COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Information about UAlbany's response 

Our knowledge of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, so our policies and plans will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check this website often.

Planning for Fall 2020 

With public health and flexibility in mind, the UAlbany Forward Together Task Force has prepared eight recommendations to guide our planning for Fall 2020:

  1. Invite students back to campus for the scheduled semester start, with classes in session on Labor Day, eliminating fall break, and completing on-campus instruction before Thanksgiving. 

  2. Employ widespread testing and a robust contact-tracing program.  

  3. Implement strict safety policies requiring face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene and cleaning protocols.  

  4. Reduce density in all public spaces, including classrooms, the Campus Center, libraries and residence halls. 

  5. Deliver courses using multi-modal instruction for maximum flexibility.  

  6. Resume on-campus research activities in phases, ensuring a gradual and safe return to operations. 

  7. Reduce the number of employees on campus with a telecommuting policy that maintains excellent service and operations, while addressing health and safety concerns. 

  8. Continually reassess conditions and pivot back to a fully remote model, if needed.  

UAlbany's plans are aligned with local, state and federal guidance and rooted in the safety of our students, employees and the public with which we interact. Our primary goal is to protect public health and continue our vital missions of education and research. 



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Additional Information  

All summer courses will be delivered online. Students who remain on campus must abide by social distancing guidelines previously provided. 

Orientation programs for incoming freshmen and transfer students will be delivered online. Visit Orientation and Transition Programs for more information. 

The Colonial Quad parking continues to serve as a drive-through testing site. Call the state's COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065 to request an appointment (walk-ins are NOT allowed).