COVID-19 Updates

Masks need to be worn in some indoor settings

Publication Date

Dear Union College Community:

We are reaching out today to provide an important update to our COVID-19 protocols.

The CDC has designated Schenectady County as an area of “high” COVID-19 community impact level, and recommended that individuals mask when in public. Upon the advice of our public health consultant, and in consultation with our COVID-19 Advisory Group, we are now shifting to an expectation that community members will wear masks in indoor spaces when others are present.

In particular, masks should be worn in classrooms and while in line at dining facilities. We strongly encourage mask usage in other indoor work spaces when others are present. It is our expectation that community members will keep the health of the entire community in mind and wear a mask indoors in situations where good judgment would dictate that it makes sense to do so.

We fully realize this step is going to disappoint, or even anger, some in our community. We respect those feelings and simply ask for your patience as we navigate this increase in COVID-19 in our region, which is currently experiencing among the highest rates of infection in the country.

Beyond the risk reduction associated with increased indoor masking, the disruption that continues to be caused by the need to isolate COVID-19 positive individuals becomes more acute as we enter the busiest time of the academic year. It is our hope that this measure will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among our community and reduce the likelihood that students, faculty and staff will be forced to miss important end-of-the-year moments due to being isolated because of COVID-19.

As a reminder, COVID-19 weekly testing also will continue until further notice. Testing is held each Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Memorial Field House.

As always, we very much appreciate everyone’s patience and ongoing commitment to taking responsible actions that keep our community healthy and allow us to operate in a mostly normal fashion. In particular, we want to thank the students, faculty and staff on our COVID-19 advisory group for their participation and insights.

Sincerely,

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

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