health of our campus community to take the appropriate steps and heed the instructions of the contact investigator/tracer.
Not necessarily, given that our guidelines for classrooms include maintaining the appropriate physical distancing and require the wearing of face masks, aimed at mitigating risk and potential exposure. When contact tracers do their investigation, they determine whether people have been exposed based on proximity to the infected person and whether proper precautions were being followed. Investigators/tracers will reach out if they determine the student or professor was at risk of exposing others.
Yes. Anyone who is awaiting results of a test should stay quarantined. Even if a test comes back negative, individuals should remain in quarantine for 10 days after exposure. The CDC suggests that even with a negative test, people should stay in quarantine since symptoms may appear two to 10 days after exposure to the virus.
We have set aside a designated space for isolation/quarantine purposes. How a student and their roommates are quarantined will depend on the situation: students who live in suites may all need to be relocated depending on exposure; in a traditional room, both roommates likely would isolate in the designated area.
Students in quarantine will all have individual bathroom access, and students with meal plans can order online and have meals delivered through Campus Dining. We have assigned care managers in Residence Life to help make sure the needs of quarantined students are met.
Students are encouraged to pack what they need prior to quarantine. However, if they need items mid-quarantine, they can contact their assigned care manager and coordinate with Residence Life for assistance.
Parents are welcome to pick up their students and keep them at home for the duration of their quarantine/isolation period (a minimum of 10 days after exposure or symptoms have ceased).
However, it’s not required. Students who have tested positive and remain on campus will be quarantined in the designated areas. NAU’s priority is the health and safety of our students and supporting their needs while ensuring they still have access to the educational opportunities for which they came to NAU.
Common areas will remain open so long as students follow precautions that are in place. Students will be required to wear masks in public spaces, including residence hall areas with the exception of their living spaces; additional hand sanitizer dispensers are being added to all public space; the number of students allowed to use a public space at one time will be posted; students will be required to check out a key to use kitchens and will need to adhere to additional cleaning protocols. Students should use LaundryView to check on the number of available washing machines and time left on machines prior to going to the laundry room, and additional educational signage will remind residents to practice healthy habits and follow established guidelines to help protect themselves and others.
No, they will not.