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COVID-19 self-assessment required to visit campus, U of T announces

Visitors may have to show proof to enter some buildings
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UCheck, U of T's self-assessment tool. JACKY LAI/THE VARSITY
UCheck, U of T's self-assessment tool. JACKY LAI/THE VARSITY

Starting October 26, U of T announced that it will require community members to complete a self-assessment for COVID-19 before visiting campus. 

The university recently rolled out its own self-assessment portal called UCheck, which evaluates the user’s risk of COVID-19 based on several questions and gives a ‘red’ or ‘green’ status. If someone receives a ‘red’ status, they should not come to campus. If they receive a ‘green’ status, they can visit campus or leave their residence room. UCheck is available on all electronic devices, and there is also a printable paper version.

It does not appear that a self-assessment will be required to enter every building on campus. Instead, a university spokesperson wrote to The Varsity that the university is taking an educational approach instead of enforcing the required self-assessment for entry into every U of T building. They elaborated that visitors to campus “may be asked to confirm completion of their self-assessments before entering some buildings or facilities on campus.”

“Students are expected to complete health screening on the day they are coming to campus,” wrote the spokesperson. 

According to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, there were three cases of COVID-19 between October 17–23 among people in the U of T community. Some faculties further limited their in-person instruction following Ontario’s announcement on October 9 that it would return to Stage 2 restrictions for 28 days due to a rising number of cases in the province.