You must answer COVID-19 app questions before entering Queen's University buildings

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Everyone entering Queen's University buildings must answer COVID-19 questions from an app.

In a news release published by the university on Thursday, the university said this is in a focused effort to keep the campus community safe this fall.

A COVID assessment tool has been added to the university's safety app, SeQure, which was launched in 2012 to provide access to the university's security resources. Now, users who arrive on campus will be required to fill out a brief COVID-19 survey, which will determine whether they are allowed to continue with their visit. 

"Though most students and employees will continue to learn and work remotely this fall, Queen’s is working to ensure that those who will be on campus are safe, informed, and have the right tools," Mark Green, provost and vice-principal (academic) said in a statement. "We strongly recommend that all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to our campuses download the SeQure app and use the assessment tool, as it will assist administrators and our public health partners in mitigating potential impacts of any potential COVID-19 transmission."

Alongside questions related to symptoms and travel, the app will also ask you if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, it will ask for a contact number and a list of buildings you plan to visit that day to assist in possible contact tracing. 

This development of this tool was also made with privacy in mind, Kim Murphy, executive director of Queen's risk and safety services, said. The app takes respect for user privacy very seriously and does not track your device's location, she explained. 

"The responsibility will be on users to fill out the app survey and receive the ‘all clear’ before each visit to campus. It’s quick and simple, and doing so will help keep them, their colleagues or classmates, and the community safe," she said. 

If the app indicates it is safe to proceed, users will see a green badge appear in the app paired with a QR code. This can be presented to building attendants, staff and managers while entering various facilities, and is valid for 24 hours.

After that time, the badge expires and users are required to fill out the questions again before returning back to campus. 

-- From News talk 580 CFRA's Samantha Pope