To help protect the health of our campus community and minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread, all students, faculty and staff on all campuses need to participate in a brief, daily wellness check throughout the fall semester. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop explains the process in the latest edition of Inside WVU Today.
Morgantown students and employees should begin participating in the survey by Wednesday, Aug. 26, but are welcome to begin using it sooner. Students, faculty and staff on the Beckley, Keyser and Health Sciences campuses and non-clinical faculty and staff on the Health Sciences campuses should already be participating, along with graduate and professional students.
The survey data will help the University monitor infection rates and community spread, even among remote workers and students who are taking classes exclusively online. Comprehensive and current information about the health of students, faculty and staff will help guide appropriate, data-driven decisions, including when it’s safe to bring more people back to campus.
An email will arrive in your inbox every day at 5:30 a.m. inviting you to complete the survey, as well as a reminder email around 9 a.m. Follow the provided link, which will be unique to you, then answer several questions about exposure and/or flu-like symptoms. If you don’t see the email, check your spam or junk mail folders for the sender (email@example.com).
Responses to the survey can be submitted on your mobile device and will determine whether you can be on campus each day. If you do not respond, you will not be permitted on any WVU campus.
Each day, you will be asked if you have knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours. You also will be asked if, within the last 24 hours, you have had symptoms, including:
Shortness of breath.
Loss of taste or smell.
Once you complete the survey, you can generate an electronic “pass” on your personal device, indicating that you are permitted on campus. You will be prompted to enter your WVU Login credentials and use Duo two-factor authentication to confirm your identity at this point. If you have problems logging in, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444.
Once you have successfully logged in and generated a pass for the day, you will receive another email with a link you can use later to retrieve the pass if you need it. Your pass is only valid for the day you completed the survey.
All students, faculty and staff should be prepared to present this pass, which has a date stamp, if requested. Displaying your pass when asked signals respect for others and your shared concern for the well-being of our campus communities. In addition, this pass may be required to access certain areas or buildings on campus. For example, if the University feels it is safe to open the Rec Center in the coming weeks, anyone wishing to use the Center would be required to show their pass.
The daily wellness survey does not track your location. WVU is not requiring the use of a location-tracking app and will instead rely on human tracers and traditional methods when contact tracing is necessary. The data you submit in the survey will be kept confidential and will be used only to ensure a safe and healthy campus for all. It provides valuable insights that will help the University understand rates of infection and make appropriate decisions moving forward.
Compliance with all University safety protocols, including participation in the daily wellness check, is expected as a matter of personal accountability and your commitment to public health. Your cooperation will support our continuing efforts to return everyone to campus as soon as possible.
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