Campus Life

Community 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. 

These expectations are continually being reviewed, updated and are subject to change, so please continue to check with COVID-19 website for updates. 

Students shall participate fully and honestly with the campus faculty and staff as they respond to COVID-related issues on campus. 

Students who fail to follow these expectations will be in violation of the University’s code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities, and subject to a student conduct referral — which may result in sanctions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. 

All students, including fully remote students, were required to sign a pledge before classes began, affirming they will abide by the University’s COVID-related rules, guidelines, policies and procedures. The pledge solidifies a student’s commitment to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Students are highly discouraged from hosting and/or attending off-campus gatherings. Students who host gatherings that endanger or put others at risk may be referred for a violation of the University’s student code of conduct, which can result in sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal from the University.

While off-campus, students are expected to abide by the Governor’s executive order mandating facial coverings in certain situations. Students must wear a mask whenever they are in public and are: 

  • within six feet of other people 
  • unable to maintain six feet of distance from other people 
  • in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle 
  • Inside any businesses, such as grocery stores, banks and malls 


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 will be expected to keep their personal space, shared common spaces and belongings clean.

Please visit our Health & Safety and Quarantine & Isolation pages for more detailed information on the expectations and protocols for students who live on campus.

Housing Rates

For students residing in the Quads, housing rates have been adjusted — based on the shortened academic calendar — for the Fall 2020 semester. 

There will be no room rate adjustment for students residing in University Apartments, as they will be open after Thanksgiving Break. 

Please note that, although students are billed by semester for campus housing, the contract is for the full academic year. 

Rules for Guests

Students who live on campus can host guests during the Fall 2020 semester if they follow the Department of Residential Life’s guest rules, as described here. 

For the purposes of this protocol, a guest is defined as anyone who is not assigned to live in the host student’s bedroom, suite or apartment. 

Students who host guests should know that they are assuming responsibility for their guests’ behavior and activities. Guests are subject to the same rules, regulations and expectations as their host, and the host must inform their guests about those rules, regulations and expectations in advance. 

Host students and their guests must abide by adjusted room occupancy limits, mask mandates, physical distancing guidelines, and other health and safety rules while on campus. 

The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against the host student if violations occur and/or require their guests to immediately depart at any time. 

Students who fail to follow these regulations will be subject to a student conduct referral — which may result in sanctions up to and including removal from residence. 

Additional rules that host students and their guests must follow depend on where the guests live: 

Guests who are also on-campus residents 

Guests who are also on-campus residents are allowed inside the host student’s on-campus residence hall room, suite or apartment.  

Residents are allowed a maximum of two guests per bedroom. 

Guests will not be allowed to stay overnight — defined as 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 7 a.m. Friday through Saturday — in any on-campus housing. 

Guests who do not live on campus 

Guests who do not live in on-campus housing are not allowed inside the host student’s residence hall room, suite or apartment. This includes fellow students who live off-campus, as well as the host student’s parents, family and friends. 

Guests who do not live on campus are allowed in lounge areas, where available; on campus grounds, including in the tents available for outdoor socializing; and in the open areas of the Campus Center. 

Guests will not be allowed to visit a host student during the overnight hours — defined as 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 7 a.m. Friday through Saturday. 

Any guest who is not a current UAlbany student, faculty or staff member must fill out a Visitor Health Screening form on the day of their visit and send it to their host student before arriving to campus. 

It is the host student’s responsibility only allow a guest to visit campus if they answered all the screening questions in the negative. 

Hosts cannot allow visitors to come to campus unless they have received the visitors’ health screenings and all questions are answered in the negative.  

Spring Semester

Leaving for Thanksgiving and Intercession 

Students who live on campus during the fall semester and plan to return for the spring semester do not have to remove their belongings, as the contract is for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. However, as is standard practice, we encourage students to take home all valuables, medications and necessities during the break.  

University Apartments will remain open after Thanksgiving break. The Quads will close to all residents on November 25, 2020. 

Returning in the spring 

Students who didn’t live on campus during the Fall 2020 semester can return to on-campus housing for the Spring 2021 semester. 

Sign-ups for spring housing will start in early November. Students should sign into MyUAlbany, select “Campus Life” at the top of the page and then click “Housing Application” on the left. 

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 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 written into the UAlbany Cares pledge.  

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


On-Campus Dining 

While staff will continue cleaning and disinfecting per CDC guidelines, students are strongly encouraged to wipe down surfaces with disinfectant before and after each use. Disinfectant wipes are available at various locations around campus. 

Regular use of hand sanitizer and proper hand washing is also recommended.

Meal Plans

All meal plan requirements are in effect, per the 2020-2021 Housing License, with the following changes:  

  • On Monday, September 21, the Indian and State Quad dining rooms will close, and students on a myGreatDane Meal Plan will automatically migrate to a myFlex Meal Plan

  • Students with a meal plan will use their Discount Dollars to purchase meals, snacks and drinks at retail locations at the Campus Center.  

  • Students should regularly check the Discount Dollars Usage Guide to manage their spending. 

  • Please visit the Transition to Retail webpage for more information.


University Auxiliary Services (UAS) will host an hour-long webinar explaining the transition from residential dining to retail dining at 2 p.m. Friday, September 18.  

All students and parents are encouraged to attend. Please use this link to join the webinar.

You can also join by telephone. Dial 646-558-8656 from anywhere in the United States or find the appropriate international number here, then enter the webinar ID (958 6300 75).

In preparation for the webinar, any questions you may want to ask should be emailed to in advance.

The webinar will also be recorded and posted on the UAS website.

Retail Dining

Residential dining rooms will close on Monday, September 21, with all dining transitioning to Retail Dining

Some venues will be modified and have their hours updated. More detailed information is forthcoming. 


  • Kosher meals: Kosher meals must be pre-ordered. Staring Monday, September 21, they will be available for pick up at the Campus Center. Please email to request access to the online ordering form. Additionally, frozen kosher meals are available at 518 Market. 

  • Halal meals: Halal Shack, Baba’s Pizza and 518 Market all offer halal options. 

  • Allergen-free meals: Simple Servings, the allergen-free dining option, will be offered at Star Ginger. Additionally, all retail dining venues have allergen-free, vegetarian and vegan menu options listed near the registers.  

  • Please visit the Transition to Retail webpage for more information.

Check online for a full list of options and their hours of operation.  

Paying for Retail Dining

The CBORD Mobile ID App is the preferred method for contactless payment at registers. When a physical card must be used, students should use the customer-facing swiper. Cash payment is not available.  

You can use our new mobile food ordering app, GET Food, for advanced, contactless pick-up ordering at most retail locations. 

If you’re using Munch Money, Podium or add-on Discount Dollars, you can add funds online or via the CBORD Mobile ID App at any time. 

Distancing Guidelines

General seating inside dining halls and the Campus Center will be limited. Where seating is available, chairs and tables have been arranged to ensure that physical distancing is properly maintained. Furniture should not be moved or rearranged. 

Students are required to wear a mask or face covering while using in-person dining services. A student can be asked to leave the dining area if they refuse to wear a mask when they are not eating.

Please refer to the University Auxiliary Services (UAS) website, UAlbany Dining website and Fall 2020 UAS Services Guide for more detailed information on dining and other services offered by UAS — such as ID cards, the Bookstore, laundry, micro-fridges, banking, ZipCar and personal property insurance. 


Getting Around Campus

Building access: Keep your ID card handy. Buildings on the Uptown Campus are largely open, but University Libraries, PE and SEFCU buildings require swipe access.

All buildings on the Downtown Campus require swipe access. 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 will be locked and available only as an exit.

University Libraries: The buildings have reopened with reduced seating. Most services remain virtual. Only library staff have access to the physical collection, but students and faculty can request materials online. Curbside pickup continues to be available to campus community members.

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

Tunnel 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 be allowed to use them.

Fountains: The fountains are on but are being monitored to make sure people are wearing masks and maintaining at least six feet of physical distance. If safety rules are not followed, the fountains will be turned off and drained.

Public Transportation: CDTA and UAlbany buses continue to be available to transport students and staff between campuses. All riders must put on a mask before entering the bus and avoid touching surfaces when selecting a seat. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after you disembark.


Student Life 

The University is providing several student programs and services, funded by the Campus Life Fee, during the Fall 2020 semester.

Most programs and services will be offered virtually, with some small in-person programs. Students should follow UAlbanyGO on Instagram and visit the UAlbanyGO website for information on upcoming events.

The Programming Board will offer virtual and in-person entertainment — such as esports, trivia nights, performers and paint nights — via Zoom and live stream throughout the semester.

Student Organizations

Student organizations are active and will continue to be in the Fall. Please visit MyInvolvement for a list of student organizations and events that all students can participate in.

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) and Fraternity & Sorority Life are available to help student leaders with remote recruitment, budgets and other questions. SORC is also available to help remote learners who want to get involved in student organizations and student leaders who want to host virtual and/or simulcast events.


Fall 2020 Division I sports competition has been postponed until Spring 2021. Practices and team activities may continue consistent with federal, state, local and NCAA rules.

UAlbany and the America East Conference will continue to monitor public health locally, regionally, and nationally and provide future updates as decisions are made regarding winter sports.

The Colonial Athletic Association will explore the possibility of conducting a football season during the Spring 2021 semester.

Please visit the UAlbany Department of Athletics website for more information.

Campus Recreation 

All Campus Recreation rules and procedures will follow New York State reopening guidelines for gyms and fitness centers and are subject to change as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves. 

For the latest updates to program availability and facility protocols, please visit the Campus Recreation website

Fitness Centers

Fitness centers are now open, with new procedures and rules.  


Appointments are required and must be made in advance. Same-day appointments are not available. Please read these instructions for making a fitness center appointment.  

Appointments can only be made by undergraduate students, faculty, staff and graduate students who have a graduate student Campus Recreation membership.  

Capacity is limited and there are only 25 spots available per appointment block. Please only make an appointment if you know you will go.  

What to Bring  

Anyone who enters a UAlbany fitness center must have:  

  • an appointment confirmation email  

  • a daily health screening confirmation email — access the Daily Student Health Screening and Daily Employee Heath Screening using these links  

  • 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  

  • a UAlbany ID card  

These will be no exceptions to this rule.  

Additional Procedures  

Patrons and staff must maintain 6-feet of physical distancing from one another while inside fitness centers.  

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

Visit the Campus Recreation website for additional information.

Open Recreation and Member Services

Indoor open recreation, which includes the use of indoor basketball and racquetball courts, is on pause. 

Equipment check-outs — including basketballs, racquetball equipment and soccer balls — are also suspended.  

Locker rooms will be available for changing, showering and using the bathroom. Locker rentals and access to day-use lockers are suspended. 

Club and Intramural Sports

Club Sports will operate on a case-by-case basis. Club E-Boards will work closely with Campus Recreation to establish appropriate and safe operational plans.  

Larger Intramural leagues — such as Flag Football, Soccer and Basketball — have been postponed until further notice. 

When it is safe and appropriate to reopen leagues, information on how to register will be posted on IMLeagues

Group Exercise and Wellness Programs

Group Exercise classes will be held virtually and transitioned to in-person when it becomes safe and appropriate to do so. If a class requires equipment, such as yoga mats, participants will be required to bring their own.  

Wellness programs will be held virtually and transitioned to in-person if allowed by state guidelines. Participants will be required to register in advance to attend in-person wellness programs.  

Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits — Campus Recreation’s outdoor adventure program — will be on pause. 

In the meantime, there are many ways to remain active on and off campus while physically distancing — such as the Purple Path and tennis, as well as local hikes and walks.