Message from President Davenport, Nov. 9, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff:

This week, we are launching a new partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct free saliva testing on campus each of the next two Thursdays, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19. We want our students and employees to be able to go home for the holidays confident that they will not unknowingly spread coronavirus to their families and friends.

The testing event this Thursday, Nov. 12 will be from Noon – 6pm in the CSU Ballroom. The location and time for the Nov. 19 event is still being confirmed and will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

Participants will register for 30-minute timeslots through their smartphones or provided iPads at the event.

What you need to know about the saliva test:

  • You must not eat, drink, chew or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes before taking a saliva test.
  • A health care professional will tell you how to take the test, but you will do it yourself.
  • You will spit into a funnel attached to a tube. Producing the required amount of saliva usually takes <10 minutes.
  • You will get your results in about 48-72 hours; negative results will be delivered via email and/or text, and positive results will be delivered with a phone call.

It’s important to note that these test sessions are open to students and employees who are not currently experiencing symptoms; our hope is that these tests will help identify asymptomatic cases. Anyone who is currently experiencing coronavirus symptoms should not come to campus; instead, they should schedule a test as soon as possible at one of the local health care facilities.

Questions about these upcoming testing events should be directed to

Thank you for all of your efforts to keep the University operating this fall.


Richard Davenport