Faculty Senate exec team supports spring testing program

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Faculty Senate exec team supports spring testing program

Specialized tubes will be used for collection during the university's saliva-based COVID-19 testing in the spring. The mandatory tests will be required before classes start on Jan. 25 and every two weeks thereafter.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Specialized tubes will be used for collection during the university's saliva-based COVID-19 testing in the spring. The mandatory tests will be required before classes start on Jan. 25 and every two weeks thereafter.

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee has voiced its support for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s spring semester plans for a mandatory, saliva-based testing program for COVID-19.

In its Dec. 9 statement, the committee said it, “endorses a mandatory COVID-19 testing program during the spring 2021 semester. We support the plan to test students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 infection upon return to campus and through the duration of the semester to protect the health of our campus community.”

Faculty have been involved in multiple levels of the committees guiding the university’s response to the virus. Nicole Buan, president of the Faculty Senate and associate professor of biochemistry, said the executive committee has also been continuously engaged with university administration on the issue.

Additional support for the testing program has been voiced by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Executive Committee.

The saliva-based testing program was announced by Chancellor Ronnie Green on Dec. 9.

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