Information about UAlbany's response
Information about UAlbany's response
The University at Albany’s COVID-19 task force continues to address academic, student affairs and facilities concerns. Students, faculty and staff should monitor their email inboxes frequently for updates and new information. This resource page will be updated as new and relevant information emerges.
All UAlbany campuses remain open. The University is not closed, however most services and offices are operating remotely.
On Monday, March 23, 2020, classes began remote instruction.
To date, there has been one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 by an off-campus member of the UAlbany community. Health officials handled promptly and protocols were followed.
Access to residence halls and apartments is restricted only to those granted permission to remain in residence due to extenuating circumstances.
Students who remain on campus must abide by social distancing guidelines previously provided. Please check Campus Communications for details.
Employees should follow the directive of their supervisor on reporting to work at an alternate work location.
University research continues. The Division for Research issued guidance that can be found in the Faculty FAQs.
Governor Cuomo has established an Emotional Support Hotline that is available for all New Yorkers at 1-844-863-9314. Also check the FAQs below for additional tips on how to take care of your well-being during these challenging times.
All events and gatherings of any size at the University (outside of required and pre-approved small academic classes) are canceled, postponed or moved online.
Check your email and this website regularly for new or updated information.
Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FAQs as well as the New York State Department of Health website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the garbage.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Read prevention techniques in your native language.
In January, the University formed a COVID-19 task force as well as several cross-functional working groups to continuously monitor the situation and to address related academic, student affairs and facilities concerns.
As announced by President Rodriguez, all UAlbany courses are being delivered remotely, effective March 23, 2020, until further notice.
On March 20, 2020, the University informed all residential students that moving out had to be suspended in light of restrictions issued by Governor Cuomo and that only students who had received permission on account of extenuating circumstances would continued to have access to residence halls and apartments.
Please check the Campus Communications section of this website for more information on those actions.
Additionally, with guidance from SUNY, as well as local and state health departments, the University’s Center for International Education and Global Strategy has recalled all students studying abroad through UAlbany programs, asking that they return to the U.S. as soon as possible. At this point, all summer study abroad programs have also been canceled.
We continue to work in close cooperation with SUNY, as well as state and local health departments, to take appropriate actions to protect the health and well-being of the community and to provide support to students, faculty and staff. The University will update its response as needed based on new information or developments.
The New York State Office for Mental Health offers these advice for managing your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, individuals should be taking care of their psychological well-being.
This guide includes tips for the following populations:
Not at this time. For the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, all University offices are operating virtually, including the libraries. Please check the student and faculty/staff specific FAQs for information regarding specific offices and visit the website of specific offices for more information.
For questions about disability accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at DRC@albany.edu or call 518-442-5501 or 518-442-5490.
For information about the Honors College, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Living-Learning Communities, please email Student Engagement at email@example.com.
To find out what your freshman year experience will consist of, please visit www.albany.edu/fye
We offer a variety of programs for transfer students. For information regarding these programs, visit www.albany.edu/transfer_students/
In response to Governor Cuomo's directives on social distancing, the University has suspended in-person campus tours until further notice. You can visit our campus virtually at any time and our admissions' representatives welcome your inquiries via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and via phone at 518-442-5435.
Until further notice, and until at least May 12, 2020, all events and gatherings of any size outside of required and pre-approved small academic classes at the University are either canceled, postponed or moved online. All student organized events are canceled through the end of the spring 2020 semester. This includes all events to be held on campus or University events off campus.
Please note that if you are the organizer of an impacted event, please immediately take action to move the event online, cancel the event, or postpone the event indefinitely and update the University Event Management System accordingly. For any events that are canceled, please notify Steve Galime in the Provost office at email@example.com.
If you have questions regarding a specific event, please contact the event organizer directly. If event organizers have questions, please contact the University's Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance at 518-956-8120.
The University is following the cleaning protocols created by the New York State Department of Health. In particular, following the advice of the New York State Department of Health, the University is cleaning high-touch surfaces more frequently.
Because some high touch surfaces — such as computer keyboards — cannot be easily cleaned, DOH is encouraging everyone to thoroughly and frequently wash their hands. The University has posted signs near public computers to remind community members to wash their hands before and after using shared devices.
The University facilities staff has started to use blue tape placed over keyholes on door hardware to denote which rooms have and have not been in use. Campus community members have been asked to remove and discard the tape strip upon entering a room, as the absence of blue tape will indicate to cleaning staff that the room has been in use and therefore will be cleaned again.