January 28, 2021 - 11:07am
Dear Members of the SUNY Oswego campus community,

As shared in our Spring Forward 2021 Plan and in a number of recent messages with our students, faculty and staff, SUNY Oswego’s focus and priority continues to be on the health and safety of our entire campus community.  It is why, in addition to weekly surveillance testing, we are requiring all students and employees who come to campus for any reason throughout the spring 2021 semester to complete a daily health screen.  Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, students are asked to complete the "Symptom Tracker" (within the Medicat Patient Portal under the Covid-19 tab) on a daily basis.  Employees who are working on campus are also required to complete a daily health screen, accessible via the employee screening app on the Oswego Forward website.  Please be aware that student employees and GA's fall under the student daily health screen process, not the employee process.  

Requiring all members of our campus community to complete daily screenings will assist us in managing the virus and monitoring the health of all Lakers.  It is an integral part of the Oswego ‘Spring Forward’ Pledge in which you agreed to be mindful of your actions and how they affect the lives of others, and pledged to “complete SUNY Oswego’s online daily COVID-19 screening form before leaving my residence (on or off-campus) each day I intend to come to campus.”

Here’s how it works:

  • Students and employees will log into their respective daily health screens (as noted above) with their Laker NetID for identification.  Health screens will be dated and time-stamped to assist with tracking and tracing. To ensure that this health information remains protected, personal health data will not be stored.  The daily health screening questions will be updated accordingly as required by the CDC and/or per New York State guidelines.

  • Students who have completed their daily screening and answered negative to all questions will receive a large GREEN DOT on their screen in Medicat.  Please retain this result as you will be asked to show this GREEN DOT confirmation prior to the start of your face-to-face classes, and to gain access to dining halls and Penfield Library.

    NOTE: Faculty are encouraged to request students to show the results of their health check before class starts each day.  Staff in the dining halls and the library will also be checking to ensure daily health screening compliance.  The process can be as simple as asking students to hold up their phone and show that they have received a “GREEN DOT.

  • If students do not answer the daily screening with negative responses, they will be marked as positive and their screen will show a RED DOT.  If a student does have a RED DOT, they should be directed to Health Services immediately.  They can contact health services at 315-312-4100.  The other possibility is that the student may have a GREY DOT.  If a student has a GREY DOT, they have not completed the daily health check.  In this case, the student should be directed to complete the health check, and the appropriate action should be taken depending on the results of their response.
Signage that reminds our students to complete their daily health screen – and provides a helpful QR code access to the app in Medicat – will be posted throughout the campus, and has been added to the Health and Safety Toolkit section of the Oswego Forward website.  For more information about the daily health screening process and the incorporation of the GREEN/RED/GREY dots, visit the CTS-created Student Health Check web page.  

Thank you all for your attention to this critical step in helping to safeguard the health and safety of yourself and those in our greater community.


Scott R. Furlong, Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Jerri Howland, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students