COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Information about UAlbany's response 

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A Commitment to Health & Safety

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.   

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. 


Health Screenings & Test Results

All faculty, staff and students must complete a daily health screening within one hour before coming to campus. 

If you or someone you know is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive diagnostic test result, please visit our Health & Safety page for instructions for notifying the University and other next steps.

The University at Albany encourages all campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible. Learn more about SUNY's vaccination requirements.


Spring 2021 Quick Facts

  • The academic calendar has been shortened to minimize the risk of travel-related infection. Courses are being delivered as either in-person, hybrid or fully online classes. On-campus research activities have resumed in phases, ensuring a gradual and safe return to operations.  

  • Guided by public health experts, we have established a screening, testing and contact tracing program for students and employees, and launched a comprehensive surveillance testing program. We stand ready to support our community’s mental and physical health

  • Our strict safety requirements and procedures require masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene. We are also providing enhanced cleaning and upgraded HVAC systems. 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

  • Density has been reduced in all public spaces, including classrooms, the Campus Center, University libraries and residence halls. Many employees continue to telecommute, maintaining excellent service and operations while reducing campus density.

  • Tents have been erected on the east and west sides of the Campus Center and in the Parents Courtyard within the Campus Center. Only current students, faculty and staff may use the tents. Masks and physical distancing are required.

  • Visitors are allowed by appointment only. In-person events or gatherings that are not related to a class and involve 10 or more people must be approved.

  • All fall and spring sports will compete in modified seasons this spring. Visit Athletics’ weekly schedule for information on how to watch. Fans are not allowed to attend UAlbany sporting events in person at this time, per New York State guidelines.

  • The University is working with local, state and federal officials to continually reassess conditions. If or when needed, we are prepared to pivot back to a fully remote model.

  • All graduates from the Class of 2021 will have opportunities to celebrate in-person and online. We’re also inviting graduates from the Class of 2020 back to campus for their own in-person opportunities.

  • The State Quad parking lot on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus is currently serving as a state-run, drive-through testing site. The state-run vaccination site previously located on UAlbany's Uptown Campus has been moved to Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. Visit our COVID-19 Testing Site at UAlbany and Vaccinate UAlbany pages for more information.


Fall 2021 Information

The University at Albany plans to resume in-person instruction as our primary mode of course delivery for the Fall 2021 semester.

Our shift back to regular in-person instruction, on-campus housing and student life will be aligned with local, state and federal public health guidelines. 

Visit the Plans for the Fall 2021 Semester page for more detailed information.



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