Health & Safety

Students: Submit Proof of Vaccination Students: Submit Test Results Employees: Submit Proof of Vaccination Register a Surveillance Test Kit

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Please visit the Vaccinate UAlbany 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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Instructions for Students

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

Instructions for Employees 

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. 

 

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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. 

 

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Contact Tracing 

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]

 

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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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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.

Instructions for Employees
  1. 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. 
     

  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. 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. 
 

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Instructions for On-Campus Students

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.

Instructions for Off-Campus Students

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. 

Instructions for Employees

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. 
 

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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

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is required to 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.

Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask each time they leave their workspace.

Unvaccinated individuals must also wear a face mask outdoors when they are unable to maintain six feet of physical distance from others.

Please visit our Workplace Protocols and Academics & Research pages for additional instructions for mask-wearing in offices, classrooms and labs.

Cloth reusable masks are available for students and employees at the Campus Center Welcome desks. Additionally, masks are available for purchase in the University Bookstore.  

Employees can also request cloth reusable masks by contacting the Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Alternatives are available for individuals who may need to see others’ faces or mouths to communicate. Please contact the Disability Resource Center 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

Students and employees who are not yet fully vaccinated or who have not yet submitted proof of vaccination to the University must continue to wear a mask inside all campus buildings, including inside classrooms, and outside when others are present.  

However, the University reserves the right to designate any area, including classrooms, as mask mandated spaces for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. 

Room capacities will return to normal in most areas, but food and drink will be prohibited inside classrooms during the Fall 2021 semester. 

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. 

Research & Scholarly Activities

Students and employees who are not yet fully vaccinated or who have not yet submitted proof of vaccination to the University must continue to wear a mask inside all campus buildings, including inside research facilities, and outside when others are present.  

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 not fully vaccinated, and 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.