University of Michigan students, faculty and staff who are out of compliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy will see a red rectangle with an “X” on their overall ResponsiBLUE app screen beginning Jan. 3, 2022, prompting them to take action.
The indicator will be similar to what U-M community members currently see as a reminder to conduct their screening check when coming to campus.
Students, faculty and staff are expected to have an overall green check mark on their app screen while on campus. This indicates they’ve completed the screening and are free of COVID-19 symptoms and are vaccinated, or that they have an approved exemption or postponement and have completed the required weekly COVID-19 testing.
Individuals who are out of compliance with the vaccination policy are encouraged to take the steps to comply.
“Any individual with a red ‘X’ on their ResponsiBLUE should take that as an indication that they need to either take the necessary steps to become compliant with the vaccine policy and associated testing requirements, or to self-isolate and seek testing if experiencing any of symptoms indicated by the daily symptom check,” said Robert Ernst, associate vice president for student life for health and wellness and director of the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee.
Individuals may be asked to show their green check mark in certain campus locations, including all Michigan Medicine facilities, and to receive certain services.
The majority of the U-M community is vaccinated, with 98 percent of students, 98 percent faculty and 90 percent of staff currently verified as fully vaccinated.
Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, including those who are in the process of becoming vaccinated or who have an approved exemption or postponement, are expected to complete weekly COVID-19 testing at an on-campus testing location until they are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 testing on campus is available through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program for asymptomatic individuals, or through Occupational Health Services for employees and the University Health Service for students who are symptomatic.
The university began requiring use of ResponsiBLUE as a daily symptom check for the U-M community in August 2020. The tool has evolved over the duration of the pandemic to include resources and information, user vaccination status, and quarantine and isolation status for students who either had an exposure to COVID-19 or who recently tested positive.