Action Needed: Download the CVKey App for Access to Campus

Mike Rounds Vice Provost for Operations
Monday, Aug. 10, 2020:1:46 p.m.
KU Lawrence All Staff Faculty and Affiliates,All KU Lawrence and Edwards Students


University of Kansas students, faculty and staff will use the CVKey symptom checker app this fall for entry into campus buildings. If you will be attending classes or working on campus during the fall semester, download the CVKey symptom checker app today from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Pilot Participants: If you downloaded the CVKey app to participate in the pilot this summer, you must delete the beta version and add the public version of the app (see instructions).

Required for Entry into Buildings

The CVKey app asks questions regarding your current state of health and your travel history. You will be required to complete the health assessment each day you plan to be on campus. If your answers meet the required health status, the app will generate a QR code for you to scan at building entrances. If your answers indicate a possible risk for COVID-19 infection, the app will direct you to contact a health care provider. If you choose not to use the CVKey app, you will be required to print off and complete a paper health assessment form each day and carry it with you while on campus.

Privacy Protections

The CVKey app was built with privacy in mind. The self-assessment and health-related information is strictly confined to your mobile device. No personal health data is shared or stored outside the mobile device. The only information the QR code provides when scanned is a simple yes or no indication of whether your health assessment meets the criteria to enter the building that day. The app cannot be used for other functions, such as location tracking or contact tracing.

KU Leads the Way

The CVKey symptom checker app was created by the CVKey Project, a nonprofit initiative co-founded by KU alumnus and former Google vice president Brian McClendon. KU was the first community to test the CVKey app in a two-month pilot project earlier this summer. Dozens of KU researchers, faculty and staff used the app this summer to access select research buildings.


Mike Rounds

Vice Provost for Operations