Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Daily Health Screening

One of many actions the College is taking to reduce the risk on campus is requiring students, faculty and staff on campus to complete a daily health attestation. Beginning August 31, the College is using the emocha Health app and web portal to support students and employees in completing the daily health screening and documenting any symptoms they may experience. The emocha Health app will allow Health Services (for students) and Human Resources (for employees) to regularly monitor the symptom information provided by students and employees, and help ensure faculty and staff entering campus are symptom-free. The app does not record or store location data, and is not a tool for contact tracing.

Each day they are on campus, students and employees must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms using the emocha Health app or web portal:

  • Residential students: must complete daily health screening 7 days a week
  • Students living off-campus and commuter students: must complete the daily health screening 7 days a week
  • Remote students: remote students do not have access to the in-person campus community and therefore do not need to complete the daily screenings
  • Employees: must complete the daily screening each day prior to arrival on campus

Access to emocha

The emocha daily health screening tool is accessible by the following:

Employees who do not have access to a mobile device or a computer should speak with their supervisor, who will help arrange access in order to complete the daily health screening.

Instructions on how to download the app and how to use the web portal will be sent to all students and employees via a registration email from emocha Health. Please consult the following guides for additional information on download or operation of the tool:

Completing the Daily Health Screening

Once you have downloaded the mobile app, accessed the web portal or called the dedicated phone number, students and employees will be guided through:

  • Answering the symptom-related and COVID-19 community exposure questions.
    • Please note: If you are experiencing symptoms that are consistent with symptoms you normally experience (e.g. coughing or sneezing due to seasonal allergies) you need not report those in the daily attestation. If you have any doubt about your symptoms, please feel free to document them in the app and discuss with Health Services (students) or Human Resources (employees).
  • Recording your temperature.
  • Recording a video (if necessary). Those reporting symptoms will be asked to complete a very brief video to explain or share a bit more about the symptoms. Example: “I have allergies and this is normal for me.” Or “my symptoms appear to be getting worse, please let me know where I should go for medical attention.”
  • Submitting your information.

Upon submission of the daily health screening, you will be able to access your digital badge.

Students will receive reminders seven days a week at 8 a.m. via app notification and/or email. Employees will receive reminders Monday-Friday at 8 a.m. via app notification and/or email. Please note that employees who work on weekends must complete the daily health screening via app, web portal or phone number each day they are at work; employees will not receive reminders on the weekend.

Digital Badges

The combination of data entered related to temperature, symptoms and exposure determines the color of the digital badge.

  • Green Badge: Indicates that you are able to be on campus and participate in campus activities.
  • Green Badge with yellow thermometer: Indicates the individual has not reported concerning symptoms or contact but they did not record their temperature. The individual is allowed to participate in campus activities but should make every effort in the future to register a temperature.
  • Yellow Badge: Indicates a concerning result based on your responses. Students are asked to stay in their residence hall or at home if they receive a yellow badge. Employees should not report to work and contact their supervisor. If an employee is on campus and receives a yellow badge, they should alert their supervisor to make plans to leave campus. If an employee’s supervisor is not available, the employee should contact Human Resources at (518) 388-6108.
    • Individuals receiving a yellow badge will receive text messages or phone calls from the emocha Care Team, Union College Health Services and/or Union College Human Resources to discuss their status and/or provide further instruction.
  • Gray Badge: Indicates that you have not completed the daily health screening for the day. Those with a gray badge are not cleared for campus activity and must complete the screening before engaging in any campus activities.

Use of Badges for Entry

Badges will be used at times to grant access to select spaces on campus. At peak times of the day, the College will post trained personnel at certain locations to check badges prior to entering high-traffic spaces. In class, students and faculty will display their badges prior to the start of each in-person class. At present, the College is planning to review badges:

  • Prior to entering the Reamer Campus Center, Alumni Gym and Schaffer Library: Trained personnel will be stationed at entrances to these spaces to ensure that individuals have completed and cleared the daily health screening. Students, faculty and staff will be required to produce their badges upon entry.
  • In class: Students and faculty will visibly display their daily badges to each other prior to the start of each in-person class session.
  • Prior to attending an in-person event: The College reserves the right to assign trained personnel to check badges at the entrance to an event space.

Protecting Your Information

The emocha solution is HIPAA-compliant, meaning the data is secure and shared with Health Services (students) and Human Resources (employees). The College maintains strict confidentiality of all protected health information. For more information on emocha’s security practices, please review the emocha HIPAA Statement and additional privacy and security information.

Health Services will monitor students to ensure those with symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment or stay at home. Health Services will not share the information you provide unless we are asked to do so by the New York State or county Department of Health. Students with questions about the ways in which Health Services will monitor this information are encouraged to reach out to:

For employees, Human Resources will not share the information you provide unless we are asked to do so by the New York State or county Department of Health. The information you share will be used to monitor your health and employee compliance with this important aspect of our health and safety protocols. Employees with questions about the ways in which Human Resources will monitor this information are encouraged to reach out to:

  • Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba, interim Human Resources associate, at mortensb@union.edu
  • Brittany Rapp, assistant director, Benefits & Employee Engagement, at rappb2@union.edu

Committing to Keeping our Community Safe

Each member of the campus community has an obligation to stay at home or stay in their residence if they are displaying symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms should NOT go to work on campus or attend in-person classes or activities.

As a reminder, in addition to completing the daily health screening, all members of our community are expected to follow all other health and safety protocols, including social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. Doing so will ensure a healthy community.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.