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New App Helps Ensure Safe Return To UWindsor

Thursday September 3rd, 2020, 6:38pm

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UWindsor has unveiled a new feature on its Safe Lancer app that allows students, staff and faculty to do a quick daily health assessment on themselves by answering a few yes or no questions on their mobile devices.

The University says that instead of filling out paper questionnaires about symptoms, travel, or potential exposure to the virus, anyone on campus can simply hold up their device to show they’ve completed the assessment.

In addition, the univeristy is deploying a team of nursing students across campus to do health screenings, encourage people to wear masks and practise social distancing, and offer information about how to protect yourself from contracting the virus.

“We are framing all decisions and planning around the best ways to put the health and safety of our entire campus community first,” said
said Jennie Atkins, who heads the working groups overseeing gradual return to campus initiatives.

The university has spent $1.7 million in new technology and support for online learning.

Nearly all classes will be offered online. The only exceptions are some labs and clinical courses deemed safe for in-person instruction. In total, about 175 students will have in-person classes and 100 more will be working in research labs and about 210 students will be living in residence this semester.

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