COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Information about UAlbany's response 

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A Commitment to Health & Safety

The University at Albany'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.    

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

Visit our Campus COVID-19 Dashboard for our latest case and testing numbers.  


Overview of UAlbany's Protocols

Regular in-person instruction, on-campus housing and student life rely on campus community members following UAlbany’s health and safety rules, including a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students. Note: These protocols are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions change.

Below, you’ll find an overview of our current protocols. These are subject to change for the Fall 2022 semester, as the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and state changes. Please review the rest of this website for detailed information and check back often for updates.


Classes are being offered in person. Generally, only courses and programs that were online before the pandemic are being taught remotely. 

Review our Health & Safety and Instructor Guidance pages for more information on our academic protocols.

Campus Life

HousingOnly students who are fully compliant with our vaccination and testing requirements are permitted to live in on-campus housing. Residential students also must follow the Residential Life guest policy.

Dining: Select retail dining locations are open this summer and are accessible to all students, employees and guests.

Student LifeOnly students who are fully compliant with our vaccination and testing requirements are permitted to participate in campus recreation (including intramural sports and campus fitness centers), club sports, intercollegiate athletics, student organizations, activities and events, and performing arts.

Visitors & Events: Visitors and event guests are welcome on campus and do not need to show proof of vaccination. However, they should not come to campus if they have possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Health & Safety

For detailed information, please visit our Health & Safety page. This is a brief overview. 

Vaccination Requirements 

All UAlbany students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, all students are strongly encouraged receive COVID-19 vaccination boosters as soon as they are eligible.

Employees are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters.

Review UAlbany’s vaccination requirements.


Masks are strongly recommended indoors on UAlbany’s campuses, including inside Campus Center, instructional spaces (classrooms, studios, labs, etc.) and most other common meeting areas, except for the locations listed below, where masks are mandatory:

  • Student Health Services 

  • Counseling & Psychological Services 

  • All areas of Alumni Quad

  • Mass transit, including CDTA and UAlbany buses, per state requirement

All students and employees must also wear a mask when required due to close contact with a person with COVID-19 or by campus isolation and quarantine requirements, including in all areas on Alumni Quad. 

Note: These protocols are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions change, so please check back with this website often.

We strongly recommend unvaccinated individuals, as well as vaccinated individuals who have not yet received a COVID-19 booster, to continue wearing a mask. 

Accessibility: Alternatives are available for individuals who may need to see others’ faces or mouths to communicate. Please contact Disability Access and Inclusion Student Services (DAISS) or your Human Resources office for assistance. 

Test Results & Health Monitoring 

All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, must monitor their symptoms and stay home if they are sick.  

If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive surveillance or diagnostic test result, do not come to campus. Follow these instructions for notifying the University. 

Surveillance Testing 

All students who have been approved for a medical or religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing for the entire semester/term. This rule applies to all students coming to any UAlbany campus for any reason.

Quarantine & Isolation 

Students who live on campus should review our Quarantine & Isolation Instructions for Residential Students

All other students and all employees should review the quarantine and isolation instructions listed on our Health & Safety page. 

Process for Adjusting Campus Safety Protocols

The University’s risk management, emergency management and public health experts are closely following all relevant data, including:

  • Positive COVID-19 test results collected or reported from all sources for UAlbany students, faculty and staff

  • Albany’s surveillance and diagnostic test results 

  • Local, state and national infectivity rates 

  • Local, state and national vaccination rates

  • UAlbany’s on-campus isolation and quarantine housing capacity 

  • the University’s ability to safely and effectively continue operations  

This team will continue to adjust UAlbany’s health and safety protocols according to current conditions, as they have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Adjustments could include additional protocols for dining, events, recreational facilities, visitors and other aspects of campus life. Changes in protocols have been and will continue to be made incrementally, based on the health and safety of our campus community. 

In the rare case a member of our campus community does not abide by our health and safety expectations, we have established a secure reporting system.    



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