Social Distancing -- Important Guidance

Social Distancing -- Important Guidance

Dear Off-Campus Student,

As you know, the University at Albany is responding to the threat of COVID-19 with guidance from our local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The actions of our institution are designed to prevent the continued spread of the virus among our campus community.

If you are a student living in an off-campus apartment, please consider the following for your safety and the safety of those around you:     

  • Students should avoid any unnecessary travel, including to and from campus. Many University services such as dining, recreational facilities, programming, etc. have been significantly curtailed. We recommend that students do not come to campus unless absolutely necessary.  
  • Visitors/Guests/Hosting Social Events: Limit your socializing. Gathering in groups of any size can be risky. However, the larger the gathering the more likely it is that exposure to COVID-19 could occur. Current White House guidance stipulates that people should not gather in groups of 10 or more. Additionally, maintaining six feet of space between yourself and others can help reduce potential transmission.
  • Social distancing is key to preventing the spread of infection. By allowing guests/visitors into your living space or creating situations where there are large group gatherings (parties, etc.), you are putting yourself and others at risk of being exposed to the virus.

It is imperative that all students heed this advice. Any student or group of students found to be putting themselves or others in unnecessary danger (i.e. hosting large parties, etc.) can be held accountable via the University’s student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities. Disciplinary actions for such conduct could result in suspension/dismissal from the University. 

For the most up-to-date information, visit and follow your UAlbany email.

Thank you for your help in contributing to the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Dean of Students Office by e-mailing


Luke Rumsey

Assistant Dean of Students

Off-Campus Student Services