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HR UPDATES COVID-19 Return to Campus Tools: Daily Symptom Checker & Contact Tracing

August 14, 2020

Dear Colleagues (Gables/RSMAS non-UHealth),

As we prepare for the start of the Fall 2020 semester, we would like to share important information about new technologies that enable those of you who are physically working on the Gables and RSMAS campuses to safely return to work.

Please take a moment to review the processes outlined below. We ask that you do your part to maintain safety protocols.

New Behavioral Norms, Safety Measures, and Resources

Attestation Form Icon Attestation Form

  • Completion of an online health screening is required for all faculty and staff before returning to campus.
  • If you are approved by your manager or chair to return to campus, you will receive a link to the attestation form via email, which will need to be completed prior to returning to campus for the first time, as well as after any leave of absence or extended absence from campus.
  • Your department manager or chair will receive an automatic email alert from the system when you are either cleared to return to campus, or otherwise instructed to quarantine or provide medical certification to return.
  • Once you are cleared to return to campus, you should coordinate with your manager or department chair to obtain a safe return kit to pick up upon return to campus.

Symptom Checker Icon Daily Symptom Checker

  • To monitor new symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, faculty and staff who are on campus are required to use a daily symptom checker and respond appropriately to the guidance it provides.
  • Upon completion of the daily symptom checker, you will receive guidance on next steps on screen and via email based on your responses.
  • If you are advised to contact Employee Health and are instructed to remain home, you must notify your manager or chair right away.
  • The daily symptom checker takes no more than two minutes to complete and is available online (click here) or via the UMiami mobile app (available for download from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iPhone/iOS).

Contact Tracing Icon Contact Tracing

Identifying individuals who may have been unknowingly exposed to COVID-19 is an essential component of mitigating the spread of the virus. Therefore, it is essential that everyone on campus cooperate with the contact tracing process so that anyone in close contact can be notified, potentially quarantine and monitor symptoms.

  • Faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, or believe they have been exposed to the virus, are not to come to campus and should call the University's COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U or fill out the Employee COVID-19 screening form.
  • Faculty and staff who have been on campus and test positive for COVID-19, will be required to disclose to the U-TRACE team any member of the University community with whom you have had close contact as defined by the CDC guidelines.
  • We ask that you update your contact information in Workday. This ensures that you receive timely messages from the University in the event of an emergency, including facilitating contact tracing efforts. Refer to this tip sheet for step-by-step instructions.

For more information on the new tools, visit the COVID-19 Return to Campus Tools website: For 24/7 technical support, please contact the UMIT Service Desk at: (305) 284-6565 or

As highlighted in the COVID-19 Safety Module for U Community online module, using these tools aims to protect the public health of the University community, and reinforce safety standards established in the workplace. Failure for faculty and staff to comply with daily symptom monitoring or contact tracing protocols may result in disciplinary action, as outlined in the Return to Onsite Work Employee policy.

We understand there are several requirements needed from you, so we thank you for making the safety of the our 'Canes the number one priority.

Mary Harper Hagan

Vice President
Human Resources

Guillermo (Willy) Prado, PhD

Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Dean, Graduate School
Professor, School Nursing and Health Studies