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.
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.
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 cannot test out of a quarantine ordered due to being exposed to a positive case.
Per CDC guidance, if you are fully vaccinated — meaning you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your second shot — and you are not symptomatic, you are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Note: This guidance only applies during the first 90 days after you receive your second shot.
Students who want to return to their permanent home to complete their quarantine must provide Residential Life with the address where they will quarantine and the name and telephone number of another individual at that location, and then receive written approval from Residential Life to quarantine there. Students must also have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit or ride share service.
To coordinate an at-home quarantine, please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page.
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.
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 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 and moved to PUI housing.
If your diagnostic test result is positive, meaning the virus was detected, you will be provided instructions for isolation. Negative antigen results are not accepted
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.
Students who want to return to their permanent home to complete their isolation must provide Residential Life with the address where they will isolate and the name and telephone number of another individual at that location, and then receive written approval from Residential Life to isolate there. Students must also have their own personal transportation, as they cannot use any type of mass transit or ride share service.
To coordinate an at-home isolation, please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page.
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.
The University has set aside hundreds of beds for quarantine, PUI and isolation housing during the Spring 2021 semester. These designated residence halls and apartments have WIFI, so students may continue their course work remotely.
Students are expected to continue their University course work, unless they are physically unable to do so, while in quarantine, PUI or isolation housing. Students must contact their instructors immediately to arrange for remote course work or accommodations, before the 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 and isolation.
Find more detailed information on our protocols for students in University-provided quarantine, person under investigation (PUI) and isolation housing below:
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. 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 Expectations & Sanctions page, the Student Pledge and the University Residence Halls & Apartments License for 2020-2021.
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.
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.
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.
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
Clothing (Please pack enough clothes for up to 14 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.
Cellphone and charger
Laptop and charger
Textbooks and notebooks for your classes
Eyeglasses and contacts
Antiseptic hand sanitizer
Thermometer (Please ask Residential Life staff if this will be needed during your stay.)
Residential Life staff will help students in receiving any outside deliveries. 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.
Checking in will be a contactless process to ensure the safety of our community.
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 will be prepared and delivered to you daily, based upon any dietary restrictions and/or food allergies that you disclosed to Residential Life when you were relocated to the housing location.
If you need to provide additional information regarding your diet, please contact Residential Life using the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page.
You will receive a meal package between 3 p.m. and 5 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.
Trash must be removed from your apartment regularly. Please place all your trash into the provided garbage bags and then tie the bags with a double knot.
Place those bags in the hallway, outside your apartment door. 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.
The University may place two students who match designations (isolation or quarantine) and were moved into isolation and quarantine housing within 48 to 72 hours of each other into one Liberty Terrace apartment.
Co-located students will not share a bedroom or bathroom. They also:
must not leave their bedrooms other than to use the bathroom, to get food that was delivered to the door, to use the refrigerator, to use the kitchen to reheat food or in an emergency.
must not use the apartment’s common area.
must coordinate using the kitchen with each other, so they are not in the same area of the apartment at the same time.
This is one part of the wider return to campus plan that UAlbany submitted to both the Albany County Department of Health and SUNY System Administration.