COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending April 2, 2021

Publication Date


As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, Union had:
84 active case/individual in isolation (84 students, 0 faculty/staff)
91 students in quarantine
For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.


  • Vaccination eligibility expanded - As of April 6, all New York residents (including students living on or around campus) above the age of 16 may be vaccinated in New York. As a reminder, Union College strongly encourages all members of our community--students, faculty and staff--to be vaccinated if they are able as they become eligible. The Schenectady County COVID Vaccine site lists several vaccination appointment options and will provide updates when additional vaccination sites become available.
  • Upload vaccination records to emocha - emocha now allows students and employees to report their vaccination records (first and second doses, where applicable). We ask all students and employees to record your COVID vaccinations by uploading an image or pdf of your vaccination record using the emocha app or website. Please note: you will need to update the emocha app to see the “Upload Vaccine Record” in the menu. See the emocha instructions to learn more about upload options.
  • Spring sports - We are excited that spring sports are here. We welcome students and other members of the Union community to attend home games, in accordance with all College, local and state guidance.
    • Spectator Policy - Earlier this week League commissioner Tracy King announced that the league's presidents have agreed on a spectator policy for the remainder of the 2021 spring season, stating that no outside spectators will be permitted at Liberty League contests. This includes family members and parents of student-athletes for both home and visiting teams. All home events will have live video and/or live stats coverage, while will also provide live video or live stats links for away contests as well on the respective sport schedule pages. In addition, fans can also receive live updates for most events via Union's Twitter account.
    • Athletic schedules - Competing during COVID means that there will be times that scheduled events will be postponed or canceled due to COVID positive cases. To stay informed about schedule changes, Athletics has created a page for the latest updates.
  • Updated Union COVID-19 guidelines - We have recently updated our COVID-19 travel, visitors and gatherings guidelines. Please take the time to read through the new information.


The seven-day positivity rate in Schenectady County is 2.3 percent.


Q: If I have been vaccinated do I have to participate in the mandatory campus testing?

A. Yes. Regardless of your vaccination status you will still need to participate in our weekly campus testing program.

Q. If I have been vaccinated do I have to quarantine?

A. If you are fully vaccinated (more than 2 weeks since the last vaccine in a series), and are within 90 days since that last dose, you do not have to quarantine if you come into contact with a known positive. You also do not have to quarantine as a part of the NY state travel guidelines. However, if you develop new symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 you should be assessed to determine whether there is a chance it is a reinfection.

Q. If I test positive after I have been fully vaccinated, what will I need to do?

A. You will be required to isolate for 10 days from the point of your symptom onset or the date of your positive test.

Do you have an unanswered question? Send it to and we’ll get back to you with an answer.


This week we would like to give kudos to the campus safety officers and transportation staff. Campus Safety is with us 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. They are working tirelessly to keep the campus safe in ways both seen and unseen. COVID has definitely shifted their work and added to their role however they remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of the entire campus community.


We sent a message to our students last week about what we need to do to realize the successful spring term we all want on our beautiful campus, which includes the following:

  1. Avoid being indoors with others, if possible, especially for informal or unstructured activities.
  2. We must re-establish our Union bubble. This means we have to identify remaining and returning students who have become infected with COVID, and limit interactions with people outside Union.
  3. We must redouble our efforts to abide by our health and safety protocols including masking and distancing that allowed us to keep infection rates low for most of the academic year.

Have a question or need more information on something related to the College’s COVID-19 response, email