Back to School Guidance for On-Campus Students

Back to School Guidance for On-Campus Students

Dear Great Dane:

Based on the permanent address you have on file with the University at Albany, you have been identified as an out-of-state or international student that will be living on-campus in one of UAlbany’s residence halls/apartments during the Fall 2020 semester. Please review the following guidelines carefully as you prepare to return to campus.
 

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 in advance of your campus check-in to the Residence Halls/University Apartments (action required for Option 2 below by August 3).  

You must review these 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 meet the 14-day quarantine requirement  in order to begin classes on Monday, August, 24, 2020.  

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. 

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. 

You have two quarantine options; both will be required to begin on August 9, 2020, in order to begin classes on Monday, August 24, 2020:
 

Option 1 

Quarantine for 14 days on your own in New York State before checking into your on-campus residence hall room/apartment. 

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 choosing to quarantine with the University explaining how to submit their negative test results.  
 

Option 2 

Quarantine in temporary housing provided by the University. Below is information and the requirements associated with this option: 

To request this option, you must email reslife@albany.edu by Monday, August 3, 2020, stating that you would like to quarantine in temporary housing provided by the University. 

Quarantine housing is free but you will be billed for meals.  

Meals will be delivered by the University to you daily at the cost of $33 per day (a total of $462 will be billed to your student account). Once per day, you will receive a hot dinner and breakfast and lunch for the following day. Should the cost of meals be a financial hardship, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students by email at dos@albany.edu for assistance.  

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 choosing to quarantine with the University explaining how to submit their negative test results.  

You must arrive to the University on August 9, 2020, to begin the 14-day quarantine.  

You will not be allowed to leave your assigned room during the 14-day quarantine. 

Following quarantine, students will then move to their assigned on-campus residence hall room/apartment. Students are encouraged to be mindful that they will be moving twice, so pack so that you can easily move your belongings.  
 

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 to move into campus housing 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.  
 

Questions? 

Contact Residential Life by email at reslife@albany.edu with any questions about option 2, above.  

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

International students should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at isss@albany.edu.

Sincerely, 

Carol Perrin

Director of Residential Life