Student Testing, Quarantine and Safety Measures

Student Testing, Quarantine and Safety Measures

July 24, 2020

Great Danes:

Despite this being a different start to the fall semester than any of us had previously experienced, we’re looking forward to seeing many of you back on campus next month. We have outlined for you below some additional expectations surrounding our return to campus.

In order to facilitate our return to campus, I want to emphasize the importance of our shared responsibility in maintaining a safe and healthy campus community, as outlined in the Fall 2020 Return to UAlbany guide, including pre-arrival testing, precautionary quarantine, and mask wearing.

Required Pre-Arrival Testing (pages 5 to 6 in the Return to UAlbany guide)

  • All students who are preparing to study, visit and/or work at UAlbany during the Fall 2020 semester must provide 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.

  • All students, including those currently living in the Albany area, can visit the New York State Department of Health’s website to find a nearby test site. Students are responsible for arranging for testing and paying associated costs, if applicable. Students living in New York State may also contact the New York State COVID-19 hotline to schedule a test by calling 1-888-364-3065.

  • The test must be performed within 14 days prior to the student’s arrival to UAlbany.

  • For additional assistance in scheduling a test, students may contact the Dean of Students Office at

  • Additional information about how to securely upload your negative test result will be sent to your email in the next several days.

Pre-Arrival Quarantine (pages 6 to 7 in the Return to UAlbany guide)

  • Students arriving anywhere in New York State from states designated under the Governor’s Travel Advisory or from countries with travel restrictions into the US — regardless if they plan to live on or off campus — must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York State. For more information, please visit our Health & Safety page on the University’s COVID-19 website.

  • All other students should engage in a precautionary self-quarantine for 14 days before they arrive on campus, as they are able, including mask wearing, physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. Taken together, the required pre-arrival testing and the precautionary pre-arrival quarantine will help facilitate a safe return to campus.

Wear a Face Mask or Face Covering (pg. 7 in the Return to UAlbany guide)

  • All students will be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face covering inside all buildings and outside when distancing (at least six feet) cannot be achieved.

  • This includes wearing a face mask/covering at all times while attending in-person classes.

  • The only exception to this is when students are inside their residence hall room, their private home, or their private office.

  • Students should bring cloth, reusable masks if they are able. We anticipate being able to provide one cloth, reusable mask to each student upon arrival to campus. We will be sharing tips and guidelines on how to take care of and wash masks regularly which is an important part of infection mitigation.

Like many of you, I want nothing more than a return to normal instruction and campus life. But this fall presents us with a “new normal,” one that requires our shared vigilance in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by working diligently to protect ourselves and each other.

To that end, each member of our community will be asked to affirm their commitment to support a safe and healthy campus environment through their behavior, consistent with public health guidance from state and federal authorities. The details of the pledge will be sent to you in the next several days.

Please continue to monitor UAlbany’s COVID-19 website for updates.

Wear a mask. Stay safe. Go Great Danes!


Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs