Welcome Back Great Danes: Returning Student Expectations

January 29, 2021

Dear Great Dane,

As we welcome you back to UAlbany and the Capital Region this week, it’s important to remember that our ability to remain present on campus for the duration of the Spring 2021 semester is dependent on each of us adhering to the University’s health and safety expectations.

We know you are excited to come back and reconnect with friends and campus networks. During this time, it’s critical that all students abide by the University’s expectations outlined in the UAlbany Cares Pledge, which you were required to sign, and additional policies as outlined on the University’s COVID-19 website. These expectations include mask wearing, physically distancing of six feet or more, participating in the weekly surveillance testing program, completing daily health assessments, and avoiding social gatherings. They also outline updated rules, such as the Residential Life guest policy and off-campus gathering policy.

Any student who fails to comply will face disciplinary action under the student code of conduct, Community Rights and Responsibilities, or administrative action. These measures may include termination of your UAlbany ID card access, immediate removal from campus, housing and/or class, and potentially suspension or dismissal from the University.

If you are in a social situation that makes you concerned about your health and safety, or if you see others not following public health guidelines, remember your options:

  • Safely engage in a conversation with the other person and ask them to abide by public health guidelines and support everyone’s welfare.

  • Leave the situation in the interest of your own health and safety.

  • Report the issue.

    • Residential Life can be contacted for situations that occur in the residence halls.

    • The COVID-19 Complaint Form can be completed anonymously for on- and off-campus non-emergency matters.

    • If you are off-campus and a situation is actively occurring in the City of Albany, you can contact the Albany Police Department's non-emergency number at 518-438-4000.

    • All health and safety emergencies should be immediately reported to emergency services. Dial 911 or call University Police at 518-442-3131.

UAlbany is taking these expectations very seriously and I urge you to do the same. Let’s continue to work together to keep our campus and community healthy and safe and get all the way to the finish line this spring!


Clarence McNeill

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Dean of Students