COVID-19 Self Screening

COVID-19 Self-Screening Pass Requirement

A student must successfully complete two requirements to obtain a daily pass to campus:

  • Requirement #1: One-time COVID-19 Testing Verification: a student must show proof of a negative test result to verify this process prior to the start of classes on Monday, Sept. 14, or at the time of their on-campus move-in. There are a few other accepted scenarios allowed, such as proof of a positive test result to show that the student had COVID-19 up to 90 days ago and has since been cleared by public health. Visit the website for the full list of requirements and details.
  • Requirement #2: Daily COVID-19 Self-Screening: every morning at 4 a.m., students will receive a text and/or email asking them to complete a symptom checker by noon or when they leave their residence, whichever comes first.
  • Campus Pass: If a student completes both requirements successfully, they will receive an email from “Cal Poly COVID-19 Screening” ( with a pass to access campus that day. A pass is valid through 3:59 a.m. the next morning.
  • QR Code Verification: For an added level of precaution, each pass will have a unique QR code associated with their pass. The authenticity of the pass can be verified by scanning the QR code on the student’s pass.
  • This program begins on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 and will be conducted through the academic year, or until public health officials advise us this is no longer required.

Who needs to complete this?

  • All currently enrolled students living on and off-campus using campus facilities and enrolled in face-to-face classes are required to participate. This includes university employees who are enrolled academically for fall 2020.
  • All students living off campus who do not plan to come to campus during fall term are strongly encouraged to participate to monitor their personal health and wellbeing.

How to Participate

Students will receive an email by early-Monday, Sept. 14 from COVID-19 Screening ( to begin taking the self-screening. They must be completed daily by noon (12 p.m.) or before traveling to campus, whichever comes first.  If you do not receive this message, please contact

Pass or No Pass to Campus

Every morning at 4 a.m. you will receive an email or text (set up your preferences) to complete the assessment by noon (12 p.m.) or before going to campus, whichever comes first. Upon completing you will receive one of two types of responses:




A digital pass with a GREEN circle indicating that you are cleared to enter campus.


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A digital pass with a RED “X” indicating that you are not permitted to enter campus that day with follow-up actions that need to be completed.



A digital pass with a YELLOW "Hazard" graphic indicating that you are permitted to enter campus at a limited capacity. Please visit the quarantine and isolation guide webpage for more information about "quarantine in place" guidelines.


Students should be ready to show their pass upon entering a campus facility such as a classroom, building or office. Each pass will contain a date stamp, good for that day only.

If you are in Isolation or Quarantine

If you have been notified by public health officials that you are required to quarantine or isolate your daily self-screening tool will be temporarily disabled throughout your required quarantine and isolation period. This means that you will not be able to generate a digital screening pass to enter campus, other than your on-campus living quarters.

In the event of possible exposures in University Housing facilities, the university can, as a precaution, place floors or sections of buildings on “Quarantine in Place” for 14 days, in consultation with San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health. Students will receive a daily limited access pass to campus. Visit the Quarantine and Isolation Guide webpage for more information


  • Students should be ready to show this pass upon entering a campus facility such as a classroom, building or office.
  • As part of our collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the university requires members of the campus community to comply with all COVID-19 related protocols on campus, including physical distancing, proper wearing of face coverings, completing daily digital symptom self-screenings, and following local ordinances related to gatherings. All students are expected to comply with these protocols.
  • In addition, any student found falsifying information may be subject to conduct sanctions, including possible suspension or expulsion from the university. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities website.

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