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Daily Health Check

Learn more about the Daily Health Check, UB’s COVID-19 screening tool for faculty, staff, students and visitors.

On this page:

Accessing the Daily Health Check

There are three ways to access your Daily Health Check:

Quick and Easy

Text Message Notifications

The fastest way for students and employees to complete the Daily Health Check.


Web Browser

A convenient option for users without smartphones and campus visitors.


Web Forms

Accessible forms are available for students, employees and visitors who need them.


The Daily Health Check…

  • Is an important part of UB’s Health and Safety Guidelines to protect the campus community from COVID-19.
  • Screens for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
  • Provides campus health officials with real-time information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community and helps stop the spread.
  • Must be completed by:
    • Students living on campus.
    • Students taking one or more in-person courses.
    • Students living in Erie or Niagara counties.
    • Employees and volunteers who come to a UB or UBMD campus.
    • Tenants/affiliates residing in UB facilities who come to a UB campus.
    • Vendors who come to campus and perform work that involves staying on campus for longer periods.
    • Campus guests on the day(s) they visit.
  • Must continue to be completed by the above populations throughout the remainder of the fall semester and during winter recess.
  • Can now be completed via daily text message notifications, which requires enrolling your smartphone. Learn more about signing up for text message notifications above.

Daily Health Check FAQ

Who is required to complete the Daily Health Check?

Students who live on campus, those who live off campus but have one or more in-person classes, and all other students who live in Erie or Niagara counties must complete the Daily Health Check every day, including weekends and holidays, whether or not they plan to visit campus on a given day.

All faculty, staff and volunteer faculty/staff who come to a UB or UBMD campus must also complete the Daily Health Check.

Volunteers, adjunct faculty, tenants/affiliates residing in UB facilities, vendors, visitors and invited guests to campus who are otherwise not affiliated with the university are required to complete the Daily Health Check prior to their arrival on campus.

Please note that UB students, faculty and staff who are not required to complete the Daily Health Check are strongly encouraged to do so out of concern for their personal health and the health of the entire community.

Why do students who live in Erie or Niagara counties have to complete the Daily Health Check if they are learning remotely and not coming to campus?

The Daily Health Check is an important part of the campus Health and Safety Guidelines. Together with wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distance, washing hands and staying home when sick, daily health screenings like this one are an effective way to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The Daily Health Check helps UB gauge the health of the UB community and provide immediate support as needed. Through the Daily Health Check, UB health officials receive critical data that serves as our first early warning signal for the possible development of new infections in the UB community. The Daily Health Check also enables timely diagnosis of new cases and initiation of care as needed, and assists in preventing further spread of the virus, thereby increasing the ability of health officials to better protect everyone.

In addition to providing the university with real-time data, the tool offers users helpful instructions and authoritative information customized to their situation and based on that day’s responses.

COVID-19 impacts everyone. The health and safety of the campus community depends on your participation.

I’m leaving campus for break. Do I still need to complete the Daily Health Check?

Yes. All populations who were required to complete the Daily Health Check during the fall semester must continue to do so. Please see the first FAQ on this list for more information about individual requirements.

Although you may not be coming to campus with the same frequency as before break, the Daily Health Check continues to be a critical resource for your personal health. Should you ever indicate COVID-19 exposure and/or possible infection, the Daily Health Check can provide need-to-know information on where and how to get necessary care and protect those around you. Taking personal responsibility for your health and safety will be even more important during the winter holidays, and continuing to complete the Daily Health Check will give you crucial information about your personal health.

What if I already complete a health attestation for another organization?

Individuals who complete a daily health attestation for another organization, such as a hospital or health care facility, are not required to participate in UB’s Daily Health Check, but are asked to do so.

When do I need to complete the Daily Health Check?

You should complete the Daily Health Check early in your day. If you plan to be on campus on a given day, you must complete the Daily Health Check before you arrive.

Students living on campus must complete the Daily Health Check before leaving their residence hall for the day.

Signing up for text message notifications makes it easy to complete your Daily Health Check. You’ll receive a reminder between 7-8 a.m. with a link for that day.

After being cleared for on-campus activity, you will receive a notification badge for that day. 

How does it work?

The Daily Health Check is a chat messaging interface, in which the program asks users specific questions about their recent history and current status in regard to COVID-19. The virtual screener currently runs in a web browser.

What does the Daily Health Check ask about?

The Daily Health Check will ask, at minimum, whether the participant:

  • Has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 10 days.
  • Has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the past 10 days.
  • Has had contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
  • Has returned to New York State within the past 14 days from a location on New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory list after having stayed in that location for more than 24 hours (round-trip Canadian travel excluded).

What if I indicate COVID-19 symptoms or exposure?

If a user has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with established infection, the Daily Health Check will outline appropriate next steps, including, in the following order, where to get tested, when to contact a health care professional and how to quarantine pending test results. It will then provide important contact details. Finally, the individual will receive a secure email with similar information to guide next steps.

I entered an incorrect response that doesn’t accurately reflect my current health. What do I do?

Please retake the Daily Health Check as soon as you are able and provide the correct answers. Your most recent attestation will overwrite your prior submission. Student Health and Human Resources receive real-time notifications for those who indicate a health risk, so you may receive a follow-up email. In your reply, indicate that you retook the attestation to reflect correct responses.

How do I correct personal information that was entered incorrectly when signing up to receive text notifications for the Daily Health Check?

In order to correct personal information for text notifications, you must unsubscribe within the chatbot on your cell phone and register again with the correct information, as follows:

  1. Log in to the chatbot using the first three letters of your last name and birth year.
  2. Click “Unsubscribe” in the menu (☰) in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. Select “Yes, discontinue text reminders.”
  4. Go directly to the Daily Health Check to create a new account with the correct information. Do not click on a link from a previous text message.

What individual information is collected?

In October 2020, the Daily Health Check was updated to include text message notifications and expanded personalization options. As part of this update, the tool now requires first and last name, email address, 8-digit person number, UBITName, 10-digit mobile phone number and year of birth.

How is UB using my information? How is my data protected?

No matter how users complete their Daily Health Check, their individual information is always kept confidential and secure in accordance with all applicable data privacy laws. Data will only be used for the purposes of screening, tracking and contact tracing, if needed, to preserve the health and safety of the UB community. Only a small group of campus leaders have access to the data for these limited purposes, and personally identifiable information is not transferred to other individuals outside this group. Summary data may be reported but will not include any individual personal identifiers.

LifeLink, UB’s partner in deploying the Daily Health Check, underwent a rigorous vetting process to demonstrate that they could meet the university’s stringent privacy and data protection requirements. As part of the agreement with UB, LifeLink has no claim to ownership of any UB user data and is contractually obligated to protect that data in accordance with industry standards, which include a network firewall, intrusion detection technology and regular security vulnerability assessments. For more information, LifeLink provides a webpage on their privacy policy.

How is the Daily Health Check being enforced?

When you physically come to campus to live, work, dine, attend classes or activities, or visit the library, you are demonstrating that you have completed the Daily Health Check and you attest, to the best of your knowledge, that you do not have COVID-19 infection, symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, or exposure to COVID-19, and that you have not returned to New York State within the past 14 days from a location on New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory list.

In certain situations, such as entering a secure lab or clinical setting, or in an on-campus situation where physical distancing is challenging, individuals may be asked to show proof of Daily Health Check completion.

SUNY Student Sanctions

For a select group of students who fail to submit their health screening through the Daily Health Check for at least three consecutive days, without sufficient excuse, the institution shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include interim suspension, or take administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings. For students whose access has been restricted, they shall be ineligible to attend live classes (though they may continue in remote coursework only, if available and as subject to campus policy and process), and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. Restricting access to the campus and revoking parking privileges are not disciplinary in nature, and the affected student may revive full access by submitting their daily health screening. Coming to campus or seeking access to a campus building or course without curing this deficiency shall be considered trespassing and may result in investigation and discipline.

SUNY health screening sanctions will be enforced among the following student populations:

  • Residential students.
  • Non-residential students with at least one in-person course.
  • Non-residential students engaged in fully remote learning but who live in Erie or Niagara counties.

Students seeking additional information about compliance should visit the Compliance Questions page from Student Life.

Employee Compliance

Per New York State Department of Health guidance, employees are required to complete the Daily Health Check (according to their individual obligation) and adhere to all other aspects of the Health and Safety Guidelines.

Reporting Noncompliance

As with other parts of the Health and Safety Guidelines, any UB faculty member, staff person or student who has concerns about compliance or witnesses cases of noncompliance may report them via this website.


Any questions or issues with the Daily Health Check, please contact UB-DailyHealthCheck@buffalo.edu.

Any questions about testing for students, please contact Student Health Services.

Any questions about testing for employees, please contact HR.


Please direct any questions or feedback about UB’s Health and Safety guidelines here.