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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.
If you are or become symptomatic, please self-isolate until you consult with a medical provider, such as Student Health Services.
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 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.
Pre-arrival Testing for Students
All students who are not yet fully vaccinated — meaning they have not yet received all required doses, at least two weeks have not yet passed since their final dose, or the student has not yet submitted their proof of vaccination to UAlbany — must participate in pre-arrival testing.
These students must submit proof of a negative result from a PCR- or antigen-based COVID-19 test taken in the five days before they arrive on campus to the Student COVID Documentation Portal.
Residential students may not move into campus housing until submitting a negative test result.
Surveillance & Diagnostic Testing
The University has implemented a comprehensive and ongoing surveillance testing program. Any student or employee who receives a presumptive positive surveillance test result will be promptly referred for diagnostic testing and given instructions to isolate pending results.
Students with symptoms have access to diagnostic testing on campus. Please visit the Student Health Services website to make an appointment.
If an exposure occurs, the Albany County Department of Health will contact affected individuals and the University’s Contact Support Team.
Please also look for the caller ID "UNIV Albany" or an email from [email protected].
Reporting Positive Test Results
If you receive a positive diagnostic test result, you must inform the University.
Any employee receives a positive test result or is quarantined by the public health officials must call HR's Medical Reporting Hotline at 518-442-1501. Leave your name and contact information, and an HR staff member will be in contact with instructions.
Follow HR's instructions for submitting your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases).
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. Failure to respond to or follow the directions of these officials may result in severe fines or prosecution.
Students and employees cannot test out of a quarantine ordered due to being exposed to a positive case.
Per CDC and New York State guidance, if you are fully vaccinated — meaning you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your final dose — and you are not symptomatic, you are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Note: This guidance currently only applies during the first 365 days after you receive your final shot.
Any student or employee who has completed a period of quarantine or isolation must submit county health documentation to the University before they can return to any UAlbany campus.
When a student who lives on campus tests positive or is identified as having contact with a known positive, University officials consult with and follow the guidance of local health officials in order to stop the spread.
Please visit our On-Campus Quarantine & Isolation 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 through surveillance testing.
No matter where you quarantine or isolate, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment. To request approval, upload the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation into the Student COVID Documentation Portal.
When a student who lives off campus tests positive or is identified as having contact with a known positive, 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.
Start that process by uploading the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation into the Student COVID Documentation Portal.
You may not return to any UAlbany campus or leased space until you have received an approval, which will be sent to your UAlbany email account.
When an employee tests positive or is identified as having contact with a known positive, 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 leased space until you have received an approval, which will be sent to your UAlbany email account.
Enhanced Facilities Services
The Office of Facilities Management is also providing enhanced services to keep our community safe.
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.
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.
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.