Return to Campus Questionnaire FAQs

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Return to Campus Questionnaire FAQs

Based on advice from public health officials, Western employees and all students must complete the ‘Return to Campus’ questionnaire prior to each work shift or each visit to campus. The following FAQs have been created to help address any questions community members may have about this new process.


Who should complete the questionnaire?

At this time, employees, undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars returning to campus to work or conduct research must complete the questionnaire each day before coming to campus.

Who can return to campus at this time?

Employees continue to have access to campus buildings, office/space and labs.  In alignment with Ontario’s Reopening Plan Step 3 (approximately July 26), it is anticipated that staff and faculty can return to campus and prepare to welcome students to campus. Leaders will be in touch with individuals on timelines for return.


When do I complete the questionnaire?

Currently, based on direction from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, employees, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars must complete the questionnaire prior to each work shift or each visit to campus. This will help determine whether it’s safe for you to return to campus without potentially exposing others in the campus community to COVID-19.

How do I complete the questionnaire?

The questionnaire is available in Qualtrics.  You may use a unique link found in a daily email you will receive (please do not share your link), or alternatively, you may login to and login to complete the questionnaire.

Who receives a response once the questionnaire is completed?

When an employee, or student completes the questionnaire, they will receive an automatic response. Depending on the answers to the questions, the response will either direct them to report to campus, or ask them to consult with their physician or public health.

Those who receive a response asking them to consult a physician are also informed in the message to complete the Absence Notification Tool (employees) or to contact their supervisor or graduate chair (graduate students and postdoctoral scholars). 

How will this information be used?

The Return to Campus Questionnaire is intended to ensure all employees and students are reviewing any symptoms they may have on a regular basis so we can continue to ensure the safety of the Western community. If someone is not feeling well they should not come to campus. Using the Absence Notification Tool on My Human Resources will keep Western informed of the number of employees who may be affected by COVID-19.

What if I run into difficulties using the questionnaire or Absence Notification Tool?

If you run into problems, please email to make Human Resources aware. They will contact you for further support.

Why is it necessary to complete the questionnaire each time?

Your symptoms and health can change day to day. This questionnaire allows you to review possible symptoms and consider whether your presence on campus might pose a risk to others.

What if I feel sick?

If you feel sick do not come to campus. You do not need to fill out the questionnaire, but please complete the Absence Notification Tool on My Human Resources (employees) or contact your supervisor or graduate chair (graduate students and postdoctoral scholars).