COVID Check App

The UC COVID Check App will remain in use and operation during Fall 2021, and students  will be required to use it if coming to campus or residing on campus.  

Faculty, staff and visitors will be strongly encouraged to use the App or the web-based tool prior to coming to campus as part of a Daily Health Check. 

All are required to use the App (or employees or visitors may use the web-based tool) before entering certain facilities. These currently include the Campus Recreation Center, some University Libraries (Langsam and Health Sciences), Tangeman University Center and dining halls.

Faculty may request to see a Green Pass from students before allowing classroom or lab entry.

Download the COVID Check App

UC's COVID Check app is free and easy to use. It can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web-based tool is also available. 
 
The app is synched with the university’s secure Single-Sign On system. The app does not use GPS tracking.

Voluntarily submit proof of vaccination

Currently, all fully vaccinated incoming or current students have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to receive a “Fast Pass” Green Pass for Fall Term, once that vaccine documentation is reviewed and verified.

  • The semester-long Green Pass goes into effect as soon as the vaccine documentation is verified and current plans call for this “Fast Pass” Green Pass to remain in place for any specific student for the entire Fall Term unless a student has a known exposure to a COVID-positive person and develops viral symptoms during the Term.

The “Fast Pass” Green Pass means that when entering spaces (dining halls, TUC, CRC, some Libraries) that require patrons to show their App status (Green, Red or Yellow pass), those students with a “Fast Pass” Green Pass will not have to answer the COVID Check questions around symptoms, travel, exposure, etc., in order to earn a daily Green Pass for access. Their “Fast Pass” Green Pass remains in place for the Fall Term, unless a student has a known exposure to a COVID-positive person and develops viral symptoms. 

Submit your proof of vaccination today! Don’t wait! Depending on the volume of submissions, there may be a backlog to review and verify documentation. So, don’t wait! 

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through email at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (other than proof of vaccination or students who are required to test may also submit negative PCR tests). 

Students who voluntarily submit acceptable proof of full vaccination will be exempt from:

  • Regular COVID screening testing in the Fall Term. That testing will be required of students residing in UC Housing or coming to UC campuses for classes.  
  • Quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 during Fall Term, unless the exposed student also becomes sick/develops COVID symptoms.

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires vaccines that are either FDA or WHO authorized. Important to remember: Full vaccination status is defined as two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies, including UC Health and Hamilton County Health Collaborative

Daily health check

All students are required to complete the daily health check in the App before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room unless they have voluntarily submitted proof of vaccination. Student who are fully vaccinated and voluntarily submit proof are NOT required to conduct a daily health check via the App. 

Employees and visitors are strongly encouraged to use the App or the web-based tool.

All members of the campus community and visitors are required to use the App or web-based tool in order to enter some campus buildings including dining centers, the Campus Recreation Center, some libraries (Langsam and Health Sciences) and Tangeman University Center.  

The app also includes information about symptoms of COVID-19 and self-reporting capabilities if a member of the UC Community is diagnosed with COVID-19. The Daily Health Check includes a series of short questions based on CDC guidelines. Non-app users can complete daily health checks using the web-based tool. 

How to use the UC COVID Check app

  • Log in using UC's secure Single Sign On system. UC guests can create a guest account.
  • Once logged in, users answer a series of health-related questions, based on CDC guidelines, as part of the Daily Health Check.
  • Based on answers, users receive a “Green Pass” to come or move about campus; or a “Yellow Pass” or “Red Pass,” which limit campus access. If a "Red Pass" is issued, a member of UC’s COVID Response Team personally connects with the user within 24-48 hours to provide additional information and next steps.
  • Currently, all fully vaccinated incoming or current students have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to receive a Green Pass for Fall Term, once that vaccine documentation is reviewed and verified. Their Green Pass is permanent for the Fall Term, unless a student has a known exposure to a COVID-positive person and develops viral symptoms.    
  • Data you enter into the App is then sent to a protected database used to analyze trends and assist the COVID Response Team with decision making.

Why you might have a Red Pass

If you have received a UC COVID Check Red Passthe most common cause for a Red Pass is failing to participate in required COVID screening testing.(for those who don’t have an exemption). ​Other causes include answering yes to the questions on the App and, rarely, a positive test through our testing program.

If you have a Red Pass, please stay in your room as much as possible, social distance, wear a facial covering, and you will have limited campus access. A member of the UC COVID Check Response Team will contact you about next steps. 

For those without an exemption, failure to participate in required screening testing will result in a Red Pass on your UC COVID Check App, which will limit your campus access. Individuals with Red Passes cannot be admitted to some campus buildings, including some libraries, Tangeman University Center and the Campus Recreation Center. Students in UC Housing with a Red Pass may not have guests in their rooms or apartments. In addition, you will not be able to dine-in at campus dining halls but will need to pick up carry-out food at On the Green, located on the ground floor of Marian Spencer Hall.

You may email uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu for assistance and information.

Why you might have a Yellow Pass

All students start the new academic year with a “Yellow Pass” unless or until they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Take a COVID screening test on campus, with a subsequent negative test result
  • Submit a current negative PCR COVID test from another provider that meets the requirement as a substitute for your on-campus test
  • Voluntarily submit proof of full vaccination that is subsequently reviewed and verified

For students who fail to take action in regards to these requirements, the Yellow Pass will remain for the first week upon move-back/return to campus and then will turn Red.

Students who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination that is then verified will receive a Green Pass for the semester for full campus access without answering the COVID Check questions around symptoms, travel, exposure, etc., each day or each time upon entering select campus spaces.

A “Yellow Pass” temporarily limits campus access in the same way a “Red Pass” does.  

For residents of UC Housing who have a Yellow Pass awaiting COVID test results, you will have restricted campus access and may not have guests in their rooms or apartments until their results are in.  Students can leave their building to go get food using grab-and-go options and may leave their room in order to utilize the common area bathrooms. Return to Campus test results will take between 24-48 hours during the week, and if over weekends, can take up to 72 hours.  The student will remain in yellow until the test results are confirmed. 

You may email uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu for assistance and information.

More details on the Green Pass option for fully vaccinated students who voluntarily submit vaccine documentation

Currently, all fully vaccinated incoming or current students have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to receive a Green Pass for Fall Term, once that vaccine documentation is reviewed and verified.

  • That Green Pass goes into effect as soon as the vaccine documentation is verified and current plans call for it to remain in place for any specific student for the entire Fall Term unless a student has a known exposure to a COVID-positive person and develops symptoms during the Term.

That Green Pass means that when entering spaces (dining halls, TUC, CRC, some Libraries) that require patrons to show their App status (Green, Red or Yellow pass), those students with a semester-long Green Pass will not have to answer the COVID Check questions around symptoms, travel, exposure, etc., in order to earn a daily Green Pass for access. Their Green Pass  remains in place for the Fall Term, unless a student has a known exposure to a COVID-positive person and develops viral symptoms.

  • If, you, as a full vaccinated student with a semester-long Green Pass become aware that you have had a known exposure to a COVID-positive person, you will be required to report that in the UC COVID Check App. A nurse from UC’s COVID Response Team will contact you to offer advice, and you will be required to take a COVID test if you are also symptomatic. Testing will be at University Health Services. While you await test results, you will have a “Red Pass.”
  • If, you, as a fully vaccinated student with a semester-long Green Pass have or report a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, you will also be contacted by a contact tracer. That tracer will override your Fall Term Green Pass for up to 14 days. You will be required to conduct a COVID Check App Daily Health Check for up to 14 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, faculty or staff, including graduate assistants or teaching assistants, overseeing a class or lab may deny entry to a student if the student does not provide a UC COVID Check Green Pass, isn’t using the App or has an App “Red Pass.”

Students with Red Passes cannot be admitted to some campus buildings, including libraries, Tangeman University Center and the Campus Recreation Center. In addition, you will not be able to dine-in at campus dining halls but will need to pick up carry-out food at On the Green, located on the ground floor of Marian Spencer Hall.

Call the UC COVID Check Response Team hotline at:

  • (513) 558-1772
  • (513) 558-1773

Or email for assistance at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu

The app is a way to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible to come to campus, classes and activities on a daily basis.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus.  

Students are required to use the app if they come to campus or live on campus, but every member of the campus community is encouraged to participate to help keep everyone safer. The university relies on each and every community member to do their part to help keep the campus community healthy.

The App will be checked for those seeking admission to: 

  • In-person classes or labs
  • Research labs and facilities
  • Some libraries  
  • Dining Halls 
  • Tangeman University Center
  • Campus Recreation Center 

Faculty may also request to see a Green Pass from students before allowing classroom or lab entry.

Please note that if you are under the age of 18, you must obtain consent from your parent/guardian to use the COVID Check App.  By using this App, you are verifying that you have obtained consent from your parent/guardian.

A web-based tool is available for individuals who do not want to use the App. A Green Pass can be given if you complete the Health Check via the web-based tool.  

If you have symptoms, you will receive a call and/or email within 24-48 hours from our case investigators, who will provide guidance on next steps.

If further action is deemed necessary, such as testing or contact tracing, the case investigator will obtain necessary details like onset dates of symptoms, close contacts, etc. The name of any individual reporting symptoms will not be shared in the contract tracing process.

The UC COVID Check app is available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

A web-based tool is available for non-app users. If you experience technical trouble with the app, please contact the IT@UC Help Desk.  

Yes.  

Your information will be used to help keep you and others safe. Privacy will be pursuant to FERPA and in accordance with the University Data Governance and Classification Policy.