The following message provides new information regarding the on-campus COVID-19 testing program. Health and safety standards are subject to change and are adopted as a part of the University’s COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies as recommended by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   

For the most up-to-date information about the University’s approach to COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus website or email   

New information about on-campus COVID-19 testing  

SHIELD Illinois has scaled back operations in Illinois and will no longer provide saliva-based COVID-19 testing at Illinois State University. As a result, the University is in the process of updating its on-campus COVID-19 testing program.  Beginning the week of July 5, the University is planning to begin providing self-administered rapid antigen COVID-19 tests at on-campus testing sites. More information about testing site locations and availability will be provided to the campus community the week of July 5.   

As of July 5, only current students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated will remain eligible to participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing.  Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services.  Visit the McLean County Health Department for information about local COVID-19 testing options. In addition, you can place an order for free at-home COVID-19 tests at   

As a reminder, to remain compliant with the University’s testing protocol, students and employees are to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program at least once every seven calendar days until they are fully vaccinated, and vaccination records are on file with Student Health Services. Employees who are to participate in the on-campus testing program will also receive an email from Human Resources.  

Vaccination continues to be the best and most effective way to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus.  If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, locations can be found near campus or your hometown.  Individuals are strongly encouraged to obtain and upload proof of a booster vaccine, when they become eligible. Submit booster records as soon as possible to the secure Patient Health Portal.