COVID-19 Testing

University of Dubuque is committed to the safety and well-being of our campus community. We have established a number of strategies on campus – including scheduled and random/surveillance testing - to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The University has increased on-campus testing of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff since early August through partnerships with Education Test Iowa and The Ohio State University. These partnerships will continue into the spring semester. Faculty and staff can view on-campus testing dates and times on MyUD. Students can visit the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center, which is providing testing specifically for students Tuesday through Friday at varying times. In addition, random/surveillance testing of student-athletes is occurring throughout the academic year.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get tested before returning for spring semester. Some individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms. Getting tested prior to returning to campus is an extra mitigation strategy for the health and safety of the entire UD community. In addition to encouraging testing before spring semester, the University plans to provide additional testing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff on campus the first three days of spring semester classes.

Total verified active cases among students, faculty, and staff are reported at approximately noon every Friday. Active cases are those who are in isolation because of a positive COVID-19 test result. They include results of tests on campus and self-reported tests.

Friday, May 7, 2021
Tests Performed to Date: 8,643 (+146 tests since 4/30/2021)
Active Positive Cases: 4

UD’s isolation and quarantine procedures have been implemented. To learn more about those procedures, please visit the COVID-19 Office of Residence Life Updates Page.

The Iowa Department of Public Health will contact individuals who have had close contact with people who test positive to discuss precautions and any necessary health measures.

In accordance with federal laws, it is our responsibility to safeguard the privacy of those who test positive so that they may focus on their health. We ask that you avoid speculation and rumors. As a community, we must do everything we can to support these individuals and one another through this challenging time.

Testing results performed in Iowa are included in IDPH’s data.



Free Local Testing Options

Off campus, there are several COVID-19 testing options in the tri-state area. Advance registration and/or online assessments may be required prior to testing.

Please click the following to learn more about COVID-19 testing options in the tri-state area:



University of Dubuque COVID-19 Testing: Summarized Policy Guidelines

Since early March 2020, UD has been following testing guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governing bodies such as the NCAA in establishing testing protocols. Much of the University’s guidance was then published in Shaping Our Return, which was widely disseminated in early July and updated in late November to Moving Forward with Your Education. The document is available here

University of Dubuque has developed additional protocols that are intended to safeguard our campus responsibly:

  1. UD MANTRA
    Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

  2. DILIGENTLY PRACTICE SCREENING PROCEDURES
    Check your temperature and evaluate for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 daily before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, stay home or in your residence hall. For a list of who to contact, please visit the COVID-19 Health Contact Information Page.

  3. DILIGENTLY PRACTICE No. 1 and No. 2!

  4. STUDENT-ATHLETES
    Student-athletes will be tested upon their arrival to campus. These tests are recommended but are not required. Random/surveillance testing will take place throughout the academic year.  Two days prior to arrival, student-athletes are required to turn in the COVID-19 Health Assessment via DocuSign. Additionally, student-athletes will undergo daily temperature checks upon arrival to athletic facilities.

  5. DILIGENTLY PRACTICE No. 1 and No. 2!

  6. FACULTY AND STAFF
    Faculty and staff will be offered the opportunity to be tested throughout the academic year. These tests are recommended but not required.

  7. DILIGENTLY PRACTICE No. 1 AND No. 2!

  8. ALL REMAINING STUDENTS
    All remaining students will have testing available throughout the year. These tests are recommended but not required. Two days before arrival, students are required to turn in the COVID-19 Health Assessment via DocuSign.

  9. DILIGENTLY PRACTICE No. 1 AND No. 2!

  10. CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING
    The University, in consultation with guidance from health experts, is providing COVID-19 testing for faculty, staff, and students. Testing dates and times can be viewed by logging into MyUD. The Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center is providing COVID-19 testing for students Tuesday through Friday. Times vary each week. For more information on testing times, contact the health center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu.

  11. DILIGENTLY PRACTICE No. 1 AND No. 2!

  12. LEARNING AND WORKING
    The University will be delivering in-person/synchronous and remote/synchronous attendance options that depend on students’ particular situations. In other words, the vast majority of coursework is available in person or from your residence. If you have an oral temperature above 100.4 degrees, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are in mandated quarantine, you can continue to learn, teach, and, where approved by your supervisor, work from your residence.