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.

Residential students may use UAlbany’s on-campus quarantine and isolation housing. They may also choose to go home or to an off-campus location, such as a hotel, to quarantine or isolate.

Any residential student who goes home or to an off-campus location must: 

  • provide Residential Life with the address where they will quarantine or isolate

  • and the name and telephone number of another individual at that location (or the hotel name and phone number)

  • receive written approval from Residential Life to quarantine or isolate at that location

  • have their own personal transportation, as they should not use any type of mass transit or ride share service 

To coordinate this, please contact Residential Life before leaving campus.
 

No matter where you quarantine or isolate, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment. Residential Life staff will then work with you to coordinate your return to your original room.  

To request approval, upload the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation into the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University.

If you have not been contacted by a county or if you cannot acquire a release order from your county health department, please notify UAlbany by emailing the Office of Emergency Management at [email protected].  

All residential students should review this page so you know what to expect if you are 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. 

Under current New York State Department of Health requirements, quarantine instructions depend on your vaccination status. Please review the information below so you know what to expect. 

If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested and stay in your residence hall/apartment. 


Scenario No. 1: You must quarantine for five days and you should tested on Day 5. Once you are released from quarantine, you must wear a tightly fitting mask, or double mask, anytime you are in a room with other people, including roommates, for an additional five days. 

The following guidance would apply to: 

  • Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 

  • Anyone who is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated 

  • Anyone who received both mRNA shots (Pfizer, Moderna) more than six months ago and who has not yet received their booster shot 

  • Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson shot more than two months ago and who has not yet received their booster shot 


Scenario No. 2: You do not need to quarantine. However, you must wear a tightly fitting mask, or double mask, anytime you are in a room with other people (including roommates) for 10 days and you must get tested for COVID-19 on Day 5. 

The following guidance would apply to anyone who is asymptomatic (meaning they have no symptoms of COVID-19) and has:

  • received a booster shot 

  • received both mRNA shots (Pfizer, Moderna) less than six months ago 

  • received the Johnson & Johnson shot less than two months ago 

  • had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days 


As you receive test results, county health or University orders, etc., upload that documentation to the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University of your submission. 

If you have not been contacted by a county or if you cannot acquire a release order from your county health department, please notify UAlbany by emailing [email protected].  

No matter where you quarantine, 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.  

What happens if I'm ordered into isolation?

Isolation is a way of separating a person known or suspected to be infected with an infectious disease from the community to stop the spread.  

If you test positive for COVID-19 (through diagnostic testing or UAlbany surveillance testing), you will be ordered to isolate. Note: Diagnostic testing is recommended after a presumptive positive surveillance test. Notify the University if you test positive.

A Person Under Investigation (PUI) is someone presenting possible COVID-19 symptoms who may be waiting for diagnostic test results. You will be ordered to isolate for at least five days, unless you receive a negative diagnostic test result.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five days. Under current New York State Department of Health requirements:

  • If you are asymptomatic (meaning you never experienced COVID-19 symptoms), you may leave isolation after five days. You must wear a tightly fitting mask, or double mask, anytime you are in a room with other people, including roommates, for an additional five days. 

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you must remain in isolation for at least five days and until symptoms (including fever) resolve. Then, you must wear a tightly fitting mask, or double mask, anytime you are in a room with other people, including roommates, for an additional five days once released from isolation.

As you receive test results, county health or University orders, etc., upload that documentation to the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University. 

If you have not been contacted by a county or if you cannot acquire a release order from your county health department, please notify UAlbany by emailing [email protected].  

No matter where you isolate, 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.  

 

Protocol for On-campus Quarantine & Isolation Housing

The University has set aside beds for quarantine and isolation housing. Students placed in on-campus quarantine 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 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.

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 and Isolation Housing Agreement.

Meals

Students who are placed in on-campus quarantine 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 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 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 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 and text messages 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]

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