COVID-19 Read & Act: New QR Code Scanning Tools Supports Contact Tracing

Potsdam Campus Community:

New Spring 2021: As part of our return to campus protocols, students are asked to check in at the start of each class using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Scannable QR codes are placed at each seat.  Check in will assist in contact tracing should the need arise. 

  • Students: Upon selecting a seat for class, you will scan the QR code located at your seat and complete the steps until check in is complete. Estimated time: ~30 seconds. (Video: How To Scan to Check In)

    If you are unable to scan the QR code, you can fill out the form manually by visiting from your laptop. Students who do not have access to a device may contact the IT HelpDesk to inquire about obtaining a loaner laptop for the semester.

Please do not rearrange the seats in the classroom.  The number on your seat and the number on the floor under the seat should match!   

There is a similar QR code posted in the restrooms in campus residential units to assist with better understanding our waste water surveillance sites.  Please follow the directions on that signage if you are using the restrooms in these locations.  

  • In-Classroom Faculty/ Instructors:  Please remind students to scan the QR code at their seat.  Check in data will not be used to report class attendance to instructors. While it is true the Scan to Check In program eliminates the need for instructors to maintain seating charts and attendance records for COVID-19 tracking purposes, instructors should note they have the option to maintain their own attendance records for course management and assessment purposes.

The Scan to Check In program, along with completing the Daily Health Screening, are very important to ensuring the health and safety of our campus community. Data is managed by Clarkson’s Office of Information Technology. 

Should we become aware that an individual in our community is known to have come in contact with the virus, Check In data will be used to identify others who have recently been in close proximity.  The expectation is that this will greatly assist efforts to respond quickly and efficiently to isolate only those who are potentially impacted. This may prevent unnecessary quarantine requests. 

Images like the one included with this posting are being distributed to classrooms and elsewhere on the campus as reminders to be diligent in this effort. 

We appreciate everyone doing their part to encourage participation in the Scan to Check In program in each class every day.

Questions/Comments: IT HelpDesk 315-268-HELP (x4357) or

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