ResponsiBLUE FAQ

As of May 7, 2024, ResponsiBLUE will be discontinued.
Questions? [email protected]

About the screening tool

How do I sign in to ResponsiBLUE?

U-M community members (faculty, staff, students): The sign-in for ResponsiBLUE has two steps. First, go to and enter or choose your University of Michigan account. It will be your [email protected] email address. Then, enter your UMICH (Level-1) Weblogin.

See more detailed instructions about how to sign in to ResponsiBLUE for Michigan Medicine.

Visitors, vendors, and guests can go to to start the screening check without signing in.

What information will be collected using the screening tool?

ResponsiBLUE will collect a user's uniqname, the time the screening was started and completed, the responses to the individual screening questions and whether the user’s screening responses produced a red “X” or green check indicator. The type of device used to complete the screening (such as a phone or laptop) is collected in aggregate.

For more information, please see the ResponsiBLUE Privacy Policy.

How long will information collected within the screening tool be stored?

Identifiable information is retained for one month. Identifiable data includes your U-M uniqname associated with individual responses to questions and results. After one month, the U-M uniqname is deleted in order to de-identify the information. De-identified information will be retained indefinitely.

For more information, please see the ResponsiBLUE Privacy Policy.

What do the responses to the various screening questions mean?

In order to receive a green or red result, here is how respondents would have answered their questions: 

  • Green result, meaning “No” to all questions.
  • Red Symptom result, meaning “Yes” to any of the questions.
Why is it important that U-M collect this personal information?

This health screen is optional for anyone entering U-M buildings and facilities.

The information collected also allows the university to monitor trends in aggregate symptom reports over time and to measure the levels of COVID-19 in the community to provide an early indicator of potential on-campus outbreaks. University public health experts also will use this information to better understand the presence of COVID-19 in the community and make informed decisions regarding the university’s public health response to the virus.

For more information, please see the ResponsiBLUE Privacy Policy.

Are there differences between the web site ( or the ResponsiBLUE app?

No. The web site and the app are the same. As long as you have downloaded (or updated to) the most recent version of the mobile app, it is identical to the web site at

Faculty, staff, and students can either visit (or the legacy, or download the app, based on their preference. QR codes displayed by some building entrances generally open the web site.

Visitors and vendors may use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE (

Using the screening tool

How often should I use ResponsiBLUE?

While it’s not required, individuals may complete a daily health assessment through the ResponsiBLUE tool before they enter a building on the U-M campus. Doing so will help make using the tool a healthy habit, and the aggregated data gathered will provide useful information about the overall health of the U-M community.

Visitors and vendors may use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE (

Results produced by the tool expire every 12 hours.

What do I do if I accidentally click a wrong response? Can I change my response?

If you accidentally click the wrong response, simply close and restart the screening check.

Can vendors and visitors use / ResponsiBLUE mobile app?

No. U-M level 1 authentication is needed for ResponsiBLUE. Visitors and vendors may use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE (, which does not require authentication, whenever they come to campus.

Data & privacy

Who has access to the information collected within the ResponsiBLUE application?

Information collected in the ResponsiBLUE application is managed by U-M’s Information and Technology Services and shared with other University officials who need the information in order to perform their job functions, particularly those associated with U-M’s COVID-19 response activities. 

Such data may also be provided in a de-identified, aggregate form as part of reports to units/departments for ongoing compliance and monitoring programs in order to comply with the state of Michigan executive order and other requirements for health screening.

Other data requests for de-identified data and use cases will only be considered if they are public health related.
For more information, please see the ResponsiBLUE Privacy Policy.

Does the screening tool track my location or work site?


Will the app control building access?

No. However, certain university areas and units may request that individuals present their green indicator status when accessing those locations in person.

Can departments access the data collected via ResponsiBLUE?

Results of the individual screenings are not shared with supervisors, managers, classroom instructors, residence hall directors, etc. However, de-identified, aggregate information may be included as part of reports provided to units/departments for overall usage and trend analysis.

Is the ResponsiBLUE application compliant with FERPA?

Yes. Education records maintained by U-M, including in the ResponsiBLUE application, are maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

For more information on data collected by the ResponsiBLUE application, please see the ResponsiBLUE Privacy Policy.

When using the tool, can I opt out of having my personally-identifiable data collected and used?

Not at this time. You are not required to use ResponsiBLUE.