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What’s on this page? 

This page outlines plans and procedures for the Summer 2021 term. Please visit our Plans for the Fall 2021 Semester page for information on the upcoming semester.

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Campus Expectations 

To help ensure the health and safety of our entire community, all students are required to adhere to the expectations outlined on this website while on campus and, where applicable, off campus.

Students who are alleged to have violated a COVID-19 related protocol or expectation will be subject to a student conduct referral, as outlined in our student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities.  

Please visit the Academic Resources for Students and Wellbeing & Support pages to learn about the academic, physical health and mental health resources available to all students.  

If you need to report a violation, please visit our Report a Problem page. 



On-campus Housing 

Students must wear a mask or face covering whenever they leave their suite or apartment. Residents can remove their masks inside communal bathrooms but must wear a mask in the hallway.   

Students living in on-campus housing must adhere to the University Residence Halls & Apartments License for 2020-2021

Please visit our Coming to CampusHealth & Safety and On-Campus Quarantine & Isolation pages for more detailed information on the expectations and protocols for students who live on campus. 

Rules for Hosting Guests in On-campus Housing

These rules are in effect for the Summer 2021 term. 


A student host is defined as any residential occupant assigned to an on-campus bedroom, suite or apartment. Individuals who helped organize, promote or advertise an event are also considered a host.  

A guest is defined as any individual who is not currently assigned to the on-campus bedroom, suite or apartment.  

Host Responsibility 

Hosts assume responsibility for the behavior and activities or their guests. Guests are subject to the same rules, regulations and expectations as their host, and hosts must inform guests of those rules, regulations and expectations in advance.  

The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against the host where violations of University regulations have occurred and to require the immediate departure of any guest at any time.   

Residents are not allowed to host parties or events in their bedroom, suite or apartment at any time. Gatherings of any size are disruptive to the community and, as a health hazard, will be dispersed.  

Hosts who violate these rules may be referred through the student conduct process and may receive sanctions up to and including removal from residence, campus restrictions, disciplinary suspension or disciplinary dismissal.  

Guest Rules

Only two guests per residential occupant are allowed in any bedroom, suite or apartment. For example, an apartment with four residents may have a maximum of eight guests, totaling no more than 12 people (including guests and residents), in the apartment at any time. 

Additionally, the student host must tell their fellow residents about any guests before the guest(s) arrive. 

Overnight guests are not permitted. 

Guests are only allowed during the below time frames.   

  • Sunday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

  • Monday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

  • Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

  • Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  

  • Saturday: 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  

Guests are not transferrable between hosts. For example, in an apartment with four residents, Resident A can only host two guests and cannot use the host privileges of the three other residents to host additional guests.  

  • A host must remain with their guest.

  • When guests are present, all guests, hosts and other residential students must wear a face mask that fully covers their nose and mouth, and must maintain at least six feet of physical distancing, at all times. 

  • Guests who observe that a bedroom, suite or apartment is over the limit must leave immediately. 

  • To ensure compliance with the guest limit, a guest must be explicitly invited by a host. This means a guest cannot bring additional guests with them.

  • All guests must fill out a health screening form (defined below) on the day of the visit and provide it to their host before coming to campus.

Health Screenings 

Guests who are UAlbany students are required to complete a Student Health Screening within the hour before they arrive on campus.  

Guests who are not UAlbany students are required to complete a Visitor Health Screening on the day they plan to visit and before they arrive on campus.  

Hosts are responsible for only allowing individuals who have completed and passed a health screening to come to campus. 

As a reminder, students who live in University housing must complete a Daily Student Health Screening within the hour before they leave their bedroom, suite or apartment.  

Empire Commons Fitness Center

Students living on Empire Commons during the Summer 2021 term may use the Empire Commons Fitness Center. 


Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The fitness center is closed on holidays and weekends.

What to Bring 

Anyone who enters the fitness center must have:     

  • Daily Student Health Screening confirmation email

  • an approved mask — meaning a cloth face covering or disposable mask that covers the nose and mouth; gaiters, bandanas and buffs are not allowed, per New York State guidelines

  • Your UAlbany ID card

  • A second pair of shoes

These will be no exceptions to these rules.    

Additional Procedures 

Patrons and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing from one another while inside the fitness center.

Cleaning supplies are available. You must sanitize equipment after you’ve used it.  

Please be respectful of fitness center staff as they enforce these health and safety rules.  

Please contact the University Apartments at [email protected] with any questions. 

Off-campus Housing

Off-Campus Student Services is working closely with various landlords and property management companies to highlight issues concerning COVID-19 off campus and stress safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of transmission. 

Staff members are also working with various neighborhood associations, business owners and city agencies, including the Albany Police Department, to address pandemic-related issues that occur in the community.

Students are required to follow all mask mandates, physical distancing guidelines and other directives from the University pertaining to COVID-19 while they are both on and off campus. That includes any New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, as well as the rules listed in the UAlbany Cares pledge and on this website. 

Note: Indoor and outdoor residential gatherings must not involve more than 10 individuals and must adhere to physical distancing and masking rules.

If you receive a positive diagnostic test result, please upload your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases) the Student COVID Documentation Portal and then email [email protected] to notify the University.

Please visit our Coming to Campus and Health & Safety pages for more detailed information on the expectations and protocols for students who are coming to campus during the Summer 2021 term.

If you have questions or concerns related to off-campus housing, please contact Off-Campus Student Services at 518-442-5501 or [email protected]



Campus Access

Please visit our Visitors & Events page for additional guidance.

Uptown Campus

Buildings on the Uptown Campus are largely open, but University Libraries, PE and SEFCU buildings require swipe access. 

The Uptown Campus tunnels are off limits to prevent crowding and to encourage people to stay outdoors in the fresh air. Only those with job duties that require tunnel use are allowed to use them.

Downtown Campus

All buildings on the Downtown Campus require swipe access.

Health Sciences Campus

The main door of the George Education Center, home to the School of Public Health, requires swipe access with a Health Sciences Campus ID.  

The east entrance door is locked and available only as an exit.

Public Transportation & Parking

CDTA and UAlbany buses continue to be available to transport students and staff between campuses.

We encourage anyone with a parking management transaction to use the online Parking Services portal

University Libraries

Current students, faculty and staff can physically access our libraries, if needed. (Please check online for the most up-to-date hours of operation.)  

However, we encourage all students, faculty and staff to first contact the library to see whether the services they need can be accessed virtually instead.  

Commuter students can use one of 10 single-occupancy rooms — available on a first come, first served basis — to attend online classes.  

Visit the University Library website to get started.