Updated ResponsiBLUE app to show vaccination compliance


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.



  1. Cristian Peres
    on December 3, 2021 at 6:20 am

    What should we do if we’re left our phone or device home?

    • Kirstn Tatar
      on December 3, 2021 at 6:50 am

      And what if we don’t have a smart phone – just a flip phone?

  2. Andrew Thompson
    on December 3, 2021 at 7:37 am

    “Students, faculty and staff are expected to have an overall green check mark on their app screen while on campus.”

    “Individuals may be asked to show their green check mark in certain campus locations, including all Michigan Medicine facilities, and to receive certain services.”

    I have never been asked to show my ResponsiBlue to anyone to enter a building or to perform the duties of my job since August 2020. It feels pretty meaningless to me and my personal experience teaching here at the University…

    • Erik Mueggler
      on December 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      This message from Schissel, and the policy itself, are essentially dishonest. No one is checking Responsiblue apps in most classroom and office buildings on campus. Schissel’s message makes it appear as though serious steps are being taken to enforce the policy, but it appears to be a smokescreen for inaction. It is extremely disappointing when our administrative leadership speaks to the university community as though we are idiot children.

      • Yi-Li Wu
        on December 3, 2021 at 4:10 pm

        (1) The one place that I have been asked to show a pre-screening check is to enter the University Health Services building (on Fletcher)—but they do not use ResponsiBlue–they use a different system. When I showed them the green check on my ResponsiBlue app, the entry screener pointedly told me they do not accept ResponsiBlue as proof of anything.
        (2) The Ann Arbor campus is gearing up to hold an indoors, in-person, graduation in Crisler Arena. People from all over, vax status unknown, congregating at close quarters, then dispersing. Will there be anyone asking parents of Ann Arbor graduates make sure their masks cover their noses? In any case, UM’s case numbers won’t be affected, because people will just get sick after they return home. Winter 2022 is going to be an adventure.

    • Barbara Bradley
      on December 6, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Erik Mueggler ….. that is incorrect. I work at the Clements Library on S. University and I can assure you that every person who comes into the library must show a completed ResponsiBlue screen to the receptionist. This includes all staff members, all visitors, all students who are coming in as part of a class, and all other individual patrons of the library. However, I will say that students are often surprised we ask, and many have not even completed the screening before arriving at the library. We have an iPad handy at the reception desk for anyone without a cellphone or access to the ResponsiBlue app. No one gets past the reception desk without that green checkmark!

  3. David Blair
    on December 3, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    You have a much higher chance dying from a auto accident than from the latest mutations of the Wuhan/Fauci virus.
    I’m still waiting for the peer review data on the benefits of getting the jab, especially for people that have natural immunity from recovery of infection from the full strength viral bioweapon unleashed on the planet.

    I would hope for the new year that many new year resolutions would be for a renewed respect for individuals rights to live their lives as they seem fit free from coercion from people who are afraid to live.

    • Barbara Bradley
      on December 6, 2021 at 9:43 am

      Wow. Let us know how that approach works out for you.

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