UAlbany will implement strict safety policies requiring face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the health of our community. We will:
Require everyone to wear face masks inside all buildings — unless the person is inside a private residence hall room, office or other enclosed space where they are alone
Require everyone to wear face masks outdoors whenever they cannot maintain at least six feet of distance from others
Space out furniture to achieve at least six feet of physical distancing, mark off tables to show where it is permissible to sit and create new traffic flows
Reinforce healthy hygiene practices, including hand washing, and provide additional stations with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
Intensify cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, including doorknobs, light switches, desktops, sink handles and countertops
Provide all students with enough sanitizer and/or disinfectant to clean their individual class stations and dining areas before each use
In the rare case a member of our campus community does not abide by our health and safety expectations, we have established a secure reporting system.
Please find more details below.
Pre-Arrival Policy for Students
All students who are preparing to study, visit and/or work at a UAlbany campus during the Fall 2020 semester must provide proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test result, meaning the test results were normal and showed the virus was not detected.
The test must be a PCR molecular test or an antigen test; antibody tests will not be accepted.
Given reported delays for COVID-19 test results and lack of testing availability in some areas, all students should be tested as soon as possible in order to have results prior to the beginning of fall classes.
Results from tests taken on or after July 26, 2020, will be accepted. The results for all students coming to campus must be submitted before the student arrives on campus.
Students arriving anywhere in New York State from states designated under the Governor’s Travel Advisory or from countries designated under the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Advisory must also submit negative test results to the University before their arrival, in addition to quarantining as described below.
International students should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at email@example.com with any questions.
If a student who is taking a fully remote course load and living at their permanent residence decides to travel to one of our campus, they will also be required to submit proof of a negative result from a test prior to their arrival.
UAlbany has created a portal exclusively for students to share their PCR or antigen test results. The portal will be available beginning Friday, August 7, 2020, and can be accessed via MyUAlbany.
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.
Any student who receives a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result, meaning the test results showed the virus was detected, will be required to isolate and follow instructions from their local department of health.
Additionally, students who test positive cannot travel to any UAlbany campus until they receive a clearance document from their local public health officials.
Students should remain at home until they have submitted a negative test result. Alternatively, hotels on Washington Avenue across from the University will have discounted rates for students.
If a student living on campus fails to provide the University proof of a negative test or clearance document before their arrival on campus, they will not be permitted to check in to their residence hall or apartment.
In addition to being tested, all students arriving anywhere in New York State from states designated under the Governor’s Travel Advisory or from countries designated under the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Advisory — regardless if they plan to live on or off campus — must self-quarantine for 14 days (except to get tested for SARS-CoV-2) upon arrival in New York State.
Out-of-state travel: Per Executive Order, students arriving from states designated under the Governor’s Travel Advisory must complete the Online Traveler Health Form and must self-quarantine in New York State for 14 days, starting on the first day they arrive in New York State. (Note: This does not apply to anyone passing through a designated state for less than 24 hours through the course of travel.)
Students are required to take a screenshot of the completed Online Traveler Health Form before submitting the form to share with the University. UAlbany has created a portal exclusively for students to share screenshots of their completed DOH form. The portal — which will also be used to share test results — will be available beginning Friday, August 7, 2020, and can be accessed via MyUAlbany.
The New York State Department of Health expects all travelers from states designated under the Governor’s Travel Advisory to protect public health by adhering to the mandatory self-quarantine.
International travel: Students arriving from countries designated under the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Advisory must self-quarantine in New York State for 14 days upon arrival. Please reach out to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific support.
Students arriving from designated states or countries who are living on campus during the fall semester will be given no-cost quarantine housing and should arrive no later than August 9 to support the 14-day pre-arrival quarantine. Students will receive meals at $33 per day. Should the meal cost be an issue, please contact the Dean of Students Office at email@example.com.
All other students should engage in a precautionary self-quarantine for 14 days before they arrive on campus, to the best of their ability. This should include wearing masks, practicing social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.
Please read these instructions on how to quarantine.
All students must perform daily self-screening for symptoms during the 14 days before their arrival to campus. Students should use the CDC’s self-screening symptom tool or another digital COVID-19 screening tool.
If the screening answers suggest a possible COVID-19 infection, the student should self-isolate until they consult with a local medical provider or the New York State testing website for evaluation and/or testing, as needed.
Students with COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 may not travel to any UAlbany campus until they have been declared free of COVID-19 by a medical professional or their local department of health.
NYS DOH and the Albany County Department of Health reserve the right to issue a mandatory quarantine order, if needed.
Pursuant to Executive Order 205, anyone who violates a quarantine order may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to 15 days per PHL 229.
Currently, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills, or a fever of 100.4° F (37.5° C) or higher
- Congestion or runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
Anyone visiting a UAlbany campus is asked to monitor their symptoms and stay home if they are sick. Additionally, students and employees are asked to follow these policies each day.
Students must monitor themselves daily using a digital self-screening symptom app, such as the CDC’s self-screening symptom tool.
If a student has symptoms that suggest a possible COVID-19 infection, the screening tool will advise they self-isolate until they consult with a medical provider — such as Student Health Services, a local Urgent Care facility or their personal clinicians — or the New York State testing website for evaluation and/or testing, as needed.
As with any illness, students who are ill will be encouraged to seek appropriate medical care through Student Health Services (SHS). Students who present with COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to call ahead of time. To contact SHS or to schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our clinicians, please see the Student Health Services website or call 518-442-5454 for assistance.
If a student needs to be isolated or quarantined, we will ask them to return to their permanent home until it is safe to return to campus. If a student has extenuating circumstances that prevent them from leaving campus, arrangements will be made for them to isolate or quarantine in Albany.
Please visit our Campus Resources page for more information on the support available to students.
Employees must complete a health screening assessment each day they are on campus — before or within one hour of reporting to work — via the MyUAlbany Employee Portal. Employees can also access the Employee Health Reporting Form directly by using this link.
You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19, or have been evaluated and cleared by your health care provider and HR, to be eligible to report to work.
If you are symptomatic:
Do not report to work. Or leave work, if you’re already on site.
Immediately call UAlbany’s 24/7 Medical Reporting Hotline (518-442-1501) to leave your name and contact information. A Human Resources staff member will contact you with further instructions.
Contact your supervisor and follow normal call-in procedures. Your supervisor must keep any health-related information confidential and can only discuss the information with HR.
Contact your personal physician. Call 911 in distress.
Testing & Tracing
Any student or employee who exhibits symptoms will be promptly referred for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing and instructed to self-quarantine.
The University’s Contact Support Team will work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and New York State officials to support contact tracing efforts, in the event a campus community member tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 or is otherwise exposed to the virus.
Quarantine & Isolation for Students
If, during the semester, a student tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 or is identified as having been in contact with someone who subsequently tested positive, they will be provided instructions by the Albany County Department of Health for isolation and quarantine.
If a student who lives on campus needs to be isolated or quarantined, we will ask them to return to their permanent home until they are safe to return to campus.
If a resident student has extenuating circumstances that prevent them from leaving campus, arrangements will be made for them to isolate or quarantine in Albany.
For students who live in campus housing, it’s important to note that roommates and suitemates who have a bathroom inside their room, suite or apartment will be treated as a “family unit”:
If a student within a family unit is awaiting test results, the entire family unit may be instructed to quarantine together in their current space.
However, if a student within a family unit tests positive, that person will be relocated to the campus’ designated isolation housing.
Residents who don’t have a bathroom inside their room, suite or apartment will be moved to quarantine housing.
Students shall participate fully and honestly with the campus faculty and staff as they respond to COVID-related issues on campus.
Students who fail to follow expectations will be in violation of the University’s code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities, and subject to a student conduct referral — which may result in sanctions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.
Please visit our Campus Resources page for more information on the support available to all students, including both in-person and virtual confidential counseling available through Counseling and Psychological Services.
Face Masks and Coverings
The University will distribute one reusable cloth mask to each student and employee. Masks will also be available for purchase in the University bookstore.
You must put on a face mask before entering any campus building and continue to wear the mask until you’ve reached a private residence hall room, office or other enclosed space where you are alone. You must also wear a mask outside whenever you cannot be maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
Even if you previously tested positive for COVID-19 or its antibodies, you must still wear a face mask or covering. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing the risk to others near you. You can spread the virus to others even if you don’t feel sick.
The University has set aside more than 500 clear face shields to support individuals who may need to see others’ faces or mouths to communicate. While this is not a replacement for the mask, it does allow protection from and to the wearer.
Note: Face masks or coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing.
Follow these instructions whenever you put your mask on:
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling your mask.
Ensure the mask fits over your nose and under your chin.
Situate the mask properly, with the wire snug against your nose where applicable.
Tie straps behind your head and neck. Or loop the straps around your ears.
Throughout this process, avoid touching the front of the mask.
Follow these instructions whenever you take your mask off:
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the mask.
Loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear. Or untie the straps.
Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
Store your mask in a paper bag when you’re not using it.
Don’t use a mask for more than a day at a time.
Replace your mask immediately if it’s damaged (ripped, punctured, etc.) or visibly contaminated.
Throw your disposable mask away after a shift or at the end of the day.
Wash your cloth mask after each use. Clean your cloth mask with laundry detergent whenever its dirty and after each work shirt.
Enhanced Facilities Services
Our success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 is rooted in personal responsibility — including diligent physical distancing, mask wearing and hand washing. The Office of Facilities Management is also providing enhanced services to keep our community safe.
Facilities staff will disinfect classrooms and other instructional spaces each night, as well as routinely disinfect high-touch or high-use public spaces — such as door handles and bathrooms — throughout the day.
Offices will be responsible for disinfecting their own high-use public areas. Supplies can be requested through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety
When combined with other health and safety measures, increasing outside air, improving air handler filtration and making other upgrades to campus HVAC systems, where necessary, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Our facilities staff — comprised of engineers, architects and building operations professionals — is following guidance provided by the CDC, the State of New York, the World Health Organization and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Air systems will run two hours before and after a building opens and closes. Air systems inside Residential Life housing, and elevator and bathroom exhaust fans in all campus buildings, will run 24/7.
Wherever practicable, outside air will be increased. Plans to significantly reduce density on campus will also increase ventilation rates.
Air filtration is measured by Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). Governor Cuomo is requiring New York State shopping malls to use filters rated MERV-11 or higher as a precondition for opening.
Most UAlbany buildings currently use MERV-11 or MERV-13 filters and many have secondary pre-filtration, capturing virus particles which adhere to other microcontaminants that typically exist in any indoor setting. UAlbany buildings that use MERV-8 filters will be upgraded to MERV-11 filters.
The Downtown Campus was constructed between 1909 and 1956 and does not have the same level of building-wide mechanical ventilation as the Uptown or Health Sciences campuses.
Most Downtown Campus buildings and spaces — including Page, Richardson, Husted and Hawley halls — have mechanical ventilation systems with outside air and MERV-11 filters.
However, in general, Milne and Draper halls do not have mechanical ventilation systems with outside air and MERV-11 filters.
For most spaces inside those two buildings, facilities staff will deploy mobile air filtration units with HEPA filters designed to circulate and purify air.
In select spaces, facilities staff has upgraded systems to include outside air ventilation. Those spaces include:
LIMITED SPACES IN MILNE & DRAPER WITH MECHANICAL VENTILATION
|First Floor||107 Suite||Offices|
301, 301A, 302, 303, 304 Suites A to D, 340 Suite, 346 Suite
For more information, please visit the Office of Facilities Management website.
Facilities will stock and refill hand sanitizer stations in all the public spaces on campus. In addition to hand washing, it is good practice for individuals to carry their own sanitizer for use throughout the day.
Offices can request sanitizer for their shared areas or customer service counters by contacting the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.