Health Screening Guidelines

Updated September 4, 2020, 7:22p.m.

Health Screening Guidelines

What are the health screening guidelines?

All Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a health screening each day they access campus buildings. The health screening is completed by taking your temperature and answering questions through the Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA) website at https://dartgo.org/tsa. The questions address COVID-19 exposure and symptoms in accordance with the state of New Hampshire's COVID-19 Reopening Guidance.

Who must complete the health screening?

All Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the health screening each day they access Dartmouth campus buildings regardless of how long they spend on campus. Those who live on campus are required to complete the health screening every day even if they do not leave their single room or residence for the day.

What are the questions that must be answered as part of the Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA)?

The questions, as set out in New Hampshire state guidance, are:

  1. Do you have any new symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
    • Fever (a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or feeling feverish;
    • Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath;
    • General body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; and
    • Changes in your sense of taste or smell.
       
  2. Have you been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days? (NOTE: Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment are not considered to have a close contact exposure and should answer "No" to this question.)
  1. In the past 14 days have you traveled outside of the following states?
    • New Hampshire
    • Vermont
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • Connecticut
    • Rhode Island

What happens after I answer the TSA questions?

After answering the questions, you will see a screen with instructions on what to do next. Follow the instructions closely. If the instructions say that you may not access Dartmouth campus buildings you must refrain from coming to campus or, if you are already on campus, you must leave campus immediately. If you live on campus, you must return to your single room or residence. Then follow the instructions on who to contact for further guidance.

What if I have some of the symptoms listed, but I don't think I have COVID-19?

If you answer "Yes" to the question about COVID-19 symptoms, contact Dick's House at 603-646-9400 if you are a student or Axiom Medical at 877-502-9466 if you are faculty or a staff member. Until and unless you receive clearance from Dick's House (students) or Axiom (faculty or staff), you should stay home or in your on-campus single room or residence as if you are sick.

Undergraduate students should email dean.of.the.college@dartmouth.edu to confirm they are in touch with the Health Service. Graduate and professional school students should contact their student affairs dean and, if applicable, their PI (faculty adviser) to let them know they are not able to access campus buildings due to their TSA result.

Faculty and staff members should contact their supervisor or department head to let them know they are not able to access campus buildings due to their TSA result. If appropriate, discuss if and how you can complete your work remotely.

Who can see the information I submit through the TSA? With whom will it be shared?

Answers to the questions submitted through the TSA will be treated as confidential health information accessible by Dick's House (for students) and Axiom Medical (for faculty and staff). Supervisors, department heads, deans, and advisers will be given information about whether the screening was completed and whether the person who completed the TSA is able to access campus buildings, but they will not be able to see answers to individual questions.

If I'm only going to campus to pick up mail or get supplies and will be there for a short time, do I have to complete a health screening?

Yes. Anyone entering campus buildings is expected to complete a health screening.

What's the best process for me to complete a health screening?

Before entering campus buildings each day, or before leaving your on-campus single room or residence, students, faculty, and staff should take their temperature, and then go to the TSA website at https://dartgo.org/tsa, respond to the questions, and follow the instructions at the end of the screening.

What if I don't have internet access or a smartphone to answer the TSA questions prior to accessing campus buildings? What if I don't have a thermometer?

Dartmouth is no longer staffing physical locations on campus where students, faculty, and staff can answer the TSA questions. If you are unable to access the TSA website, please contact your dean or adviser (if you are a student) or your supervisor or department head (if you are faculty or staff).

Students, faculty, and staff without access to a thermometer can take their temperature with one of 32 non-contact wall-mounted infrared thermometers installed across campus.

To use, stand in front of the wall-mounted infrared thermometer and wait until the digital display shows your temperature. Then, complete the TSA questions online.

Where are the wall-mounted infrared thermometers located?

The infrared thermometers are available at the following locations:

  • 37 Dewey Field Road at the entrance at the Maynard parking lot
  • 53 Commons in the North Alcove (2 thermometers)
  • 7 Lebanon St., in the lobby
  • Alumni Gym at the front entrance on East Wheelock Street and at the South entrance
  • Anonymous Hall at the South entrance
  • Baker-Berry Library at the Novak entrance and in Baker Main Hall
  • Burke Laboratory in the lobby
  • Byrne Dining Hall at the main entrance
  • Collis Center at the South Main Street Atrium entrance
  • Dartmouth Hall at the main entrance
  • Davis Varsity House at the main entrance
  • Fairchild Tower at the main entrance
  • Kemeny Hall on the lower level, east side
  • McKenzie Hall at the main entrance
  • McNutt Hall in the Computer Store
  • Moore Hall East entrance
  • Remsen/Vail at the East entrance #4, level 3
  • Remsen at the West entrance #3
  • Robinson Hall at the West side entrance adjacent to the elevator
  • Rockefeller Center in the lobby
  • Sudikoff Hall at the main entrance
  • Thayer School of Engineering at the Atrium West entrance and in the Cummings lobby
  • Vail at the loading dock West entrance #1
  • Warehouse in the FO&M Warehouse at McKenzie
  • Whittemore Hall at the lower level entrance

Dick's House is also available for assistance checking temperatures but cannot provide access to the questions on the TSA website. If you are unable to access the TSA website, please contact your dean or adviser (if you are a student) or your supervisor or department head (if you are faculty or staff).

Do I need to wear a mask at temperature screening locations?

Yes, Dartmouth requires that you wear a face covering at all times when using or accessing shared or communal spaces in any campus location and also when a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing is difficult to maintain. This includes both indoor and outdoor locations. Read Dartmouth's face covering policy for more information.

Are these health screening guidelines final?

These health screening guidelines may change depending on evolving federal, state, and local guidance.

Who do I contact with questions about the health screening guidelines?

Students can contact Dick's House at dicks.house.health.service@dartmouth.edu or 603-646-9400. Faculty and staff can contact the Office of Human Resources at human.resources@dartmouth.edu or 603-646-3411.

Where can I find out more about Dartmouth's response to COVID-19?

Information is available on the COVID-19 website.

I'm a dean or adviser and I've been informed that my student should not be on campus based on TSA results. What should I do?

Instruct the student to stay home (in their on- or off-campus room or residence) and, if appropriate, work with them to see if they can complete their work remotely. If the student has questions about the health screening have them contact Dick's House at 603-646-9400.

I'm a supervisor or department head, and I've been informed that a faculty or staff member on my team should not be on campus based on TSA results. What should I do?

Instruct the faculty or staff member to stay home and, if appropriate, work with them to see if they can complete their work remotely. If they have questions about the health screening have them contact Human Resources at 603-646-3411.

I'm Dartmouth student, faculty, or staff who does not complete my work on campus, but in a different location in New Hampshire. Does this apply to me?

Yes. The health screening guidelines comply with the reopening guidelines provided by the state of N.H. and are required for all students, faculty, and staff living on campus, accessing Dartmouth campus buildings, or completing their Dartmouth work, study, or research outside of their home. For example, this requirement includes Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff accessing the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

How long will the health screening guidelines be in effect?

The health screening guidelines will be in effect until further notice.

Are contractors and vendors obligated to participate in Dartmouth's health screening?

Contractors and vendors are required to comply with the screening laws of New Hampshire through their employer and are expected to follow the Dartmouth Contractor Safety Protocol.