COVID-19 test for Winter Break only residents - email to residents

This email was sent to all residents who had Housing reservations during Winter Break.

Dear Resident,

This email contains instructions on the COVID-19 spring entry test for Student Housing residents who were in Lawrence during winter break. Our records indicate you were in Housing for part or all of the break. The university requires all students to complete a COVID-19 saliva test and receive their results before spring semester begins.

If you stayed in Student Housing the entire winter break and are currently here
If you stayed in Student Housing for winter break, pick up a test kit at the front desk in Jayhawker Towers or Stouffer Place. Kits are available now and need to be completed and returned to the front desk by Wednesday, January 20. Kits will be sent to the testing lab and you will receive your result. You are required to complete this testing process or will have your access to the building removed until testing is completed.

Residence hall and scholarship hall residents who are living in an apartment over winter break are strongly encouraged to complete their COVID-19 test at Jayhawker Towers or Stouffer Place before moving back to their spring assignment.

Those who stayed in Housing for part of the winter break and are currently away from Lawrence
If you left the university for part of winter break, but received a take-home test before departure, you should complete it at least 7 days before you return to campus. You should send the completed saliva test via FedEx to the CRL testing laboratory by following the instructions in the test kit.

If you left the university for part of winter break, but did NOT receive a take home test, pick up a test kit at your hall’s front desk when you return. After the staff member hands you the kit, please complete it before you return to your room. You are required to complete this testing process or will have your access to the building removed.

Residents who have previously tested positive for COVID-19

Current CDC and KDHE guidance states that COVID-19 immunity is for up to 90 days from a previous positive test result. Using this guidance, residents who have tested positive before October 15, 2020, WILL need to test before return to KU for spring semester. Students who have had a positive test on or after October 16, 2020, will NOT need to retest as long as their previous positive is verified by KU Student Housing and Watkins Health Service. To verify a previous positive result, send an email to KU Student Housing.

Further Updates and Questions
The KU Student Housing website will continue to have updates posted, including FAQs and answers about spring move-in and semester operations. Additional questions should be sent to For information about KU’s COVID-19 procedures, visit the Protect KU website.

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