Quarantine & Isolation Instructions for Residential Students

Find quarantine and isolation instructions for students living off campus and employees on our Health & Safety page.

Overview

When a student who lives in on-campus housing tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as having been in contact with a known positive individual, the campus consults with and follows the guidance of the Albany County Department of Health to quarantine or isolate the student.   

Only residential students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may utilize UAlbany’s on-campus quarantine, person under investigation (PUI) and isolation housing. These students may also choose to go home or to an off-campus location, such as a hotel, to isolate or quarantine. 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot, and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

Residential students who are partially vaccinated or who were approved for a vaccination exemption will be required to go home or to a hotel, at their own cost, for isolation, quarantine or person under investigation (PUI) housing. 
 

All residential students should 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 happens if I'm ordered into 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 10 days, monitor your symptoms for 14 days, and be approved to leave quarantine by the Albany County Department of Health. You cannot test out of a quarantine order imposed due to being exposed to a positive case.

Only residential students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may utilize UAlbany’s on-campus quarantine housing. They may also choose to go home or to an off-campus location, such as a hotel, to complete their quarantine. 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot, and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

Residential students who were approved for a vaccination exemption will be required to go home or to a hotel, at their own cost, to complete quarantine. 

Students who complete their quarantine off campus, such as at their permanent home or at a hotel, must provide Residential Life with the address where they will quarantine and the name and telephone number of another individual at that location (or the hotel name and phone number), and then receive written approval from Residential Life to quarantine at that location. Students must also have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit or ride share service.

To coordinate an off-campus quarantine, please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page before leaving campus.

No matter where you quarantine, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment. To request approval, upload the county health order releasing you from quarantine into the “COVID Documents” section of the Student COVID Documentation Portal

Residential Life staff will work with you to coordinate your return to your original room.
 

Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated & Asymptomatic Individuals 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

If you are fully vaccinated and you are not symptomatic, you are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

However, you must get tested three to five days after exposure and wear a mask in public for 14 days following the exposure. If your test comes back positive, you must isolate for 10 days. 

You must also upload your diagnostic test result to the Student COVID Documentation Portal.

Note: This guidance only applies during the first 365 days after you receive your final shot. 

What happens if I'm identified as a Person Under Investigation (PUI)?

There are two ways a student may be identified as a person under investigation (PUI): 

  • If your saliva sample for UAlbany’s surveillance testing program tests presumptively positive, an authorized University official will contact you with instructions for diagnostic testing. 
     

  • Student Health Services, through a telemedicine or in-person appointment, may also identify an individual presenting with COVID-19 symptoms as a PUI. 

In either case, until you receive your diagnostic test results, you will be considered a PUI.

Only residential students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may utilize UAlbany’s on-campus PUI housing. They may also choose to go home or to an off-campus location, such as a hotel, to complete their self-isolation. 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot, and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

Residential students who are partially vaccinated or who were approved for a vaccination exemption will be required to go to their permanent home or to a hotel, at their own cost. 

Students who self-isolate off campus, such as at their permanent home or a hotel, must provide Residential Life with the address where they will self-isolate and the name and telephone number of another individual at that location (or the hotel name and phone number), and then receive written approval from Residential Life to self-isolate at that location. Students must also have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit or ride share service. 

Please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page before leaving campus. 

When you receive your diagnostic test result, please upload a copy to the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University. Negative antigen results are not accepted.

If your diagnostic test result is negative, meaning the virus was not detected, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment. Residential Life staff will work with you to coordinate your return to your original room.  

If your diagnostic test result is positive, meaning the virus was detected, you will be provided instructions to continue isolation (see below for additional details). 

What happens if I'm ordered into isolation?

Isolation is a way of separating 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.  

Only residential students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may utilize UAlbany’s on-campus isolation housing. They may also choose to go home or to an off-campus location, such as a hotel, to complete their isolation. 

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least two weeks have passed since your final shot, and you have submitted proof of vaccination to the University. 

Residential students who are partially vaccinated or who were approved for a vaccination exemption will be required to go home or to a hotel, at their own cost, to complete isolation. 

Students who complete their isolation off campus, such as at their permanent home or a hotel, must provide Residential Life with the address where they will isolate and the name and telephone number of another individual at that location (or the hotel name and phone number), and then receive written approval from Residential Life to isolate at that location. Students must also have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit or ride share service.   

To coordinate an off-campus isolation, please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page before leaving campus.  

No matter where you isolate, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment. To request approval, upload the county health order releasing you from isolation into the “COVID Documents” section of the Student COVID Documentation Portal

Residential Life staff will work with you to coordinate your return to your original room. 

 

Protocol for On-campus Quarantine, PUI & Isolation Housing

The University has set aside beds for quarantine, PUI and isolation housing. Students placed in on-campus quarantine, PUI or isolation housing may not leave this housing, except for appointments, testing and/or emergencies.

Students must make arrangements with instructors to keep up with their coursework while unable to attend in-person classes. WIFI is available in on-campus quarantine, PUI and isolation housing, so students are expected to continue their coursework to the best of their ability, unless they are physically unable to do so. Students must contact their instructors immediately to arrange for accommodations before an assignment's deadline, if necessary. 

Residential Life has staff living on site who assist students throughout their stay. Our Student Support Team and professional emergency management staff also monitor and support residential students while they are in quarantine or isolation. 

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, testing 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.

You must also follow the rules and protocols outlined in Community Rights & Responsibilities and the University Residence Halls & Apartments License for 2021-2022.

Transportation

The University will arrange for you to be driven to the housing location, to and from any on-campus COVID testing you may need during your stay, and back to your permanent campus housing at the end of your stay.  

For safety reasons, you will be required to handle your own luggage and supplies.  

You are not allowed to drive yourself, take public transportation, use a ride share service or ask a friend to drive you to the housing location. 

If you have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment, and you don’t want to wait for UAlbany-provided transportation, you may choose to take public transportation back to your permanent campus housing assignment. Review public transportation options on campus.

You will not need to empty or completely pack up your permanent 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.  

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

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

  • Linens, including bedding, towels and pillows 

  • Clothing (Please pack enough clothes for up to 10 days. You will not be allowed to do laundry.)  

  • Prescription and over the counter medications   

  • Liquid hand soap  

  • 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  

  • Antiseptic hand sanitizer  

  • Tissues  

  • Nonperishable snacks  

  • Thermometer (Please ask Residential Life staff if this will be needed during your stay.) 

Residential Life staff will help students receive any outside deliveries during designated hours. You’ll receive instructions and hours of availability when you arrive.  

If you have questions, please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page. 

Check-in

Before your transportation arrives, check-in instructions will be sent to your UAlbany email address. You’ll also be asked to sign a Quarantine, PUI and Isolation Housing Agreement.

Meals

Students who are placed in on-campus quarantine, PUI or isolation housing during the Fall 2021 semester will have $35.00 loaded onto their ID card under a special “UAlbany Iso Quar” account each day and will use these funds to order meal deliveries via GrubHub.  

You’ll be charged as follows: 

  • Students with no meal plan will be charged $35.00 per day. 

  • Students with a myFlex or myChoice meal plan will have $17.50 per day charged to their Discount Dollars. (This is equal to $35.00 per day with a 50% discount.) 

  • Students with a myGreatDane meal plan will not be charged an additional fee, as they have a meal plan that includes all regularly offered meals. 

These charges are mandatory. Note: Meal charges may not be posted to your student account or meal plan for several days or weeks after you leave quarantine, PUI or isolation housing. If using Discount Dollars to cover the charges, please maintain an appropriate balance. Otherwise, the remaining balance will be charged to your student account.  

Once you opt into the GrubHub/UAlbany affiliation, you’ll automatically receive a free GrubHub Plus membership, which waives most delivery fees.  

Your first $35.00 will become available the afternoon or evening you’re moved into on-campus quarantine, PUI or isolation housing, so you can order your dinner and breakfast. 

For the rest of your stay, $35.00 will be added to your account each afternoon and remaining amounts will roll over each night. However, you will forfeit any remaining balance when they leave on-campus quarantine, PUI or isolation housing. 

If you spend more than your available balance at any time, you’ll need to pay the difference in one of two ways: using a credit or debit card on GrubHub or by adding additional Podium funds to your ID card. 

Residential Life staff will help students receive meal deliveries during designated hours. You’ll receive instructions and hours of availability when you arrive. 

Please refrigerate food immediately, reheat thoroughly when ready to eat, and do not keep perishable foods for more than 24 hours. 

You may want to bring your favorite non-perishable snacks and beverages to supplement your meals. 

Trash Removal

Trash must be removed from your apartment regularly. Please place all your trash into the provided garbage bags provided and then tie the bags with a double knot. This includes any trash from your bathroom. 

Place those bags in the hallway, outside your apartment door, immediately before trash pick-up times. Trash is picked up daily at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  

Note: You must always put on a mask before you open your door.

 

Expectations for all Residential Students

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

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

Students must answer their door and wear a mask before they open their door. 

Students who are alleged to be noncompliant with COVID-19 related rules and regulations will be subject to a student conduct referral, as outlined in our student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities.

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:

University Police Department: 518-442-3131 

Student Health Services: 518-442-5454

Counseling & Psychological Services: 518-442-5800 | [email protected] 

UAlbany COVID-19 Hotline: 518-442-2683 (Note: The hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students should call the University Police Department at 518-442-3131 during off hours.)