We know that you are eager to make your plans for the fall, and the University at Albany has been busy finalizing our plans as well. Pending final review from the Governor and SUNY, we plan to begin our fall semester on campus on August 24, 2020, as originally scheduled. On-campus housing will be available.
The University is asking employees to contact their supervisors to discuss their possible need to return to their campus workplace starting Monday June 15, 2020. In addition, the University is providing specific information on steps employees need to take to prepare for the return.
Provost Kim is providing information to the fall 2020 instructional faculty on resources for instructional transition.
Governor Cuomo has announced the extension of the work from home order for non-essential state employees until May 31, 2020. Current work arrangements can remain in place and new telecommuting forms are not necessary.
President Havidán Rodríguez and leaders of the University's Forward Together initiative — Provost Carol Kim, VP Todd Foreman and VP Mike Christakis — updated the President’s Council, department chairs, the University Senate, unit heads and campus labor union leaders on plans and planning processes for reopening this fall on May 14, 2020.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson shares a message with SUNY campuses across New York.
UAlbany has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Consequently, we have created the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Task Force to examine UAlbany’s organizational structures, programs, and services in support of diversity and inclusion.
The University at Albany's leadership team recorded a video to thank all Great Danes for all they have done — and continue to do — on behalf of UAlbany and our communities.
Our Summer Sessions will be fully remote and our new student summer orientation will be conducted virtually. For the Fall 2020 semester, the University is preparing for multiple scenarios. Our planning will be based on a firm commitment to continuity and the most realistic projections possible.
UAlbany’s Office of Government and Community Relations is coordinating a new initiative designed to match UAlbany employees willing to volunteer for a temporary reassignment at another University office, or at a state or local government agency.
The Office of Undergraduate Education provides further guidance on the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading option for undergraduate students for the current Spring 2020 term.
As an engaged public research institution, there has never been a more critical time to marshal our resources and our expertise. There are so many examples of how UAlbany is leading by putting our core priority of Engagement and Service at the forefront.
Dear Colleagues, Late this afternoon the state asked the University at Albany to help provide personnel to assist in the drive-through COVID-19 testing site that will open in the Colonial Quad parking lot beginning Monday morning. The state is seeking 25 volunteers for 12-hour shifts (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for a minimum of seven days. The work would entail registering patient vehicles and other basic support functions for the testing facility, primarily assisting National Guard staff assigned to the site. We are told the work is purely supportive and volunteers would not be in direct contact with any individuals arriving on site for testing.
Watch a video message about COVID-19 from University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez.
Federal work-study students will receive pay for the hours they are scheduled to work for the duration of the semester if they submit time sheets to their respective supervisors. All work-study students should cease working immediately, including remotely.
President Rodriguez, Provost Kim, and VPs Christakis and Foreman update the President’s Council, department chairs, University Senate leadership, and campus labor union leaders on the latest developments and address questions. You can watch a video of the session here.
Blue tape on doors signals to cleaning staff that a room has not been used since last cleaning and, therefore, need not be cleaned at this moment. When using a room, please be sure to remove the blue tape so that the room will be cleaned appropriately.
The University is providing information to students regarding the implementation of refunds or credits for a student's unused portion of housing and meal plan costs (if applicable) and certain specific fees. Students who lived on campus need to use the virtual checkout by Sunday March 29.
Vice President Todd Foreman provides additional information on the the Governor's efforts to reduce population density and promote physical distance. As these measures may need to be of longer duration, the pilot telecommuting program, negotiated in collaboration with CSEA, UUP and PEF has formalized the process of documenting work arrangements and expectations.
The University reminds students that remote learning starts Monday March 23, 2020 and provides information on resources for a successful continuation of the semester through distance education.
A message of encouragement from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson, reminding all SUNY students that their SUNY family is there for them during this challenging time.
The University is suspending in person check-out of residence halls and apartments in light of Governor Andrew Cuomo's recently announced restrictions. Access to the University's residence halls and apartments is restricted immediately only to those granted permission to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances.
Because of the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, the University has made the difficult decision of limiting on-campus housing for the duration of the spring semester and strongly encourages residential students not to return to stay on campus, except for students with the extenuating circumstances.
The University is suspending all in-person student club and organizations events.
The University has put together additional information and guidance for faculty to prepare for teaching remotely.
The University continues to coordinate with and follow the explicit directives of the Albany County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and the CDC. The CDC's COVID-19 Risk Assessment indicates that there is "No Identifiable Risk" to an individual who simply walks by a symptomatic COVID-19-positive person.
Classes are suspended on Thursday, March 12. A member of the University at Albany community who lives off campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials will reach out to anyone who had contact with this individual and the University has closed the business building for cleaning.
Starting on Monday, March 23, all University at Albany courses will be delivered remotely until further notice. As of now, our three campuses will remain open — including residence halls, offices and dining services — but students are encouraged to bring all academic materials on spring break.
The University’s COVID-10 task force is actively preparing our campus for multiple scenarios. Professors are planning for the possibility of distance learning and high-touch surfaces around campus are being cleaned more frequently. The University also brought students studying abroad home and banned work-related travel to CDC-designated Level 2 and 3 countries, while implementing mandatory self-isolation for individuals returning from those affected areas.
The University asked students to bring their academic materials with them as they left for spring break, as a precaution, encouraged students not to travel to regions experiencing sustained community transmission, as per CDC guidelines, and explained that students who do travel to any region restricted by the CDC will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
New York State recorded its first case of COVID-19 on the evening of Sunday, March 1, in Manhattan. The University is closely monitoring the situation, has established a task force and started to take precautionary actions. The campus community is encouraged to practice good hygiene and stay home when sick.
Student Health Services reminded the entire campus community to take everyday steps to protect their health and the health of others, including practicing good hygiene and staying home when sick. Officials also noted how students can contact Student Health Services and that campus officials were monitoring the global COVID-19 situation.