Spring 2021 Pre-arrival and Arrival Requirements

Spring 2021 Pre-arrival and Arrival Requirements

January 7, 2021 

Dear Great Dane:

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. In order to maintain the health and safety of our Great Dane community, we are mandating pre-arrival and arrival testing for our student body.

Please review the following requirements that must be fulfilled prior to returning to campus, and also during the spring semester:

Prior to the start of the spring semester, you are required to login to the Student COVID Documentation Portal. All students whether in-person, hybrid, remote, living both on- and off-campus are required to:

  • 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.

  • Review the pre-arrival and arrival testing requirements, outlined below.

Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing Requirements

  1. Get a Diagnostic Test

    All students planning to study, visit and/or work at any UAlbany campus during Spring 2021 — regardless of whether they plan to live on- or off-campus — are required to undergo a PCR or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) within 10 days before you arrive on campus. 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.

    However, if you have previously tested positive since November 1, 2020, you do not need to be retested. Instead you must upload a PDF of your original positive test result to the Student COVID Documentation Portal. Additionally, if you received that positive test result on or after January 1, 2021, you must also upload the county health order releasing you from isolation.


  2. Self-Quarantine & Complete Daily Health Screenings

    Once you get tested, you must self-quarantine in the period between your pre-arrival diagnostic test and your arrival on campus OR 7 days prior to arriving on campus, whichever is the longer period. During this time, you must also complete a Daily Student Health Screening. Students who are experiencing symptoms should not come to campus and should contact their medical provider or Student Health Services


  3. Submit Your Test Result

    When you receive your diagnostic test results, you must upload a PDF of the results to the Student COVID Documentation Portal

    If your test results are positive — meaning the virus was detected — you must isolate and follow the instructions of your local health officials. You will not be allowed to come to any UAlbany campus until that period is complete.

    Visit our Health & Safety page for instructions on how to notify the University of a positive test result and how to gain approval to return to campus following your release from isolation.


  4. Get Approval to Return to Campus

    Students are not allowed onto campus until they have completed the above three steps and have had their documentation approved by University officials. Approvals and denials will be sent to students’ UAlbany email accounts.

    Residential students: Any student living in University housing who fails to provide the proper documentation before arriving on campus will not be allowed to enter their residence hall or apartment. Card access to your campus housing will remain turned off until your pre-arrival requirements have been completed. Whether you are returning to your Fall 2020 room or moving into a newly assigned room, you are required to schedule your return to campus. To select a check-in appointment on MyUAlbany, select “Campus Life” at the top of the page and then click “Housing Application” on the left. Use the “Select Your Check-in Appointment" form to choose a check-in date and time.


  5. Follow All State Traveler Requirements (if applicable)

    Any student NOT traveling from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont or anywhere in New York, must also follow all New York State quarantine and testing requirements. You must also upload a PDF of your New York State Traveler Health Form to the Student COVID Documentation Portal in the tab titled “NYS Traveler Health Form Upload.”


  6. Participate in Surveillance Testing Upon Arrival

    Students will be required to submit a saliva sample for pooled surveillance testing when they arrive in Albany. Please see Step 6 on the Pre-Arrival & Arrival Requirements for Students webpage for detailed information about this requirement for residential and off-campus students.


Note: Students who are fully remote and will not come to campus for any reason during the Spring 2021 semester may be eligible for a waiver/exemption from pre-arrival diagnostic testing, arrival testing and weekly pooled surveillance testing. See the Pre-Arrival & Arrival Requirements for Students webpage for more detailed information.

Throughout the Spring Semester Requirements

Throughout the spring semester, all students — whether in-person, hybrid or remote — who are coming to campus for any reason (such as to use the library) will be required to:

  • Participate in and comply with pooled surveillance testing on a weekly basis, or as directed. Students who are registered for completely online/remote classes, and will not physically come to campus for the duration of the spring semester for any reason, will have the option to receive an exemption from this requirement. Learn more about waiver/exemption eligibility.

  • Complete the Daily Student Health Screening within one hour before arriving to campus or, for students living on campus, within one hour before leaving their residence hall or apartment.

  • Notify the University if you receive a positive diagnostic test result for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by uploading your test result into the “COVID Documentation” section of the Student COVID Documentation Portal and then emailing [email protected] to notify the University.

  • Abide by the UAlbany Cares Pledge and other directives outlined on the COVID-19 website.

Failure to complete these requirements may make you ineligible to attend the University during the spring semester, have access to University services and/or result in serious disciplinary action. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, these requirements are subject to change and the University will notify you of such changes.

If you have questions about our COVID-19 resources and services, please call our COVID-19 hotline (518-442-2683) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we prepare for a successful spring semester.


Clarence L. McNeill

Dean of Students

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs