Pre-Arrival & Arrival Requirements for Students

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Spring 2021 Protocol 

All students planning to study, visit and/or work at any UAlbany campus during the Spring 2021 semester — regardless of whether they plan to live on or off campus — are required to complete the following steps. 

Additionally, before the start of the Spring 2021 semester, all students — even those who don't plan to come to campus  — must log into the Student COVID Documentation Portal to sign the UAlbany Cares Pledge and update their contact information.

Click the printer icon on the top left of this screen to easily print these instructions. 
 

Step 1: Get a Diagnostic Test

You must 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 previously tested positive on or after November 1, 2020, you do not need to be retested. Instead, 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, 2020, you must also upload the county health order releasing you from isolation. 

Step 2: Self-Quarantine & Complete Daily Health Screenings

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.

Step 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 were 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.

Step 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. 

All residential students — whether they are returning to the Fall 2020 room or moving into a newly assigned room — are also required to schedule their 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. 

Note: Any student living in University housing who fails to provide the proper documentation before they arrive on campus will not be allowed to enter their residence hall or apartment. Their card access to campus housing will remain turned off until they have completed all pre-arrival requirements. 

Hotels on Washington Avenue across from the University’s Uptown Campus (Main Campus) may offer discounted rates for students.

Step 5: Follow all State Travel Requirements, if applicable

All students arriving from non-contiguous states and international destinations must also follow all New York State quarantine and testing requirements

Skip this step only if you are traveling from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont or anywhere in New York. 
 

Instructions for Students Living in Campus Housing 

Students living in campus housing during the Spring 2021 semester will be provided free quarantine housing options and will be charged for meals delivered daily. Visit our On-Campus Quarantine & Isolation page for more detailed information. 

Please contact [email protected] by January 13, 2021 to coordinate quarantine and arrival testing. 

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 Docs.”
 

Instructions for Students Living Off Campus 

Students living in off campus during the Spring 2021 semester should self-quarantine in their off-campus residence. 

Please contact Student Health Services to coordinate arrival testing. 

You must upload also a PDF of your New York State Traveler Health Form to the Student COVID Documentation Portal in the tab titled “NYS Traveler Health Docs.” 

Step 6: Participate in Surveillance Testing Upon Arrival

Students will be required to submit a saliva sample for surveillance testing when they arrive in Albany. 

If you previously tested positive on or after November 1, 2020, and had that documentation approved (as described in Steps 1 and 4 above), you are not required to submit a saliva sample for surveillance testing upon arrival. You should also not participate in weekly surveillance testing for the 90 days following your positive test result.

If you tested positive before November 1, 2020, you are required to submit a saliva sample for testing upon arrival on campus for the spring 2021 semester and participate in surveillance testing throughout the spring semester.
 

Instructions for Students Living in Campus Housing 

Immediately upon arriving to campus, and before going into your residence hall bedroom, suite or apartment, you must pick up and register your Spring 2021 surveillance testing kit and submit a saliva sample that will be tested that day. 

Specific locations for picking up your kit will be provided by Residential Life before your arrival date. 

All residential students — whether they are returning to the Fall 2020 room or moving into a newly assigned room — are required to schedule their 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. 

If a student fails to pick up their kit and submit a saliva sample before going to any other location on campus (including into their residence hall or apartment), the student may face administrative and/or disciplinary action — such as immediate removal from residence and/or a campus restriction.
 

Instructions for Students who were Approved for Intersession Housing 

Students who live in campus housing and were approved for intersession housing do not need to schedule a return date. 

However, they must continue to participate in surveillance testing as required. 
 

Instructions for Students Living Off Campus 

Students who are living off campus but plan to come onto a UAlbany campus for any reason during the Spring 2021 semester must submit a saliva sample to the surveillance testing program within five days of their arrival to their off-campus residence and before coming onto a campus for any other reason. 

Kits will be distributed to off-campus students during these dates and times.

Students who fail to do so will have all on-campus privileges — including their ID card access to all campus facilities and services and their ability to attend in-person classes — immediately suspended. 

Students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are still required to complete all pre-arrival requirements, participate in arrival testing and participate in weekly surveillance testing throughout the semester.

The vaccines currently available help prevent recipients from becoming ill with COVID-19 but do not prevent a recipient from contracting, carrying or passing on the virus. Therefore, receiving the vaccine does not exempt students from these requirements.

 

Who is eligible for a waiver/exemption? 

To be eligible for a waiver from pre-arrival, campus arrival and weekly surveillance testing requirements for Spring 2021, students must fulfill all three of these requirements: 

  • You must only be registered for 100% online classes. 

  • You cannot be signed up for campus housing or a campus meal plan. 

  • You must not physically come to any UAlbany campus for any reason during Spring 2021 semester, including to use library and fitness facilities or to participate in recreation and Athletics programs.  

Eligible students will automatically see the option to apply for a waiver on the Documentation Page of the Student COVID Documentation Portal.  

Students who have the waiver option can follow the prompts to apply for the waiver. After following the prompts, students will be instantly notified if they have been approved for a waiver.  

Students who are not eligible to apply for a waiver will not have the option displayed in the portal and are required to complete the pre-arrival, campus arrival and weekly surveillance testing requirements. 

A student’s waiver will be revoked if they register for an in-person or hybrid class, sign up for campus housing or a campus meal plan, or otherwise indicate they will be coming to any UAlbany campus during the Spring 2021 semester.