Quarantine & Isolation

Protocol for Students Living on Campus 

Overview

When a student who lives in on-campus housing tests positive for COVID-19, the campus consults with and follows the guidance of the Albany County Department of Health.  

Please review this page so you know what to expect if you are identified as a person under investigation or directed to quarantine or isolate. 
 

What is Quarantine?

Quarantine is a way of restricting the movement of people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease until it can be determined whether they are at risk or potentially infected.  

If you are identified by contact tracers as having been exposed to someone who has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), you will be provided instructions for quarantine. 

You must remain in quarantine for 14 days and be approved to leave quarantine by the Albany County Department of Health. 

Students must complete the full 14 days and can return to their original on-campus housing after completing their 14th day in quarantine. Residential Life staff will work with the student to coordinate their return to their original room. 

Students who want to return to their permanent home to complete their quarantine must get approval from the Albany County Department of Health to do so and have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit. 

The student would then call the Residential Life On-Duty Staff phone (518-337-6352) to coordinate their checkout and provide the address where they will be quarantining. 

What is a Person Under Investigation (PUI)?

For UAlbany’s pooled surveillance testing program, a presumptive positive result means that at least one of the people in that testing pool has the virus.  

In that case, all the people in the pool will be considered a person under investigation (PUI) until receiving their diagnostic test results back. 

If you are identified as a PUI, an authorized University employee will call you with instructions for obtaining a diagnostic test and PUI housing. 

You must remain in PUI housing until you receive your diagnostic test results. 

If your diagnostic test result is negative, meaning the virus was not detected, you will upload your test result into the “Test Documents” section of the Student Portal.  

Once your documentation is approved by the University, you will call the Residential Life On-Duty Staff phone (518-337-6352) and coordinate your checkout from PUI housing so you can return to your original on-campus housing. 

If your diagnostic test result is positive, meaning the virus was detected, you will be provided instructions for isolation. 

What is Isolation?

Isolation is a way of removing a person known to be infected with an infectious disease from the community in order to stop the spread. 

If a student tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), they will be provided instructions for isolation. 

You must remain in isolation for at least 10 days and be approved to leave isolation by the Albany County Department of Health. 

You must upload documentation demonstrating that you’ve been cleared to leave isolation into the “Test Documents” section of the Student Portal

Once your documentation is approved by the University, you will call the Residential Life On-Duty Staff phone (518-337-6352) and coordinate your checkout from isolation housing so you can return to your original on-campus housing. 

Students who want to return to their permanent home to complete their isolation must get approval from the Albany County Department of Health to do so and have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit. 

The student would then call the Residential Life On-Duty Staff phone (518-337-6352) to coordinate their checkout and provide the address where they will be isolating. 

The University has set aside a residence hall, as well as rooms in a hotel just off campus, for quarantine, person under investigation (PUI) and isolation housing.  

Since this housing is treated as any other residence hall or apartment, there are staff members working and living on site who check in with students throughout their stay.

 

Protocol 

Find more detailed information on our protocols for students in University-provided quarantine, person under investigation (PUI) and isolation housing below:
 

Requirements

You may not leave your room for any reason other than to seek medical care or in the event of a fire alarm, mandatory evacuation or other emergency. You must wear your mask anytime you open your door or leave your room. 

You may also leave your room to use the bathroom, if a bathroom is not attached to your room. In the shared bathroom, you may only use your assigned toilet, shower and sink. 

You must also follow the rules and protocols outlined in Community Rights & Responsibilities, the Student Pledge and the University Residence Halls & Apartments License for 2020-2021

Transportation

The University will arrange for you to be driven to the housing location, to any on-campus COVID testing you may need to take, and back to your regular campus housing at the end of your stay. For safety reasons, you will be required to handle your own luggage and supplies. 

You will not need to empty or completely pack up your residence hall or apartment. Please only bring the supplies you’ll need for your stay. See a list of what to pack below. 

Packing List

To make your transition as smooth as possible, we encourage you to have a To-Go Bag packed and ready. 

Below are some items you should add into your To-Go Bag: 

  • Linens, including bedding, towels and pillows (If you are placed at the hotel, you will not need to bring linens.)

  • Clothing (Please pack enough clothes for up to 14 days. You will not be allowed to do laundry.) 

  • Prescription and over the counter medications  

  • Hygiene products such as body lotion, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, comb, razor, hair ties, etc.  

  • Masks  

  • Cellphone and charger 

  • Laptop and charger 

  • Textbooks and notebooks for your classes 

  • Eyeglasses and contacts 

  • Thermometer 

  • Antiseptic hand sanitizer 

  • Liquid hand soap 

  • Tissues 

  • Nonperishable snacks 

Check-in

Checking in will be a contactless process to ensure the safety of our community. 

Once you arrive, you will go directly to your new room. The door will be left unlocked, with the keys placed inside the room, or you will be provided with a keycard before you leave your original on-campus housing. 

If you are assigned to a residence hall, you will be instructed to submit a virtual form acknowledging that you have received your keys. 

Meals

Meals will be prepared and delivered for you daily, based upon any dietary restrictions and/or food allergies that you disclosed to Residential Life when you were relocated to quarantine housing. 

If you need to provide additional information regarding your diet, please call the Residential Life On-Duty Staff phone (518-337-6352). 

You will receive a meal package between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The package will include that night’s dinner, the next day’s breakfast and lunch, and extra water. 

These will be complete meals, with appropriate sides and beverages, that are ready to be put into the refrigerator and then reheated when you want to eat. 

Please refrigerate food immediately, reheat meals thoroughly when you’re ready to eat, and do not keep perishable foods for more than 48 hours. 

If you don’t have a meal plan, a mandatory meal charge ($33 per day) will be added to your Student Account. If you have a myFlex or myChoice meal plan, $13.20 per day (a 60% discount) will be charged to your Discount Dollars. 

Students may bring their favorite nonperishable snacks and beverages to supplement their meals, if they so choose. 

Necessities

If you are placed in the hotel, their staff will deliver necessities — such as toilet paper, dish soap and linens — between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call the front desk to make these requests. 

If you are placed in a residence hall, please bring these items with you when you pack. 

You may request deliveries to the hotel. All deliveries must arrive between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and be dropped off at the front desk. Hotel staff will bring deliveries to your door. 

Trash Removal

Trash must be removed from your bedroom and bathroom regularly. Please place all your trash into the provided garbage bags. 

If you are placed in the hotel, place those bags in the hallway directly outside of your room and trash will be picked up daily at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. 

If you are placed in a residence hall, place those bags in the designated trash container in the bathroom and trash will be picked up daily at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Expectations

Students must participate fully and honestly with the campus faculty and staff as they respond to COVID-related issues on campus.  

Students must also answer phone calls from county, state and University officials and contact tracers. 

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. 

In addition, failure to respond to the county or state Departments of Health or follow their directions may result in severe fines or prosecution.    

Students who are found to be in violation of isolation or quarantine will be removed from campus housing and judicially referred. 

Please visit our Wellbeing & Support page for more information on the resources available to all students, including virtual confidential counseling available through Counseling and Psychological Services. 

 

Contact Us 

Residential Life Duty Phone: 518-337-6352 

Resident Director Jessica Cotto: jcotto@albany.edu 

Assistant Resident Director Evelyn Cuautle Suarez: ecuautlesuarez@albany.edu 

University Police Department: 518-442-3131 

Student Health Services: 518-442-5454

Counseling & Psychological Services: 518-442-5800 | consultation@albany.edu