Important: Before You Come to Campus Monday

Dear campus community,

One of the ways we’re working to keep the Panther community safe this year is by tracking potential COVID-19 symptoms, those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and confirmed cases of COVID-19. To help us do that, we’re asking all faculty, staff and students to complete a daily Panther Health survey before leaving their dorm room or arriving at UNI’s campus or facilities.

Each morning starting Monday, you will receive an email with a link to the Panther Health survey. You can also access the survey through the free UNI app available for download at the Apple app store or Google Play. There is also an online version available. If you do not typically check your email before coming to campus, we encourage you to set a daily reminder to access the survey.

It takes about 3 minutes to complete the questions. When the survey is done, you will receive a message either clearing you to come to campus or advising you to take different health-related steps.

A few things to remember:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to isolate and will be contacted by the Student Health Clinic or the County Health Department.

  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you will be asked to quarantine for a specific period of time. Students: If you need to quarantine or isolate, the Dean of Students office staff can (upon your request) help to contact your faculty and arrange for virtual participation in any in-person classes until your quarantine or isolation period has ended. 

This symptom-tracking survey should be used to report any symptoms that are beyond your baseline, not just ones you believe are serious. If you’re unsure whether your symptoms qualify, please err on the side of caution and report them. Please remember - reporting any abnormal symptoms, following quarantine directives, and taking appropriate measures if you have a positive COVID-19 test will help keep our community safe.

We have started out strong - let’s keep it up! It is important for all of us to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our Panthers. Wearing masks, remaining physically distant and completing the daily symptom tracker will help ensure a successful in-person semester.

Stay healthy and stay safe.

The COVID-19 Response Team Steering Committee