Student Sanctions for COVID-19 Policy Violations
I want to make you all aware of a new SUNY system-wide sanctioning policy that will take effect tomorrow, October 1, 2020.
SUNY Chancellor, Jim Malatras, recently announced a directive regarding “Emergency Uniform SUNY-Wide Safety Protocols to Strengthen Penalties for Reckless Behavior and Non-Compliance of COVID-19 Codes.”
The directive outlines a sanctioning policy that cites penalties or sanctions that UAlbany is required to issue to students who are found responsible for violating COVID-19 rules, specifically:
Intentional Violations of COVID-19 Positive Students
Failure to Self-Isolate
Failure to Quarantine
Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts)
Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Attendees)
Violations of Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements
Failure to Comply with Contact Tracing
Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols
Additional sanction outcomes for Student Athletes and Student Organizations and their members
The Student Expectations and Sanctions webpage outlines a full description of the University’s COVID-19 rules and the sanctions associated with violations.
To be clear - the sanctions outlined in the directive are serious, and have significant repercussions for students who violate COVID-19 rules. Sanctions include Disciplinary Dismissal, Disciplinary Suspension, Campus Restriction, and Removal from Housing. These outcomes will remove a student from campus, housing and/or academics, hold them financially accountable for the semester, and may include a notation on the student’s academic transcript.
I do not want students to be surprised or caught off-guard by these sanctions. Therefore, I implore all students to carefully read the Chancellor’s directive as well as UAlbany’s COVID-19 rules, outlined on the Student Expectations and Sanctions webpage.
So far, the vast majority of UAlbany students have done a fantastic job following UAlbany’s COVID-19 rules and have kept themselves and others safe – keep it up! We must remain vigilant. We must each be accountable. We are #OneUAlbany.
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Dean of Students