The University of Olivet CARES: Important COVID-19 Testing and Return to Campus Information

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Dear Students,
Tomorrow kicks off the start of your return to campus — It’s Jan. 8, the first day you may schedule your COVID-19 test before returning to campus!
This week’s OC CARES communication includes a number of important reminders that are essential as you plan your return. Please read this communication in its entirety.

  1. Important: Required sign up for the preferred day and time of your return.
  2. Important: Required proof of negative COVID-19 test before your selected move-in day.
  3. Student Town Hall via Zoom, Monday, Jan. 11.
  4. Who to contact with questions.
Sign Up Required in Advance to Return to Campus

For the entire The University of Olivet community’s health and safety, residential students will be required to sign up for their return to campus in January via Sign Up Genius. Students will have the opportunity to select a day and time between Wednesday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 17 to return to campus.
IMPORTANT: Read the email sent on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from Joshua Van Wyhe, coordinator of housing operations, with details and the link to sign up for your return to campus.
On the day/time of your scheduled campus arrival, you will have three check-in options, depending on whether you have already submitted your negative COVID-19 test result via email as outlined below:

  1. Express Check-In (Easiest): Students who submit their negative COVID-19 test result via email no later than Jan. 11, 5 p.m., should report directly to their residence to check in.
  2. General Check-In (Easier): Students who have a negative COIVD-19 test result but do not submit it via email by Jan. 11, 5 p.m., must check in at the Cutler Event Center and show proof of a negative test result.
  3. Delayed Check-In (Not as Easy): Students who arrive on campus and cannot show proof of a negative COVID-19 test will not be allowed to move in until testing can be arranged.

IMPORTANT: Students that do not schedule a return date in advance will be charged a $50 convenience fee.

Required Negative COVID-19 Test to Return to Campu

Residential students are required to test negative for COVID-19 before their return to campus.

  • The test should be taken between Jan. 8 and 11. Regardless of the date of your test, you will need to have your test results by the time you come to campus.
  • A rapid antigen test (“rapid test”) is an acceptable form of testing, if offered at your selected testing site.
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 between Oct. 5 and Jan. 3 are not required to be tested again, but must provide the requested documentation.
  • Students who live out of state may be tested in their home state prior to returning to campus.
  • Commuter students are not required to take the test at this time. However, commuter students are required to follow the OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan protocols and daily health screening guidelines.

To find a test site near you: click here

  1. Type in your location. You can type in your full address, just a city or even just your zip code.
  2. Select a preferred time.
  3. Select if you want to see all test locations or only those that offer free testing.
  4. Select “adult” for patient type.
  5. Be sure to click “search” in pink at the top, right side of the screen.

There are many Michigan locations where you can get tested at no charge to you. If you need additional testing location information, please call the state of Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, and press 1.
What to Do After Your COVID-19 Test and Before You Return to Campus

  1. If you test negative, self-quarantine for the remainder of your time off campus so that you limit your possible exposure to COVID-19.
  2. If you test negative, take a picture of your negative test result and email it to mycovidresult@uolivet.edu. By emailing your test result by Jan. 11, 5 p.m., you will qualify for Express Check-In when you return to campus and can report directly to your residence. (You’ll also be entered to win a $25 Willow Tree Cafe and Bakery gift card, courtesy of Professor KayDee Perry!)
  3. If you cannot email your test result in advance, bring your test result with you when you return to campus. You will be required to complete the General Check-In process. Report directly to Cutler Event Center to check in.
  4. If you test positive, email mycovidresult@uolivet.edu for further instruction from the student engagement team on next steps. Do not come to campus.
  5. If you tested positive for COVID-19 between Oct. 5 and Jan. 3, take a picture of your positive COVID-19 test results and email it to mycovidresult@uolivet.edu. You do not need to have another test.
  6. Your test result will only show your name, date of birth, date of the COVID-19 test and whether you tested positive or negative. No other personal information will be displayed.

Noncompliance with Move-In or Testing Procedures
Any student who does not complete both the required sign-up process and testing by the start of classes on Monday, Jan. 18 will not be officially approved to return to campus. As such they will be notified of non-compliance and possible repercussions. These may include any or all of the following measures:

  1. KC meal card, including Comet Cash, will not be activated until you have been approved to move in.
  2. Students will not be allowed to move into their campus residence until testing arrangements have been made and results have been received.
  3. If a student tests positive once having arrived on campus, they must isolate as required and outlined in the OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan.
  4. Face judicial sanction.
Save the Date: Student Town Hall, Monday, Jan. 11

A Zoom Student Town Hall is planned for Monday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. Registration is not required. Spring semester is likely to have its challenges, and this student-only Town Hall is meant to address your questions and concerns. Students, read the Jan. 7 OC CARES email for the Zoom link for the Town Hall and for the opportunity to submit a question in advance.

The University of Olivet is Here for You

The University of Olivet is open for business and here to serve you. The following departments can be reached by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns prior to your return to campus.
Campus Safety (24/7)
ITS Help
Mental Health and Wellness Center
Office of Student Engagement
Office of Student Services
(Financial Aid or Registration)
The Success Center (Academic Support and Accommodations)
“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, poet


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