Student Expectations & Sanctions

Campus Expectations 

To ensure the health and safety of our entire community, all students are required to adhere to UAlbany’s COVID-19 rules and regulations while on campus and, where applicable, off campus.  

The University’s COVID -19 rules and regulations are outlined on the following webpages, which all students must review: 

Students living in on-campus housing must also adhere to the University Residence Halls & Apartments License for 2021-2022

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

If you need to report a violation, please visit the Report a Problem page.  

 

Sanctions for Student Violations 

This webpage outlines the range of sanctions a student may face if they violate UAlbany’s COVID-19 rules and regulations. Sanctions are determined on a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to: 

  • The severity and seriousness of the violation 

  • The violation’s impact on the University and the local community 

  • The number of violations that occurred during the incident 

  • The student’s prior disciplinary history 

Please note that a student with no prior disciplinary record may be assigned a sanction commensurate with the violation, up to and including removal from on-campus residence, suspension or dismissal. 

The University may take interim action against students who are accused of violating COVID-19 rules and requirements, pending the resolution of their student conduct referral. Interim action may include temporary account hold, temporary removal from on-campus residence, temporary campus restriction, or temporary suspension. 
 

Failure to Report Exposure and/or Positive COVID-19 Test Result
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students who a) know that they have tested positive for COVID-19, b) know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive, or c) are symptomatic for COVID-19, and then expose other individuals — including, but not limited to, visiting with the COVID-19 positive tested person in an enclosed area or inviting that person to the student’s room, apartment or other enclosed space, sharing food or other personal items, or hosting a gathering of any size — the available sanctions are: 

  • Removal from Residence and Restriction from Residence, Campus Restriction (only for students enrolled for fully online classes), Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols: 

  • Students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or have any known or potential exposures to COVID-19 (including coming into direct contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19) must immediately self-quarantine and contact Student Health Services, another health professional or the applicable county health department, and follow their instructions (which may include being tested for COVID-19 and self-isolating while the test results are pending). 
     

  • Students who receive a presumptive positive surveillance testing result must follow University officials’ instructions for diagnostic testing and isolation.  
      

  • Students who receive a positive diagnostic test result must upload their test result into the “COVID Documents” section of the Student COVID Documentation Portal and email [email protected] to notify the University.  
      

  • Students who receive a positive diagnostic test result or are identified as having been in contact with someone who subsequently tested positive must follow University and public health officials’ instructions for isolation or quarantine.  
      

  • Students who are moved to University-run isolation and quarantine housing must also follow additional protocols.

Failure to Self-Isolate
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students who have been directed by University or public health officials to self-isolate (mandatory or precautionary), on or off campus, because they have tested positive for COVID-19, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such isolation order — including, but not limited to, intentionally leaving isolation and/or exposing other individuals (regardless of whether they are also in isolation) by visiting with them in an enclosed area, by inviting them to the student’s room, apartment or other enclosed space, by sharing food or other personal items or by hosting a gathering of any size — the available sanctions are:  

  • Removal from Residence and a Restriction from Residence, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols: 

  • Students who receive a presumptive positive surveillance testing result must follow University officials’ instructions for diagnostic testing and isolation.  
      

  • Students who receive a positive diagnostic test result must follow University and public health officials’ instructions for isolation.  
      

  • Students who are moved to University-run isolation and quarantine housing must also follow additional protocols.  

Failure to Quarantine
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students who are directed by University or public health officials to quarantine (mandatory or precautionary) on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct violating that quarantine order the available sanctions are: 

  • Removal from Residence and Restriction from Residence, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal  
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols: 

  • Students who are identified as having been in contact with someone who subsequently tested positive must follow University and public health officials’ instructions for quarantine.  
      

  • Students who are moved to University-run isolation and quarantine housing must also follow additional protocols

Prohibited On- or Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts)
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

A host is defined as any individual who is on the housing contract/lease, has a family member on the lease, lives at the location, or otherwise helped organize the gathering, unless it can be shown that they were not present and played no part in organizing, hosting, promoting or advertising the gathering.  

For students who host an on- or off-campus gathering of any size, whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation set by the University, public health officials or state/local government, the available sanctions are:  

  • Disciplinary Probation, Terminal Disciplinary Probation, Removal from Residence, Campus Restriction, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal. 
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per the University’s Visitors & Events Protocol:  

Prohibited On- or Off-Campus Gathering (Attendees)
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as a host – see host definition above), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation set by the University, public health officials or state/local government, the available sanctions are:  

  • Disciplinary Warning, Disciplinary Probation, Terminal Disciplinary Probation, Removal from Residence, Campus Restriction, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal. 
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per the University’s Visitors & Events Protocol:  

Violations of Face Mask and Physical Distancing Requirements
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of the face mask and/or social distancing requirements set by the University, public health officials or state/local government, the available sanctions are:  

  • Conduct Notice, Disciplinary Warning, Disciplinary Probation, Terminal Disciplinary Probation, Removal from Residence, Campus Restriction, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal 
      

Related Campus Rules 

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols:  

  • Students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face mask inside all buildings — unless they are inside a private residence hall room, office, workspace with a proper barrier, or other enclosed space where they are alone. 
     

  • Students who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or have not provided proof of full vaccination to the University must always wear a face mask outdoors while on any UAlbany campus. Students who are fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors on UAlbany campuses, especially when within six feet of others.
     

  • Students are required to maintain six feet of physical distancing whenever possible, inside and outside. 
     

  • Students are required to wear face masks while attending classes in person.  

Failure to Comply with COVID-19 Testing
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students who fail to participate in pre-arrival testing, surveillance testing, or fail to attend a diagnostic testing appointment, without sufficient excuse, the available sanctions are:  

  • Disciplinary Probation, Terminal Disciplinary Probation, Removal from Residence, Campus Restriction, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

  • Deactivate UAlbany card access and restrict access to buildings with exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy;  and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus.  
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols: 

  • All students coming to a UAlbany campus for any reason must monitor their symptoms and stay home if they are sick.  
     

  • All unvaccinated students, partially vaccinated students and students who haven't submitted proof of vaccination to the University who are studying at, working on, conducting research on, or visiting any of UAlbany’s campuses — regardless of whether they live on or off campus — must participate in weekly surveillance testing. Vaccinated students must submit proof of vaccination to be exempt from weekly testing. 
     

  • Students who receive a presumptive positive surveillance testing result must follow University officials’ instructions for diagnostic testing and isolation.  

Failure to Comply with Contact Tracing
Definition of Violation & Sanctions 

For students who repeatedly fail to comply with contact tracing efforts conducted by the University and public health officials — whether intentionally or unintentionally, unless it can be shown that the student was genuinely not reached by contact tracers through no failure on their part, the available sanctions are:  

  • Disciplinary Probation, Terminal Disciplinary Probation, Removal from Residence, Campus Restriction, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal. 
     

  • Deactivate UAlbany card access and restrict access to buildings with exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy; and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. 
     

Related Campus Rules 

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols: 

  • Students are required to comply with the contact tracing efforts conducted by the University and public health officials. 

Student Organizations 

Recognized or registered student organizations — whether on- or off-campus, academic, social, athletic, or of any other nature — found in violation of COVID-19 safety protocols may face additional sanctions, including:  

  • De-registration or de-recognition and, if applicable, a report to national organizing body  

  • Permanent ineligibility for recognition or registration  

  • Organizational suspension of at least one year  

Students in an organization found in violation of COVID-19 safety protocols may also be subject to the loss of their membership and/or officer status, where applicable.  

For more information, please review the Student Organization Handbook (available for download on the SORC MyInvolvement page), and the Health & Safety and Visitors & Events pages on the COVID-19 site.