COVID-19 Updates

Another good week of testing; mask rules to remain in place

Publication Date

Dear Union College Community:

We continue to have good news to report on our mandatory testing. This week’s testing revealed only four positive results, out of approximately 2,600 people tested. Complete test results will be uploaded to the COVID-19 dashboard.

These results validate the importance of having a fully vaccinated community and also are a testament to the continued commitment of all our students, faculty and staff members to the collective health of our community. We thank everyone for doing their part.

As a reminder, weekly testing is mandatory for the remainder of the fall term. Failure to test on two occasions from the Oct. 19-20 testing period through the end of the term will lead to disciplinary action being taken – including suspension for students for the remainder of the fall term, regardless of what week we are in.

As many of you know, we offered multiple stations for unobserved testing this week. The results were good, with minimal disruption or confusion. As a result, we will move to a predominantly unobserved system starting next week.

This will reduce the burden on our employee volunteers while at the same time allowing us to move people through the testing process more quickly. We also continue to refine other aspects of the process with the goal of reducing wait times at peak periods of the day. For more detailed information on this transition to unobserved testing, please visit the Unobserved Testing FAQs page.

Mask rules to remain through fall term; winter protocols to be announced soon

In addition to the testing requirement, we have decided to keep the mask rules in place through the end of the fall term. We appreciate that “mask fatigue” is real, but COVID rates in Schenectady County remain above the state average so out of an abundance of caution we are asking for everyone’s continued patience.

Even as we work to finish a successful fall term, the College’s senior leadership, with input from our COVID-19 advisory group and outside public health consultant, are busy determining the best path forward for the winter break and term. In particular, a significant amount of discussion already has been had around testing and other protocols for the start of the term, which begins on Jan. 3, 2022.

As always, we will communicate on all issues related to COVID-19 in a timely fashion. Thanks, again, to everyone for doing your part this fall.

Sincerely,

Michele Angrist
Interim Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

Tye Deines
Chief Human Resources Officer

Scott Jones
Vice President for Administration and Finance