Taking care of yourself is crucial right now. Please use these resources to maintain your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Our success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 depends on the behavior of everyone on campus. Please:
Frequently wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
Avoid touching your face.
Wear a face mask or cloth face covering.
Maintain physical distance from others.
Monitor your own health and stay home if you are sick.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as high fevers, cough or shortness of breath, please seek medical attention right away — you should call 911 and advise the dispatcher of your symptoms and concerns about COVID-19.
These resources are available to anyone coping with depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts, substance use, relationship issues, domestic violence, school stressors and any other emotional challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You are not alone.
Emotional Support Hotline: The New York State Office for Mental Health (OMH) has established a free Emotional Support Hotline for all New Yorkers at 1-844-863-9314.
Crisis Text Line: SUNY and OMH have also launched Crisis Text Line for students, faculty and staff. Access the confidential text line 24/7 by texting Got5U to 741-741 for help.
Mental Health Guides: OMH offers a guide for managing your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. UAlbany Counseling and Psychological Services has also released a Guide for Mental Health during COVID-19.
These resources are designed to help you navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic, especially when it comes to keeping you and those around you safe and accountable:
Create a Social Bubble to Safely Socialize: Learn how to create small groups of 10 or fewer people who choose safety guidelines they will follow.
Have You Had the COVID Talk?: Learn what to ask others in your social circle about COVID-19 and identify strategies to address situations that may be uncomfortable or awkward within your relationships.
Ways to Be Safer When Socializing During a Pandemic: Familiarize yourself with strategies to address unique challenges around socializing that exist in a pandemic.
If you have any questions about staying safe during a pandemic, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open. They are available to consult with parents, faculty and staff. They are also still meeting with students, including through virtual appointments. Staff is available at 518-442-5800 and email@example.com.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services is open, ready to answer questions and schedule telemedicine appointments. To contact SHS or to schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our clinicians, please see the Student Health Services website or call 518-442-5454 for assistance.
Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center is also open virtually. For questions regarding accessibility and accommodations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students' at 518-442-5501 or email@example.com.
Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence
The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence is meeting with new and existing clients virtually. This includes any form of sexual violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment), no matter when or where it occurred.
The Purple Pantry is open to all students, faculty and staff. It’s stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods, fresh produce and toiletries.
During the pandemic, we have adjusted our operations to reduce contact between patrons and volunteers but are still providing the same high-quality services.
Community members can now use an online ordering platform to select items available in the pantry before their visit. Please log into MyInvolvement to get started.
After you place your order, you’ll be prompted to select a pick-up time slot. Your items will be pre-bagged and placed on a shelf outside the Pantry’s door.
Please place your order at least 24 hours before your desired pick-up time.
Additionally, we deeply appreciate all support. Donate to the Purple Pantry here.
Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund is providing vital support to UAlbany students struggling with financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for support, and food requests are being prioritized.
Thanks to our donors’ generous support, UAlbany has significantly expanded its ability to respond to students' extreme needs.