Back to School Guidance for Off-Campus Students

Back to School Guidance for Off-Campus Students

Dear Great Dane:

You have been identified as a University at Albany out-of-state or international student that will be living off-campus during the Fall 2020 semester.  

Self-Quarantine Requirements

If you are arriving from one of the states designated under the New York Governor's Travel Advisory or from countries with travel restrictions into the US, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival to New York State and before you are due to begin classes. You cannot leave quarantine for any reason outside of an emergency.  

You must review the lists linked above immediately, and every day before arrival to New York State and campus to see if your state or country is listed. If you are arriving from a state or country on one of the above lists, your quarantine in New York State must begin on August 9 to support the 14-day quarantine requirement in order to begin classes on Monday, August 24, 2020 (this quarantine may take place in your off-campus residence). 

All students coming to New York from the designated restricted states must complete the Online Traveler Health Form available on the New York State Department of Health website.  

Be sure to quarantine with everything you will need for the 14-day period, as you will not be allowed to leave your quarantine location. For meals during quarantine, students can utilize grocery delivery services that are available through local grocery stores or other available grocery or food delivery services. 

All other students should engage in a precautionary self-quarantine for 14 days before they arrive on campus. This should include wearing masks, physical distancing and good hand hygiene.  

Additionally, within 14 days prior to arriving to New York State to quarantine, you must submit proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test result, meaning the test results were normal and showed the virus was not detected. The test must be a PCR molecular test; antigen or antibody tests will not be accepted. This test can be done in your home state or country. Separate instructions will be emailed to students explaining how to submit their negative test results.  

Process During Quarantine 

Please read these instructions on how to quarantine. During quarantine, all students must perform daily self-screening for symptoms during the 14 days before their arrival to campus. Students should use the CDC’s self-screening symptom tool or another digital COVID-19 screening tool.

If the screening answers suggest a possible COVID-19 infection, the student should self-isolate until they consult with a local medical provider or the New York State testing website for evaluation and/or testing, as needed. Students with COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 may not travel to any UAlbany campus until they have been declared free of COVID-19 by a medical professional or their local department of health.

Pursuant to Executive Order 205, anyone who violates a county or state issued quarantine order may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to 15 days per PHL 229. Additionally, students who do not complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement outlined above will not be allowed on campus and may be referred for a violation of the University’s student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities, and subject to immediate removal and prohibited from campus. 

We encourage all students to monitor the University’s COVID-19 website continually for the most up-to-date information. 


Students who live in the United States but not in New York, can contact the Office of the Dean of Students by email at

International students should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at


Luke Rumsey

Assistant Dean of Students - Off-Campus Student Services