COVID-19 Screening and Badges

In an effort to enhance the safety of our community, Western Michigan University requires that all students, faculty and staff complete the COVID-19 daily screening survey each day they are on campus. If they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and had it verified by Sindecuse Health Center staff, they will not be asked health screening questions. Once the survey is completed, a badge will display a status indicating that individual is: 

A green badge with a mask, a red badge with an exclamation point, an orange badge with a house and a purple badge with an exclamation point.

  • Green: You are cleared for public spaces on campus today and must wear a mask indoors. 
  • Red: You are not cleared for public spaces on campus today because you answered “yes” to one of the screening questions; you are not in compliance with mandated COVID-19 testing; or you are taking exclusively online courses, not using campus resources and do not have a verified vaccination.
  • Orange: You are required to quarantine; stay home and monitor for symptoms. 
  • Purple: COVID-19 positive: You must isolate for 10 days, following the instructions of health professionals. 

The badge status is determined by responses to the answers to the survey questions and whether verified vaccination information has been provided. Everyone on campus is required to abide by any restrictions and instructions regarding their status. 

Those who have been granted an approved accommodation regarding COVID-19 masking requirements should be prepared to provide evidence of the accommodation by uploading it to the Sindecuse patient portal. All approved accommodations will be respected. 

FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENT VACCINATION STATUS

The University strongly encourages but does not require COVID-19 vaccines for students, faculty or staff. The University does not require students, faculty or staff to reveal whether they have been fully vaccinated. The University strongly encourages those who have been fully vaccinated to upload COVID-19 vaccination documentation at the Sindecuse Health Center's secure patient portal. Do not provide any other health information beyond confirmation of your vaccination status. If you were vaccinated in Michigan, your vaccination status will be confirmed by Sindecuse Health Center through the Michigan MCIR database. If you were vaccinated outside of Michigan, your vaccination status will be confirmed if you submit a record of the vaccination from the providing who immunized you. A vaccination card is not sufficient by itself. Providing false or fraudulent documents regarding vaccination status is a violation of the student code and University policy. Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated only after their vaccination status is confirmed and they are 14 days past their last dose of the vaccine.

Students, faculty and staff who upload verified documentation of full vaccination will no longer have to complete the daily COVID-19 health survey once their vaccination status is confirmed. Their badges status will continuously indicate they are cleared to come to campus with a mask.

Documentation regarding vaccination status and responses to the COVID-19 health screening will be maintained as protected health information under the HIPAA regulations. 

A supervisor may ask to see the COVID-19 badge status of employees, and faculty and instructors may ask to see the COVID-19 badge status of students in their classes. Verification of COVID-19 badge status may also be required in other University settings, such as dining facilities and University events.

ONE BIG BENEFIT TO UPLOADING DOCUMENTATION

Students, faculty and staff who upload documentation of full vaccination (14 days past the second dose of a two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 14 days past the one-dose J & J) will no longer have to complete the daily health survey once their vaccination status is verified.