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Requirements for return to campus

July 30, 2020

The start of the fall semester is quickly approaching, and we are excited to welcome students to campus in the coming weeks. The following is important information regarding steps that students will need to take to start the semester successfully.

Required and recommended COVID-19 testing for students

Testing already has been available at no charge to any student or employee who needs it. Today, we are implementing an expanded testing protocol for students living in university housing. 

Any student living in university housing will be required to be tested – and cleared – for COVID-19 with a PCR test before moving into their campus housing. PCR test is a saliva-based or nasal swab test that determines whether you currently have the virus. 

Testing will help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 in our campus community. Students should get tested for COVID-19 prior to your arrival on campus. This will allow you to isolate at home if you test positive. You will need to provide proof of a negative test at least 48 hours before you are allowed to move into your residence hall. If you are a student with a reservation for university housing, you will receive a follow-up e-mail with additional information regarding testing requirements. 

If you are returning to campus but not living in university housing, we strongly recommend that you get tested for COVID-19 prior to your arrival on campus.

Information about where to access testing at no charge can be found here.

Additional requirements for all students

All students are required to participate in our Community of Care: Coming to Campus training. This training includes important information about our expectations for students while on campus, including safety protocols students must follow related to COVID-19.

All students must complete a daily symptom self-screening via the ASU app and should not attend class in person or be around others if feeling sick or if exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19. It is recommended that you download the ASU app if you don’t have it already; the self-screening portion of the app is expected to be available Aug. 7. Once you have downloaded the app, you should check your phone settings to see if you have the automatic download option on for app updates. If you do, you will not need to take further action to begin accessing the daily symptom self-screening on Aug. 7. If you do not have your automatic download setting on, you will need to do a manual update to the ASU app on Aug. 7 to begin accessing the daily symptom self-screening. 

ASU will be providing you with a Community of Care kit that includes a thermometer and other items to help maintain your health. More information will be provided separately on how to submit your daily health check information. If you are symptomatic or need a COVID-19 test, you can schedule an appointment for saliva-based testing and/or a telehealth visit through the ASU Health Services patient portal.

Once you arrive on campus, please continue to follow all Community of Care health protocols to help avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. This includes: 

  • Wearing a face covering at all times in public.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Monitoring your health daily and staying home when sick and avoiding others that are sick.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least daily.
  • Getting tested if you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

We expect all students to adhere to these guidelines at all times. With the cooperation and care of every member of the ASU community, we are confident that we will have a successful start to the fall semester.

If you have any questions about the above items, or your arrival to campus in general, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 480-965-6547.


Mark S. Searle
Executive vice president and university provost

Morgan R. Olsen
Executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer


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Posted: July 30, 2020, at 8:30 a.m