Out-of-State and International Student Information

Out-of-State and International Student Information

January 7, 2021

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/University apartments during the Spring 2021 semester. Please review the following requirements carefully as you prepare to return to campus. All students arriving from non-contiguous states and international destinations must follow all New York State quarantine and testing requirements
 

Travel Advisory Requirements

Under the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory, if you are arriving from one of the states not contiguous to New York State (which include Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania) or from countries designated under the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Advisory, you must self-quarantine for 10 days upon your arrival to New York in advance of your campus check-in to the residence halls/University apartments (action required for Option 2 below by Wednesday, January 13, 2021).

You must review these lists immediately, and every day before arriving in New York State and on 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 January 20th to meet the 10-day quarantine required prior to beginning classes on Monday, February 1, 2021.  

All students coming to New York from the designated restricted states must complete the New York State Traveler Health Form. Please save a PDF of your form before submission, as you’ll be required to upload a copy to UAlbany’s Student COVID Documentation Portal.

In addition, all students must continue to wear masks, physically distance, practice good hand hygiene, and participate in the University’s weekly surveillance testing program.

You have two quarantine options:
 

Option 1: Quarantine On Your Own

You must undergo a PCR or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) within 10 days before you arrive in Albany and submit a PDF of your test result to the University. Please see Steps 1 and 3 on the Pre-Arrival & Arrival Requirements for Students webpage for detailed instructions.

As soon as you get tested, you must self-quarantine until your arrival on campus or for seven days — whichever is longer. Learn more about self-quarantine. During this time, you must also complete a Daily Student Health Screening each day. Students who are experiencing symptoms should not come to campus and should contact their medical provider or Student Health Services.

Next, you must arrive in New York State and quarantine for 10 days on your own before checking into your on-campus residence hall room, suite or apartment.
 

Option 2: Quarantine at the University

You must undergo a PCR or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) within 10 days before you arrive in Albany and submit a PDF of your test result to the University. Please see Steps 1 and 3 on the Pre-Arrival & Arrival Requirements for Students webpage for detailed instructions.

As soon as you get tested, you must self-quarantine until your arrival on campus or for seven days — whichever is longer. Learn more about self-quarantine. During this time, you must also complete a Daily Student Health Screening each day. Students who are experiencing symptoms should not come to campus and should contact their medical provider or Student Health Services.

Next, you must arrive in New York State and quarantine in temporary housing provided by the University.

To request this option, you must email [email protected] by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 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 and billed to your student account. Once per day, you will receive a dinner, as well as breakfast and lunch for the following day. Should the cost of meals be a financial hardship, please contact the Dean of Students’ Office at [email protected] for assistance.  

  • You must arrive to the University on January 20, 2021, to begin the 10-day quarantine.  

  • You will not be allowed to leave your assigned room during the 10-day quarantine. 

For questions on Option 2, please contact Residential Life at [email protected].

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 to pack accordingly for an easy move.
 

Additional Information

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 10-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. 

Additionally, prior to the start of the spring semester, all students are required to login to the Student COVID Documentation Portal to complete the following:

  • Sign the Student UAlbany Cares Pledge - All students must agree to follow the University’s COVID-19 rules and protocols. 

  • Update your phone number and address(es) – All students must identify a phone number where you can be contacted during the spring semester, where you have lived for the past 30 days, and where your primary residence will be through Spring 2021. 

Lastly, upon arrival to campus, on campus students must immediately submit a saliva sample for the surveillance testing program. Residential Life will send additional information including the location of testing. Off-campus students must submit their sample within five days of their arrival at their off-campus residence and before to coming to campus for any other reason. All students who are studying, working or visiting any of UAlbany’s campuses — regardless of whether they live on or off campus — must participate in the University’s weekly surveillance testing program.

We encourage all students to monitor the University’s COVID-19 website continually for the most up-to-date information. The information outlined in this message is available online on the Pre-Arrival & Arrival Requirements for Students webpage.
 

Questions? 

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

International students should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at [email protected]
 

Sincerely, 

Carol Perrin

Department of Residential Life