Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Spring Break - Reminders

Publication Date

Dear students,

As we wrap up the end of the winter term and prepare for our shortened spring break, we want to remind you of the information we shared with you in February.


Key Dates
Now - March 29 - Students who decide to leave campus for one or more nights March 18-29 MUST complete this form to share their destination and quarantine plans if required by New York State.

March 18: Students who were not on campus for winter term and are returning to campus for the spring term from a non-contiguous state or international country must complete this form.
March 22: Students who were not on campus for winter term must sign the revised COVID-19 Policy Agreement by this date.
March 25-28: Modified spring break
March 29: First day of spring term
March 29-April 8: Students and employees who are on a weekly testing schedule must test twice a week.

Spring Break
Spring break will be shortened to four days (March 25-28). While we appreciate the need for a break between terms, we must limit the flow of people off campus. This will reduce the risk of an outbreak that could jeopardize a successful spring term.

  • For these reasons, we ask students to remain on campus between winter and spring terms.
  • Students who decide to leave campus for one or more nights March 18-29 MUST complete this form to share their destination and quarantine plans if required by New York State.
  • If you travel, you must follow New York State COVID-19 travel advisory guidelines.
    • If you are staying in New York or one of the contiguous states, you will not be subject to New York state’s travel quarantine.
    • All travelers entering New York from a state that is not contiguous and who have been outside of New York for more than 24 hours must:
      • Complete the Traveler Health Form.
      • Obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure, before arrival in New York.
      • Upon arriving in New York, quarantine for three days.
      • Obtain another COVID-19 test on day 4 of their quarantine. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test. Travelers who do not obtain a test before their arrival in New York and/or on the 4th day in New York must quarantine for 10 days.
      • For more information, including exemptions to these policies please review the New York State COVID-19 travel advisory guidelines.
  • Union will not provide quarantine accommodations for students who travel away from campus. Per the Department of Health, students are not permitted to quarantine in their rooms.
  • We have found that many of the cases we’ve had on campus are a result of travel off campus, including visiting friends and family. Please remember that each time we leave our “bubble” and return, we run the risk of increasing exposure. Accordingly, we ask that you avoid frequenting restaurants, bars and off-campus fitness centers. We require your compliance to help us avoid another campus-wide quarantine during spring term.
  • As a reminder, visitors are not permitted in residence halls.
  • Failure to comply with policies, Department of Health directives or campus expectations will lead to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Testing after Spring Break

  • All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, who are typically scheduled for weekly testing must test twice weekly for the first two weeks of the spring term, March 29 through April 8. The Testing Center will be open Monday through Thursday those two weeks. Students, schedule your test here.
  • The only students and employees who are exempt from testing are those individuals who have tested positive in the 90 days prior to these dates.
  • As a reminder, fully vaccinated individuals must continue to test weekly.

Community Standards
Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and maintaining a rigorous learning environment continue to be of utmost importance to Union. We all have a shared responsibility to understand the risks of COVID-19 transmission and the actions we all must take to keep ourselves, our community and the surrounding area healthy.

  • Students on campus in any capacity are responsible for complying with the rules, policies and regulations contained within our Community Standards as well as this supplemental section pertaining to COVID-19. In addition, students are required to follow any laws or ordinances not listed here. Failure to comply with policies, Department of Health directives or campus expectations will lead to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.
  • ACTION REQUIRED: Students who were not on campus for winter term but will be for spring must sign the COVID-19 Policy Agreement by March 22.

We will continue to monitor any changes to campus, local, state and regional conditions, and we will update the community if our plans need to change for any reason. If you have additional questions, please contact covid19@union.edu.


Regards,

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students