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About Hawk Check

Last Modified: Thursday, October 27, 2022 3:19 pm

Don’t forget to complete Hawk Check, the COVID-19 self-checker!

Take the Hawk Check Self-Assessment Here

The University requires all employees, students, contractors and visitors to complete Hawk Check.

Employees and commuter students should do it Monday through Friday – and on weekends or holidays only when planning to come to the campus.

Students and staff who live on campus should do it every day.

We no longer ask people to do it 6-14 hours ahead of time. Just complete Hawk Check before you arrive. 

If Hawk Check gives you the thumbs up, come to campus. If it tells you not to come, then stay home (or in your residence hall room) and get tested and follow the guidance provided by Hawk Check.

Why Hawk Check?

Here’s why doing Hawk Check is important for all of us:

  • It is one of the most important ways that our health-care providers find out about potential cases. Reporting your risks and symptoms accurately – and promptly – gives them a head start on helping keep the virus under control.
  • It provides important data about the health and well-being of the entire University community that our clinicians use to help keep the campus safe.
  • It allows University health professionals to provide support and guidance to all members of the campus community, whether they are working or learning on the campus or remotely.
  • It prompts all of us to give a moment’s thought each day to COVID symptoms, risk factors and reporting requirements.
  • It supports the University’s contact tracing efforts.
  • It is the most efficient way to gather necessary information without over-taxing the people who must collect, analyze, and act on the data.
  • Doing Hawk Check is an act of cooperative participation in the University community. It is something we do, not just for ourselves, but because it is helpful to all of our fellow employees and students.

Daily Self-Screening

The daily self-screening is a valuable health tool in mitigating the spread and promoting the early detection of COVID-19.

Hawk Check is designed to help students, faculty and staff identify if they may have:

  • Experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Been in contact with a person being medically evaluated for COVID-19.
  • Traveled outside of the U.S. or to areas within the U.S. identified as hotspots.

After You Take Hawk Check

If a visitor answers yes to any question, they should remain off-campus until they have talked to a health care provider.

If a contractor who is issued a network ID answers yes to any question, they should remain off-campus and may, based on symptoms and risk factors reported, receive a call from the Occupational Health Department.

If a contractor who does not have a University NetID answers yes to any question, the person should remain off-campus and contact the University sponsor or person to whom they report.


Responses to the health self-assessment application will be stored electronically and kept separate from all other University records. This data will be kept confidential, and will not be accessed unless the response indicates the presence of, symptoms of, or exposure to COVID-19. In such circumstances, employee responses will be accessed only by authorized officers from the Division of Human Resources, or Occupational Health, and student responses by the University Health Center. The identity of individuals shall not be disclosed beyond these offices except as required to conduct contact tracing and to protect the public health with the local, County or State Department of Health or as required by applicable laws.