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COVID-19 testing expands to CSU students with in-person classes – February 26, 2021

As part of our efforts to continually improve the protection of our CSU family, and at the request of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Cleveland State University is expanding COVID-19 testing to include students who commute to campus for at least one class per week. Testing is an important component of maintaining a safe and healthy campus, and to help in this endeavor, students who take in-person classes on campus will need to participate in our testing program through the end of the spring 2021 semester.

This testing is required regardless of whether students have known exposure or are showing symptoms related to COVID-19. Students living on campus in the residence halls, as well as student-athletes, have undergone this testing since last semester, and similar on-campus surveillance testing is occurring at many campuses across Ohio and nationwide.

The expanded surveillance testing begins on Monday, March 8. Randomly selected students will receive emails sent to their CSU accounts and text messages on the Wednesday prior to the week in which they will need to have a test administered. Students will have the option of either making an appointment for testing or getting tested on a walk-in basis during specified hours.

COVID-19 testing will take place on the 3rd floor of the Student Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. during the following intervals:

  • ​​​​​​​8 – 10 a.m. by appointment
  • 10 a.m. – noon – walk-in
  • Noon – 1 p.m. by appointment
  • 1 – 3:30 p.m. – walk-in

Students may schedule their testing appointments via MyVikeChart or by calling Health & Wellness Services at 216-687-3649 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

After testing the first time, all students will receive a voucher to redeem a CSU t-shirt, and each time students are tested, they will be entered for a special prize drawing!

We appreciate everyone’s continued participation in helping to keep our campus safe and operating with in-person classes and other activities.

Surveillance Testing FAQs

What is surveillance testing all about?
The purpose of surveillance testing is to collect data that allows our healthcare leadership to determine if COVID-19 is present and spreading on our campus, to determine the effectiveness of our prevention strategies are and to help guide prevention planning ahead.   

Ultimately, it’s about helping keep the CSU community safe.

Why am I being asked to test?
If you are selected for surveillance testing, your name was selected randomly as part of an overall strategy to sample the commuter student population.

How many students will be tested?
With nearly 5,400 CSU students currently coming to campus each week, the university’s Health & Wellness Services will test 20 percent of this group of students every week. Please note that testing will occur at random and you could be contacted to test multiple times.

How will I know when it’s my turn to be tested?
You will receive an email and text message with information.

If I haven’t received a surveillance testing invitation, can I still test?
Surveillance testing is not on-demand and requires an invitation. However, if you have symptoms, or are concerned that you may have been exposed, you should seek medical care immediately for evaluation and, if indicated, testing.

What if I’ve already been tested?
If you’ve already been tested and were found to be negative, you may still be tested through surveillance testing. If you were found to be positive, then please get those test results to Health & Wellness so we can remove you from the eligible pool of students for 90 days from the date of the positive test.

What if I am sick and have symptoms that might be COVID-19?
Please call Health & Wellness Services at 216-687-3649 to schedule an appointment for a diagnostic test.

Who’s paying for the test?
The test cost is being covered by the university.  It will not cost you anything and we are not billing your insurance.

What type of COVID-19 test is CSU using for commuter students?
Initial testing will involve a rapid test via nasal swab. If the rapid test gives a positive result, the student will take a PCR test which provides results within 24 to 48 hours.

What if I am selected for surveillance testing and don’t do the test?
The CSU community has a responsibility to take care of each other and protect other’s health.  Failure to comply could result in a referral to the Dean of Student’s office as well as being quarantined for 14 days. You would be expected to complete all your academic work during this time.

Will my results be used in any disciplinary actions?
No. We will not use COVID-19 test results, nor data from the COVID-19 reporting form, to pursue conduct violations. If you test positive, you will need to enter isolation. It is important to know that this is a public health requirement and not a disciplinary action.

If you have specific questions about your COVID test and scheduling, please email Health & Wellness Services at

If you have questions about the university’s COVID-19 testing protocols and the testing program, email

Forrest Faison III, MD

Shannon Greybar Milliken, Ed.D.

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Past Communications

February 26, 2021 - COVID-19 testing expands to CSU students with in-person classes

January 19, 2021 - Welcome to spring 2021

January 14, 2021 - Back to Campus - Spring Semester 2021 Update

December 23, 2020 - Winter Break Student Update

December 10, 2020End of Semester Student Update

November 17, 2020CSU to move to remote instruction after Thanksgiving

October 30, 2020 - Important Campus Status Update

October 26, 2020 - Important Fall/Spring Updates

October 20, 2020 - Fall Health Update

September 28, 2020 - Fall Semester Update

August 31, 2020 - Fall Semester Update

August 25, 2020 - How to take the required daily health assessment

August 21, 2020 - Fall Semester Update

August 17, 2020 - Fall Semester Update

August 8, 2020 - Fall Semester Update​​​​​​​

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