Reopen CU App

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A screenshot of the symptom check screen

The Reopen CU App was an app developed by Columbia to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus in 2020 and 2021. The main function of the app was to monitor COVID symptoms on campus. Upon opening the app, students were prompted to check themselves for COVID symptoms, including fever, cough, or breathing problems. Students were also asked to check if they had travelled outside the US, or been in contact with a COVID-positive person in the last two weeks.

If the answer to all the questions was no, the student got a "green pass", valid for 24 hours, that would allow them to enter select Columbia buildings. If they answered yes to any of the conditions, they received a red pass, which would bar them from entering Columbia buildings, and would often mean they must quarantine.

The app was available on both Android and iOS, and despite occasional glitchyness and overall lack in aesthetic appeal, it was sufficient.

A screenshot of a green pass