Health & Safety

Students: Submit Proof of Vaccination Students: Submit Test Results Employees: Submit Proof of Vaccination Employees: Submit a Daily Health Screening

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Please visit the Vaccinate UAlbany, Surveillance Testing and Workplace Protocols pages for additional health and safety information.

 

Daily Health Monitoring

All students and employees coming to a UAlbany campus for any reason must monitor their symptoms and stay home if they are sick.

Review a list of possible COVID-19 symptoms on the CDC website.
 

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Health Monitoring Instructions for Students

If you are or become symptomatic, please self-isolate until you consult with a medical provider, such as Student Health Services.  

Health Monitoring Instructions for Employees 

All employees, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to monitor their health.

Employees who are unvaccinated, or who choose not to submit proof of vaccination, must also submit a Daily Employee Health Screening in the hour before reporting to work on campus or within an hour of reporting to campus and follow any directives that appear after submission.

You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 — or you must have been evaluated and cleared by your health care provider and HR — to be eligible to report to work.  

If you are symptomatic:  

  • Do not come to campus. Or leave work, if you’re already on site.   

  • Contact your supervisor and follow normal call-in procedures. Your supervisor must keep any health-related information confidential and can only discuss the information with HR.  

  • Contact your personal physician regarding symptoms. Call 911 if you're in distress.

  • Call HR's Medical Reporting Hotline at 518-442-1501 to report a positive COVID-19 test result and/or if you are quarantined by the Department of Health. An HR staff member will contact you with instructions.

Surveillance & Diagnostic Testing 

The University has implemented a comprehensive and ongoing surveillance testing program. Weekly participation is required for any student or employee who is not yet fully vaccinated or who has not submitted proof of vaccination to the University. Anyone who receives a presumptive positive surveillance test result will be promptly referred for diagnostic testing and given instructions to isolate pending results. Register a surveillance test kit now.

Students with symptoms have access to diagnostic testing on campus. Please visit the Student Health Services website to make an appointment. 

 

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Contact Tracing 

Contact tracing is completed for every UAlbany faculty, staff, student or visitor who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of where or how the person became infected. This has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Anytime someone tests positive for COVID-19, the appropriate county Department of Health receives a notification and officials immediately begin contact tracing for that case.  

UAlbany assists counties with contact tracing as needed. Our team of fully trained contact tracers is prepared to complete the full contact tracing process if the county contact tracing staff is at full capacity and/or if the University has a surge in cases. Please look for the caller ID "UNIV Albany" or an email from [email protected]

For each positive case, contact tracers determine whether there were any potential exposures and whether those exposures warrant further action(s), such as directing someone to get tested or enter a precautionary quarantine. 

If further action is needed, the appropriate county Department of Health or the University will contact the affected individuals. If you are not contacted after a potential exposure, you do not need to take any further action. 

Fully vaccinated individuals who are not symptomatic do not have to quarantine if they have contact with a positive case but they must get tested within three to five days. Review our quarantine guidelines for more information. 

Instructors who remain at least six feet away from students in the classroom would not be at risk from a positive case, per CDC guidance. Review the Instructor Guidance page for more information. 

 

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Reporting Positive Test Results 

If you receive a positive diagnostic test result, you must inform the University. 
 

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Reporting Instructions for Students
  1. Upload your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases) into the Student COVID Documentation Portal
     

  2. Email [email protected] to notify the University.  
     

  3. Read the quarantine and isolation rules below.

Reporting Instructions for Employees
  1. Any employee who receives a positive test result or is quarantined by the public health officials must call HR's Medical Reporting Hotline at 518-442-1501. Please leave your name and contact information, and an HR staff member will be in contact with instructions. 
     

  2. Follow HR's instructions for submitting your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases). 
     

  3. Read the quarantine and isolation rules below. 
     

If a student tells you they have received a positive diagnostic test result, please ask them to complete the "Instructions for Students" listed above. If the conversation is happening via email, do not forward or include anyone else in your messages, as this is sensitive information. 

Quarantine & Isolation 

When someone tests positive or has been exposed, they are provided instructions by University and county health officials on isolation or quarantine.

  • Quarantine is a way of restricting the movement of people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease until it can be determined whether they are at risk or potentially infected. 

  • Person Under Investigation (PUI) is someone who has been identified as presenting possible COVID-19 symptoms by a doctor or someone who has received a presumptive positive result from UAlbany’s surveillance testing program. In either case, the individual is considered a PUI and should self-isolate until they receive diagnostic test results. If the result is positive, the individual will be ordered into isolation.  

  • Isolation is a way of separating a person known to be infected with an infectious disease from the community in order to stop the spread. 

Failure to respond to or follow the directions of these officials may result in severe fines or prosecution, in addition to University sanctions. Students and employees cannot test out of a quarantine order imposed due to being exposed to a positive case.
 

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Quarantine & Isolation Instructions for On-Campus Students

When a student who lives on campus tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as having contact with a known positive individual, University officials consult with and follow the guidance of local health officials in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

All residential students should review our Quarantine & Isolation Instructions for Residential Students page for detailed information on what on-campus residents should expect if they are directed to quarantine or isolate, or are identified as a person under investigation (PUI).

Only residential students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may utilize UAlbany’s on-campus quarantine, PUI and isolation housing. These students may also choose to go home or to an off-campus location, such as a hotel, to isolate or quarantine. 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot, and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

Residential students who are partially vaccinated or who were approved for a vaccination exemption will be required to go home or to a hotel, at their own cost, for isolation, quarantine or PUI housing. 

No matter where you quarantine or isolate, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment after you have been in quarantine or isolation. To request approval, upload the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation, or a negative diagnostic test releasing you from PUI status, into the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University.

Quarantine & Isolation Instructions for Off-Campus Students

When a student who lives off campus tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as having contact with a known positive individual, they must notify the University and follow the instructions of their local health officials. 

Once your quarantine or isolation period is complete, you must request approval to return to campus for any reason.  

Start that process by uploading the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation into the Student COVID Documentation Portal.  

Once your quarantine or isolation period is complete, you must request approval to return to campus. You may not return to any UAlbany campus or University-operated space until you have received an approval, which will be sent to your UAlbany email account. 

Quarantine & Isolation Instructions for Employees

When an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as having contact with a known positive individual, they must notify the University and follow the instructions of their local health officials. 

Follow HR’s instructions for submitting your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases). 

Once your quarantine or isolation period is complete, you must request approval to return to campus. You may not return to any UAlbany campus or University-operated space until you have received an approval, which will be sent to your UAlbany email account. 

Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated & Asymptomatic Individuals 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

If you are fully vaccinated and you are not symptomatic, you are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. However, you must get tested three to five days after exposure and wear a mask in public for 14 days following the exposure. If your test comes back positive, you must isolate for 10 days. 

Students must also upload their diagnostic test result to the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University.

Note: This guidance only applies during the first 365 days after you receive your final shot. 

 

Enhanced Facilities Services 

The Office of Facilities Management is also providing enhanced services to keep our community safe. 
 

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Cleaning and Disinfection

Facilities staff clean and disinfect classrooms and other instructional spaces each night, and routinely disinfect high-touch or high-use public spaces — such as doorknobs, light switches, desktops, railings, sink handles and countertops — throughout the day.   

Large gathering spaces are cleaned and disinfected nightly.  

Disinfectant is also available in classrooms and public dining spaces, so students and employees can wipe down surfaces before and after each use.  

Offices are responsible for disinfecting their own high-use public areas and individual workstations. Lab staff are required to clean labs daily.  

Supplies can be requested through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Building Ventilation

While the state has removed all requirements regarding additional air ventilation in buildings, all University buildings with mechanical ventilation systems will continue to operate longer hours with adequate outside air and improved filtration. 

In buildings without mechanical ventilation, some spaces have been supplemented with air filtration units. Out of an abundance of caution, other spaces have been limited to minimal occupancy and/or closed. 

Hand Sanitizer

Facilities will continue to stock and refill hand sanitizer stations in all the public spaces on campus.  

Students and employees are also encouraged to carry their own sanitizer for use throughout the day.  

Employees can request hand sanitizer for themselves, and offices can request hand sanitizer for their shared areas or customer service counters, by contacting the Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Basic Safety Protocols

Anyone visiting a UAlbany campus is expected to follow these rules.
 

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Face Masks

Mask Mandate

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must: 

  • wear a face mask inside all campus buildings — unless the person is inside a private residence hall room, office, workspace with a proper barrier, workspace distanced at least six feet from any other occupied workspace, or other enclosed space where they are alone

  • wear a mask each time they leave their workspace

Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or have not provided proof of full vaccination to the University must always wear a face mask outdoors while on any UAlbany campus.  

Individuals who are fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors on UAlbany campuses, especially when within six feet of others. 

Accessibility: Alternatives are available for individuals who may need to see others’ faces or mouths to communicate. Please contact the Disability Resource Center or your Human Resources office for assistance. 
 

How to Properly Wear Your Mask

Follow these instructions whenever you put your mask on:

  1. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling your mask.   

  2. Ensure the mask fits over your nose and under your chin.   

  3. Situate the mask properly, with the wire snug against your nose where applicable.

  4. Tie straps behind your head and neck. Or loop the straps around your ears.   

  5. Avoid touching the front of the mask while you put on and wear your mask.  

Follow these instructions whenever you take your mask off:  

  1. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the mask.   

  2. Loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear. Or untie the straps.  

  3. Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.   
     

How to Properly Store and Clean Your Mask

  • Store your mask in a paper bag when you’re not using it.  

  • Replace your mask immediately if it’s damaged, ripped, punctured or visibly contaminated.  

  • Throw your disposable mask away after a shift or at the end of the day.  

  • Wash your cloth mask at least once a day using laundry detergent. Let the mask dry before wearing it again. 

Physical Distancing

Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible — even if everyone appears healthy.

Please stay at least 6 feet — or about 2 arm lengths — from other people when possible.

Classrooms

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask inside all campus buildings, including inside classrooms. Room capacities have returned to normal in most areas, but food and drink are prohibited inside classrooms. 

Facilities staff clean and disinfect classrooms and other instructional spaces each night, and routinely disinfect high-touch or high-use public spaces throughout the day.  

Disinfectants and sanitizer are also available at central locations adjacent to classrooms for instructors and students to wipe down surfaces as they enter the room. The risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces or objects is generally considered to be low, according to the CDC. 

Please review our Instructors Guidance page for additional information.

Research & Scholarly Activities

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask inside all campus buildings, including inside research facilities.  

Faculty, researchers and students who wish to perform on-campus research and scholarly activities should follow the same guidelines and safety protocols for attending on-campus classes, which are listed above.  

All laboratory work should also comply with the usual safety guidelines set forth by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Normal procedures and approvals are required for research involving human and animal subjects. 

Please visit our Workplace Protocols page for additional guidance.

You can also email [email protected] with any questions. 

Offices

Please visit our Workplace Protocols page for detailed guidance.

Hand Hygiene

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after visiting a public place, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.  

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.   

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face. 
 

Coughing & Sneezing 

If you are in a private setting and are not wearing a face mask or covering, be sure to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.  

Immediately throw any used tissues in the trash and then wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

Public Transportation & Ride Shares

CDTA and UAlbany buses continue to transport students and employees between campuses and within the community. 

UAlbany buses are cleaned daily.  

All riders, regardless of vaccination status, must put on a mask before entering the bus or vehicle. Please avoid touching unnecessary surfaces when selecting a seat.  

When you disembark, wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) as soon as possible. 

Elevators

Whenever possible, use the stairs if you’re physically able.   

Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) before and after using the elevator.

Meals

Please follow these guidelines: 

  • Use the provided disinfectant to clean public dining surfaces before each use.  

  • If you are in a public or common area, wear your mask until you are ready to eat and then put it back on when you’re done eating. 

  • Whenever possible, eat outside. 

  • Thoroughly wash your hands before and after eating. 

  • Throw away food waste and packaging in common area trash cans, not individual office trash bins. 

Bathrooms

Whenever possible, maintain six feet of physical distance from others. Please also wash your hands thoroughly.  

Facilities staff routinely disinfect bathrooms throughout the day. Bathrooms are stocked with paper towels.