COVID-19 Updates

[Faculty & Staff] Reminder: Commitment to the Union College Community

Publication Date

Dear Colleagues,

Last Fall all of our employees were asked to sign the Commitment to the Union College Community. The Commitment established a shared sense of responsibility to understand both the risks of COVID-19 and the actions we must ALL commit to in order to keep ourselves, our Union colleagues and the surrounding community safe.

With the recent increases in cases on campus and across the community, we want to remind everyone of the importance of the commitment we have made to each other to follow the preventative measures we have established for our community. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Wearing masks in accordance with the following Union College protocols.
  2. Participating in regular testing as appropriate for your position.
    • Please speak with your supervisor or department chair if you are unsure about your testing frequency or if you believe your testing frequency should change.
    • All changes must be sent to Human Resources.
    • Click here to schedule your appointments. New dates have been added through 1/29/21.
  3. Providing honest and reliable information relating to contact tracing.
  4. Social distancing.
  5. Completing the daily emocha screening.
  6. Informing the College if you test positive or have symptoms for COVID-19.
  7. Inform the College if you have been in contact with someone confirmed for or suspected to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  8. Informing the College (your supervisor and HR) if you have traveled out of state. All employees who travel out of state are also expected to follow New York State’s guidelines re: testing and quarantine prior to returning to campus.


It is important that we all follow these guidelines to prevent community spread. It is also imperative that you follow the guidelines established by the CDC and State of New York relating to wearing masks, social distancing and handwashing even when you are not on the Union campus to keep yourself and others safe.

As a reminder, failure to adhere to Union’s protocols relating to COVID-19 or dishonesty relating to these protocols may result in consequences including warning and other sanctions up to and including suspension without pay or termination of employment depending on the severity of the infraction. If you are aware of an employee who is not in compliance with our protocols, you may notify us by emailing us at covid19@union.edu. We hope that all of our employees will follow the guidelines and such steps will not be necessary.

Please plan to join us for our Community Conversations where we will address questions you may have related to COVID-19 or other important matters.

Upcoming dates:


Staff Webinar
Friday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m.

Hosted by Michele Gibson and Beth Glassman

Faculty Webinar
Thursday, Jan. 28 at 1:20 p.m.

Hosted by Strom Thacker


We know this has been a challenging time for us all. By continuing to commit to these guidelines and to our community, we are confident that we can significantly reduce the spread of the virus on our campus and keep each other safe.

Best wishes,

Beth R. Glassman
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Strom Thacker
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs