Student Expectations & Sanctions

Campus Expectations 

When students signed the UAlbany Cares Pledge at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester, they agreed to adhere to all protocols, guidelines and expectations outlined on the University’s COVID-19 website and to periodically review the website for modifications and updates. 

Students should review these pages to understand what is expected of them during the pandemic: 

Additionally, students living in campus housing are expected to adhere to the University Residence Halls & Apartments License for 2020-2021

Students who are alleged to have violated a COVID-19 related protocol or expectation will be subject to a student conduct referral, as outlined in our student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities.  

Please visit the Resources for Students and Wellbeing & Support pages to learn about the academic, physical health and mental health resources available to all students.  

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

 

Sanctions for Student Violations 

At SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras’ direction, the University at Albany has adopted system-wide comprehensive sanctions for violations of COVID-19 safety protocols. 

These sanctions take effect October 1, 2020.  

SUNY’s directive is designed to help campuses protect the public health of students, faculty, staff and community members, and to ensure campuses can remain open during the pandemic. 

Students who violate COVID-19 protocols and expectations face disciplinary suspension, removal from residence and/or a campus restriction, as well as possible dismissal.  

These outcomes will remove a student from campus, housing and/or academics, hold them financially accountable for the semester, and may include a notation on the student’s academic transcript.  

Student organizations who violate COVID-19 protocols and expectations face a permanent campus ban.  

This page outlines eight categories of COVID-19 violations and available sanctions, as defined by the Chancellor’s policy, as well as the UAlbany directives related to those violations. 

 

Intentional Violations of COVID-19 Positive Students

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) have been treated or are symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally 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:

  • Disciplinary Dismissal; the student is also ineligible for admission to any other SUNY State-operated or community college for the duration of their sanction.
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension for at least one calendar year; the student is also ineligible for admission to any other SUNY State-operated or community college for the duration of their sanction.

Related Campus Rules

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols:

  • All students must complete a Daily Student Health Screening each time they physically come onto the University’s campus, or a property owned or controlled by the University, and follow the directives issued following their completion of the screening (for example: do not come to campus, self-quarantine and contact a medical professional). This screening must be completed within one hour before arriving to campus or, for students living on campus, within one hour before leaving their residence hall or apartment.
     

  • 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 “Test Documents” section of the Student Portal and then email studentdocumentation@albany.edu 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
     

  • 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). 

Failure to Self-Isolate

Definition of Violation & Sanctions

For students who have been directed by University or public health officials to self-isolate, 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: 

  • Disciplinary Dismissal; the student is also ineligible for admission to any other SUNY State-operated or community college for the duration of their sanction. 
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension for at least one calendar year; the student is also ineligible for admission to any other SUNY State-operated or community college for the duration of their sanction.

Failure to follow the directions of public health officials or the provisions of Executive Orders may also result in fines, criminal prosecution or referral to relevant government agencies. 

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 on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct violating that quarantine order, the available sanctions are:

  • Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension  
     

  • Removal from Residence (on-campus residential housing) with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process.
     

  • A campus restriction prohibiting a non-residential student from all University property and University grounds for at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process.

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

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 Executive Order, the available sanctions are: 

  • Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension for at least one year 
     

  • Removal from Residence for a residential student of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process 
     

  • A campus restriction prohibiting a non-residential student from all University property and University grounds for at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process​​​​

* 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. 

Related Campus Rules

Per the University’s Visitors & Events Protocol

  • Visitors to campus are permitted by appointment only and must follow the visitors protocol.  
     

  • For residential students and guests, special rules for visitors apply.  
     

  • Any on-campus gathering of more than 10 people must receive approval from the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance, or its designee, and must follow the events protocol
     

  • Off-campus events will be considered if they have a specific academic, development, research or public service purpose, and must follow the 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*), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation set by the University, public health officials or Executive Order, the available sanctions are: 

  • Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension  
     

  • Removal from Residence for a residential student with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process. 
     

  • If the gathering was on campus: A campus restriction prohibiting a non-residential student from all University property and University grounds for at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process. 
     

  • If the gathering was off campus: A campus restriction prohibiting a non-residential student from all University property and University grounds with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process. 
     

* 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. 

Related Campus Rules

Per the University’s Visitors & Events Protocol

  • Visitors to campus are permitted by appointment only and must follow the visitor protocol.  
     

  • For residential students and guests, special rules for visitors apply.  
     

  • Any on-campus gathering of more than 10 people must receive approval from the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance, or its designee, and must follow the events protocol
     

  • Off-campus events will be considered if they have a specific academic, development, research or public service purpose, and must follow the events protocol.

Violations of Face Mask and Social 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 Executive Order, the available sanctions are: 

  • Disciplinary Dismissal 
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension  
     

  • Removal from Residence for a residential student 
     

  • Removal from Residence for a residential student with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process. 
     

  • A campus restriction prohibiting a student from all University property and University grounds with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process.

Related Campus Rules

Per UAlbany’s Health & Safety protocols: 

  • Students are required to wear face masks inside all buildings — unless they are inside a private residence hall room, office or other enclosed space where they are alone. 
     

  • Students are required to wear face masks outdoors whenever they cannot maintain at least six feet of distance from others. 
     

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

Per UAlbany’s protocols for Returning to the Classroom

Additionally, while off-campus, students must abide by the Governor’s Executive Order mandating facial coverings in certain situations. Students must wear a mask whenever they are in public and are:  

  • within six feet of other people  

  • unable to maintain six feet of distance from other people  

  • in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle  

  • inside any businesses, such as grocery stores, banks and malls

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 Dismissal 
     

  • Disciplinary Suspension  
     

  • Removal from Residence for a residential student 
     

  • Removal from Residence for a residential student with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process. 
     

  • A campus restriction prohibiting a student from all University property and University grounds with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, if available, as subject to campus policy and process. 

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. 

Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols

Definition of Violation & Sanctions

For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled diagnostic or surveillance testing appointments, without sufficient excuse, or who fail to submit their daily health screening via the campus’s portal for at least three consecutive days, the available sanctions are: 

  • Temporary Suspension 
     

  • Deactivate UAlbany card access and restrict access to buildings with exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy; the student will be ineligible to attend live in-person classes (though they may continue in remote coursework only, if available and as subject to campus policy and process), 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 must complete a Daily Student Health Screening each time they physically come onto the University’s campus, or a property owned or controlled by the University, and follow the directives issued following their completion of the screening (for example: do not come to campus, self-quarantine and contact a medical professional). This screening must be completed within one hour before arriving to campus or, for students living on campus, within one hour before leaving their residence hall or apartment.
     

  • All students who are studying, working or visiting any of UAlbany’s campuses during the Fall 2020 semester — regardless of whether they live on or off campus — must participate in the University’s pooled surveillance testing program
     

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

Student Athletes 

Student athletes found in violation of COVID-19 safety protocols may face additional sanctions, including: 

  • Loss of the privilege of competing in intercollegiate athletics at UAlbany in the current academic year or longer 

  • Temporary or permanent removal of leadership roles 

  • Permanent loss of the privilege of competing in intercollegiate athletics at UAlbany 

  • Loss of scholarship, where applicable 

Such consequences may also impact NCAA, NJCAA or other conference or association eligibility, pursuant to applicable rules. 

 

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 Vice President of Student Affairs’ message to student organization leaders, 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.